Booker news

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...
15 October 2015
Leading UK food and grocery wholesaler Booker has announced its results for the first half of 2015/16, showing sales down 1.0% in the period.  Though like-for-like non-tobacco sales remained positive on +0.6%, overall sales were significantly impacted by Booker's substantial exposure in tobacco (c30% of the total), where the effects of the retail display ban have been blamed for a 3.7% drop over ...
03 September 2015
The UK Competition and Markets Authority has announced that it has cleared Booker's acquisition of Musgrave's Great Britain operation comprising the Londis and Budgens symbol group businesses.   The deal, which will boost Booker's sales to some £5.6bn, is expected to complete before 14 September.  Following the announcement of the decision, Booker has brought forward its September trading ...
20 August 2015
Budgens has spoken positively of the impact of the roll out of a concept store redesign across a number of its stores in an interview of its Brand Director Mike Baker with The Drum. A new format to compete in a different market segment The ever increasing pressure in UK grocery retail has seen the independent grocer assess its customer offer. Following a successful initial trial in Broadfie...