Carpeting for floor firm's recent sales

EMBATTLED flooring firm Carpetright delivered more gloom yesterday, after it said recent sales fell short of expectations and it set out a warning over the year ahead.

The group issued a profits alert only last month and dashed hopes of a year-end sales revival after reporting that fourth-quarter sales growth so far had slowed markedly to 1.5 per cent from 2.3 per cent in the previous three months.

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Freezing weather in January and February hit demand, the company said.