LONDON, June 24 Carpetright, Britain's
biggest floor coverings retailer, posted a 53 percent slump in
annual profit, failing to tap-in to the country's improving
The firm, which has issued three profit warnings in the last
nine months, said on Tuesday it made a profit before tax and one
off items of 4.6 million pounds ($7.8 million) in the year to
That was in line with guidance for profit in a range of
3.5-5.5 million pounds, issued in March, but down from 9.7
million pounds made in the 2012-13 year.
Revenue fell 2.2 percent to 447.7 million pounds.
Carpetright trades from 472 UK stores and concessions as
well as over 142 stores in the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland.
Britain's housing market has steadily improved, fuelled by a
government scheme that has boosted buyer demand.
Carpetright is revamping its stores and product ranges in a
bid to counter tough competition in Britain, and reverse a slide
in sales in the Netherlands, where the market is particularly
"We continue to take steps to develop the business. While we
anticipate trading conditions will remain challenging, we expect
these actions will underpin an improvement in group performance
in the new financial year," said founder and executive chairman
Phil Harris, who will become non-executive chairman on July 21
when Wilf Walsh joins as chief executive.
Shares in Carpetright, down 23 percent over the last nine
months, closed Monday at 499 pence, valuing the business at 338
($1 = 0.5880 British Pounds)
(Reporting by James Davey; editing by Kate Holton)