Norfolk furniture and home department store retailer Aldiss enjoyed strong demand in the year to 4th October, with order-intake up by nearly a fifth.

The privately owned Norwich and Fakenham retailer said retail sales order intake was up 18.7 per cent to £21.3m, the result of a change in its promotional activity, the company said.

Gross margin declined 60 basis points to 39.7 per cent.

Delivered sales were up 5.2 per cent to £17.3m, reflecting an improvement in the latter months of its financial year with many of the orders still to be fulfilled at the balance sheet date.

EBITDA declined 6.6 per cent to £535k though profits at the pre-tax line were 14.3 per cent higher at £310k. Year end cash increased to £868k (2013: £727k) with shareholder funds reaching £2.8m (2013: £2.6m).