Booker has posted another positive set of trading results with total sales in the 16 weeks to January 3 up 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-likes up 4.1%. 

The wholesaler’s cash and carry division had a good quarter with customer numbers up and plans to bring Booker and Makro together on track, chief executive Charles Wilson said.

Improvements to its fresh offer and Booker’s focus on value were also delivering dividends, Booker’s sales director for retail Steve Fox said.

“Our 40% POR promotion remains popular with retailers, along with our Euro Shopper range that delivers a minimum of 30% POR.  Premier, Retail Club and Shop Local 2 Go have had a good quarter with recruitment going from strength to strength,” he said. 

“The outlook remains challenging, however we are committed to increasing choice, lowering prices and improving our service to help our customers operate a profitable business.”