11th January 2016
Wholesaler Booker Group has reported non-tobacco like-for-like sales grew 5.1% in the 16 weeks to 30th December 2016. Group non-tobacco sales rose by 4.8% as tobacco sales fell by 1.3% with tobacco like-for-likes down 1.0%. Total sales were up 2.9% and like-for-likes were up 3.2%.
The company reported that: “Both the catering and retail sides of Booker Group made good progress. Premier continues to grow and Budgens and Londis are performing well. Internet sales increased by 10% to £333m (excluding Budgens and Londis) and Booker India continues to make progress.”
Chief executive Charles Wilson said: “Booker Group continues to make good progress with like-for-like non tobacco sales up 5.1%. Our plans to focus, drive and broaden Booker Group are on track. Budgens and Londis are making a solid contribution to the group. We continue to help our retail, catering and small business customers prosper through improving our choice, prices and service.”