The company, which in April said that trading had been 'subdued' in the second half of last year, has changed its financial year from January to July - meaning that the 12 months to July gave a£6.1 million profit.
This was down from a£34.1 million pre-tax profit in its previous 12-month period to January 30, last year. In the 78 weeks to July 30 it posted a£6.1 million pre-tax loss.
Clinton Cards chairman Don Lewin said that like-for-like sales in the 52 weeks to July 30 were down 3 per cent as a result of 'Christmas trading [being] the most challenging for some years'.
However, he added that like-for-like figures at the recently acquired Birthdays chain had increased 3.6 per cent over the same 12-month period. He said: 'The trading environment remains difficult and this makes it harder to predict the future with any degree of certainty.'
Despite the performance from Birthdays - which Clinton bought in December 2004 - Lewin said that it was only 'reasonable' and that it had 'fallen short of our expectations'.
Total revenue for the company as a whole for the 78-week period was£685.7 million against£392.8 million for the 52 weeks to January last year. For the 12 months to July 30 this year revenue was£472.3 million.
Lewin added that the company had continued its process of closing stores, with the total number falling from 1265 to 1145 since January last year.