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

furnitureQueueBIG-TICKET spend intention improved in April fuelling hopes for a bounce in furniture and floorcoverings retail sales, according to new consumer confidence data.

KITCHEN maker and distributor Howden Joinery Group Plc said current markets are stable and it remains on track to meet its new depot target for 2017.

A MAJORITY of British furniture and flooring retailers failed to match year-earlier trade in pre-Easter April trading according to business group CBI.

relyonBedPROMOTION follows retirement of longtime operations director at Somerset based Relyon and Dunlopillo beds factory

SALES and profits jumped at bedroom retailer Sharps last year on the back of increased media spend and new product introductions.

THE HOME shopping group behind the JD Williams department store brand said furniture sales trended up double-digit in 2016–17.

htlSofaLEATHER sofas giant—which has major U.K. furniture retail distribution—was sold to a China-based furniture conglomerate last year.

TWO of Europe’s largest furniture, home and lifestyle retailers narrowed full year 2016 losses in a sign investor-backed retailers are turning their attention to the bottom line.

gWildingVictTHE CHAIRMAN of Victoria Plc says he remains wholly committed to the group after a trust in which he is the beneficiary offloaded £18 million of shares.

A DAY’S less trade meant home sales missed by 5.0 percent at department store retailer John Lewis in the seven days to April 22.

buoyantUpholsteryMAJOR U.K. sofa maker Buoyant said underlying sales climbed last year, but total output fell on the loss of two high-profile customers.

BRITAIN’S biggest floorcoverings retailer said the market softened in the past quarter but it continued to make like-for-like sales gains.

dwellDWELL and Sofa Workshop both enjoyed high double-digit sales growth as they expanded their retail footprint in full year 2015–16.

OFF-PRICE home furnishings retailer HomeSense will take store numbers beyond 50 with new stores lined up in England and — for the first time — Ireland.

retailSalesChThCONSUMERS spent £27.8 million less on furniture and lighting last month compared to March 2016, according to new Government figures.

aldissPROFITS fell at furniture retailer W.J. Aldiss Limited on higher costs and narrower margins. Sales increased, though its order pipeline going into 2016–17 was lower.

DEPARTMENT store retailer Debenhams Plc today outlined a new corporate plan it hopes will lead to it becoming a destination, digital and different.

bhs2THE COLLAPSE of retail chains BHS and Fabric Warehouse hindered textiles supplier Caldeira in 2015–16, but the business has vowed to bounce back.

SALES totalled £84.2 million at John Lewis last week as the retailer made up earlier lost ground owing to the later fall of Easter.

HARRISON Spinks has added a new herd of goats at its 300-acre Yorkshire farm to boost mohair production, used as a filling in its high-end mattresses.

warrenEvansFascFOURTEEN-store beds and bedroom retailer Warren Evans built sales, profits and cash in the year to end December.

furmanacNEW CUSTOM helped boost sales at West Midlands adjustable furniture maker Furmanac Limited in the year to end June 2016. Profits also climbed.

RETAIL giant J Sainsbury Plc today said it would open another ten mini-Habitat stores inside its supermarkets this financial year.

sleepeezeeBedKENT bed maker Sleepeezee returned to profit in 2016 on top line improvement and as prior-year factory efficiency initiatives kicked in.

IMPORTS of woven and tufted carpets fell in February on weaker data from all major markets bar Turkey.

KurtDarrowTHE HEAD of La-Z-Boy’s global operations says it wants to secure and expand distribution in Britain before it would even consider replicating its U.S. business model here.

PREMIUM British mattress maker Vispring has partnered with Italian design brand Missoni Home to create three limited-edition beds.

flammability vertTHE BRITISH Furniture Confederation (BFC) says the chemical at the heart of research linking furniture fire retardants with cancer is no longer used by the industry.

CONSUMER price inflation for furniture climbed for the third straight month in March but continues to lag overall CPI.