Half year flooring sales jumped double-digit for manufacturing giant Forbo in the six months to end June despite weaker trading in markets such as the UK.


The Swiss headquartered business posted 11 percent half-year sales growth to 462.7 million Swiss francs (£361m), powered by Asia/Pacific and the Americas.

On the whole, Europe was encouraging, Forbo said, though it added the overall positive picture was "countered by modest — and in some cases negative — growth in the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the UK."

Forbo supplies floorcoverings spanning linoleum, LVT, carpet tiles, vinyl and entrance flooring, mainly supplying commercial customers.

Forbo Flooring Systems is part of the Forbo Group, which also operates a Movement Systems division selling conveyor and processing belts.