Topps Tiles expects pre-tax profits to edge up 1.6% to £13m in its year to September 28, with like-for-likes set to fall 0.5%.

Overall sales should be level with last year’s total of £177.7m.

After sales declines in its second and third quarters the tile specialist finished the year “broadly level” on like-for-likes, which it said provided encouragement for the year ahead.

Chief executive Matt Williams said: “In the face of some trading headwinds across the year we implemented a range of self-help measures which enabled us to take market share and deliver a modest increase in profit year on year. 

“The economy is starting to show signs of a gradual recovery and our business is well positioned to capitalise on any improvements in consumer confidence and increased levels of discretionary expenditure.”

Topps Tiles trades from 328 stores, having opened 18 and closed or relocated 15 during the financial year.