Integrated veterinary services provider CVS Group's like-for-like sales in the six months to the end of December were 5.6% up on last time (after adjusting for one less trading day).
The group said the strong growth in sales of Animed Direct had continued.
Excluding Animed Direct, like-for-like sales grew by 3.0%.
It said this figure was a marked improvement on the November update for the 4 months to 31 Oct, which reflected a particularly strong performance in the comparative period in 2016.
It said the recovery primarily reflected stronger like-for-like trading in November and December.
The group said that since the start of the current financial year on 1 Jul, it had made a total of 29 acquisitions of 30 surgeries bringing the total number of surgeries to 453.
The total consideration for the above acquisitions was approximately £28m.
At 8:25am: (LON:CVSG) CVS Group PLC share price was +135p at 1166p