Booker has posted positive third-quarter like-for-like sales growth.

The UK’s biggest wholesaler said like-for-like sales rose 2.5% in the 16 weeks to 2 January. Tobacco like-for-like sales rose 2.4% during the 16 weeks and non-tobacco like-for-likes by 2.6%.

Total sales, including Makro, rose 1.4%, with tobacco sales up 2.2% and non-tobacco sales up 1%.

Chief executive Charles Wilson said its cash & carry division, Booker Wholesale, had a “good” quarter, and that customer numbers were up and sales on track.

Booker Direct, Chef Direct and Ritter all performed “in line with expectations”.

He added that the turnaround of Makro remained “on track” and it had now converted nine Makro depots to its new joint Makro/Booker format.

Non-tobacco sales in Makro fell 6.5% during the third-quarter “as we continued to exit non-profitable categories,” Wilson said.