"There are strengthening signs that Tesco is returning to some of its former glories", Richard Hunter, head of markets at Interactive Investor, said by email.
Like-for-like sales in the combined UK & Republic of Ireland business, for the 13 weeks ended 26 May, jumped by 3.5% as the UK's largest retailer looked to map out new opportunities following its merger with wholesaler Booker.
Tesco, which was forced to rebuild after a 2014 accounting scandal capped a downturn in trading, said a move to lower prices on fresh food brands towards the end of its first quarter reflected a growing confidence in its performance.
"It's about us continuing to invest in the offer", Chief Executive Dave Lewis told reporters, noting that prices in core lines had already been lowered by 6-7 percent over the previous three years.
United Kingdom supermarket group Tesco saw clothing sales climb in its first-quarter, as the company said it was on-track to deliver on its growth plans.
The group delivered positive like-for-like growth for a tenth consecutive quarter, with an improvement of 1.8%.
'Our growth plans are on track and we are pleased with the momentum in the business, ' insists Lewis.
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'The latest market data from Kantar Worldpanel shows that Tesco remains streets ahead of its competitors with a 27.7% grocery market share in Great Britain.
Lewis declined to comment on the takeover, merely stating that Tesco would submit its views to the competition regulator in due course.
The supermarket's general merchandise sales dragged on total sales growth, although like-for-like clothing sales ticked up 1.7 per cent.
Tesco added that its growth plans were on track and it was delighted with initial progress at Booker which posted a rise in like-for-like sales of 14.3 percent, including tobacco.
Booker customers around Manchester and the South West are benefiting from more responsive deliveries as a result of the Tesco deal.
In April the group reported pre-tax profits of £1.3bn for the year to 24 February, up from £145m for the year before.