Floor and wall tile specialist Topps Tiles enjoyed a strong run-up to Christmas with sales in stores open at least a year well up on 2013.

Like-for-like sales climbed 6 per cent in the 13 weeks to 27th December, marking the end of the 336-store retailer’s first quarter.

CEO Matthew Williams said it was particularly pleasing as it builds on its strong sales growth in the corresponding period in the prior year (+9.3pc).

“We are confident that our plan for 2015 will see us further extend the appeal of the Topps brand and move closer to our strategic goal of taking a one third share of the domestic tile market,” he added.