Booker: Cash and carry firm boosted

SALES at the country’s largest cash-and-carry wholesaler Booker Group rose 6.7 per cent in the 16 weeks to 1 January, with increased customer numbers and improved average spend per shopper boosting the figures.

The company said in a statement: “Following improvements to the range, fresh departments did particularly well with fruit and vegetable sales up 59 per cent and meat up 20 per cent.”

The 6.7 per cent sales rise compares with a 2.7 per cent increase in the same period last year.