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Jones given £22m boost from LDC

Thorntons sales grow

Thorntons, the struggling retailer, reassured investors yesterday by growing underlying sales in its fourth quarter.

Another fall for Thorntons sales

Thorntons' new chocolate eggs drove a "successful Easter trading period", but this could not offset another fall in underlying sales in the chain's own stores in its latest trading period.

Christmas loss sees Thorntons dump its dividend

The chocolatier Thorntons has passed on its interim dividend after posting a loss over its most vital trading period of the year.

Thorntons raised fears of a Christmas flop on the high street today

Thorntons sees drop in sales

Chocolatier Thorntons today said it had suffered at the hands of tough competition in the run-up to Christmas as cost-conscious consumers hunted for the best deals.

James Moore: It's not sweet for Thorntons but let's keep it British

Outlook Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat,

Thorntons issues profit warning

Thorntons raised fears of a Christmas flop on the high street today as the chocolatier warned it was trading below hopes and was unlikely to make a profit next year.

Lombok forced to shut nine stores

Furniture chain Lombok followed the UK arm of Habitat into administration today in a move resulting in the closure of nine stores.

Paul Vallely: Don't moan about supermarkets – act

When small shops are pushed to the edge, it undermines a community that has the power to fight back

Retail sales return to growth

Retail sales returned to growth last month after stores started their summer sales early to attract cautious consumers, official figures revealed today.

Sales still melting at Thorntons

Sales at the chocolatier Thorntons melted by nearly 11 per cent over the past eight weeks, laying bare the scale of the turnaround facing its new chief executive and the tough trading conditions on the high street.

M&S boosted by demand for premium goods

Marks & Spencer today revealed an increase in sales as consumers trade up to more premium food and clothes despite the squeeze on the high street.

Troubled times on the high street as profit warnings soar

The tough conditions faced by high-street retailers were thrown into sharp relief during the first six months of the year as the number of profit warnings soared, according to new figures published today.

TJ Hughes forced to launch fire sale of stock

The turmoil on the high street was brought into sharp relief yesterday after the administrators of the Liverpool-based TJ Hughes announced a fire sale to run down stock levels at the discount department store chain.

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