Coffeeheaven, the Aim-listed coffee bar operator, has this morning reported a 16% increase in like-for-like sales for the year to 31 March 2008, due to growing awareness of the brand. The company, which operates 85 stores across six European countries, said that total sales for the period were up 65% to £16.8m. The group said that it had started the current year with strong sales, but that it expected to see a moderating rate of like-for-like sales growth of around 50% for the rest of the year, It said that robust operating profits in Poland had been offset by higher development costs in the Czech republic and the costs of entering two new markets. Like-for-like sales were up 16% across its Polish sites, 15% in the Czech Republic and 10% in Latvia. The group said that it was at an advantage as it believed that the economic slowdown in the Eastern and Central European region was likely to be less severe than the impact on Western European economies. Coffeeheaven said that it planned to open new stores at a similar rate to that of prior years but with a greater focus on its major markets.