UK food wholesaler Booker said today (8 July) that underlying sales rose almost 8% in the 12 weeks to 19 June.

The company reported that like-for-like sales were up 7.8% on the year. Non-tobacco sales rose 10.4% on a like-for-like basis.

Profit and net debt remain “in line with management expectations”, Booker said.

Chief executive Charles Wilson added: “Booker continues to make progress in a challenging market. We are helping 414,000 independent businesses compete by improving choice, having competitive prices and enhancing service.”