Nisa-Today's is the latest wholesaler to report ­booming sales.

The buying group said turnover had soared 11.9% to a record £1.42bn in the year to 28 March. Its Nisa central distribution services division also handled a record 103.3 million cases during the year, up 7.7%.

Nisa-Today's growing symbol fascia Nisa Local also helped boost sales, with 460 new stores recruited in the year. There were now almost 700 stores in total. Members were in line to receive a share of Nisa's £4.5m trading surplus, which is also the highest in the group's 32-year history, said the wholesaler.

"We've had a fantastic year through the support of our members," said CEO Neil Turton. "The surplus payment is intended to share that success and ­provide help in the tough trading environment. Nisa-Today's is run for the benefit of its members, and we are increasingly attracting recruitment from other groups for this reason."

Last week, data from Kantar Worldpanel revealed that the ­independent sector notched up its highest sales increase in three years in the 12 weeks to 12 July. Earlier this month, wholesalers Booker and Landmark Wholesale also reported strong trading.