By Jonathan Davies

Dixons Carphone expects profits to be "slightly above" forecast for its first full-year results as a merged company.

Electrical retailer Dixons and mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse merged in August.

The company said "strong" trading since it merged, in which like-for-like sales were up 9%, means profits are likely to be above the £355-375 million previously forecast.

"Nearly a year into our merger, I am very pleased to be posting such a strong first full year trading statement," said Dixons Carphone chief executive Sebastian James.

Its strongest performance during the 17 weeks to 2 May came in the UK and Ireland, where like-for-like sales were up 17%.

Mr James said an unexpected rise in its market share and a strong period of promotions had helped to boost sales.