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CONTRACT FLOORC REDUCED BY 3


We present the key findings from the latest ed


The total contract floorcoverings market in Great Britain decreased by an estimated 3.3% in 2019 to 55.69m square metres, down from 57.56m square metres in 2018. The market is expected to show a larger decline of 18% in 2020, mainly due to COVID-19, although there are variances by product type and sector.


PERFORMANCE BY PRODUCT The largest three product categories in 2019 were resilient sheet, carpet tile and carpet roll. Together these three categories account for almost 70% of the total GB contract floorcoverings market. There has been a slight fall in the percentage since the last report in 2016.


The tendency to replace like for like in the contract sector limits significant changes in product mix year to year. The only major product group to have seen an increase since the last report in 2016 has been luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) which has been on a growth path since the early 2000s. All the other major product groups have seen a volume decline (carpet roll, carpet tile, resilient sheet, resilient tile) while in the smaller volume product groups, volume has been flattish apart from laminate which has declined. The report identifies volumes by year by product over a 10-year period with an additional breakdown by sector for specific years.


Carpet roll continues to slowly decline in importance in the overall contract sector. However, it is still strong in the leisure sector such as in hotels and casinos.


Carpet tiles have had mixed fortunes over the last three years with some growth and some decline. Share in offices and education is still strong, while share in health and retail is lower. Within resilient flooring, the product hit its peak volume in 2015 and, like carpet tiles, had a mixed performance over the following four years.


Luxury vinyl tile is the main growth category in the contract flooring market with volume growing consistently since 2009. In recent years, the loose lay product group has been outperforming dry back with volume growing significantly – despite a declining overall market. LVT has taken market share from most products mainly due to its product and design advantages. Over the last 10 years it has also reduced in price and has improved availability.


SECTORS AND ROUTE TO MARKET The main growth sector in the period since the last report in 2016 has been leisure. Most other sectors saw a decline between 2016 to 2019, although the minor sectors of industrial, social housing and other private showed small growth.


Mel Budd from Leading Edge, who produced the report, commented: “One of the key sectors for floorcoverings is


12 | SPOTLIGHT


The GB Contract Floorcoverings Market 2


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