Sales to retailers and caterers rose an impressive 7.8% at Landmark Wholesale last month.

The wholesale group's own-label sales shot up 13.5%, licensed sales rose by 5.5% and cigarettes continued to defy the market decline by increasing 10.4%.

Own-label sales were also helped by Landmark Wholesale's new ranges such as La Flamenca value Spanish table wines, Lifestyle Jaffa Cakes, No3 Hand Rolling Tobacco and LSV Shots.

"It's an excellent start to the year for us our own-label performance is particularly encouraging and as a result we will continue to invest heavily into product development, PoS promotions and marketing campaigns to make sure that this trend continues into next year," said Landmark Wholesale managing director Martin Williams.