After a good Easter, Thorntons has alerted investors to the prospect of bumper profits.

The confectioner said profit before tax for the year to 29 June would be ahead of the current market expectation of £3.1m.

It made the announcement after good trading in the run-up to Easter, as well as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.

However, Thorntons was cautious in its outlook. “We remain cautious of the prevailing economy and its continuing impact on consumer expenditure,” it said.

Shares shot up 6.5% on Wednesday morning to 73.5p.