Woolworths has reported a 15.9 per cent rise in group-wide sales in their first half with sales of $22 billion.

Australian Food and Liquor sales for the half year were $14.3 billion, an increase of 9.0%. Sales for the second quarter were $7.3 billion, an increase of 8.9% over last year.

Six new supermarkets opened during the period and a further 23 are scheduled to open before the end of the financial year, CEO Michael Luscombe has confirmed.

In addition eight new Dan Murphy stores have been opened taking the total to 60.