The estate of the once-national upholstery chain Multiyork could see a further return after lawyers landed a second six-figure sum in relation to historic disputes.

Sofa importers failed to make it three straight months of growth in May as shipments declined on weaker trade with Italy and China — two of the big three source nations.

A double-digit decline in carpet imports pushed overall flooring data lower in May despite wood and vinyl trading levels holding close to flat against last year.

Furniture retail prices were lower for the sixth consecutive month in June though deflation in the category decelerated to its shallowest rate since February.

JYSK, the inexpensive Danish furniture chain, is rejigging its U.K. store footprint with the opening of a relocated store in the eastern foothills of the Pennines.

Isle of Wight retailer Solent Beds and Furniture is to open a new, larger Newport store to replace two smaller units in the town whose leases are expiring.

Privately-owned furniture and department store retailer Barkers of Northallerton maintained upward revenue momentum in the past year amid a backdrop of rising costs.

The names of the restructuring advisors handling the insolvency of retail company Bedworld Factory Shop have now been confirmed in statutory filings.

Upholstery retailer Sofa Club will this weekend open its largest space yet with the launch of a new store in Liverpool.

The managing director of independent bed retailer Linthorpe Beds is now the majority owner following an adjustment in shares among the founding family.

The number of furniture, flooring and furnishings industry companies filing for insolvency fell to its lowest level since 2022 in the second quarter of this year.

Furniture and home department store retailer Leekes will next month pull down the shutters on its Cardiff store following the relaunch of its refurbished Llantrisant branch last year.

The company behind the circa £20 million turnover Bed Kingdom business has bolstered its leadership team and buying function with new key hires.

Logistics company Home Delivery Solutions has ceased trading and filed for insolvency after customers shifting their business elsewhere scuppered hopes of a sale.

AP+, the provider of third-party logistics, storage and fulfilment for furniture and homeware clients, has appointed Darrell Loynes as sales manager.

Nabru, a pioneering ready-to-assemble sofa maker that has been selling upholstery direct to the consumer for over 20 years, has ceased trading with immediate effect.

Chris Everist, commercial director at upholstery manufacturer Parker Knoll and a furniture industry stalwart of more than 35 years, is to retire.

Noa Home, the Canadian ecommerce upholstery and mattress vendor with operations in four markets including the U.K., is to be wound down.

Insolvency practitioners have fleshed out details of the restructuring of upholstery company Conker, which we first reported earlier in July.

Currys chief financial officer Bruce Marsh is to take a non-executive board role at upholstery market leader DFS next month. He arrives as Loraine Martins OBE steps down.

Flooring market leader Carpetright filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators on Friday in a move that protects the business while sale negotiations proceed.

Court filing on Wednesday signposts administration appointment at West Yorkshire based retail company.

After-tax profits returned to a seven-figure level for the first year in nine at large Scottish furniture retailer Andersons of Inverurie through 2022/23 as falling costs and margin expansion mitigated lower revenue.

Turnover at the U.K. furniture factory gate declined in May as official figures for April, which had shown the first rise this year, were revised down.

The Cotswold Company, the ecommerce-led furniture retailer, will reach double-figure store numbers for the first time as it expands its retail footprint this autumn.

Carpetright, the U.K.'s largest flooring retailer and the longtime category market leader, is said to have hired PwC to run a formal sale process.

Ecommerce-led living, dining and bedroom cabinet retailer Top Furniture bolstered cash and profits as it enjoyed a stronger 2023/24 trading period.

An investment company that has over the past two decades run a slew of distressed furniture industry assets has been wound up after a successful petition by litigation funders.

A Chinese ecommerce home furnishings giant that has in the past described itself as the largest furniture vendor on Amazon in Europe has recapitalised its U.K. subsidiary.

Adjusted profits were two thirds lower on weaker gross margin at the South Yorkshire kitchen maker behind brands such as Sheraton, Mackintosh and Chippendale last year.

Stephen Davies, who has been with national retailer Tapi Carpets & Floors since the business was founded in 2015, has joined the board of directors.

