Sales dropped by almost a fifth at privately-owned floorcoverings retailer UK Flooring Direct in the year to end March.

The Coventry based online retailer said sales were down 19.1 per cent to £12.6m, having fallen by 4.7 per cent the previous year.

UK Flooring Direct majors in real wood and laminate flooring, as well as selling vinyl and textile floors including carpet and rugs.

Its pre-tax deficit widened to £171,822 (2014: £124,466) with the business ending the period with cash and equivalents of £561,086 (2014: £680,547).