Bunzl boosted by North America

British-based business supplies distributor Bunzl said its third-quarter revenue rose as strong growth in its North American and continental European markets outweighed a weaker performance in Britain where economic conditions remain tough. FTSE 100-listed Bunzl, which supplies supermarkets, hospitals and hotels with products ranging from carrier bags to toilet rolls, said yesterday that group revenue for the quarter was up six per cent compared with the same period last year.