RNS Number : 8893H
Booker Group PLC
18 July 2012
For Immediate Release
18 July 2012
Booker Group plc ('Booker Group')
Annual General Meeting and Quarter One Interim Management Statement
For the 12 weeks to 22 June 2012
Booker Group is a leading UK food and drink wholesaler. Booker Group is holding its Annual General Meeting at 11am today. At the meeting, Chief Executive Charles Wilson will read out the following Interim Management Statement:
"Non tobacco sales rose by 3.9% (3.8% on a like for like basis) whilst tobacco sales fell by 1.7%. Tobacco has been adversely impacted by the phasing of duty mark up versus a year ago. Total sales in the 12 weeks to 22 June 2012 rose by 1.7% on the same period last year (1.7% on a like-for-like basis). After a good start, we anticipate that Booker Group is on course to meet expectations for the year ending 29 March 2013.
The acquisition of Makro UK completed on 4 July 2012, post the end of the first quarter."
Charles Wilson, Chief Executive, said:
"Booker Group continues to make good progress, with like-for-like non-tobacco sales up 3.8% in quarter one. Our plans to focus, drive and broaden the business remain on track. We are pleased to have the team at Makro UK as part of Booker Group. Together we look forward to improving choice, prices and service for all our catering, retailing and small business customers in the UK."
Note: Sales are stated net of value added tax
For further information contact:
Tulchan Communications (PR Adviser to Booker Group plc)
020 7353 4200
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