East Midlands upholstery, cabinet and beds distributor Birlea Furniture continued to find profitable growth despite the pandemic in 2019/20 and looks set for more this year.

Small Buckinghamshire traditional furniture supplier placed into liquidation.

Danish furniture retail conglomerate JYSK will expand its Yorkshire store footprint when it opens a new showroom in Leeds later this month.

A big bump in revenue in the first half has put international furniture and home décor retailer Maisons du Monde on target for record sales in the U.K. this year.

North West workplace furniture maker Senator International continued to remain profitable despite seeing a forecast pandemic-related drop in turnover crystallise last year.

Regulators have approved the takeover of Britain's largest bed specialist Dreams by Tempur Sealy International (TSI) with completion of the deal now just days away.

Stakeholders have strengthened the balance sheet of The Conran Shop, the international modern furniture, design and homeware retailer, via an equity issue.

The pandemic impacted revenue and costs for workplace and home office furniture giant Bisley in 2019/20, resulting in losses widening. Cash generation remained strong.

Weak exports hampered the recovery of West Yorkshire commercial carpet maker Burmatex in the first half of 2021 though stock market listed parent company Airea did report a return to profit.

FIRA International, the Stevenage based furniture test house and industry service provider, will next month host a webinar focusing on safety and compliance for domestic furniture.

Reacting to online demand and the acquisition of an ecommerce marketplace retailer boosted sales at the West Yorkshire company behind the Melrose Interiors brand last year.

Wholesale giant Headlam says high demand for residential carpets and other floorcoverings has helped mitigate weak figures from the commercial sector.

U.K. furniture companies will be eligible to enter the third Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Furniture Awards after the international non-Governmental organisation (NGO) expanded the scope of the programme.

The pandemic and the collapse of home furnishings retailer Laura Ashley came ahead of a prominent window dressing supplier completing an insolvent restructure earlier this year, leaving creditors facing a shortfall.

West Yorkshire adjustable furniture and mobility aids manufacturer Drive DeVillbiss Healthcare reported lower sales last year as sales to the retail sector were adversely impacted by the pandemic.

The CEO of foam company Recticel said it is difficult to predict when raw material challenges will normalise and cautioned customers that this may yet result in further price increases.

Double-digit wholesale growth negated falling sales at Kettle Interiors U.K.'s retail division in 2019/20, though rising costs weighed on the cabinet company's profits.

The U.K. arm of diversified furniture fittings and ironmongery giant Häfele Group found profit growth last year despite a double-digit decline in revenue because of the pandemic.

Nobia, the Swedish kitchens conglomerate whose interests include U.K. retail chain Magnet, enjoyed a strong sales bounce back here in the second quarter on store reopenings and weak comparatives.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has appointed Kathleen Mitchell, md at fashion brand Accessorize, as trading director.

Employees of Lebus, one of the largest sofa makers in the U.K., now own 100 percent of the Lincolnshire manufacturer after its shareholders decided to sell the business.

Likewise Group, the fast-expanding flooring distributor formed by former Headlam directors, says part of a fresh injection of equity funding has been earmarked to help fund acquisitions.

Ecommerce represented almost a quarter of IKEA's business in Ireland through 2019/20 as customers pivoted online while its large Dublin store was closed.

GNG Group, the West Yorkshire maker and supplier of foam-based products, has launched its first ever line of carbon neutral certified mattresses.

Andrew Porter UK has rebranded its furniture and homeware storage and fulfilment entity as AP+, specialising in end-to-end third-party logistics (3PL) solutions from its 300,000sqft purpose-built facility.

Development work to complete an online trading platform is continuing at pace says South East furniture retailer Hatfields, with the pandemic having reinforced the urgency of an ecommerce channel.

Retail sales of furniture and lighting climbed again in June against both the weak comparatives of last year and equivalent 2019 data. However, growth was at a softer pace as consumer demand began to abate.

Sales and profits declined at Brighouse fabrics supplier Mobus last year but the company said it is well placed to prosper amid a changing landscape in the upholstery sector.

A discount variety store retailer with 12 shops across the U.K. has filed a second notice of its intent to appoint administrators ahead of a hoped-for sale of the company.

The merger between furniture conglomerates Herman Miller and Knoll will lead to the creation of MillerKnoll, which will become the new name for the combined corporate entity.

