Topps Tiles, the market leader in the UK wall and floorcoverings retail sector, has agreed to buy commercial tile supplier Strata Tiles from its private shareholders.

British retailers and wholesalers bought more carpets from Belgium — the largest foreign source of the product — in February, ending a negative stretch going back to July last year.

Neil Rylance, CEO of flooring group Airea, has sold 2.5 million shares at 72 pence per share to the company's recently-created Employee Benefit Trust (EBT), the company has announced.

Balta Group, the Belgian carpet manufacturing giant and a major supplier to the British market, has appointed interim boss Cyrille Ragoucy as chief executive on a permanent basis.

Expanding floorcoverings retailer FlooringSuperstore.com continued its store rollout programme, opening a second showroom in the Midlands last weekend.

Likewise Group will complete its biggest deal yet with the takeover of Heatseam, a £21 million turnover distributor of residential floorcoverings throughout England and Scotland.

The new year began as the last one ended for Belgium's carpet manufacturers as imports from the country into Britain fell for the seventh month in a row.

Kidderminster carpet maker Brintons says planned tariffs will hurt rivals while the private equity firm that bought the business in a secondary buyout has disclosed the sale price for the first time.

United Carpets Group, the flooring and beds retail chain, says profits could fall more than 60 percent in 2018–19 as it reconciles tough trading conditions with the need to spend more supporting franchisees.

Carpet equipment manufacturer Sellers Global Engineers has been placed into administration with insolvency practitioners planning to trade the business with a view to finding a going-concern buyer.

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Balta is one of the world's largest carpet companies with the UK a major market.
Belgian carpet maker Balta says it remains committed to the UK market despite suffering a fall in sales here through 2018 and being unable to pass on rising costs amid intense competition.

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Headlam first announced plans to build the Ipswich facility back in the autumn of 2014.
Headlam's long-held desire to build a new regional distribution centre in the East of England will finally come to fruition after the flooring giant received planning approval and acquired land for the site in February.

Carpetright, Britain's biggest floorcoverings retailer, has hired Jeremy Maxwell, who has held senior posts across the home improvement retail sector, as group commercial director.

One of Britain's largest independent carpet manufacturers was back in the black last year after it shrugged off a "challenging retail environment" and market uncertainty to post near double-digit growth.

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Headlam bought Rackhams and Garrod Bros last year.
Competitors and other interested parties have been invited to have their say on the takeover of two distributors bought by floorcoverings wholesale giant Headlam last year.

Victoria, the acquisitive floorcoverings conglomerate, says its South Wales carpet factory will produce higher volumes despite recent headcount reductions, with a new backing line now in full production.

Carpet makers in Belgium — home to some of the world's largest manufacturers in the category — have endured a miserable year for exports to Britain, with December proving to be among the worst months of all.

Profits declined in 2018 at Mohawk Industries, the world's largest floorcoverings business, as the diversified supply giant battled inflation and rising costs.

Victoria, the acquisitive floorcoverings manufacturer and distributor, has landed a seven-figure windfall after selling off land that had not been used for more than 20 years.

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Like-for-like sales remained negative, Carpetright said in a Q3 trading update
Carpetright, Britain's biggest flooring retailer, said it continued to trade below year-earlier levels in the period taking in pre-Christmas trading and the January sales.

Neil Page is to retire from full-time plc duties after ten years as chief financial officer at Carpetright, the retailer has announced. His replacement is Jeremy Simpson, who joins from outside the industry.

Likewise Group has made its first move into the wall-to-wall floorcoverings category after completing the acquisition of South East London based distributor Lewis Abbott.

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Platinum Event 2019 takes place June 22, 2019
Associated Carpet Group (ACG), a buying group for privately-owned floorcoverings retailers, will host the second edition of its Platinum Event later this summer.

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Likewise is aiming to consolidate the distribution sector of the floorcoverings market
Likewise, the new business led by former Headlam directors Tony Brewer and Andrew Simpson, has raised equity finance as it looks to build a floorcoverings group of 'meaningful' size and scale.

Headlam, Europe's largest floorcoverings distributor, is building inventory of best-selling products as it looks to minimise disruption from Britain's planned EU exit.

Belgium, the biggest source of overseas-made carpets sold in Britain, continued to flounder despite a second straight rise in overall carpet imports into Britain according to late-2018 data.

New hire at floorcoverings contractor.

The clicks-to-bricks retailer behind the FlooringSuperstore.com brand built revenue momentum in 2017–18 as it added new stores to the trial unit launched two years ago.

Wider gross margin boosted North West floorcoverings company Mears in 2017–18.

United Carpets Group, the flooring and beds franchise chain, booked lower half-year profits after it spent more money on marketing to try and stimulate weak demand.

CMA announced last week it was looking into takeovers of three London companies by Headlam Group.

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Carpet imports were ahead in October
Woven and tufted carpet imports into the UK were ahead of the year-to-date trend in October as emerging suppliers outperformed historically important source nations such as Belgium.

Wholesale giant Headlam Group says it is "engaging fully" with the Competition and Markets Authority after the watchdog said it was investigating the company's already-completed takeovers of three South East floorcoverings distributors.

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65 underperforming stores were closed during the half
Carpetright, Britain's biggest carpets and flooring retailer, booked a £12 million net loss for the six months to October 27 during which it closed stores and deleveraged.

Flooring retailer Tapi Carpets has signed a concession partnership with Homebase that will see it open instore units across the home improvement chain's estate.

Floorcoverings group Victoria has decided to emphasise paying down debt with borrowing reaching what its board sees as "an internal ceiling" after it completed major acquisitions in the past year.

Two U.S headquartered investment outfits now own a shade under 40 percent of the shares in Victoria, the acquisitive British flooring group, after further stock building last week.

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Victoria has pursued an acquisition strategy in recent years
International money manager Invesco has continued its stock build in Victoria, the acquisitive flooring group headquartered in Kidderminster, buying up another tranche of shares last week.

Bury based Cormar Carpets, Britain's largest carpet manufacturer, has made a seven-figure investment expanding its delivery fleet.

A Danish investment group with links to the furniture industry has acquired a majority stake in premium wood flooring company Junckers.

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