Demand for goods made in the factories of Belgium and Holland — the two main overseas sources for carpet sold in the British market — slowed at the start of Q4.

Imports into Britain of carpets and flooring from the EU inched up less than 1 per cent to £57.3m, according to HM Revenue & Customs data for October.

Demand for Dutch made products weakened 1.9 per cent to £19.8m, while Belgium sourced floorcoverings were up 3.8 per cent to £28.1m.

The latest data dragged down the overall import figures for the year to date. January to October imports into Britain from Holland are up 2.7 per cent to £178.9m while Belgium’s figure is +12.6 per cent at £249.9m.