An ecommerce platform bought in a Hail Mary attempt to galvanise Made.com exactly two years ago has gone through an insolvent restructure of its own, hurting creditors.

John Cotton Europe, part of the privately-owned John Cotton Group, has acquired the rights to the Dunlopillo brand in 12 countries across Central Europe.

Furniture, interior design and furnishings company Richard Grafton Interiors will this week relaunch its Harrogate flagship showroom following a refurbishment programme.

The General Election proved to be a disaster-class for the MPs who most recently made up the members of the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group.

The Furniture Makers' Company last week hosted its latest sustainability event with industry stakeholders agreeing ecodesign is at the heart of the circular economy.

Tempur Sealy International (TSI), whose planned takeover of Mattress Firm has been challenged by the U.S. antitrust watchdog, has cited the buyout of other retailers such as Dreams as proof that competition will not be harmed by the $4 billion transaction.

New suffix for bedding, window dressings and household textiles supplier.

Poltrona Frau, the premium Italian designer furniture company that sells through a mix of own-brand stores and third-party dealers like Aram and Chaplins, booked record U.K. revenue last year.

Fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture manufacturer Symphony bolstered liquidity as profits slid on flat sales and higher costs last year.

Paul Groves, a 35-year veteran of the bed industry, has rejoined Breasley (U.K.) as sales agent for the Midlands.

The South Yorkshire upholstery factory set up by general merchandise retail giant Next has in the past year returned its best-performance in the eight years since it began trading.

The diversified Yorkshire group behind mattress fillings and carpet supplier Rawson bolstered its top and bottom lines last year ahead of the disposal of its U.S. operations.

Sofa.com, which has already seen two concessions close this year, faces the loss of a third with its West Country department store host to change hands.

Direct-to-consumer upholstery vertical Distinctive Chesterfields is trading through new ownership following the insolvency of the brand's prior operating company.

Irish retailer EZ Living Furniture has opened the first of two stores originally slated for the spring as it presses ahead with its largest expansion programme in three decades.

Tickets are now available for the Bed Show’s 14th Gala Dinner and Bed Industry Awards ceremony on September 24, at the International Centre, Telford, the National Bed Federation (NBF) has announced.

Tapi Carpets & Floors co-founder Martin Harris, who was the face of the national retailer when it launched a decade ago, has left to pursue other interests. Other Harris family members remain at the heart of the business.

Upholstered furniture maker Conker plans to rebuild from its roots in Long Eaton amid a restructuring process that will see the privately-owned business downsize.

Emerging beds retailer Sleep. 8 last week opened its seventh U.K. store. The East London unit is its third inside the M25 as it builds its store network across South East England.

Control of a Cheshire fitted bedroom furniture company that booked profits of almost £1 million last year has passed to the next generation as part of a management buyout.

The Cotswold Company, the mid–high end furniture retailer whose roots are in case goods, is expanding its upholstery offer amid strong sales in the category and an estate-wide store refurbishment programme.

A reawakening in the housing market has given furniture and flooring retailers hope that demand may soon recover after residential property deal volume grew at its fastest pace in nearly two years.

The prepack deal to restructure high-end lighting, furnishings and interior hardware retailer Dowsing & Reynolds has left creditors nursing a seven-figure headache.

Furniture clearance specialist Brand Interiors is to downsize its store footprint with the planned closure of one of its North West branches.

A third-generation furniture maker with more than a dozen factories across Asia is said to have rescued U.S. cabinet and upholstery distributor Hillsdale Furniture.

The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC) has grown its corporate membership by a fifth over the past six months, boosting funds for its charitable and educational endeavours.

Furniture design, wholesale and retail group Neptune put the choppy waters of the post-Covid period behind it with a return to profit last year.

The restructuring of furniture and interior design retailer OKA Direct will result in the closure of its store in Edgbaston, its first store in the Midlands.

America's antitrust regulator is taking legal action to block Tempur Sealy International's proposed $4 billion takeover of Mattress Firm, the largest bedding retailer in the U.S.

