Hancocks Cash and Carry has posted an 8% increase in full-year sales to £109m, boosted by new customers.

The confectionery wholesaler said during 2012 it saw customer visits increase by 6.5%, and more than 5,000 new customers registered at its 18 depots during the year.

“Confectionery is a category that can really boost the sales of many retail stores and businesses when consumer budgets are tight – our strong growth demonstrates once again that we never stop treating ourselves to confectionery, even when times are hard,” said Hancocks CEO Mark Watson.

Watson, which led a management buy-out of the wholesaler in November, said he was now planning development across all areas of the business, including “more depots, a bigger and better e-commerce website, plenty of new products and exclusive launches”.