Booker news

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...
10 July 2014
In interviews with the national press Charles Wilson, chief executive of Booker, has revealed ambitions to roll out the wholesaler's discount symbol store package, Family Shopper, to 400 locations over the next four years. Eight trading with more to come Launched first in 2013 there are now eight Family Shopper stores trading, including a unit opened by award-winning Premier retailer Shah...
09 July 2014
The latest trading statement from Booker, the UK's biggest food and grocery wholesaler, shows total group sales ahead 3.8%.  This is the first quarter of Booker performance to include the annualised impact of Makro, and shows the group making good progress despite the drag from falling sales in that division, which saw non-tobacco sales down 12%. Like-for-likes improving Like-for-like sal...
30 June 2014
The UK convenience market is set to be worth £49bn by 2019, according to the latest IGD Retail Analysis forecasts. This represents an increase of over 30% from its current value of £37bn. Shoppers in the UK are spreading more of their spending across a variety of grocery 'channels', such as hypermarkets, online etc. Our latest ShopperVista research shows that nearly all shoppers (95%) use at...
25 June 2014
Booker has successfully recruited and opened its first Premier symbol group store in Northern Ireland.  Prior to the acquisition of Makro in 2012 Booker had no presence in this regional market, but now the conversion of the depot there to the joint Booker/Makro format has made the full Booker retail channel offer available to local retailers for the first time.  This first Premier store, an 870 s...
17 June 2014
The Booker-supported Premier symbol group, already the UK's largest in store numbers, has now reached 3,000 stores; 20 years after its launch in 1994.  Premier is the first group to reach this major threshold at any stage in the era of modern convenience retailing, inaugurated by Spar back in the 1980s.  The 3,000th store recruited is located in Blythe, Northumberland. Now worth over £900m to...
09 June 2014
BHS owner, Sir Philip Green, has provided new insight into trading and his plans for BHS Food in an interview with The Grocer. Potential for 140 high street stores To date BHS Food has opened in three locations: Staines, Warrington and as of last week, Romford, and with initial stores trading well, Green is keen to take a bigger slide of the convenience market. He sees scope to open 50 stor...
22 May 2014
Leading UK wholesaler Booker has announced full year figures with sales up 17.3% to £4.7bn. The largest part of the uplift is due to the consolidation of the acquired Makro business, though excluding this, like-for-like sales were still solid on +2.1%. Online sales have now reached £777m, up 10%, with 334,000 out of a total 503,000 customers registered for online ordering. Strong growth in cater...
16 January 2014
Leading UK wholesaler Booker has announced its Q3 trading performance, with total sales up 19.1% in the 16 weeks to 3 January 2014, boosted by the consolidation of the acquired Makro business.  The key uplift provided by Makro is in non-tobacco categories, where sales were up 29.3%. Core Booker stays solid On a like-for-like basis the core Booker business (excluding Makro) saw sales up 2.0% ...
17 October 2013
Leading UK wholesaler Booker has announced sales of £2,223m for the first half of 2013/14, confirming total growth of 16.5%, following the consolidation of the acquired Makro business in April 2013.  The business is now focused on integrating Makro and has reported that this is expected to deliver £26m of synergies this year, helping improve profitability within the operation. Dual-branded Sheffi...