Booker has reported quarterly sales 8% up on last year, with profits in line with expectations.

The wholesale group yesterday announced like-for-like sales in the 12 weeks to 19 June were up 7.8% on the same period last year. Non-tobacco sales rose 10.4%, with tobacco sales up 3.9%.

Both profit and net debt remained in line with management expectations, chief executive Charles Wilson said.

“Booker continues to make progress in a challenging market,” Wilson added. “We are helping 414,000 independent businesses compete by improving choice, having competitive prices and enhancing service.

“We look forward to continuing to help independent caterers and retailers prosper in a difficult economic environment.”