Confectionery giant Cadbury Schweppes recently cheered investors with news of a "particularly strong" third quarter for sales - and tomorrow's update could show an even better performance.
However, while shareholders will be pleased in part, the Dairy Milk maker could come under heavy fire from union leaders campaigning against plans to close a factory at Keynsham near Bristol.
Unite voiced its anger earlier this month after it claimed to have seen a memo revealing a 15 per cent increase in Cadbury's UK sales throughout October. The growth "blew apart" Cadbury's case to close the factory, according to Unite, and the union is likely to be scrutinising the update for confirmation of the suspected sales success.
Cadbury announced in October it would shut the plant by 2010 with the loss of 500 jobs.
A further 200 are set to go at its Bournville plant in Birmingham under plans to axe 2,500 staff in confectionery as it seeks to boost margins.
Much of the work is going to Poland. The firm has been under investor pressure to improve performance after missing profits targets last year and these steps have been taken to help with that aim. But Cadbury has been hauled over the coals by Unite for the move, which it said was simply "pandering to shareholder greed".
It is very likely to get another kicking. Cadbury has had a bad run over the past year.
It dropped the planned sale of its North American drinks unit and then found it was stuck with it at least short term as the credit crunch and market turmoil prevented a demerger and flotation.
And it had to apologise to the victims of a national salmonella outbreak after being fined £1 million for food safety offences.
On the up side its gorilla drumming to the Phil Collins hit In The Air Tonight was named the year's favourite TV commercial.
And there will be interest in seeing whether it has found a buyer for Monkhill, the company that makes Butterkist, Britain's biggest-selling popcorn brand.
Monkhill was put up for sale in April last year as part of a drive to tidy up the multinational's confectionery operation.
It is likely to fetch more than £60 million.
However, in some ways Cadbury cannot win this week - investors won't be happy until it improves returns and sorts out its global restructuring, while the unions will put the boot in claiming it is shutting a profitable plant for no good reason. Still, consumers seem happy, gobbling down Cadbury products - yet even that has the obesity police on the company's backs.
Oh well, at least its Christmas and Cadbury - unlike the rest of the retail sector - looks in line for a good one.
It can only hope 2008 is kinder.
What will Rank make of the Richardsons taking a stake in the company?
Somewhat ironic that it is best known for casinos and the Richardsons are in effect putting their money on the spin of that other great casino, the Stock Exchange.
Being a Black Country business, one hopes the chips are on black!