Booker Group has announced its trading performance for the 16 weeks to 3 January 2014. Total sales in the 16 weeks, including Makro, rose by 19.1% on the same period last year. Like-for-like total sales (excluding Makro) were 2.0% higher with non-tobacco like-for-like up 4.1%.
Booker Direct, Ritter, Classic and Chef Direct also had a good quarter. Chef Direct, the foodservice business is now supplying over 250,000 meals a day to Booker customers.
Charles Wilson, chief executive of Booker, said: "This was a good quarter with non-tobacco like-for-likes up by 4.1%. Our plans for bringing Booker and Makro together are on track and we continue to improve the choice, prices and service to catering, retailing and small business customers in the UK."
Mark Aylwin, managing director - Booker Direct, said that Booker Direct made steady progress in the third quarter, both in terms of sales growth and customer satisfaction. "Ritter-Courivaud also delivered a strong performance, mainly driven by continued strength in the London restaurant market. Although the outlook remains challenging, we are confident that we will continue to help our customers grow sales and profits."