The floorcoverings showcase at next year’s January Furniture Show has doubled in size and already sold out, less than four months since the initiative was launched.

Floorcoverings wholesale giant Headlam has opened a new central London showroom in a bid to woo architects and specifiers.

Carpet trade between the UK and the rest of the European Union weakened in May, chiefly because of lower sales to and from the Netherlands.

Floorcoverings retailer Carpetright will this month launch the first of a number of test stores as it looks to transition its brand image away from price.

Rising demand coupled with a proportionally lower cost base helped flooring market leader Carpetright to a big profits turnaround in 2014–15.

cormarTownCountryCarpet manufacturer Cormar made further inroads into the flooring market as it posted double-digit sales and profit gains in 2013–14.

tapiTapi, the new flooring chain from ex-Carpetright director Martin Harris, has launched its first store in London with two more to follow shortly ahead of a national roll-out.

Martin Harris — son of Lord Harris — has launched his new Tapi carpets and floorings chain, with a slew of ex-Carpetright colleagues joining him on the retailer's launch board.

Philip Lawrence, CEO at the Coal Authority, is to take a non-executive post at floorcoverings group Headlam.

The benefits of buying up rival carpet and flooring companies is paying off according to Victoria PLC, which says FY earnings will beat expectations.

Carpetright says full year profits will be ahead of expectations after it traded strongly in the final three months of its financial year.

North West carpet manufacturer Penthouse said new product introductions and POS material were behind a big uplift in performance in 2013–14.

Management at Whitestone, Westex and Abingdon — the three companies acquired by Victoria PLC in the past 15 months — have increased their stake in in the group.

International floorcoverings conglomerate Forbo says switching its attention to the commercial market is paying off and making up for weakness elsewhere.

Carpet imports reached a seven year high in January, according to Government data.

A bolt-on acquisition will support major flooring distribution group Carpet & Flooring’s expansion plans through 2015 after soft market conditions last year.

The group behind carpet producers Ryalux and Burmatex said it enjoyed top and bottom line growth in the six months to end December.

Interfloor, the company behind the Duralay and Tredaire trade brands, has named John Cooper as its new managing director.

Flooring wholesale group Headlam grew profits by 44 per cent in 2014 as sales climbed 5.3 per cent to £635.2m.

franksFlooringStore25-store flooring and beds chain Franks posted record sales and maintained its near double-digit pre-tax margin as it traded strongly in 2013–14.

Darren Shapland — who led flooring chain Carpetright for a brief spell two years ago — is returning to the industry as chairman at Topps Tiles.

Westex Carpets’ first numbers under the Victoria PLC group are as stellar as those that preceded them, with bumper sales and profits for the Yorkshire firm.

Mohawk Industries posted sales up 6 per cent to $7.8bn — or just under £5.1bn — in the 12 months to end December as the effects of higher demand and acquisitions kicked in.

carpetShowroomFormer Carpetright development director Martin Harris — son of the chain’s founder Lord Harris — is planning to launch a floorcoverings retail chain of his own.

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