Shares in chocolatier Thorntons have surged on news the firm has received a takeover offer from its chairman.
Sales at Thorntons' own stores are not faring so well
In a statement, the group confirmed it was in "preliminary discussions" with executive chairman Christopher Burnett.
Those talks "may or may not lead to a cash offer" of 185 pence per share for the Derbyshire-based group through Mr Burnett's special bid vehicle Newco.
Thorntons shares closed 15.03%, or 23p higher at 176p on the London market after the news.
The company underlined the fact that the talks were at an early stage and subject to a number of conditions - including satisfactory funding for Mr Burnett's bid, which is worth around £123m.
If the group does accept the offer it would end the company's 17-year run on the stock market.
Mr Burnett joined the company in April 2004 from Marshalls, the UK's biggest maker of concrete block paving.
In a July trading update, Thorntons announced total sales had risen 5% to £187.7m for the year ending 25 June, as branded product sales to other retailers more than doubled.
However, own shop sales dropped 2% to £134.1m, with the group blaming store closures for the fall.