Carpets group AIREA posted higher profits as sales climbed at home and abroad and in both contract and domestic markets in the year to end June.

tapiUddingstonStore numbers at fledgling floorcoverings chain Tapi Carpets & Floors are approaching double figures with the firm opening its first store in Scotland.

Softer demand for Belgian merchandise was behind a fall in carpet imports at the start of the third quarter.

ulsterInternalMajor flooring manufacturer Ulster Carpets has unfurled the first phase of its £30m investment programme as it celebrates another year of record profits.

carpetShowroomThe boss of wholesale giant Headlam says momentum is building in the UK flooring sector as it claimed first half market share gains.

The Benelux based carpet industry’s grip on the UK flooring market is weakening with British buyers looking to the East.

VictoriaWhitestoneAcquisitive floorcoverings manufacturer and distributor Victoria is preparing to get the chequebook out again, its executive chairman says.

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.