CLARKE & Clarke buy, plus dollar conversion boost fabrics and furnishings group

BEDDING supplier builds on 2015–16 growth

clelandMcIverCushSales reached £41.2m at Cleland McIver in 2014–15 as the soft furnishings supplier expanded its workforce and made the most of efficiencies.

colefaxColefax Group PLC says the introduction of a 12 per cent stamp duty rate on high value homes is affecting demand for luxury furnishings.

fryettsEarnings doubled at the group behind North West furnishing fabrics supplier Fryett’s in 2014–15, boosted by rising sales and higher margins.

harry corry co fasciaBedding and soft furnishings chain Harry Corry says its realigned cost base after agreeing its CVA earlier this year has put it on track to return to profit in 2015–16.

Diversified furnishings group Ena Shaw is forecasting growth of almost a fifth this year driven by market tailwinds and the full year contribution of its Montgomery brand.

Dunelm posted rising sales and profits in 2014–15 as it made the most of its existing and new stores and its burgeoning online business.

Colefax Group profits passed £5m as its fabrics and premium sofas businesses performed strongly in the year to end April.

The UK home furnishings retail arm of fashion giant Zara posted strong growth in 2014–15.

Premium fabrics and furnishings group Walker Greenbank says it has capitalised on rising demand at the top end of the market so far this year.

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MARKET DATA

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Furniture UK retail sales data for the past 12 months and over the past nine years.


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Charts showing benchmark salaries across the home furnishings industry, spanning retail — covering both independents and national firms — upholstery, flooring, beds, case goods manufacturers as well as wholesalers.


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Quarterly furniture and flooring imports and exports data, featuring the total value for each across both categories. Updated quarterly.


Insolvency & Legal


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Charts showing benchmark gross margin and pre-tax margin for companies in the home sector, broken down by home furnishings retail, including both national and regional businesses, upholstery, case goods, importers, flooring and beds.


The Debt Report


See who and how much was owed by insolvent companies in the home furnishings sector. Lists contain recent business failures, their directors, balance sheet information, who they owed money to, and how much.


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Charts showing furniture and floorcoverings retail and manufacturers' price inflation.