Wholesaler Booker sees sales rise as its Makro acquisition pays off

Kasmira Jefford
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BOOKER Group, the UK’s biggest cash-and-carry wholesaler, yesterday reported a 13.6 per cent rise in first quarter sales, benefitting from its acquisition of rival wholesaler Makro last year.

The group, which runs over 170 branches supplying caterers, convenience stores, restaurants and pubs, said excluding Makro, like-for-like sales rose one per cent, with non-tobacco up 3.1 per cent and tobacco down 2.5 per cent.

Makro’s like-for-like sales declined six per cent. Tobacco fell 20.8 per cent, which it blamed on the display ban and the rise of the illicit tobacco trade in the UK.