Londis has announced a 19% increase in overall sales growth after recruiting nearly 300 stores in the last financial year.

Non tobacco sales grew by 26%, while tobacco sales rose by 16% in the year ending 31 March 2018.

The Booker-owned symbol group attributed the growth to strong recruitment – with 296 new stores joining Londis - and Booker Retailer Partners winning the joint supply contract for MRH and Shell.

In addition, the launch of the Discover the Choice brand doubled sales in ranges such as ready meals and chilled pizza.

Londis brand director Martin Swadling said: “I’m absolutely delighted with our performance and I’d like to thank all of our retailers for their continued support.

“As well as attracting new independent retailers we are also privileged to be partnering with some prestigious group accounts. We are pleased to be helping our retailers make more and save more, however we understand there is still more work to done and I’m looking forward to continuing to serve them especially as we move into the busy summer period.”