UK cash and carry operator Booker said today (13 January) that despite the poor weather, it grew sales, customer numbers and average spend during its third quarter.

It recorded a 7.2% increase in total sales for the quarter ended 31 December, with like-for-like sales up 5.4%. Excluding tobacco, like-for-like sales were up 5.1%.

The company said that it did particularly well in its fresh departments, with food and vegetable sales up 54%.

Booker said its performance in India is “on track” and the company plans to open its second branch in Mumbai and its first joint venture branch in the spring.

Commenting on the results, CEO Charles Wilson said: “Booker serves over four hundred thousand independent retail and catering businesses. They have had a difficult quarter in part due to the poor weather.  We are grateful that they gave Booker more of their spend during this time and look forward to serving them in the months ahead.”

Shares in the company were up 0.34% at 10:03 GMT this morning to GBP58.35 a share.