Thorntons has reported sales up by 3.9% in the final quarter of 2010.

The chocolatier said it had received strong demand for seasonal lines including Christmas hampers and advent calendars.

It blamed the weather for a 5.9% like-for-like sales decline in its 371 company-owned stores. But finance director Mark Robson said Thorntons would consider closing stores when leases come up for renewal this year.

"The performance of the stores is encouraging but I wouldn't say it has turned the corner yet,” said Robson, who was acting CEO over the period before the appointment in November of Jonathan Hart.

Its commercial arm, which supplies supermarkets, reported sales up 35.9% and its delivery service sales were up 7.6%.

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