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SHARES OF the speciality chocolate group Thorntons fell by 17 per cent to 207.5p yesterday after the company warned that profits for the year would be lower than expected.

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THORNTONS, the Derbyshire-based chocolate maker, has just completed the most eventful year in its 87-year history, and shows no signs of scaling back the five-year makeover programme it embarked on two years ago. In the year to 27 June it spent pounds 45m extending the factory, adding another 59 shops, re-siting a further 41 and launching 132 new product lines, of which 15 flopped.

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SALES AT Thorntons, the maker and retailer of upmarket chocolates, rose by 22 per cent to pounds 133m in the year to 27 June, including a like- for-like sales increase of 9.6 per cent.

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The Investment Column: Thorntons sweet after shake-up

INVESTORS in Thorntons, the chocolate retailer and manufacturer, must be delighted with the performance of the company since Roger Paffard took over as chief executive two years ago. The shares have motored from a low of 135p in early 1996 to a new high yesterday of 292.5p, up 5p on the day, after a big shake-up of the group.
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