Cadbury Schweppes has reported a 6% increase in half-year pre-tax profits to £370m, boosted by strong US sales.

In results for the 24 weeks to end June 19, Cadbury said that like-for-like confectionary sales had increased 7%, led by a 9% increase in Cadbury Dairy Milk sales, a 15% increase in Trident sales and a 17% rise in Halls sales.

Like-for-like beverage sales were also up 4%, from 2% the year before.

Strong growth in the UK saw the group increase its market share by 10 basic points to 31.3%, the group said.

Todd Stitzer, Cadbury’s chief executive officer, said: “Although the external environment is likely to remain challenging, we will continue to increase investment behind long-term growth and expect to deliver within our goal ranges for the full year.”