Simba Sleep said it was profitable at the EBITDA line for the fifth straight quarter as it reported accelerating sales growth amid the easing of store restrictions in the three months to end June.

Sterling Furniture Group has reopened its Glasgow showroom after a remodelling project that has seen it become the third Sterling Home concept store.

The consumer confidence index for major purchases turned positive for the first time since the pandemic started this month, reaching its highest level since February 2020.

Premium furniture brand Roche Bobois has enjoyed fast order and revenue growth so far this year but the U.K. uplift has trailed behind the global trend.

Feather & Black has showcased the inside of its first new store since Dreams acquired the brand and its Internet operation last year. It says two more will follow before the year is out.

Howdens, the trade kitchen and joinery products supplier, says it now believes there is the scope for 900 U.K. depots, 50 more than previously targeted.

Baby boomers buying garden furniture helped drive revenue during the pandemic for the home, garden and leisure retail group behind brands such as Scotts of Stow last year.

London contemporary furniture and homeware retailer Cult Furniture built revenue, profits and cash amid the disruption of Covid and Brexit.

Richard Moore, executive director at Associated Carpet Group (ACG), is to leave for a new role in the U.K. floorcoverings sector after 16 years with the buying organisation.

A new online marketplace targeting interior designers with samples of fabrics, flooring, wallcoverings and other interior materials is gaining traction, with more 40 brands now signed up.

Better-than-expected trading driven by home sales has prompted fashion-to-furnishings retail giant Next to decide to repay a chunk of the business rates relief it has received from the Government.

U.K. furniture and floorcoverings retailers will be compelled to use Alternative Dispute Resolution (AFR) under new proposals put forward to protect consumers by the Government.

A return to more normal margin levels boosted profits for the company behind LPD Furniture in 2019/20 with its furniture division achieving big sales growth despite the pandemic.

Victoria says its carpet and underlay divisions outperformed all key competitors in the U.K. and abroad as it bounced back strongly from the first lockdown last year.

The luxury interior design and furnishings group behind the Morris & Co brand has cited post-Brexit demand for British-made goods among three positive sales drivers this year.

Revenue declined at Harrison Spinks in 2019/20 amid the impact of the pandemic but the Leeds mattress and components manufacturing group continued to generate cash and remain profitable.

The debt repayment schedule agreed with creditors of Celebrity Motion Furniture is progressing as planned as the rise and recline chair maker continues to emerge from the problems of former associated companies.

Fast-growing family-owned retail chain Sussex Beds will reach a dozen stores next month with it continuing its expansion into neighbouring counties in South East England.

North East cabinet manufacturer and retailer Funky Chunky Furniture has more than doubled sales as it benefitted from the channel shift to ecommerce and higher home furnishings spend.

Lower costs and rising average sales values helped kitchen retailer Harvey Jones narrow its net loss last year despite the impact of Covid on delivered business.

Upholstery retailer Sofology will next weekend open its fourth new store this year as it accelerates its overall plan to launch double-digit store numbers across the entirety of 2021.

One of the U.K.'s largest decorative lighting suppliers took a large six-figure bad debt charge following Laura Ashley's closure last year, while the pandemic exacerbated the impact on profits.

Officials at J.P. Morgan have exercised an over-allotment option to acquire shares in Made.com Group (MADE) as part of the furniture retailer's initial public offering (IPO).

Owners of The Very Group, one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture and home goods, have hired advisors to explore a possible initial public offering (IPO) or partial sale of the company.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow has hosted its first external Open Day as it looks to attract a new generation of home grown talent into the industry.

The CEO of Sofa Brands International (SBI) says the upholstery manufacturing group has seen a strong and sustained bounce back since the end of the first lockdown last year.

Revenue in the U.K. and Ireland jumped by almost a fifth for direct-to-consumer mattress company Eve Sleep in the first half of 2021, with the business also investing in stock.

Privately-owned ecommerce retailer Furniture Box has agreed terms on a new distribution centre facility near its Wiltshire headquarters.

The chief executive of United Carpets Group, Britain's third largest floorcoverings retailer, became the sole owner of the Yorkshire based company earlier this year.

1,000 shop roles will be made redundant across John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets, parent John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has confirmed.

Consumer price inflation (CPI) for the combined furniture and furnishings categories increased for a fourth straight month in June, reaching a 47-month high.

