September 18, 2014 / 6:57 AM / 3 years ago

Wholesaler Booker Group's Q2 sales inch up

Sept 18 (Reuters) - Booker Group Plc, Britain’s biggest cash-and-carry wholesaler, said second-quarter sales rose marginally, helped by its non-tobacco business.

Total sales, including Makro, rose 0.1 percent, said the Wellingborough, Northamptonshire-based company.

Booker’s non-tobacco like-for-like sales rose 3.1 percent in the quarter, while Makro’s non-tobacco like-for-like sales fell 10.8 percent as the company continued to dispose of unprofitable assets.

Booker runs 172 branches supplying grocery, spirits, tobacco and non-food items to caterers, convenience stores, restaurants and pubs in the UK. Non-tobacco sales contributes over 60 percent of Booker’s total sales. (Reporting by Aastha Agnihotri and Abhiram Nandakumar in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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