For a long time, Swoon was among a cohort of furniture brands seasoned industry-watchers would file in the cabinet marked 'view with a healthy dose of scepticism.' [Premium]

Record profits, record sales we reported in January 2023 when NCF Living filed year to March 2022 accounts. [Premium]

Interest free credit (IFC) is a popular lever to pull for big-ticket retailers that not only aids sales but also tends to encourage higher average order values. But it is not without cost to the retailer. [Premium]

Furniture Village has filed its first full-year accounts since the share buyback that enabled executive chairman Peter Harrison and family to take outright ownership of the business for the first time in its 35-year history. [Premium]

The bottom line at Vispring is larger than the top line at most other leading U.K. bed manufacturers, but that fact still warrants further explanation. [Premium]

The closure of Nobia's Halifax kitchen factory, which the Swedish conglomerate announced on Tuesday, is a further blow for furniture manufacturing in West Yorkshire. [Premium]

Chart showing the number of furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings companies to have filed for insolvency in each quarter since 2018. [Premium}

The Harrison Spinks manufacturing group was not immune from the tough market last year, but its finances are as robust as ever. [Premium]

The expansion of the RH brand into Europe began in a spectacular way with the launch of RH England last year, in a unique property like no other operated by any furniture retailer. [Premium]

Marks & Spencer's (M&S) decision to rationalise the SKU count across its furniture and beds offer is a big deal, not least because the retailer is currently one of the top 20 in the category. [Premium]

DFS shares closed 6 percent lower on Tuesday after it warned full year profits would be lower than it forecast as recently as eight weeks ago. It follows a torrid start to the year for the upholstery market. [Premium]

More on the acquisition of Resident, owner of large U.K. mattress seller Nectar Sleep. [Premium]

National retailer Bensons for Beds delivers better headline numbers but other data will be just as telling. [Premium]

It is now almost eight years since NorthEdge backed a management buyout at Westbridge owner Belfield and the private equity group has now renewed its financial support. [Premium]

Switch to "self-sourcing" impacts TCM Living sofa import business unit. [Premium]

The restructuring of the Birmingham-headquartered Lee Longlands business at the height of Covid is an increasingly distant memory. [Premium]

More encouraging news on shipping, if not on container lead times; and more details on the buyout of upmarket kitchens vertical Harvey Jones. [Premium]

Delays associated with the Red Sea shipping crisis are causing a headache to the U.K. bedding industry, and the reason, bizarrely, is all to do with the late arrival of carpets and other floorcoverings. [Premium]

EZ Living Furniture and EZ Living Interiors are different retailers, under different ownership, but they share several things in common. [Premium]

The planned permanent closure of John Young Furnishings of Keswick is another reminder that the biggest threat to the existence of independent furniture and flooring retail doesn't come from competition or weak economic conditions. [Premium]

Revenue has now fallen in each of the past two years for ecommerce-led beds retailer Mattress Online but the long-term trend paints a picture of consistent growth. [Premium]

Harvey Jones' white knight has arrived after the luxury kitchens manufacturer and retailer signposted both its distress and intent to restructure in court earlier this month. [Premium]

There have been many successful ecommerce entrepreneurs in the home sector but those with multiple wins on their CV are few and far between. With a notable exception. [Premium]

Separate maps for furniture and floorcoverings, showing store numbers by U.K. region in 2023.

The new bedding company run by former Dreams executives Greg Suthern and Nick Worthington and backed by Mike Clare was never likely to fly under the radar for too long. [Premium]

25 years of U.K. furniture manufacturing turnover in a single chart. [Premium]

Sales declined for both DFS and Sofology last year but there was at least one part of the Doncaster upholstery group where revenue was still in the ascendancy. [Premium]

Many of the country's top privately-owned retailers are members of Associated Independent Stores, making the West Midlands organisation a bellwether for elite U.K. furniture retail. [Premium]

Most company executives, when asked what is their most important asset, will say their people. Most important, yes, but most valuable? That is another question entirely. [Premium]

More Argos, More Often, says parent company J Sainsbury. What does that mean for furniture and beds? [Premium]

If you want to know what will happen to furniture and flooring demand, look at the housing market. [Premium]

Charts showing the number of mattress manufacturers and their respective turnover sizebands and how that has changed since 2017. [Premium]

The diversification strategy deployed by Julian Charles, the circa 70-store soft furnishings and bedding chain, should come as no surprise, given its ownership. [Premium]

Rising interest rates spell bad news for most furniture retailers as they depress the housing market, a key signifier for the health of the sector. [Premium]

Earlier this year, German bedroom furniture looked like being the standout success story of 2023 for U.K. buyers. Not any more. [Premium]

The owner of emerging furniture and furnishings retailer Dusk has already built one ecommerce behemoth and is well on the way to creating another. [Premium]

A decade ago, approximately one in every 241 sofas sold in the U.K. was made by South Wales sofa maker Ashwood Designs. Roll forward 10 years, and strong growth has seen that ratio tumble. [Premium]

After a record low in 2021, the number of insolvencies in the home furnishings industry has progressively climbed, and the evidence suggests smaller companies have found the going toughest. [Premium]

Improved trading from La-Z-Boy's U.K. operations has enabled the U.S. motion upholstery giant to recoup about a quarter of its total outlay since it re-acquired the brand rights to the British market after Brexit. [Premium]

Most furniture retailers that have doubled their turnover will have done so with the benefit of new store openings. [Premium]

Stay informed. Subscriptions start from less than £2 per week:

Already a subscriber?    Sign In