BRIEF-Booker Group Plc H1 pretax profit up 13.3 pct to 51 mln stg

LONDON Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:04am EDT

LONDON Oct 18 (Reuters) - Booker Group PLC : * Auto alert - Booker Group Plc H1 pretax profit rose 13.3 percent to

51 million STG * Auto alert - Booker Group Plc H1 sales rose 3.3 percent to 1.9

billion STG * Auto alert - Booker Group Plc interim dividend 0.38 pence per share * Group turnover in the second half to date (excluding makro) is ahead of the

same period last year. * Overall, Booker Group Plc continues to trade in line with management

expectations.