Confectionery group Thorntons says a strong performance over Christmas has helped make up for poor demand for chocolate last summer.
Chocolate sales dipped over summer
The group, based in Somercotes, Derbyshire, reported that total sales improved by 4.4% to £109.3m over the 28 weeks ending 10 January.
The chocolate maker and retailer complained last year that the hottest summer since 1976 put shoppers off chocolate.
But in a trading statement on Thursday, it described the improvement in sales as encouraging.
Chief executive Peter Burdon said: "Whilst the turnaround in sales since the summer is very encouraging, we recognise that creating consistent sales growth is key and this is central to our strategy."