BIETIGHEIM, Germany -- Armstrong DLW AG, an indirect subsidiary of U.S.-based Armstrong Holdings Inc. reported that it has terminated plans to sell the textile and sports flooring division operating under the brand name Desso.

"Based on a recent review of the economy, our industry and our businesses, we now believe Desso will be a solid fit in the global Armstrong flooring portfolio,” said Chan Galbato, Armstrong Floor Products president and CEO. “We will now focus on operating and growing the Desso businesses."

Approximately 1,300 Desso employees produce commercial carpet and artificial sports flooring in The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Based in Oss, The Netherlands, the division had annual sales of approximately 300 million Euros in 2000.