Booker news

06 July 2016
Leading UK food and grocery wholesaler Booker has announced performance figures for Q1 2016/17, showing total sales boosted by 10%, benefiting from the first year impacts of the acquisition of the Budgens/Londis symbol groups, now trading as Booker Retail partners.  However, on a like-for-like basis (including the core Booker and Makro cash & carry businesses, sales were down 2.9%, representing t...
19 May 2016
Leading UK food and grocery retailer Booker has reported total sales of £4,991.5m for its full year 2015/16, representing growth of 5.0%, and boosted by the inclusion of six month's of trading from the acquired Londis and Budgens operations, now known collectively as Booker Retail Partners.  Operating profit rose 8.9% to reach £152.8m, underpinned by an improved gross margin of 5.1%. Increasin...
05 May 2016
The purchaser of 96 former Somerfield sites, reported back in March , has been confirmed as the Food Retailer Group, part of restructuring specialists Hilco. Rebranded as Budgens Of the sites being sold only 36 are currently trading as Co-operative food stores, with the remaining stores, offices and forecourt sites currently empty. The trading stores will continue to stay open and wi...
29 April 2016
Major independent fuel retailer, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has announced that it has signed a new supply agreement for its forecourt stores with Booker Retail Partners, the business now controlling the Londis and Budgens symbol group brands.  Around 300 of MFG's 374 forecourt stores will be supplied by BRP as of July this year, and the business will begin a major conversion process switching over th...
31 March 2016
Leading UK grocery wholesaler Booker has announced trading performance figures for the 12 weeks to 25 March, revealing total sales up 10.6%, boosted significantly by the addition of the Londis/Budgens wholesale operation, acquired in September 2015 (now renamed Booker Retail Partners).  This uplift includes sales in non-tobacco categories up by 12.1% and sales of tobacco up 7.7%.  For the full ye...
17 February 2016
Press reports have revealed that high street department store operator British Home Stores (BHS) is to invest a further £10m in developing and rolling out the food and grocery offer first piloted in three stores in 2014.  The introduction of the food and grocery ranges is part of a turnaround plan to revitalise the core BHS offer focused on clothing and homewares. Potential for up to 140 stor...
04 February 2016
Priya Chandarana shares details on the new grocery discount store by easyJet founder, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, following a trip to the venture's first site in Park Royal, West London. Private label wholesale brands The store's 76 ambient lines fall under three private label brands that belong to two of the UK's largest grocery wholesalers. Happy Shopper and Euro Shopper are well-established pr...
04 February 2016
The Co-operative Group has bought 15 Budgens stores across the South West, South East and London from Booker for an undisclosed sum. Continued focus on convenience The Manchester based mutual highlighted its desire to increase its presence around the M25 last year, along with the core convenience focus of the 'rebuild' part of their True North strategy. The stores are located in Bedgr...
14 January 2016
Leading UK food and grocery wholesaler, Booker has reported a like-for-like sales  fall of 3.1% in the 16 weeks to 1 January, with its performance weakening versus its Q2 statement (10 weeks to 28 August) when its like-for likes were down 1.8%. Non-tobacco sales held back by deflation and weak demand The biggest negative impact on Booker's like-for-likes (-6.9%) came from the ongoing declin...
03 December 2015
Leading UK wholesaler, Booker, has announced that, as of 1 April 2016, Guy Farrant, currently Managing Director of Booker Wholesale will take on the role of Chief Operating Officer, with enhanced responsibility for operations across the business, which, as of September 2015 includes the Budgens and Londis symbol group. Bryn Satherley, Group Operations Director, to retire The promotion of Gu...