Chocolate retailer Thorntons has seen sales fall by 2.7 per cent after it was hit by warm weather and the failure of the Birthdays greetings card chain.
The firm’s own-store sales sank 0.9 per cent in the 10 weeks to June 27. Franchise sales dived 25.3 per cent, due to business lost in Birthdays stores after the Clinton Cards division went into administration.
Hot weather in June hit sales, but after a strong third quarter the firm said full-year profits will be slightly better than forecasts of £5.4 million.
The fourth quarter is the quietest, at 13 per cent of annual turnover. Sales fell by 2.7 per cent to £27.9 million in the first 10 weeks, but rose by 6.6 per cent in the second half to £86.4 million.