Revenues have picked up at Comet owner Kesa, helped by strong TV sales in the run-up to the football World Cup.
The World Cup is expected to boost demand for flat screen TVs
Kesa, which also owns French market leader Darty, said its first-quarter group sales to 30 April grew 6.5%.
But demand in the UK for electrical appliances such as cookers and washing machines remained weak.
Like-for-like sales at Darty rose 4.7% and were up 2.8% at Comet, as the group recorded what it called a "satisfactory start" to 2006.
Chief executive Jean-Noel Labroue said: "In May, ahead of the World Cup, we are seeing further acceleration of TV sales across the group."
In January Kesa said pre-tax profits had dropped by almost a fifth during 2005, to £143.3m ($251m).