Carpetright has said trading in its half-year update for the 26-week period ending 27 October was \u201cheavily impacted\u201d by the company\u2019s restructuring which included 67 store closures.\r\n\r\nIt said like-for-like performance remained negative in this second part of the period however \u201cthere was an improvement in the trend, as the restructuring activity began to take effect\u201d. \u00a0\r\n\r\nTrading performance in the rest of Europe including the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland was \u201cslightly ahead\u201d of the same period last year.\r\n\r\nA further six stores are expected to close prior to the end of December 2018. It added it \u201cremains confident\u201d of achieving the \u00a319m of annualised benefits announced as part of the recapitalisation of the group in May 2018.\r\n\r\nWilf Walsh, chief executive, said: \u201cThis is a transitional year for Carpetright as we work through our restructuring plan. I am pleased to report that this activity is firmly on track and has started to yield benefits as we create a right-sized and well-located portfolio of stores on sustainable rents. We also continue to modernise our existing estate as well as investing in our digital capability.\u201d\r\n\r\nA further update will be provided at the announcement of the interim results for the 26 weeks ended 27 October 2018 on 11 December 2018.