Specialist chocolate retailer Thorntons has reported like-for-like sales growth of just 1.2% for the 14 weeks to 12 January.

The retail environment was “challenging” said Thorntons CEO Mike Davies, with total sales growth of 7.6% during the 12-week period and own-store sales growth of 2.4%.

“While the outlook for the retail sector is challenging, the company remains on course to meet market expectations,” Davies added.