Thorntons has poor Xmas

Chocolatier Thorntons has admitted that trade at its stores in the run-up to Christmas was disappointing – but claimed a move away from discounting had blurred the picture. Like-for-like sales at Thorntons fell by 4.4 per cent in the 14 weeks to 9 January. The company also suffered a 18.1 per cent decline in sales through franchises, following the collapse of the Birthdays group last year.