Carpetright is banking on beds

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The Independent Online

The chief executive of Carpetright is confident about the floor-coverings retailer grabbing a bigger slice of the beds market after a sales jump.

Carpetright now sells beds in 276 of its 480 UK stores, and posted a 5.1 per cent uplift in sales over the past six months after increasing its offer, which includes Silentnight and Sleepeezee beds.

Chief executive Darren Shapland said: "We think we can build a much bigger business." He is "very confident" of taking share in the beds market.

Carpetright posted a pre-tax loss of £7.9m over the half year to October 27, dragged down primarily by charges from exiting unprofitable stores.