Booker news

17 June 2015
Leading UK wholesaler Booker has announced the appointment of Stewart Gilliland as its new non-executive chairman, to replace Richard Rose, who will step down at this year's company annual general meeting on 8 July.  Stewart Gilliland will take on the role at a key moment in the development of the Booker business, as it seeks to progress its proposed take-over of the Musgrave GB business, wh...
22 May 2015
Store numbers across the convenience channel continue to rise, with many groups and retailers adding a considerable number of new sites over the latest 12 months, according to the latest data from IGD Retail Analysis and William Reed Business Media. However, further growth was moderated by rationalisation amongst certain retailers. Number of stores 2014 Number of stores 2...
21 May 2015
Leading UK wholesaler Booker has agreed a £40m deal to buy the operations of Musgrave Group in Great Britain.  Boosts sales by around one-fifth The move significantly bolsters Booker's role in UK wholesaling and its symbol group presence, through bringing Musgrave's Budgens and Londis formats into the Booker stable. In 2014 Musgrave GB's sales were £833m (£504m from Londis and £329m...
02 April 2015
Leading UK wholesaler has Booker has revealed its trading performance for the final quarter of 2014/15, showing total sales up 1.0%, with like-for-likes in the core Booker business up 1.7%.  This represents a slowdown on Q3, with performance impacted by the growing influence of inflation across the wider market for food and drink. Makro integration progressing The Makro business, acquired...
15 January 2015
Leading UK grocery wholesaler, Booker has announced performance figures for the 16 weeks to 2 January 2015, revealing total group sales up 1.4%. Tobacco provided the key driver of growth, increasing by 2.2%, while non-tobacco categories were up by just 1.0%. Core Booker business more robust The like-for-like sales of the business excluding the acquired Makro division were notably stronger t...
02 January 2015
One Stop, the wholly owned convenience subsidiary of Tesco, is trialling a new discount focused offer in three locations. Three store trial One Stop is reported to have been trialling the stores for two months in Solihull, Burntwood and Manchester. Images of the stores show a clear yellow branding which is used both internally and externally with signage clearly advertising a focus on p...
16 October 2014
Announcing its first half results for 2014/15, covering the 24 weeks to 12 September, leading UK wholesaler Booker has reported total sales up 1.9% to £2.3bn in the period.  Netting out the acquired Makro business, where sales continue to fall, like-for-like sales in the core Booker business were ahead 2.4%, with growth within the core retailer and caterer customer groups stronger on 2.6% and 2.7...
07 October 2014
Charles Wilson, Chief Executive at Booker, took to the stage at IGD's annual Convention this morning. Under the theme of 'disruptive leadership', Charles talked about the turnaround of the Booker wholesaling business since its low in 2005. A simple strategy Back in 2005, Booker was in severe trouble, but has turned around the business by focusing on a simple plan of: Focus - reducing ...
18 September 2014
Reporting its first full quarter including the annualised impact of the consolidation of Makro, leading UK wholesaler, Booker has announced group sales up just 0.1% for Q2 2014/15, with non-tobacco sales of +0.8% offset by tobacco sales down 1.4%. Makro sales impacted by ongoing 're-positioning' As part of the integration of Makro, Booker is rationalising ranges, especially in non-food, t...
27 August 2014
"No battle plan survives contact with the enemy" according to a German strategist called Helmuth von Moltke. In other words, it’s impossible to prepare for all eventualities and even the best laid plans are disrupted by unpredicted events. Every consumer goods company experiences disruption. It could be an unexpected loss or gain of a big customer contract, a sudden change in the cost of a ma...