Pile of profit for Headlam.
"Our decision to concentrate on improving the bottom line is paying of" chief executive Ian Kirkham said.
Despite falling consumer spending - which has hit the likes of Carpetright - Headlam managed to increase sales by 38 per cent to pounds 160.7 million in the six months to June 30, taking market share off rivals.
After-tax earnings rose 22 per cent to 9p per share, supporting a dividend up 20 per cent to 2.1p.
"Clearly the task before us is to continue improving our results in the face of a more challenging sales environment," Mr Kirkham said.
"Our strategy has been to place greater emphasis on internally-generated enhancements to sales margins and overhead control, rather than rely on a constantly improving sales picture."