August carpet import data encapsulated the year so far, with the value of arrivals into Britain falling in low single-digit percentages and Belgian products among the biggest casualties.

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Tapi added 24 stores in 2017 but says its rapid rollout is coming to an end
Margins improved and sales almost doubled for expanding flooring retailer Tapi Carpets in 2017. Losses widened as it continued its store rollout programme.

Likewise, the new group owned and run by former senior executives from flooring giant Headlam, has added a second company to its portfolio. More former Headlam managers will also soon join its ranks.

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Who owns what at Tapi Carpets
New equity issued through 2017–18 has diluted Lord Kirkham's stake in Tapi Carpets & Floors, meaning he is no longer the largest external shareholder in the circa 100-store chain.

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Designer Contracts' 109,000sqft central distribution facility
Privately-owned floorcoverings supplier Designer Contracts has set out ambitious plans to double in size—both sales and staff headcount—as part of a new five-year plan.

Condor Carpets, the Dutch floorcoverings conglomerate, has acquired Edel Carpets in a deal that includes its multi-million turnover UK operation in Yorkshire.

United Carpets Group says it invested more on marketing to prop up flaccid demand in the summer months, meaning half-year profits will be much lower than previously thought.

A second straight fall in sales contributed to South East England flooring distributor STS recording a loss last year, though management are bullish on the outlook for 2018.

Profits dipped for the second year straight at Blackburn carpet maker Cavalier with the privately owned producer citing rising raw material costs caused by weaker sterling.

Profits jumped by more than half for Ulster Carpets last year as the privately-owned Portadown manufacturer made the most of a double-digit leap in sales.

Carpet imports into Britain inched forward in July, bringing an end to a four-month streak of falling figures.

Victoria, the acquisitive carpet and flooring manufacturing and wholesale group, says underlying sales are trading ahead as it continues to yield the benefit of its new UK pricing strategy.

Headlam will introduce price increases next month in a new headwind for its UK customer base of independent floorcoverings retailers and fitters.

Underlying half-year profits jump for carpets group Airea.

Belgian carpet makers supplying the British market enjoyed their best month of the year so far in June, but still only managed to fractionally beat last year's total.

Sales and profits climbed for the privately-owned retail and wholesale group behind the Wilsons Carpets fascia in 2017–18.

Half year flooring sales jumped double-digit for manufacturing giant Forbo in the six months to end June despite weaker trading in markets such as the UK.

Victoria, the acquisitive flooring group, has agreed to buy Spanish flooring producer Cerámica Saloni for €96.7 million, the third major ceramic tile business it has bought in less than a year.

The executive chairman of the world's biggest floorcoverings business Mohawk Industries said its performance "fell short of our expectations" in the second quarter.

Polyflor owner invests as 'robust' UK market bucks wider sales trend

Victoria executive chairman Geoff Wilding has delivered a bullish message to stockholders in results that highlight the cost and transformative impact of some of its biggest acquisitions to date.

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Falling Belgian imports were behind the drop
Imports of carpets declined in May on the back of weaker figures from Belgium, Britain's biggest source of foreign-made carpets.

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Carpet production fell to its lowest level since 2013
Britain's flooring market expanded in 2017 as rising vinyl sales made up for a decline in the value of UK carpet production, which fell to its lowest level in five years.

Beaulieu International Group (B.I.G.) has acquired privately-owned flooring companies in Canada and Australia in deals that boost total revenue beyond €2 billion.

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Rising yarn prices hit Cormar Carpets' profits
Cormar Carpets reversed a rare sales fall to return to top line growth in 2016–17. Profits declined because of rising costs.

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Writedowns and restructuring impacted Carpetright's 2017–18 results
Carpetright has posted an eight-figure net loss as it wrote down the value of assets and wrestled with restructuring challenges.

The founder of a property development company has acquired the 20-store retailer Flooring Republic and plans to build it into a national chain.

Carpet imports to Britain declined at the beginning of the second quarter because of a sharp fall in the quantity trucked in from the UK's number one trading partner.

Victoria, the diversified floorcoverings manufacturer and distributor, says spring trading has been robust, with the group making sales gains compared with last year.

Turnaround specialist Dave Knight has left his post as md at Axminster Carpets, the heritage Devon manufacturer.

Turnaround plans at Carpetright have progressed with the flooring market leader saying shareholders are supporting its fundraising proposal.

Britain's advertising watchdog has told a North East carpet retailer to change its advertising after ruling one if its adverts could encourage excessive alcohol consumption.

Headlam, Europe's largest floorcoverings distributor, has pinned falling underlying sales at its UK business on flaccid demand from its largest customer, and the weather.

Floorcoverings supplier James Halstead says it will not bid for smaller rival Airea after all. It ends a period of speculation that it may acquire the Burmatex brand owner.

Flooring and wallcoverings retailer Topps Tiles says it wants to continue building out its store footprint, and has identified up to 25 "priority new store opportunities."

Shirley Jackson, operations director at North West manufacturer Penthouse Carpets, has been promoted to managing director.

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"We are delighted to have received such strong support," said CEO Wilf Walsh
Carpetright's turnaround plans gather pace today with the chain launching its fully underwritten share issue that will net the retailer £60 million, half of which will be invested in stores and online.

Carpet maker and distributor Furlong Flooring more than doubled profits last year as it found cost savings and expanded margins. Turnover declined.

Ball & Young, which supplies underlay used in the installation of new floorcoverings, said it absorbed the rising cost of raw materials last year.

Belgian carpet imports into the UK are off double-digit so far this year but the overall total remains flat, after others made up the shortfall.

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