South Yorkshire bed company Aspire Furniture has taken a large warehouse near Leeds as it puts in place the foundations for planned growth over the next few years.

Independent retailer Hafren Furnishers will open a second store in Mid Wales after town planners approved proposals for the conversion of a former print works near Aberystwyth.

June saw even larger double-digit growth in annual input costs for U.K. furniture makers with a shift in the main raw materials affected, according to figures out Wednesday.

The U.K. arm of French designer furniture label Ligne Roset recorded a fourth straight loss in a year where revenue declined as a consequence of pandemic disruption.

Home retailer Dunelm Group is pushing further into the furniture category by building a large distribution centre for bulky goods in the East Midlands. It will be operational within 12 months.

Revenue dropped by nearly a third for upholstery importer Scan-Thors (UK) through 2019/20 with the West Yorkshire company citing the dual impact of the pandemic and the closure of Laura Ashley, a significant customer.

The new company behind the renascent department store retailer Beales is to reopen in a third site formerly occupied by its predecessor operation.

Living, dining and bedroom wood cabinet imports have reached never-before seen levels in the first five months of 2021 despite well-publicised supply chain challenges.

2019/20 figures for Dewsbury based G-Tuft, part of the Victoria group for just over two years.

One of the largest owners of retail property in the furniture and home goods sectors says revenue and footfall remains well off pre-Covid levels but retail parks are faring far better than in-town destinations.

The growth in sofa shipments to the U.K. slowed in the spring as retailers came closer to unwinding late 2020 orders and were left with only digital sales channels to replenish them.

Major U.K. cabinet maker Symphony built cash and remained profitable last year despite taking a large Covid-related hit to its top line.

Wayfair is partnering Shelter, the U.K. charity tackling homelessness and housing issues, with the ecommerce home giant to donate a proportion of profits among a series of initiatives.

Amara Living, the Essex based high-end interiors ecommerce retailer, has appointed Matthew Butlin to the newly-created role of chief technology officer.

Lower operating costs helped West London upholstery manufacturer and retailer The Sofa & Chair Company narrow losses last year despite the pandemic impacting sales.

Foam and sprung mattress imports jumped 90 percent on 2020, new figures show, with the total for the year to date now almost matching comparable data for 2019.

Carpet imports rocketed in the spring with the cumulative total for 2021 now overtaking comparable data for 2019 for the first time this year.

The southern Italian sofa manufacturer behind the Digiò Leather Sofas brand will launch a new upholstery programme here next week as it looks to build on rapid growth following its reintroduction to the U.K. market last year.

IKEA has opened a large format store in the U.K. on average once every 18 months since it arrived here back in the late 1980s. Compare with Germany, where the opening rate is closer to one every 10.

Supply chain challenges continued to impact U.K. furniture makers at the end of spring with manufacturing turnover still well down on pre-pandemic output.

Creditors of a 12-store discount store chain selling everything from furniture to fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) are on alert after the retailer filed a notice of its intention to appoint administrators.

Lars Larsen Group has completed its takeover of 16-store Swedish mattress chain Sängjätten, vendor Beter Bed Holding announced Friday morning.

Brintons, the heritage U.K. carpet maker with operations across the world, says it is over delivering against revised financial forecasts as its global hospitality, gaming, cruise and residential markets reopen.

Visitors are now able to register to attend the 2021 Bed Show, the National Bed Federation has announced.

North West home furnishings supplier Cleland McIver grew profits despite lower output last year and says it is proposing steps to strengthen cashflow amid supply chain disruption.

The circa £170 million timber group that runs businesses including wood based panels supplier Hoffman Thornwood has been sold to private equity.

A reorganisation combining co-owned companies behind a regional carpet and beds chain in the North and a national ecommerce carpet business has created one of the largest privately-owned flooring groups in the country.

Cox & Cox, the fast-growing ecommerce furniture and homeware retailer, has appointed Paul Strudwick as marketing director.

Retail giant IKEA has walked back plans to build a full-line superstore on the south coast at Lancing, near Brighton. It says it will sell the land instead and serve customers there in other ways.

The number of furniture, furnishings and flooring companies filing for insolvency in the U.K. continues to fall sharply as a result of strong consumer demand and Government support measures.

The pandemic delayed the opening of a new distribution centre and ended more than a decade of growth for one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned carpet wholesalers, but sales bounced back strongly after the first lockdown.

