Chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli has announced a rise in sales to 2.016bn Swiss francs in 2004, compared with 1.801bn in 2003.

Earnings before interest and tax rose to 219.4m francs, compared with 188.7m in 2003.

“The group’s unbroken series of good results and above-average growth rates in both sales and earnings are based on the focus attached to key values such as quality, tradition, expertise as well as the outstanding passion and motivation of around 6300 employees,” the company said. “Other decisive factors are the trust and confidence shown by consumers in the Group’s products and a regular flow of exciting innovations. With more and more consumers trading up from quantity to quality, Lindt’s consistent and targeted brand management has further consolidated the group’s position worldwide.”