Belfast Telegraph

Hotel Chocolat sales climb 12%

By Ben Woods

Consumer demand for "hedonistic chocolate" has helped drive up sales and profits at Hotel Chocolat as it gears up for its best Christmas.

The luxury chocolate chain, which has a store in Belfast, said sales rose 12% to £91.1m in the year to June 26, with pre-tax profits up from £2.9m to £8.2m.

The group, which is listed on the Alternative Investment Market, added that sweet treats made with less sugar were also proving popular.

The firm said: "We see an increasing trend that consumers want uncompromisingly delicious and hedonistic chocolate that's also made with responsible amounts of sugar."

Belfast Telegraph