The pandemic and good weather drove demand for garden furniture and barbecues as department store and Internet retailer Dawsons booked high growth last year.

The Vita Group, one of the largest suppliers to the U.K.'s upholstery and bedding sectors, has acquired Technical Foam Services, a foam conversion business based in Corby, Northamptonshire.

Pike Textiles, the Cambridgeshire based sampling solutions specialist, has become a member of trade association the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Argos owner J Sainsbury said buoyant furniture sales in the past three months helped offset weakness in categories that had benefited in the immediate aftermath of the first lockdown last year.

North Yorkshire retailer Barkers (Northallerton), operator of one of the largest furniture and home stores in the country, said the support for and from key stakeholders was important as it traded through the pandemic.

The value of stock market listed fitted and freestanding cabinet furniture vertical John Lewis of Hungerford jumped sharply on Monday. The company said it doesn't know why.

John Lewis & Partners is to explore repurposing part of its vast property empire to build homes that can be then rented out, with tenants to be given the option of dressing them in the retailer's furniture and furnishings.

Sigma 3, the South Wales based manufacturer and retailer of kitchen, bedroom and home office furniture, maintained seven-figure profits despite the pandemic hitting sales last year.

Retailers have fewer than three weeks to enter the National Bed Federation's (NBF) annual Bed Industry Awards, which are scheduled to return in a physical format at the Bed Show later this year.

Expanding upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff will next month continue its store buildout programme with the opening of a third new showroom this year.

Consumer home show Grand Designs Live will this autumn host The Great Sleep Quality Experiment 2021 — where major bed brands will showcase their products in what has been described as the U.K.'s biggest blind mattress test.

Design Holding, the owner of high-end designer furniture and lighting brands including B&B Italia, Maxalto, Azucena, Arclinea, Flos, and Louis Poulsen, has opened a first designer retail showroom.

Ecommerce-led outdoor furniture retailer Moda Furnishings booked profits of £5.7 million at the EBITDA line after sales growth escalated in 2019–20.

Buy It Direct, the ecommerce group that runs websites including Furniture123, has acquired Outdoor Living, a retailer that sells hot tubs, spas and gazebos.

Family-owned retailer Cousins has for the first time disclosed the value of deals to acquire the flagship store, stock and a distribution centre of erstwhile regional furniture chain Alan Ward.

The company that acquired TJ Hughes department stores located primarily across the North of England and Scotland has agreed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with creditors.

Akula Living, the outdoor furniture supplier to the leisure and hospitality sectors, has agreed a six-figure debt finance package to help it fund overseas growth.

Bensons for Beds said its decision to grow the headcount at its Huntingdon factory by 13 percent is a response to rising demand, with the retailer and manufacturer concurrently adding more warehouse capacity.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has put its members at the heart of its revamped website, providing them with an enhanced digital presence for their products.

Upholstery specialist Sofology is launching a new rental option which gives customers the choice of agreeing monthly payment plans for a fixed period before returning products back to the chain.

Floorcoverings distributor Likewise Group says it plans to raise £10 million as part of a move to the Alternative Investors Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

Paloma Faith, the singer, songwriter and actress, has launched her own direct-to-consumer and wholesale interiors brand, majoring in soft furnishings and with plans to expand into furniture.

Headlam Group, the Midlands headquartered flooring wholesale conglomerate, has moved to reassure customers regarding stock against a backdrop of industry-wide supply issues.

Furniture and department store retailer Oldrids & Co, operator of the Oldrids and Downtown fascias, is to operate from a reduced physical store footprint through the autumn.

Revenue at ecommerce retailer Studio Retail Group jumped by a third in the year to end March with it citing furniture as a category that can help it raise average order values.

The sale of its self-storage business helped the parent company to former furniture retailer Alan Ward record seven-figure profits in 2019–20, ahead of the brand disappearing from the industry.

The company behind four-store independent retailer Fairway Furniture grew profits in 2020–21 and said the pandemic has left some regional competitors vulnerable.

The parent to out-of-town retailer Trago returned to profit in 2020 as it annualised vast property write-downs and benefitted from cost savings.

One of the U.K.'s largest makers of upholstered furniture for the leisure industry incurred a first-ever loss last year as its principal market was among the hardest hit by Covid.

Classic Furniture, one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned furniture importers and wholesalers, grew profits last year on the back of wider margins.