Home and garden categories including outdoor furniture disappointed as Argos booked a drop-off in sales in the past three months.

The largest U.K. franchisee for the Natuzzi brand maintained a near double-digit net margin through 2022/23 as revenue growth mitigated weaker margins.

Sales and profits jumped by half for digital-led bed retailer MattressNextDay on increased visibility and margin expansion.

Cabinet furniture importer Bentley Designs worked down stock levels last year, bolstering cash and helping the business cut outstanding borrowings.

Retailer Furniture Village has claimed top spot in two sections of a nationally-recognised awards programme that celebrates family-owned and operated businesses.

The lead-up to Hypnos' 120th anniversary created a mindset within the bed maker that sought to shape the business "so that it reaches 200 years," according to group managing director David Baldry.

Living, dining and bedroom cabinet importer and wholesaler Classic Furniture worked down its stock position last year as liquidity improved amid tough trading conditions.

National retailer Bensons for Beds is to open a store on the Isle of Wight, its first outside mainland Britain.

Targeted promotions helped ecommerce-led furniture retailer Danetti rebuild cash by reducing closing stock last year in a period when it managed to narrow its trading deficit.

Dunelm supplier Cleland McIver booked record sales for the third straight year in 2022/23 though higher operating costs weighed on the bottom line.

National kitchen retailer Magnet has now closed more than 10 percent of its U.K. store footprint since the turn of the year, with plans for further downsizing of its retail estate.

David Phipp House Furnishers, one of the largest single-store furniture retailers in England, is to close permanently later this year ahead of the eponymous owner's planned retirement.

Furniture, home and giftware importer Coach House shrugged off declining sales to bolster profits last year as it found 5.9 percentage points of gross margin expansion.

An East Midlands sofa maker that expanded rapidly through the pandemic is looking to restructure its operations against a backdrop of challenging trading conditions.

The Conran Shop hopes to push deeper into the business-to-business market after opening its second new London showroom inside the space of a year.

Creditors voted in favour of OKA Direct's company voluntary arrangement (CVA) on Thursday as the furniture retailer took another step on the path to restructuring its business.

High-end interior design and furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group has warned on profits after already challenging U.K. trading conditions deteriorated further in the past two months.

A North West ecommerce furniture and home goods group that owns brands including VonHaus and Spinningfield has hailed a change of strategic direction for reversing a defensive mentality and delivering bottom line improvement.

Flooring underlay and accessories supplier Interfloor will be under new leadership for the first time in nearly a decade as longtime CEO John Cooper steps down this week.

The Swedish investment group that acquired U.K. furniture importer Julian Bowen as part of a pandemic-era acquisition spree has sold nine businesses as a job lot to a compatriot investor.

United Carpets & Beds brought more of its stores under the corporate umbrella last year in a period when rising costs weighed on the bottom line.

Big Shots, the annual clay pigeon shoot organised in aid of The Furniture Makers’ Company (TFMC), has raised an all-time high amount of £42,000 for the industry charity.

The founders of direct-to-consumer upholstery manufacturer Saxon Furniture have sold the company to its 79 employees ahead of their planned retirement.

Bedroom and home office furniture vertical Sharps has acquired Clever Closet, a provider of under stairs and loft storage solutions.

The parent company to East Midlands upholstery producer Celebrity Motion Furniture deleveraged last year, cutting outstanding debt by nearly a third.

Beds retailer Mattress Online plans to continue building out its physical store footprint in the next year, opening up to three more showrooms.

Wow Lifestyle, the Bradford maker of beds and mattresses for student accommodation and the leisure and hospitality sectors, has acquired new manufacturing premises.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress company Emma Sleep is to lay off close to a fifth of its worldwide employees after realigning its expectations for 2024.

Blackbridge Furnishings, the highly-profitable northern Scotland furniture retailer, has formally opened its new Inverness store.

North West upholstery vertical Fleming & Howland paid down debt as it recorded a third straight year of six-figure profits through its 2022/23 period.

