Chocolate sales soar at Lindt

Swiss luxury chocolate maker Lindt reported a pick up in sales growth yesterday, as cash-strapped Europeans cheered themselves up with treats like Lindor pralines and edible Christmas tree decorations.

Sales rose 7.3 per cent last year to SFr2.67bn (£1.79bn). It reported strong sales in Germany, France and Britain in its main European market, with only Italy lagging, while organic growth reached a double-digit percentage in North America.