Thorntons Buoyed By Festive Sales

News BBC:

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Chocolate retailer Thorntons has revealed a boost in sales over Christmas helped the company offset poor summer trading figures.

Increased festive sales helped figures for the first half of its year – from June 2006 to January – rise by 3.2% on the same period in 2005/06.

That helped turnaround a drop in sales during the hot summer months.

Bosses of the Derbyshire-based firm said increased investment and new organic ranges helped revive trade.

t currently has 366 stores in the UK, with 214 franchised stores mainly in smaller towns.

The company traces its roots back to 1911 when Joseph William Thornton opened a sweet shop in Sheffield with his teenage son.


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