The Chief Executive and Finance Director of chocolatier Thorntons each purchased 20,000 shares
in the group on Wednesday after it reported a softening of third quarter sales.
Jonathan Hart, the group's Chief Executive, paid 120.50p a share spending a total of £24,100 and taking his total stake to 222,155 shares.
Meanwhile, Finance Director Michael Killick paid slightly less for his shares, spending 115.75p-a-share for a total of £23,150. His stake in the company rose to 275,000 shares.
The sales came as the chocolate retailing chain's shares fell sharply, hit by its report of a 7.6% reduction in the 15 weeks to April 26th against the same period last year.
The company said this was due to the combined effect of early spring deliveries in the preceding quarter, slower sales through February and March in the UK Commercial channel and the cumulative effect of planned store closures.
Hart, pictured, said: "Despite this third quarter result we are satisfied with the overall performance of the business for the year to date and we look forward to our UK Commercial channel returning to growth in our short final quarter.
"The board remains confident that Thorntons will perform in line with market expectations for the full year and we continue to be confident that our transformation is on track and our strategy is appropriate and working."
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