Innocent has reported a loss of £9.1m in its latest accounts, filed last week at Companies House.

The smoothie maker racked up the loss as sales fell by 7%, including a 17% drop in the UK. And one-off costs meant an operating loss of £1.1m for 2008 soared to more than £9m.

The news comes after figures from Nielsen showed signs of recovery in the smoothie market after a prolonged slump that saw the demise of PepsiCo brand PJ Smoothies.

Sales of Innocent, which this year sold a £30m stake to US soft drinks giant Coca-Cola,  rose 10% in the 12 weeks to 5 September.

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