Two major wholesalers have reported positive growth in spite of treacherous weather and a flagging economy.

The Today’s Group has reported double digit annual growth for the third year in a row. For the year ending December 2010 value sales grew 10.1% and volume of cases sold rose by 9.3% on 2009.

Bill Laird, managing director of Today’s Group, said: “We are delighted to update the marketplace with news of such positive growth by our members at a time when many industry headlines are downbeat and pessimistic. 

"Despite everything that the economy, the competition and the weather has thrown at the sector, Today’s members once again responded with terrific resolve and determination.”

Today’s Foodservice reported 8% growth in both sterling value and case volume, “despite an amount of margin sacrifice made by Foodservice operators to support their customers throughout the year," the company said. Tobacco and Licensed sales were in double digit growth.

Elsewhere, the Bestway Group has announced a 3.6% increase in turnover in its wholesale business for the year ending 30 June 2010, and a 10.7% increase in trading stock. Chief executive Zameer Choudrey said: “We remain focused on our mission of building business for the independents.”

The Best One symbol group recently entered the Scottish market on the back of the acquisition of Bellevue Cash & Carry.