BRIEF-Booker Q3 like-for-like sales up 3.1 pct

LONDON Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:05am EST

LONDON Jan 17 (Reuters) - Booker Group PLC : * Total sales, excluding makro (see notes), rose by 3.1% on the same period

last year * Non-tobacco sales were 4.2% higher, while tobacco sales rose by 1.3%. * Like-for-like basis total sales rose by 3.1% 16 weeks to 4 January * Outlook for profits and net cash for the year remains in line with

expectations * Makro's performance in the last quarter has continued to be challenging

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