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Wednesday 09 July, 2008

Booker Group PLC

Trading Statement & Resignati

RNS Number : 6186Y
Booker Group PLC
09 July 2008

For Immediate Release                                                                9 July 2008

Booker Group plc

Trading Update and Resignation of Non-Executive Directors

Trading Update

Total sales in the 14 weeks to 4 July 2008, including Blueheath, were up 1.9% on the same period last year.  Non-tobacco sales were up 4.7(+3.3% on a like-for-like basis) while tobacco sales declined by 2.2% (-4.3% on a like-for-like basis) due to the ban on smoking in public places. Sales, profits and net debt remain in line with management expectations.

Charles Wilson, Chief Executive said:

'This was a good performance and Booker continues to make progress in a challenging market.'

Resignation of Non-Executive Directors

Following the changes in the shareholder base which were announced on 24 June, the Board of Booker Group plc announces that Hans Kristian Hustad and Jim McMahon have resigned as non-executive directors with effect from today.

Richard Rose, Chairman said:

'We would like to thank Hans Kristian Hustad and Jim McMahon for the contribution they have made to Booker during the past three years. The Booker they leave is in much better shape than the business they joined and we wish them both all the best for the future.'

For further information contact:

Tulchan Communications (PR Adviser to Booker Group plc)

020 7353 4200

Susanna Voyle

Investec Bank UK (Nominated Adviser to Booker Group plc)

020 7597 5970

Keith Anderson

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