Source - SMW
Food wholesaler Booker's like-for-like sales rose by 3.8% in the 16 weeks to 29 Dec.

Group non-tobacco sales rose by 5.9% with non-tobacco like-for-likes up 6.2%.  

Group tobacco sales declined by 2.6% with tobacco like-for-likes down 2.1%. 

Booker said both the catering and retail sides of the group made good progress.  

It said: 'Premier continues to grow and Budgens and Londis are performing well.  

'We are proud to have commenced the supply to Shell and MRH forecourt businesses in December 2017. '

Internet sales increased by 14% to £381m (excluding Budgens and Londis) and Booker India continued to make progress.

Chief executive Charles Wilson said: 'Booker Group had another good quarter with like-for-like non tobacco sales up 6.2%.  

'We continue to Focus, Drive and Broaden our business to improve choice, prices and service for our customers.  

'The proposed merger with Tesco is progressing as planned.  

'We are very grateful for the support we have received from customers, suppliers, shareholders and colleagues during this process.'    

At 8:12am: (LON:BOK) Booker Group PLC share price was -6.4p at 226.5p