The value of carpets and rugs imported into the U.K. continued to rise in August according to new figures, but at a much shallower incline than in the preceding seven months.

The British arm of the Danish solid wood floor maker Junckers posted lower sales last year but expects to begin recovering business lost to the pandemic through 2021.

Gains in textile floorcoverings imports were pared back at the start to the second half of 2021 as the carpet trade annualised the resumption of trade after the first lockdown last year.

The business success and philanthropy of Designer Contracts md and owner Peter Kelsey have been marked with an Outstanding Achievement in the Flooring Industry Award at a ceremony of his trade peers.

Victoria says it is taking a bigger share of wallet in the U.K. flooring market as a result of its investment in its logistics operation here, citing the impact of its elevated service levels.

SATRA, the international research and testing organisation, says investment in new state-of-the-art machinery will enable it to meet growing demand for the testing of floorcoverings.

Headlam, the flooring conglomerate whose 66 business units make it the largest of its type in Europe, says the relative infrequency of consumer flooring purchases have softened the impact of rising prices.

Victoria, the flooring conglomerate, is to relocate its Alliance Flooring Distribution business unit from Kidderminster to Worcester after agreeing to take a new purpose-built unit just off the M5.

Storied carpet manufacturer Brintons will next week move into new headquarters for the second time in the past ten years. It will remain in Kidderminster.

The reopening of retail stores in April and customers pre-stocking in anticipation of demand helped carpet maker Balta find U.K. revenue growth in the first half of 2021.

Karndean, the circa £91 million turnover luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring company, is to launch a first-ever television advertising campaign.

Belgian carpet maker Associated Weavers, one of the largest flooring suppliers to the U.K., saw sales decline here through 2020 but at a lesser rate than its compatriots and the overall U.K. market.

Greenwood & Coope, the business behind the Cormar Carpet Company, could soon announce a new chief executive to lead the country's largest carpet manufacturer.

Surging demand for floorcoverings helped Belgian and Dutch carpet makers recover lost turnover in the U.K. market in the first half of 2021, though it was Turkey and India that made the largest gains.

Fast-expanding multichannel retailer Flooring Superstore is on track to hit a half-century of stores by the end of 2021 as it continues to add new showrooms through the summer and autumn.

Weak exports hampered the recovery of West Yorkshire commercial carpet maker Burmatex in the first half of 2021 though stock market listed parent company Airea did report a return to profit.

Likewise Group, the fast-expanding flooring distributor formed by former Headlam directors, says part of a fresh injection of equity funding has been earmarked to help fund acquisitions.

Richard Moore, executive director at Associated Carpet Group (ACG), is to leave for a new role in the U.K. floorcoverings sector after 16 years with the buying organisation.

Victoria says its carpet and underlay divisions outperformed all key competitors in the U.K. and abroad as it bounced back strongly from the first lockdown last year.

2019/20 figures for Dewsbury based G-Tuft, part of the Victoria group for just over two years.

Carpet imports rocketed in the spring with the cumulative total for 2021 now overtaking comparable data for 2019 for the first time this year.

Brintons, the heritage U.K. carpet maker with operations across the world, says it is over delivering against revised financial forecasts as its global hospitality, gaming, cruise and residential markets reopen.

A reorganisation combining co-owned companies behind a regional carpet and beds chain in the North and a national ecommerce carpet business has created one of the largest privately-owned flooring groups in the country.

The pandemic delayed the opening of a new distribution centre and ended more than a decade of growth for one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned carpet wholesalers, but sales bounced back strongly after the first lockdown.

Flooring conglomerate Victoria has agreed to buy multichannel U.S. smooth flooring distributor Cali Bamboo Holdings for consideration totalling $76.1 million (£55.1m) in addition to the paydown of debt.

Imports of carpets climbed four-fold on last year and were up more than a third on a two-year basis as retailers and distributors looked to satisfy rising demand among end users.

Pandemic disruption didn't stop the Northern Ireland headquartered company behind the Flanagan Flooring Distributors business finding sales and profit growth in the year to end September.

The acquisition of Arlo & Jacob by upholstery group TCM Living will see floorcoverings added to the retailer's product roster as it leverages wider group manufacturing assets and synergies.

A combination of selling price increases and supplier negotiations have helped flooring conglomerate Victoria shrug off the impact of rising input costs in a period of never-before seen growth.

Headlam Group, the flooring wholesale giant, said its residential business helped deliver strong growth on weak comparatives last year and keep revenue within a whisker on a two-year basis.

Carpetright, Britain's largest floorcoverings retailer, has launched a new format targeting design-led consumers with a store on Tottenham Court Road in Central London. More stores will follow.

Manufacturers in Belgium, the largest source of foreign-made carpet sold in the U.K., ended a barren run stretching back to September 2019 at the end of the first quarter.

Belgian carpet manufacturing conglomerate Balta has raised prices in response to input cost inflation and has warned flooring customers that more may follow.

Victoria, the acquisitive flooring conglomerate, has agreed to buy Dutch artificial grass supplier and carpet backing company Edel Group from its private equity owners.

Mohawk Industries, the world's largest flooring company with business units across the globe including Britain, says the first quarter of 2021 saw it achieve best-ever quarterly sales.

Headlam, Europe's largest flooring distributor, plans to reduce the headcount in its field sales team in the U.K. amid rising orders being taken online. It has also announced the sale of one of its business units in mainland Europe.

Victoria, the diversified flooring manufacturer and distributor, has picked up three Italian tile peers in deals worth a combined €35 million. They are the first, and smallest, of several deals in the pipeline, the company said.

Wood, laminate and vinyl floor retailer Factory Direct Flooring has increased capacity after taking a larger Midlands warehouse unit.

Designer Contracts, the floorcoverings and furnishings supplier to the house-builder market, has taken new hires since January to 25 with its latest appointments.

Profits more than trebled in the lead up to the pandemic for one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned floorcoverings companies.



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