Dunelm is to close the Kiddicare website next year while it will soon complete the transition of product from Worldstores.co.uk to its main Dunelm.com website
Home retailer Dunelm plans to drop the Kiddicare website, though says the baby and kids market remains a core category for the group.

Lorraine Selby (left) is retiring
Beds and living room furniture wholesaler Serene has appointed two new sales agents including a successor to Lorraine Selby, who is retiring after a 30-year industry career.

Wakefield supplier W.E. Rawson has been fined £600,000 plus costs following the death of an employee at its premises in 2014.

Sofa imports increased, offsetting the impact of falling UK sofa production
The value of British sofa production slipped below £1 billion last year after a high single-digit percentage fall compared with the previous year.

The UK bed market advanced again in 2017 as higher mattress production and imports offset a fall in the value of the divan category.

John Lewis home sales fell for a sixth consecutive week as the department store chain relied on fashion and electricals to come close to matching last year's top line total.

JYSK has traded in Bournemouth, Dorset, since 2013
Danish value furniture chain JYSK has closed its sole store in the South but will replenish store numbers next month with a new concept unit launching in Doncaster.

Retail sales went with the form book in June as the World Cup and sunshine boosted food, drink and TV sales but left furniture retailers cold.

Dunelm acquired the Fogarty IP three years ago
Home furnishings retailer Dunelm is leveraging the Fogarty brand it acquired in 2015 into a complete sleep solutions offer, adding products such as mattresses as part of a co-ordinated approach.

Bed specialist Mattressman has achieved the backing of creditors for its Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal, securing its near-term future.

French designer furniture brand Ligne Roset says it will do more to push its UK ecommerce business after lamenting its performance in 2016–17.

Rochester based Sleepeezee says conditions have softened after strong first quarter
Sleepeezee, the South East bed maker, says first quarter 2018 sales jumped nearly a fifth but it cautioned that consumers have been more reticent to spend in the period since.

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The BFC 2018 Manifesto
The British Furniture Confederation (BFC), the representative body whose members comprise the sector's leading trade associations, has sent its 2018 Manifesto to key legislators as it looks to highlight the importance of the £17 billion industry to the economy.

Oak Furniture Land EBITDA advanced by a fifth but net income declined
Profits fell at Oak Furnitureland as it incurred finance costs and professional fees which undermined the top line gains generated from new store openings.

Commentary on the 2016–17 results of JB Global, the company behind the Oak Furnitureland business.

Half-year net losses widened for Habitat outside the UK as rights-holder Cafom wrote down the value of its now-closed Norwegian arm.

The wholesaler is based at Binbrook Technical Park, Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire case goods distributor Classic Furniture recorded a net loss in 2016–17 as it battled the effects of adverse exchange rates following the Brexit vote.

UK numbers for 2016–17 now due in three months
Stakeholders and observers of Steinhoff's British businesses will have a longer wait to pore over 2016–17 figures after it enacted an across-the-board year-end change for its operating companies here.

Soft furnishings supplier Cleland McIver grew sales and profits last year amid investment in a new freehold distribution centre.

Revenue trended up in high single digits for North West fabrics business SMD group in 2016–17 with the company looking to expand sales abroad.

Coach House, the North West furniture and accents wholesaler, maintained double-digit net margin last year against a backdrop of rising costs.

Motion beds and upholstery maker Furmanac has appointed Stuart Page, most recently at Dreamworks Beds, as sales director.

An appeal to invalidate the Zero Gravity trademark has failed
Highgate Beds group retains the ownership of the Zero Gravity trademark — registered by its Matza & Co business — after a rival's efforts to have the mark invalidated failed.

Upholstery supplier Scan-Thors (UK) has cautioned of tough trading conditions with input costs rising and customers seeing fewer shoppers entering stores.

Beaulieu International Group (B.I.G.) has acquired privately-owned flooring companies in Canada and Australia in deals that boost total revenue beyond €2 billion.

Havelock is based at Kirkcaldy, Fife
Imperilled furniture maker and fit-out company Havelock Europa has been bought by Rcapital Partners, saving more than 300 jobs at the Scottish business.

Rivelin md Robert Smith (left) with MGM chairman Ben Burbidge at a ceremony at the company’s facility in Rotherham, South Yorkshire on Thursday, June 28.
Rivelin, a high-end outdoor furniture maker, has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark from The Furniture Makers’ Company following an independent audit.

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Bentley Designs moved from Greenford, London to Bicester, Oxfordshire
Furniture importer Bentley Designs (UK) incurred exceptional costs as its slipped to a loss ahead of moving to its new state-of-the-art Oxfordshire HQ.

General merchandise trended up for J Sainsbury in the past quarter as Argos continued to build a bigger presence inside the group's supermarkets and deliver online growth.

Wiltshire bed maker Dreamworks is to be integrated into the Gallery Direct business
Gallery Direct is to integrate the Dreamworks Beds operation it bought in 2015 into the Gallery business in a move it says will benefit both parties and eliminate duplication.

Retail buyers have signalled their intent ahead of the industry's lead summer trade event with visitors pre-registering for the Manchester Furniture Show up nearly a quarter on last year.

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John Lewis home sales were lower for the fifth straight week
The sun scorched a hole in John Lewis' sales figures last week as the weather kept big-ticket shoppers away.

Grass, which supplies movement systems used by furniture manufacturers around the world, has begun work on a new central warehouse that represents the single biggest investment in the company's history.

The company behind Home & Retail entered administration in April
The collapse of furniture courier Home & Retail earlier this year was down to it being unable to get insurance cover after "less skilful" drivers crashed too often.

Margins weakened by rising costs including stock write downs.

Rising yarn prices hit Cormar Carpets' profits
Cormar Carpets reversed a rare sales fall to return to top line growth in 2016–17. Profits declined because of rising costs.

Jas Bagniewski has left Eve Sleep, which launched an IPO last year
Mattress brand Eve Sleep has parted company with CEO and co-founder Jas Bagniewski with immediate effect. The company says its performance fell short of expectations in the six months to end June.

Eve Sleep will sell its heavily-promoted mattresses and other ancillary products in Dreams stores, after agreeing a partnership with the national bed specialist.

The reasons we think Harveys makes for an unlikely disposal candidate.

Bensons performed well while Harveys was loss-making
Half-year operating losses widened for Steinhoff's UK household goods division ahead of it implementing a new plan to improve the fortunes of its underperforming Harveys chain.