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Booker Group PLC (BOK)

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Wednesday 14 January, 2009

Booker Group PLC

Trading Statement

RNS Number : 5755L
Booker Group PLC
14 January 2009

For Immediate Release                                                                 14 January 2009

Booker Group plc

Trading Update

Total sales in the 16 weeks to 2 January 2009 were up 2.7% on the same period last year. Like-for-like non-tobacco sales were up 5.0% and like-for-like tobacco sales declined by -0.9%.  Total like-for-like sales were up 2.7%. Sales, stockprofits and net debt remain in line with management expectations.

We have extended the period of our banking facilities from 2010 to 2012 with Barclays joining HBOS as a lender, taking the place of Kaupthing.  

Charles Wilson, Chief Executive, said:

'The last quarter was difficult time for our customers - but due to our improvements in choice, price and service Booker has been rewarded with a larger share of their spend.  We are particularly pleased with the growth of internet sales, which were up 169 per cent on last year at £83.0m.  In a challenging market Booker continues to make good progress.'

For further information contact:

Tulchan Communications (PR Adviser to Booker Group plc)

020 7353 4200

Susanna Voyle

Lucy Legh

Investec Bank UK (Nominated Adviser to Booker Group plc)

020 7597 5970

Keith Anderson

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