Booker Group has reported a 2.9% uplift in total sales throughout the 16 weeks up to 30 December, while like-for-likes were up 3.2%.

Non tobacco sales rose by 4.8%, however tobacco sales declined by 1.3% with tobacco like-for-likes also down 1%.

Premier has continued to grow, while Budgens and Londis are performing well, according to the wholesaler. Excluding Budgens and Londis, internet sales increased by 10% to £333m.

Charles Wilson, chief executive, said: “Booker Group continues to make good progress with like-for-like non tobacco sales up 5.1%.

“Our plans to focus, drive and broaden Booker Group are on track. Budgens and Londis are making a solid contribution to the group.”

Steve Fox, managing director at Booker Group – Retail, said: “We are pleased with our retail performance and the continued integration of Booker Retail Partners.

“We had a good Christmas and remain committed to helping our customers ‘make more and save more’.
“The market is challenging, however I am confident we can continue to help our customers prosper.”

Booker Group said it remains on course to meet expectations for the end of the financial year.