British independent flooring retailers ended 2014 on a high to help wholesale giant Headlam offset weakness abroad last year.

The Tamworth based group — owner of over 50 autonomously run wholesale businesses selling to independent retailers and one-man-band carpet fitters — grew sales by 5.8 per cent in 2014.

It said escalating growth in December — up 6.8 per cent against strong comparatives — drove a UK like-for-like increase of 5.9 per cent over the full year.

That helped offset falling sales in mainland Europe, down 2.3 per cent in local currencies and 7.3 per cent on conversion to sterling.

Headlam is scheduled to post its preliminary results for the year to end December on Thursday 5th March.