UK chocolate maker Thorntons has said its sales improved in the weeks approaching Valentine’s Day, after a disappointing Christmas.

Like-for-like sales at its Thorntons shops were up 3.6% in the first five weeks of the second half of its financial year, compared with a 1.6% rise for the first half to 11 January.

Pre-tax profit for the first half was up 10% year-on-year to £10.9m (US$17.2m).