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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

maisonsDuMondeHomePUTTING a number on the French furniture and décor retailer’s nascent U.K. business following its high-profile TV launch here last year.

carpetShowroomHEADLAM Group Plc has promoted longstanding executive Tony Judge to chief operating officer and confirmed the acquisition and price of Mitchell Carpets.

grampThELGIN furniture retailer Anderson & England has objected to plans by a rival to build a new 30,000sqft. store on the edge of the town.

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