Specialist chocolate retailer Thorntons’ half-year pre-tax profit to January 7 fell 4% to £12.8m on sales down 6.2% to £112.3m.

The group added that like-for-like sales were down 4.8% for the period. “Footfall on the high street remains subdued and shoppers have become even more attuned to promotions in determining their purchasing decisions,” said Thorntons’ acting chairman John Jackson.