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Christmas 2005 Retail Sales Summary

March 1, 2006

Retail Sales Summary

Christmas $ Percent Change vs. Year Ago (Food, Drug & Mass excluding Wal-Mart)

2005 Christmas sales grew 2.4%, according to NCA estimates based on IRI sales analysis in Food Drug and Mass outlets. This takes into account a 1.9% increase in Gift-boxed chocolate sales in November and December. Chocolate candy significantly outperformed the non-chocolate sector during the holiday season.

Distribution Channel FD&MFoodDrugMass
Candy Category % Change % Change % Change % Change
Total Candy +2.4%+3.8%+3.4%-0.9%
Chocolate Candy +5.4%+5.3%+5.3%+5.4%
Non-Chocolate Candy -14.4%-7.1%-8.1%-29.3%