Booker news

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...
21 July 2015
Musgrave Group has announced that Mark Aylwin, formerly managing director of Booker Direct, has been appointed managing director of its Great Britain division; which includes the Londis and Budgens symbol group networks.  He will succeed Peter Ridler, who is leaving to take up the role of international director with clothing retailer White Stuff, in August. A return to Musgrave Following a ...
08 July 2015
Announcing group performance figures for the first 12 weeks of its 2015/16 financial year, leading UK wholesaler Booker has reported total sales up 0.2%.  Impacted by sector-wide deflation in the UK market, this is a clear slowdown on the final quarter of 2014/15, when total sales were +1.0%. Makro now integrated in cash & carry like-for-likes This is the first quarter in which the Makro op...
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...