Landmark Wholesale sales rose by just over 9% in December, buoyed by a strong performance in alcohol.

Sales of licensed goods were up almost 22% in December, with own-brand sales up almost 17%. Overall sales for the year to date grew by 10.5%.

“I am particularly pleased with our performance in licensed at a time when the multiples are very competitive,” said Landmark managing director Martin Williams (pictured). “It indicates just how important the independent sector is to the UK retail market.”

He added: “We are in excellent shape for the future and are looking forward to maintaining our momentum through 2011.”

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