<strong>NICK BUBB </strong> PALI INTERNATIONAL<br />The results were in-line with expectations, but that shouldn&rsquo;t take anything away from what was a very good performance. Dare I say it, it was better than Sainsbury&rsquo;s. The stores they bought from the Co-operative Group opened earlier than expected, and that bodes well for the longer-term push into smaller stores. <br /><br /><strong>SAM HART </strong> CHARLES STANLEY<br />The group continues to deliver market-leading sales growth. Like-for-like sales growth has started to slow, and much of that slowdown comes probably because of the lower levels of food-price inflation making it much more difficult for them to deliver such impressive growth. But the firm will stay ahead of Sainsbury&rsquo;s and Tesco. <br /><br /><strong>RICHARD HUNTER </strong> HARGREAVES LANSDOWN<br />The near eight per cent rise in sales and the overall 22 per cent rise in pre-tax profits is a commendable performance. In all, prospects remain promising even though the fiercely competitive marketplace and the company&rsquo;s reliance on the UK market are lingering concerns. The company remains on the &ldquo;buy&rdquo; list.