Global sales were up 15.5% to £2.21bn, largely due to acquisitions. But pre-tax losses in 2010 were £25.5m worse than in 2009, accounts filed at Compa-nies House by parent company Cucina Lux revealed.
UK sales growth slowed to 2.8% at £1.8bn an increase of £48.3m on the year before. Just £18.5m of the growth was organic, with the remaining £29.8m down to the acquisition of Freshfayre and Browns.
The company said organic growth came from cross-selling to its corporate accounts and admitted cutting its margins in order to win and retain contracts.
The accounts also revealed that severe snow in December cost it more than £5m in lost sales.
Group chief executive Philip Jansen tried to put a brave face on the situation, claiming Brakes had recorded a "solid year" against the backdrop of a weak economic outlook.
Former Northern Foods boss Barden joined Brakes as UK CEO in January.