Victoria, the acquisitive carpet and flooring supply giant, has offered an upbeat assessment of current trade in a sign the market may be stronger than others have indicated.


The company is today holding a capital markets event for investors and analysts at its recently acquired Keraben ceramic tile business based near Valencia in Spain.

Ahead of that, Victoria said in a statement to the stock market that it had "experienced very good levels of trading in the important December quarter."

Without disclosing figures, it added that this "continued into the New Year." Victoria's comments follow a trading update from retail market leader Carpetright last Friday that sparked a sell-off of home-goods related stocks.

Carpetright warned on profits after saying it had seen a significant deterioration in UK trading during the important post-Christmas trading period.

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