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High end chocolatier serves up consistent growth across key metrics

Premium British chocolatier Hotel Chocolat (HOTC:AIM) served up 15% growth in sales, underlying earnings, profits before tax and earnings per share in the six months to 31 December.

Generating growth across its retail store estate and online channels, rising ingredient costs are a headwind, although CEO Angus Thirlwell is positive about Hotel Chocolat’s new store site pipeline.

He also insists his charge has ‘exciting plans in place for the key spring seasons of Mother’s Day and Easter’. The AIM-listed concern has recently launched a new cacao beauty range and a weekly subscription called Mbox and Thirlwell is ‘confident of further progress during the year’.

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