UK high street confectionery retailer Thorntons today [Tuesday] reported like-for-like sales up 6.8% in the first nine weeks of its financial year. The company said it had maintained the positive trading pattern set in its full year ended 29 June, when pre-tax profits rose 16% to £7.1m (US$11.1m). Turnover in the year climbed 2.4% to £164m.