Harris unrolls carpet format
Thursday 19 October 1995
The new, larger style stores are called Carpet Depot. They feature a wider range of stock and include a more upmarket range costing up to pounds 50 a square metre and will offer interest-free credit whereas Carpetright's other stores do most of their business in cash, cheque and credit card.
The first branch opened in West Thurrock in Essex last month. A fourth opens near Edinburgh next week and the company plans a rapid expansion to a chain of 70 outlets over the next four years.
Sir Phil said: "It will meet the department stores like John Lewis head- on. It will be a low-margin, high-volume business. It's very exciting."
However, there are concerns that the new larger stores might cannibalise the existing Carpetright outlets. Kingfisher has already found that its new Warehouse DIY stores have hit the existing branches of B&Q.
Sean Eddie, retail analyst at NatWest Securities, said: "If you put in a category killer you are clearly going to take market share. But if you are already the biggest then you are more likely to feel a disproportionate amount of pain." However Sir Phil is confident that the new stores are aiming at a different market to Carpetright.
After its flotation two years ago Carpetright has expanded to a chain of more than 200 stores. In June it reported a 40 per cent increase in profits to pounds 20m for the year to April. The shares closed 4p lower yesterday at 342p.
Turnover pounds Pre-tax pounds EPS Dividend
Berry Birch & Noble (I) 3.34m (4.05m) -0.05m (0.38m) -1.2p (4.4p) nil (1.8p)
BDA Holdings (I) 0.36m (0.71m) -0.07m (-0.55m) -0.36p (-3.01p) nil (nil)
Blockleys (I) 5.28m (5.24m) -0.21m (0.11m) -0.58p (0.32p) nil (0.4p)
Body Shop Interntnl (I) 105m (93.5m) 9.1m (12.3m) 2.8p (4.2p) 1.08p (0.9p)
Bridport-Gundry (F) 28.4m (27.1m) 1.34m (0.74m) 8.64p (6.16p) 3.6p (3p)
DFS Furniture Co (F) 145m (135m) 26.3m (21.4m) 16.57p (14.39p) 8.3p (7.2p)
Ewart (F) 7.59m (5.9m) 1.48m (1.13m) 4.34p (5.21p) 1.1p (1p)
Havelock Europa (I) 22.8m (15.7m) 2.04m (1.56m) 5.3p (5.2p) 1.2p (1p)
Town Centre Secs (F) 22.0m (20.0m) 9.3m (8.8m) 6.38p (5.40p) 3.25p (3.04p)
IAWS Group (F) Ir511m (Ir480m) Ir16.2m (Ir12.8m) 10.2p (8.7p) 2.657p (2.415p)
(Q) - Quarterly (F) - Final (I) - Interim
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
Yemen crisis: Meet the child soldiers who have forsaken books for Kalashnikovs
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
iJobs Money & Business
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45,000: SThree: SThree Group have been well e...
£50000 - £667000 per annum + excellent benefits : Ashdown Group: IT Manager / ...
£13000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Scotland's leading life insuran...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Training Programme Manag...