Harrison Spinks has made a number of senior-level hires and promotions as part of a plan to elevate export sales across its finished mattress and components business units.

The North West furnishing fabrics supplier behind the ILiv brand generated more than £3 million of operating cashflow last year, helping it pay down debt in a period when profitability was stronger.

Furniture and department store retailer Bradbeers said it was very pleased with its trading results for 2023/24 bearing in mind the market conditions, inflationary pressures and general economic outlook.

Upholstery vertical Natuzzi narrowed its first quarter net loss as the Italian conglomerate found further cost savings and reduced the rate at which sales have been falling.

Sussex Beds has closed its Dover store citing perennial traffic congestion during holiday periods as a result of lengthy queues around the town's port.

Logistics provider ArrowXL will continue to provide two-person delivery services to the N Brown Group stable of retail brands after the pair renewed their partnership for a further five years.

The owner of lighting and interior hardware retailer Dowsing & Reynolds has successfully restructured the business following a prepack administration process.

Furniture and lighting retail sales fell on a year-on-year basis for the eighth straight month in May, according to official data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Consumer sentiment towards high value items such as furniture and flooring has this month improved to its shallowest level since January according to a closely-followed survey by GfK.

The historic Sofa Workshop brand has returned as a result of a collaboration between the I.P. owner and EZ Living Interiors, its exclusive retail partner in Ireland.

Private equity backed furniture vertical Sharps has revealed the terms of its unheralded buyout of challenger brand Fittingly for the first time.

Profits were two thirds higher for cabinet furniture, lighting and home accents importer Pacific Lifestyle last year as the Yorkshire business found a 6.7 percentage point margin expansion.

Furniture and homeware retailer Loaf has confirmed its previously-signposted fourth London showroom will be opening this summer.

Ex-C.P. Hart official take chief financial officer role at fast-growing brand.

The cash capital expenditure made by historic Norfolk furniture retailer Aldiss last year was the largest outlay since it opened its second large-format superstore, back in June 2003.

Flooring conglomerate Victoria recorded a wider net loss and a fall in underlying earnings as a challenging market hit demand.

Furniture retailer Lukehurst retired debt as it continued a long period of profitability in the year to January 31, 2024.

Home goods retailers continued to discount garden and outdoor furniture last month as poor weather threatened to leave many overburdened with stock.

Fabrics and furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group has agreed a £2.3 million cash transaction that secures the pension benefits of 119 retired and deferred scheme members.

The chairman and CEO of RH, the high-end furniture retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has provided a new steer on the likely opening timeline for its London gallery, which was originally slated for a 2023 launch.

The South Yorkshire flooring group behind the Online Carpets ecommerce store and regional flooring chain Wilsons Carpets returned to growth last year.

Swedish bed maker Dux has collaborated with Danish audio tech company Bang & Olufsen to produce a state-of-the-art headboard combining premium sleep and sound.

Longtime retail leader Huw Williams has left Toons Home Furnishers, the large Toon-family owned furniture and flooring independent based in Swadlincote.

Furniture Village says its new store in Lincoln, the first of several in the pipeline for the next year (see related), will open Friday, June 28, 2024.

A third share issue has brought total equity funding in furniture and lighting retailer The Conran Shop to £4.7 million in the year so far.

The upholstered furniture manufacturer behind The English Sofa Company, The English Bed Company and The Chesterfield Company brands booked strong six-figure profits last year.

RH, the premium-pitched U.S. furniture retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has entered the Spanish market with the launch of its new gallery in Madrid.

A strong living and dining furniture category drove an overall rise in cabinet imports in April despite continued weakness in the kitchen furniture segment.

Marks & Spencer has hired Marsha Smith, IKEA U.K. and Ireland's country deputy retail manager, as stores director for its West division.

OKA has followed plans to close its U.S. business with a cost-cutting restructuring proposal that will see the furniture and interiors retailer downsize its U.K. operation as it looks to return to profit.

Tempur's European factory continued to drive mattress imports into the U.K. in April, supported by growth from China and Ireland.

