The cost of raw wool - between one-third and two-thirds of the cost of carpet manufacture - has risen by more than 50 per cent since September. Mr Ellissaid the group had absorbed most of that cost by increasing the proportion of yarn spun in-house.
In the year to March gross margins were held at about 31 per cent but net margins improved from 4.4 to 4.9 per cent.
That helped the group to increase pre-tax profits from pounds 1.5m to pounds 2.1m on sales 8 per cent ahead at pounds 55.8m. The dividend is increased by 0.1p by way of 0.85p (0.75p) final.Reuse content