Booker has posted a rise in like-for-like sales for the second quarter of the year.

In the 12 weeks to 13 September 2013, the wholesaler’s like-for-like sales (excluding Makro) increased by 3.5% while non-tobacco like-for-like sales grew by 6.9%. Tobacco sales for the period dropped by 2% compared to 2012.

Total sales, including Makro, rose by 19.3% on the same period last year. 

Its like-for-like sales (excluding Makro) in the 24 weeks to 13 September 2013 grew by 2.3% with non-tobacco like-for-like sales up 5.0%, while tobacco sales dropped by 2.2%.

Total sales during these 24 weeks, including Makro, rose by 16.5% on the same period last year. 

Chief executive Charles Wilson said: “Booker Group has had a good start to the year as we continue to focus, drive and broaden our enlarged business. We are continuing to improve the choice, prices and service to catering, retailing and small business customers in the UK.”

The wholesaler also posted an update on the Makro acquisition which was approved by the Office of Fair Trading earlier this year.

“The Makro turnaround is progressing well with non-tobacco sales down 0.6% in the 12 weeks and down 1.9% in the half. Our plans for bringing Booker and Makro together are on track.”

The wholesaler also expanded its Indian estate to six branches, opening depots in Mumbai and Surat.

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