- Character Group said Friday trading remained in line with expectations following 'good' retail sales over the Christmas period.

The group's strong performance in the UK market in the second half of the 2018 financial year, had continued into the first half of the company's 2019 financial year.

'Following the good sell-through at retail during the Christmas period, Character had started the 2019 calendar year with stocks firmly under control, a net cash position, and a strong balance sheet,' the company said.

'With a proven and balanced product portfolio, soon to be enhanced with new product additions and range extensions, and robust UK market demand from customers, the Group's performance and prospects remain in line with management expectations and market consensus.'

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