Led by a growth spurt at Morrisons the like of which it has not enjoyed in five years, UK supermarket sales grew at their fastest rate in almost two and a half years.
Analysts at Standard&Poor's hailed Tesco's announcement of an imminent cash and shares merger with food wholesaler Booker.
FTSE 250 food wholesaler Booker Group posted a 3.2% increase in third-quarter group like-for-like sales on Thursday and said it remains on course to meet expectations for the year to 24 March.
Reckitt Benckiser: Berenberg reiterates hold with a target price of 7300p.
Hargreaves: Barclays reiterates overweight with a target price of 1560p.
Shares in Booker are worth holding onto notwithstanding the high multiple on which they are trading, The Times's Tempus said.
Acacia: Jefferies keeps at buy with a target price of 610p.
FTSE 250 food wholesaler Booker, which owns Londis and Budgens, reported a jump in interim sales and profit as it hiked its dividend and expressed confidence in achieving its full-year expectations.
Petra Diamonds: Citigroup reiterates buy with a target price of 120p; JP Morgan reiterates overweight with a 139p target.
Sales accelerated in the second quarter for wholesaler and retailer Booker, keeping the company on course to meet full year targets.
Ibstock: Jefferies reiterates buy with a target price of 190p.
Investors in food wholesaler Booker Group were preparing for their annual general meeting on Wednesday morning, with chief executive Charles Wilson releasing his trading update ahead of the event.
Goldman Sachs cuts its target prices on General Retailers in the UK on expectations for lower non-food retail spending in 2017, to reflect movements in foreign exchange rates and on the basis of a now higher estimated UK equity risk premium.
Poundland: HSBC reiterates hold with a target price of 160p.
B&M European Value: Retail Jefferies reiterates buy with a 330p target and Citigroup keeps at buy with a target of 345p.
Full year pre-tax profits at food wholesaler Booker Group rose 9% to £150.8m on the back of a 5% increase in revenues to £4.9bn.
Food wholesale operator Booker got a boost after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to 'buy' from 'neutral' and lifted the price target to 198p from 171p ahead of the company's full-year results on Thursday.
Food wholesale retailer Booker Group said total sales grew in the fourth quarter and for the year as a whole, but like-for-like sales were dented by price deflation.
Worldpay: Jefferies reiterates buy with a target price of 340p and Goldman Sachs keeps at buy with a target price of 400p.
Food wholesaler Booker Group posted a rise in third quarter sales as it said the outlook for profits and net cash remains in line with guidance given at the interim results.