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Annual Results

Booker total sales rise

19 May 2016 07:31

Food wholesaler Booker's total sales rose by 5% to GBP5.0bn in the 52 weeks to 25 March with non tobacco sales up 6.3% and tobacco sales up 2.2%.

Booker like-for-like total sales fell by 1.9%. Non tobacco sales were down 0.3% and tobacco sales were down 5.2%. Like-for-like sales to caterers rose by 0.6% including Classic (+1.9% excluding Classic); and to retailers -2.2%.

Operating profit (before exceptionals) rose by 11% to GBP155.1m and profit after tax (post exceptionals) increased by 9% to GBP127.8m.

The ginal dividend of 4.03 pence per share takes the total dividend to 4.60 pence per share (2015: 3.66 pence per share).

A proposed return of capital of 3.20 pence per share (2015: 3.50 pence per share) take the total return to shareholders of 7.80 pence per share (2015: 7.16 pence per share), +9%.

Chief executive Charles Wilson said: "Our plan to Focus, Drive and Broaden the business remains on track. Booker Group had a good year; customer satisfaction was strong, sales and profits were the best we have ever achieved. We made good progress on the integration of Budgens and Londis. We are very grateful for the support of our customers, suppliers and people and look forward to making progress in the year ahead."

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