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Thursday 17 September, 2009

Booker Group PLC

Q2 Trading Update & Notificat

RNS Number : 1853Z
Booker Group PLC
17 September 2009

For Immediate Release                                                                

17 September 2009

Booker Group plc

Quarter Two Trading Update and Notification of Interim Results Announcement

In the 12 weeks to 11 September 2009 total and like-for-like sales rose by 7.6% on the same period last year (prior year: +2.8%).  Non-tobacco like-for-likes rose by 8.5% (prior year: +5.3%), while like-for-like tobacco sales increased by 6.2% (prior year: -1.1%).

Total and like-for-like sales in the 24 weeks to 11 September 2009 were up by 7.7% (prior year: +1.1%).  Like-for-like non-tobacco sales rose by 9.4% (prior year: +4.1%), while like-for-like tobacco sales increased by 5.1% (prior year: -3.2%)

Net debt at the half year end was around £4m, compared to £28.9m a year ago and £24.9m at 

27 March 2009.

Profits for the full year remain in line with management expectations.  The interim results will be announced on 13 October 2009.

Charles Wilson, Booker Chief Executive, said:

'Booker is helping more customers compete by improving our choice, prices and service    .  Our customer numbers have increased and customer satisfaction has improved, resulting in stronger Booker sales.  We look forward to continuing to help independent caterers and retailers prosper in the difficult economic environment.'

Booker Group plc will announce interim results for the 24 weeks to 11 September 2009 on Tuesday 13 October 2009.  A presentation for analysts will be held at 08:30 on Tuesday 13 October. For details call Lucy Legh at Tulchan Communications on 020 7353 4200.

For further information contact:

Tulchan Communications (PR Adviser to Booker Group plc)

020 7353 4200

Susanna Voyle

Lucy Legh

Investec Bank plc

020 7597 5970

Keith Anderson

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