Sales up for Happy Shopper and Makro owner Booker

Booker Group, the owner of Happy Shopper, has announced a 19.3 per cent sales increase in the 12 weeks to 13 September 2013. (Release)

Booker acquired cash and carry Makro earlier this year.

Excluding Makro, Booker like-for-likes were up 3.5 per cent with non-tobacco like-for-likes increasing 6.9 per cent (including Makro, non tobacco increased 30 per cent in the 12 period).

The company, which also owns Premier Shopper, said that customer numbers at Booker Wholesale, its cash and carry, were helped by warm summer weather.

Having opened two new branches, Booker now has six stores in India.

Charles Wilson, chief executive of Booker, said:

Booker Group has had a good start to the year as we continue to focus, drive and broaden our enlarged business. Our plans for bringing Booker and Makro together are on track. We are continuing to improve the choice, prices and service to catering, retailing and small business customers in the UK.