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Booker man dies

Ken Bootyman, former commercial director for 13 years at Booker, died on Thursday March 31 at the age of 57. Ken leaves a wife and two daughters.

Flowers or a charity donation (cheques payable to Diabetes UK) have been requested to be sent to Arnolds Funeral Service, 48 Roff Avenue, Bedford MK41 7TE.

Tel 01234 359529.

Makro forges ahead

Metro Cash Carry, the multinational parent company of Makro, reported sales up 5.4% to €26.4bn for the year ended December 31.

In the UK Metro operates 33 Makro stores. Sales in the UK grew by 4.6% to €1.6bn. Makro UK managing director Philipp Dautzenberg said: “Our catering and trader customers have responded positively to our extended ranges and fresh offer.

This will be developed further in 2005 to offer our customers unique solutions.”

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