May 23 Booker Group Plc, Britain's
biggest cash-and-carry wholesaler, reported a 13 percent rise in
full-year profit, helped by demand from small retailers and
growing online sales.
The company, which runs over 170 branches supplying
caterers, convenience stores, grocers, restaurants and pubs,
said trading in the first seven weeks of the current financial
year was ahead of last year.
Pretax profit rose to 101.4 million pounds ($152.54 million)
in the 52 weeks to March 29, from 89.7 million pounds in the
comparable year-earlier period.
Revenue rose 3.5 percent to 4 billion pounds.
Analysts on average expected a pretax profit of 96.25
million pounds and revenue of 4.09 billion pounds, according to
Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.