Booker Group, the UK's leading food wholesaler, reports a good second quarter with group sales, including Budgens and Londis, up by 15.2% on a year ago with non tobacco sales up 15.5%. It said both the catering and retail sides of the group performed well. Like-for-like non tobacco sales grew by 0.9%. Tobacco sales continued to be adversely impacted by the ban on small stores displaying tobacco products, down 3.5% like-for-like. Booker India performed as we expected. Premier continues to grow and we made good progress with the integration of Budgens and Londis. The group saysit remains on course to meet expectations for the year ending 24 March. Chief executive Charles Wilson said: "Booker Group continues to make good progress with sales in the quarter up 15.2%. Our plans to Focus, Drive and Broaden Booker Group are on track. Budgens and Londis joined the Group last September and are making a solid contribution. We continue to help our retail, catering and small business customers prosper through improving our choice, prices and service." Booker Group will announce its interim results for the 24 weeks to 9 September on 13 October.
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