Upholstery retailer ScS has launched a long-planned sofa collection in partnership with Stacey Solomon, the television personality, presenter and singer.

Channel 4 Ventures has taken an equity stake in Vinterior in a deal that promises to provide wider public exposure beyond the capital for the second hand furniture marketplace.

Sharps booked a third straight revenue gain through 2022/23 but profits were lower as the bedroom furniture vertical absorbed higher overhead including money spent encouraging customers to spend.

Designer furniture retailer Heal's says its remodelled Tottenham Court Road store is delivering stronger sales despite its smaller size, and is less expensive to run.

CEO Tracey Bamber is one of two Silentnight executives to have been appointed to the board of Sleepeezee, the bed manufacturer acquired last month by H.I.G., the longtime Silentnight owner.

Privately-owned carpet manufacturing giant Cormar continued to bolster its balance sheet in 2022/23 despite market demand and cost pressures.

Abitare, one of the largest independent retailers of mainland European furniture brands such as Natuzzi and Calligaris, will begin a closing down clearance sale later this morning.

Floorcoverings imports climbed in April as a first rise in six months for carpet traders helped overcome a double-digit fall in the vinyl segment.

The Italian upholstery retailer that completed a take-private deal for ScS earlier this year is keen to pilot its flagship Poltronesofà brand in the U.K.

OKA, the upmarket furniture and interiors retailer, has closed its stores and ecommerce operation in the U.S. with immediate effect, and put its subsidiary there into an insolvency process.

Upholstery imports into the U.K. climbed for the second month in a row on an annual basis in April, according to HM Revenue & Customs figures released Wednesday morning.

Year-on-year turnover at the U.K. furniture factory gate climbed for the first time in six months in April in a sign that demand pressures may be cooling.

Online registration for the 2024 Bed Show is now open via the event website, organiser the National Bed Federation (NBF) has announced.

Sofa market leader DFS says profits will be about half the level of previous guidance as a consequence of a tough market and delays to deliveries because of Red Sea shipping disruption.

Man Wah, the world's largest recliner company, has revealed it made a vast increase in sales in the combined U.K., Irish and German markets in the past year as it ramped up its business with key customers.

Beaulieu International Group (B.I.G.), the diversified Belgian industrial conglomerate with interests spanning flooring to sofa fabrics, is investing €5 million transitioning to renewable energy.

Experienced retail executive Darren Kay has joined floorcoverings retailer Carpetright as stores director.

The owner of a circa £7 million turnover lighting and interior hardware retailer with 70 staff is targeting a restructure after moving to get protection from creditors on Friday.

Housing Units has completed the final phase of a five-year development plan that its CEO Nick Fox says "has solidified our position as the leading home furnishings retailer in the U.K.'s mid to high sector."

Restructuring advisors have been formally appointed to handle the insolvency of Serene Sleep Group, the beds and furniture supplier that ostensibly ceased trading earlier this spring.

Buoyant Upholstery and Bentincks, the company behind the Sofa Factory brand, have a settled a conflict of interest regarding the latter's Dorset sofa.

Andrew Thorpe has been appointed group sales director at Mansion House Bedding Company, the manufacturer behind brands including Mattison, EPOC, and The Old English Bed Company.

Northern Ireland supplier Ulster Weavers returned to profit last year after saying earlier restructuring work combined with overhead repositioning had led to a strong result.

Upholstery retailer Sofology has appointed a new creative agency to spearhead parts of its above and below the line marketing activities.

The Sofa & Chair Company will have to write off a significant six-figure debt owed to it following the insolvency of a sister business that previously traded a high-end ecommerce furniture operation.

An until-now unheralded bed manufacturer based in Devon has raised a large six-figure sum after issuing new preferred stock to shareholders.

Birmingham court filing signposts potential administration for home delivery company that works with major retailers and employs over 130 staff.

Manchester home shopping group N Brown reversed prior-year losses after it focused on more profitable business and lapped a series of non-recurring line items.

Wider gross margin and higher sales helped fitted furniture vertical Hammonds maintain seven-figure profits last year despite rising operating costs.



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