The latest industry news — across all categories — listed in chronological order, with the most recent articles first.

SutcliffeFactoryRESTRUCTURE via planned administration expedites move to import-only business model for Nathan Furniture and Sutcliffe brands

CollinsHayeshqINTERVIEW with FD at heritage sofa maker, who says he is aware of negative speculation in the market as the business targets turnaround under new owner

FEBRUARY saw a second straight decline in furniture sales with the Office for National Statistics also revising January figures down.

LEEDS based Posh Flooring has merged with Chinese producer Anbo International, creating a £53 million turnover floorcoverings supply and retail operation.

nextStoreDONCASTER site also features fashion-to-furniture retailer’s upholstery factory

PROFITS fell at general merchandise retailer Next Plc in the year to January 27 as margins narrowed on lower full-price sales.

sofaFrameOVERALL furniture makers price inflation eased in February despite the largest year-on-year rise in living, dining and bedroom cabinet in seven years.

charlesVernonIt would not be an understatement to describe the whole skills area in the furnishing industry as on the verge of crisis and in need of positive action from all companies, writes Charles Vernon.

CONSUMERS paid more for furniture for the fourth straight month in February though increases remained well below those of other goods and services.

scsFasciaRETAIL chain ScS narrowed its half-year deficit on higher revenue, with instore sofa and carpet sales both trending up double-digit.

HOME and leisure retailer The Range has disclosed plans for a new purpose-built headquarters in its home city of Plymouth.

HIGH street footfall held firm in February while retailers at out-of-town parks and shopping centres saw fewer potential customers.

healsTCRMARGINS widened and underlying sales climbed at designer retailer Heal’s last year as its transition from stores to multichannel operation continued.

RETAILER currently trades from four stores in the Republic of Ireland; two in Northern Ireland

FULL year revenue up for Cheers recliner brand owner

BURY based carpet maker strengthens management team

BoConcept fasciaA FORMER car dealer is planning to open a BoConcept furniture showroom in a listed building in Chichester, West Sussex.

RELAUNCH planned for spring 2017 Surrey show

arighiDC ThLONGSTANDING proposals for a purpose-built warehousing and distribution facility for Arighi Bianchi have moved a step closer.

argosConcessionGOOD luck to anyone trying to interpret Argos’ performance over the next couple of years. It is going to be a challenge.

westElmThumbTRENDY American furniture retailer West Elm said the rollout of mini-studios in John Lewis helped it gain momentum as global sales grew last year.

SOFA retailer DFS will take U.K. and Ireland store numbers to 113 with a new Kent store this Easter. It will also this month expand in Holland and Spain.

UPHOLSTERED furniture makers grew overseas orders by more than 50 percent last year as total furniture exports topped £2 billion, says BFM.

vida living dundalk extFURNITURE importer VIDA Living enjoyed bumper NEC as it looks to reverse a fall in profits in 2015–16

BOB Tasker, one of the driving forces behind family-owned Lancashire furniture retailer Taskers, has died. He was 92 years old.

cabinetVIETNAMESE cabinet shipments to Britain dropped 12 percent in January. Importers more than made up the shortfall with increases from elsewhere.

WIDER margins and higher sales boost U.K. market leader

polishUpholsteryUPHOLSTERY imports to the U.K. advanced 8.4 percent in January with European factories providing all the growth, chiefly Poland.

EUROPEAN carpet giant Balta has announced the acquisition of U.S. flooring company Bentley Mills Inc, a high-end commercial carpet tile maker.

HANDOVER complete following Jerry Yates’ retirement; Peter Ridpath becomes sales and marketing director at Swanglen

welcome furnitureWELSH cabinet furniture maker Welcome has completed a partial management buyout, with co-founder Russell Matthews selling his stake in the company.

housingUnitsNORTH West home furnishings retailer Housing Unit is celebrating its 70-year anniversary in 2017, with a series of initiatives to mark the landmark starting this month.

ONLINE growth helped John Lewis revenue advance 3.2 percent to £3.78 billion in the year to end January, offsetting weaker store sales.

PREMIUM bed maker Hypnos said it expects to employ at least 60 new apprentices as part of a five-year job creation plan at its two manufacturing sites.

sharpsFasciaBEDROOM specialist Sharps is opening stores at a rate of knots as it looks to replace space lost as a result of Homebase being sold.

WILL furniture retailers benefit from business rate relief measures announced in yesterday’s Budget?