In 2018, Lindt & Sprüngli achieved solid sales growth, gained significant market shares in all countries and once again expanded faster than the overall chocolate market.


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Lindt & Sprüngli continues to grow faster than the overall chocolate market. Key factors included the steady expansion of its retail network by around 50 additional Shops and Chocolate Cafés and the double-digit growth of the popular Lindor brand.


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  • Group sales up +5.5% to CHF 4.313bn (+5.1% organic growth)
  • Operating profit (EBIT) up +6.9% to CHF 636.7m; EBIT margin 14.8% (+20bp)
  • Net income up +7.6 % to CHF 487.1m; return on sales 11.3% (2017: 11.1%)
  • Dividend increased by +7.5% to CHF 1,000 per registered share, CHF 100 / PC
  • Operating cash flow CHF 651,6m; +10.3%


Kilchberg, 5 March 2019 – Despite the challenging market environment in 2018, the Lindt & Sprüngli Group once again continued its solid growth path and further extended its leading position in the premium chocolate market. Lindt & Sprüngli’s group sales increased by +5.5% in Swiss francs to reach CHF 4.313 billion. Organic sales growth amounted to +5.1%, which is within the set target range. Lindt & Sprüngli expanded its market share in all countries. The solid growth path of the Group companies once again laid the foundation for a very successful operating performance: Group operating profit (EBIT) rose by +6.9% to CHF 636.7 million. The EBIT margin also improved again to 14.8%. Net income thus increased by +7.6% to CHF 487.1 million, providing a return on sales of 11.3%.

Corporate calendar

  • 05.03.2019: Full-Year 2018 Results
  • 02.05.2019: Annual General Meeting
  • 23.07.2019: Half-Year Results 2019

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