Reuters has reported that Carpetright said sales at British stores open over a year rose 1.7% in the 12 weeks to 21 July.
That compared with a rise of 1.4% in the fourth quarter of the previous year.
"We also recognise that this period does include some benefit from the unusually wet weather, which has produced consistently positive customer footfall to our stores," said chief executive Darren Shapland.
Although inflation and unemployment are falling, Britons' disposable income is still being squeezed by meagre wage growth and government austerity measures.
Carpetright, which has issued a raft of profit warnings over the last couple of years, has been particularly hard hit because of a stagnant housing market and because carpets are a deferrable purchase.
The firm has responded by lowering prices, expanding into beds, upgrading its range of laminate flooring and cutting costs.
Like-for-like sales in Carpetright's Europe division (Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands) fell 6.3% having fallen 4.4% in the previous quarter, reflecting the lack of consumer confidence in the Eurozone region.
The firm said gross margin improved in line with expectations and for the full-year it expects growth of 200-250 basis points on 2011-12. It added that its overall expectations for the year are unchanged.
Shares in Carpetright, down 11% over the last month, closed Monday 20 July at 624 pence, valuing the business at £421M.
Around a quarter of the equity is owned by the family of the firm's founder and chairman Philip Harris, while Bill Gates, America's richest man, owns about 6%.