Booker has continued to outpace the grocery multiples and record growth well above inflation.

Total sales at the cash & carry giant rose by 6.5% on a like-for-like basis, and 7.6% overall, in the 12 weeks to 9 September. Fresh departments performed particularly well, with fruit and vegetable sales up 34%.

Booker’s growth, however, was slower than its previous quarter when the Royal Wedding, Easter and hot weather helped it post a bumper sales increase of 9.5% in the 12 weeks to 17 June.

Earlier this week, Kantar Worldpanel figures showed the grocery retail market grew by 4.5% in the 12 weeks to 4 September.

“Customers have rewarded us with an increased share of their spend and the number of customers has increased,” said Booker chief executive Charles Wilson. “Our plans to drive and broaden Booker are on track.”

Mark Aylwin, MD of Booker Direct, said its latest quarterly customer satisfaction survey had achieved its best score yet.

“This is testament to the reliable and efficient service we provide to our customers,” he said.

The integration of Classic Drinks – which Booker bought last October alongside Ritter-Courivaud – had gone well, Aylwin added, with a number of sites successfully transferring into Booker branches. He said a limited range of Ritter-Courivaud fine catering products launched into Booker branches had proving “tremendously popular” with customers.

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