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Americans seen blowing US$1.1b on sweets, mostly chocolate, on Feb 14

DARK WINS: Sales of plain dark chocolate have jumped 35 per cent in the US in the last five years because of its perceived health benefits. Sales of plain milk chocolate rose 16 per cent.

New York

IT'S  Valentine's Day this Sunday, and Americans will buy US$1.1 billion of confectionery to mark the occasion, the Washington-based National Confectioners Association has said. 

This is up 2.6 per cent from last year and the most since at least 2011. About three-quarters