Cash & carry giant Booker has reported a 27% increase in full-year pre-tax profit to £36.2m on sales up 2.3% to £3.1bn.

Sales to caterers for the year to 28 March rose 2.2% but sales to retailers fell 1.5%, primarily due to last year's smoking ban.

“It has been a year of steady delivery for Booker,” said CEO Charles Wilson.

“Customer satisfaction has improved, sales have increased, operating profits are up 29%, net debt is down 38%, and we integrated Blueheath. We made good progress, but there is a lot more to do.”