Belfast Telegraph

Carpet firm put boost in sales down to weather

By Graeme Evans

Floor coverings firm Carpetright has offered some comfort on recent trading after store refits and favourable weather helped to boost UK sales.

The group's profits recently slumped to £4m from £62m in 2008 but chief executive Darren Shapland said he was encouraged by growth in UK like-for-like sales of 1.7% for the 12 weeks to July 21.

He credits the revival on a drive to sell more beds, the extension of laminate ranges to more stores and the impact of its refurbishment programme, which has now reached 63 of its 486 UK outlets.

Mr Shapland added: "We also recognise that this period does include some benefit from the unusually wet weather, which has produced consistently positive customer footfall to our stores."

The UK improvement has been offset by a sharp drop in sales in the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland. The firm blamed weakening consumer confidence for the 6.3% drop in the rest of Europe.