Booker like-for-like sales up

Food wholesaler Booker Group's total sales rose by 2.9% in the 16 weeks to 30 December with like-for-like sales up by 3.2%.

An update says: "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." Booker says it remains on course to meet expectations for the year ending 24 March.

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."