Kilchberg, March 7, 2017 – Lindt & Sprüngli once again grew at a faster pace than the overall chocolate market in 2016. Consolidated sales increased by 6.8% to CHF 3.901 billion. Organic sales growth was 6.0%. The Group’s operating profit (EBIT) rose by 8.4% to CHF 562.5 million. The company therefore succeeded once again in meeting its strategic growth and sales targets. In addition to the 10.2% increase in net income amounting to CHF 419.8 million, both the EBIT margin and the return on sales improved. The Group balance sheet remains very solid.