Lotte Confectionery, the South Korean candy maker, has today (26 January) reported mixed annual results, according to reports.

The company, owner of upmarket Belgian chocolatier Guylian, posted a 5.8% rise in sales to KRW1.32trn (US$1.13bn) in 2009, the Dow Jones news agency reported.

Lotte filed a 27.6% jump in operating profit to KRW114.36bn but booked a 24.7% slump in net profit.