As Tesco presses ahead with the £3.7bn acquisition of Booker, the food wholesaler’s full-year results this morning revealed what the grocer is paying for.

Booker hailed a 15% spike in pre-tax profit to £174m in the 52 weeks to March 24, but there were plenty more impressive figures in its results statement.

Retail Week delves deeper into Booker’s results to pull out the most significant numbers.


Booker’s total sales in the year to March 24, representing a year-on-year uplift of 6.7%.


The rise in like-for-like sales recorded by the Booker group during the year.


The jump in like-for-like sales to caterers, such as Byron, Prezzo and Wagamama, posted by Booker in 2016/17.


The decline Booker suffered in like-for-like sales to retailers – one of the few blots on the wholesale giant’s copybook.


The net cash on Booker’s balance sheet at the year end.


The number of Business Centres Booker trades from in the UK, the average size of which are 47,000 sq ft.  


Booker’s online sales jumped 10% to crash through the £1bn barrier in 2016/17.


The number of online customers Booker has registered on its website.


The number of catering customers Booker sold its products to in the year to March 24.


Booker’s revenues from deals with catering companies during the year.


The number of retailers Booker sold its products to throughout the course of 2016/17.


Booker’s revenues from deals with retailers across the 12 months.


The customer satisfaction rating recorded by Booker last year.


The amount raked in by Booker through sales of its Farm Fresh own label range, which was introduced in 2010.


The number of stores operating under the Premier symbol group in the UK, up from 3,213 year-on-year.


The number of stores that Booker forecasts could operate under its Family Shopper discount format. It currently has 63 trading under the fascia.


Following their acquisition in September 2015, Booker was serving 1,850 Londis stores and 156 Budgens by the year end.


The number of trainees that graduated from Booker’s in-house Fresh Training Programmes during the year, including 52 butchers, 12 fishmongers and 55 greengrocers.