Online sales soar 53%
Lingerie and sex toy specialist Ann Summers unveiled strong sales in the run-up to Valentine's Day this year.

Like-for-like sales generated in stores in the threes week to February 14 rose 6 per cent and online sales rocketed 53 per cent.

Ann Summers chief executive Jacqueline Gold said: 'We saw a huge uplift in women shopping for Valentine's products, both in store and online. Clearly women are taking the initiative when it comes to love and lust, more than they ever have before.'

Best-sellers included basques, handcuffs and chocolate body paint.

Ann Summers has a sales force of more than 7,500 and 134 stores, all with Knickerbox concessions.