Carpetright turnaround pays off as retailer rolls out higher sales

Kasmira Jefford
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Carpetright has posted a healthy rise in half-year sales as efforts to spruce up its stores to win over more customers via its website paid off.

The floorings and beds specialist, said like-for-like sales rose by four per cent in the 25 weeks to 24 October, with total sales up 2.5 per cent.

Five stores were opened and 27 have been shut so far in the year to date, taking its footprint to 438 sites across the UK.

Under chief executive Wilf Walsh, who took over after Carpetright founder Lord Harris stepped down, the company has been attempting to broaden its appeal and make the brand more contemporary by opening smaller stores in high street locations and revamping its website.

Walsh, said: “We have made further progress with the strategy of rationalising and repositioning our store portfolio and are encouraged by the early performance of our four trial concept stores in the UK.”

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