Britain's bed industry will be required to demonstrate how it will handle product recalls as a result of the latest update to the National Bed Federation's (NBF) Code of Practice.

National kitchen retailer Wren booked double-digit gains in both revenue and profit last year while a decision to invest in inventory proved judicious and helped negate supply chain issues that hurt rivals.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has relocated its Stockport store, having previously traded from a unit co-located with its former sister furniture chain Harveys.

DFS, the U.K.'s largest upholstery retailer, has appointed Loraine Martins OBE, director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail since 2012, as an independent non-executive director.

Year-long administration process leads to positive outcome for privately-owned six-store U.K. furniture retailer and other stakeholders including suppliers.

Hardwood furniture and upholstery retailer Oak Furnitureland is to expand into the sleep category, putting a recently acquired U.K. mattress brand at the heart of its plan.

U.K. shoppers' attitudes to furniture purchases edged closer to pre-Covid levels in June with consumer confidence pollster GfK reporting a third straight improvement in its Major Purchases Index.

Loaf, the eight-store and online furniture retailer, is now partnering payments company Adyen in a move that consolidates processes and should further improve the customer experience.

Exhibitors have already pledged their support to the Autumn Furniture Show after its sister Summer Furniture Show successfully heralded the return of trade events earlier this month.

Shares in DFS have performed admirably in the past 12 months, rising almost 70 percent. If they climb a bit further, the upholstery market leader will soon be as valuable as Made.com (MADE).

A showroom on Tottenham Court Road has doubled the number of Noble Souls stores in London as brand owner Timothy Oulton continues its worldwide expansion strategy.

Dreams, the U.K.'s largest bed specialist, has formally launched its dedicated ecommerce brand Sleep and Snooze, saying it will be distinct from its core business.

International trade in upholstered furniture ticked up last year despite Covid-19 wreaking havoc through the supply chain, limiting the ability for manufacturers to produce and retailers to open stores.

Department store chain John Lewis & Partners is to double the size of its furniture rental programme following the launch of a rent-with-the-option-to-buy pilot scheme last year.

Tempur Sealy International (TSI) and Leggett & Platt (L&P) both have long track records in the U.K. bedding market but their importance will be elevated further following deals for Dreams and Kayfoam Woolfson respectively.

The Manchester Furniture Show, this year to be held in Harrogate alongside the Home & Gift Buyers' Festival, has been selected to be part of a limited number of pilot events in the third phase of the Government's Events Research Programme (ERP).

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) will begin a hunt for a new managing director after Nick Garratt announced his intention to step down at the end of 2021.

Home and garden retail giant IKEA has extended its partnership with logistics company Wincanton at two key locations in the South East of England.

Ultra high end furniture company Linley says its business stands renewed, ahead of plan and restored to profit as it recovers from the profound impact of the pandemic.

Leeds direct-to-consumer mattress brand Otty Sleep achieved its first full year profitability milestone last year on the back of improved marketing efficiency. But it said stock shortages impacted delivered turnover.

Flooring conglomerate Victoria has agreed to buy multichannel U.S. smooth flooring distributor Cali Bamboo Holdings for consideration totalling $76.1 million (£55.1m) in addition to the paydown of debt.

Britain's competition watchdog said it will use the remainder of 2021 to gather, analyse and review information in relation to suspected resale price maintenance by a prominent U.K. lighting company.

Bed manufacturer Harrison Spinks has donated dozens of mattresses and divan bases to a pioneering new development in its home city that will positively support homeless people as they move back into communities.

May residential housing transactions were at a seven-year high as the property market continued to provide a pipeline of fresh business for furniture and flooring retailers.

WJ Aldiss, one of the U.K'.s largest privately-owned furniture retailers, said it remained profitable in 2019–20 despite the 10-week lockdown last March hitting the usually-strong spring promotional period.

Sofa fabrics supplier Mobus has paid tribute to md Ian Bostock following his decision to retire, saying he made a huge contribution and that it will look to build on his legacy.

Revenue declined for one of the U.K.'s largest suppliers of decorative lighting last year, with it saying that traditional bricks-and-mortar retail was hit first by Brexit uncertainty, which was then accelerated by the pandemic.

Ecommerce bed retailer Mattress Online enjoyed exponential sales and profits growth in the past year and is to up its bricks-and-mortar presence with a store opening programme.



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