Booker announces Christmas trading figures

Booker has announced sales slightly ahead for the Christmas and New Year period.
Total sales in the 16 weeks to January 4, including Blueheath, were up 1.3% on the same period last year.
Like-for-like non-tobacco sales were up 2.4%, but Booker said like-for-like tobacco sales declined by 7.9% due to the ban on smoking in public places. It added that sales, stock, profits and net debt remain in line with management expectations.
Charles Wilson, chief executive said: “This is a solid performance in a challenging market and Booker continues to make good progress.”

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