FOOD wholesale group Booker has had a good quarter, with sales up 16.3% on last year.
Like-for-like total sales (excluding Makro) in the year to 28 March were up by 2.1%. Non-tobacco like-for-likes rose by 4.4%, while like-for-like tobacco sales fell by 1.7%.
Charles Wilson, Booker chief executive, said: “In this quarter we achieved our best ever customer satisfaction scores in Booker and Makro as we continue to improve the choice, prices and service to retailing and small business customers in the UK.”
Steve Fox, retail sales director, added: “Our retail business has made solid progress during the last financial year.
“We relaunched Premier which has delivered some fantastic results for our existing retailers and also attracted new members. We also launched Family Shopper, our new discount brand for independent retailers. This blends the best of the hard and soft discounters to help our customers offer great value everyday.
“We have also continued with our 40% POR promotion. This really boosts our customers profits. However, the outlook remains challenging.”