Wolf Components' Rob Shuttleworth
Rob Shuttleworth has been promoted to technical sales director at Wolf Components, the Yorkshire maker of mattress springs.

Follows departure of Alison Hill to Steinhoff-owned rivals.

By next month, HomeSense will have added 15 new stores since Feb. 2017, bringing the total past 60
Homesense, the off-price furniture and homeware chain, is adding half a dozen new stores late spring/early summer as it builds out its UK retail network.

Home sales advanced for department store chain John Lewis last week, a first rise for the broad product grouping since the end of March.

The National Bed Federation is adding feature areas to the Bed Show 2018, including Business, Knowledge and Services Hubs.

Seven European partners including furniture makers' trade body BFM have combined to develop the content for an International Masters Degree, part of a wider plan to tackle the furniture industry skills shortage.

Offers invited for stores in Huntly, Banff and Buckie.

Britain's advertising watchdog has told a North East carpet retailer to change its advertising after ruling one if its adverts could encourage excessive alcohol consumption.

Savoir will host a Moon Party on the eve of the World Cup
Savoir is opening a showroom in Moscow, the city that is home to Russia's top ten billionaires and a growing roster of the premium British bed maker's clientele.

Headlam, Europe's largest floorcoverings distributor, has pinned falling underlying sales at its UK business on flaccid demand from its largest customer, and the weather.

Otty plans to take its business into mainland Europe
Otty Sleep, the Yorkshire mattress brand that launched in 2016, is expanding into the German market as it looks to build a £10 million business this year.

Alison Hill will report into Harveys md Kalwant Singh
Alison Hill is taking the newly-created creative director role at furniture chain Harveys with an additional brief to support its sister retailer Bensons.

Natuzzi's Tottenham Court Road, London showroom
Natuzzi said its British retail stores delivered first quarter growth and says it will add new stores here later this year.

The new flood-resistant store opened over the Bank Holiday weekend
West Yorkshire furniture retailer Russell Dean has re-opened following an extensive rebuilding project designed to consign flood-water disruption to history.

Gillies, the major North and East of Scotland furniture retailer, returned to top line growth in the year to end August 2017.

A furniture retailer owned by a Turkish industrial giant has opened its first store in the North, adding to its two London shops.

veryBeds will introduce IFC to boost furniture sales
Very owner Shop Direct says it will introduce interest free credit as a way to bridge the gap to rivals after seeing furniture sales fall sharply in the nine months to end March.

Dunelm says the homewares market has been soft
Dunelm says profits will be lower than forecast after a downturn in trading that has been "materially more challenging than had been expected."

Mattress companies shrugged off the wider malaise in the furniture sector in April, growing year-over-year sales where other big-ticket categories declined.

Bunnings owner Wesfarmers has offloaded the circa 250-store Homebase chain to turnaround outfit Hilco for a nominal sum.

Loaf's Macclesfield Road store
Furniture retailer Loaf has opened its fifth store and its first in the North, with a 7,500sqft. unit at Wilmslow, Cheshire.

Darren Marcangelo skydives to raise cash for The Furniture Makers' Company
Managers at Leeds beds and components group Harrison Spinks raised £1,400 for industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company after completing a tandem skydive.

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Nick Garratt has been with Ercol for 13 years, and md since 2013
Nick Garratt is to leave his post as managing director at furniture maker Ercol, with a recruitment process underway to find a successor.

Ekornes had UK sales of around £19m last year
Chinese furniture maker and retailer Qumei is to buy Norway's Ekornes — owner of the Stressless recliner brand — in a deal worth the equivalent of £472 million.

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Heal's is celebrating 200 years of trading on Tottenham Court Road
Heal's, the designer furniture retailer, says it slashed its underlying loss in half last year aided by higher sales and lower delivery costs.

Tesco is to stop selling furniture following the closure of its Tesco Direct operation, the retailer has told The Furnishing Report.

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UK sales were up double-digit for West Elm, whose UK stores include its TCR flagship
West Elm, which has three UK stores and sells on a wholesale basis through John Lewis, made revenue gains here in the first quarter of its 2018–19 financial year.

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Heal's is opening at Westfield London May 31, 2018
Designer furniture and homewares retailer Heal's will next week open its third new store in the space of eight months.

Space is running out for exhibitors looking to exhibit at international furniture fair IMM Cologne, event organiser Kölnmesse has said.

An industry-specific Level 3 Furniture Apprenticeship — backed and funded by BFM and The Furniture Makers' Company — has gained official approval.

Loaf, which opens its fifth store this week, says it will cover the role internally.

Marks & Spencer is one of the UK's largest retailers of furniture
Marks & Spencer says it will close stores at a faster rate as it enacts its plan to shutter a quarter of its legacy clothing and home estate and shift sales online.

Outdoor lines propped up John Lewis furniture sales last week but couldn't prevent a seventh straight week of declining home goods sales.

Floorcoverings supplier James Halstead says it will not bid for smaller rival Airea after all. It ends a period of speculation that it may acquire the Burmatex brand owner.

Tesco Direct carries a significant furniture offer
Tesco is to close its non-food website Tesco Direct this summer as part of a rethink of the way it approaches the sale of general merchandise such as furniture.

The headline figures suggest IKEA posted lower profits and higher sales last year. But that paints far from the full picture at the UK's largest home furnishings retailer.

Half-year sales climbed for Habitat outside the UK as its foreign rights holder said it was focusing operations in Central and Western Europe.

Flooring and wallcoverings retailer Topps Tiles says it wants to continue building out its store footprint, and has identified up to 25 "priority new store opportunities."

Tim Stacey becomes CEO November 1, 2018
DFS chief operating officer Tim Stacey will this autumn succeed Ian Filby as chief executive, the UK's largest sofa retailer has announced.

Mattresses will be checked to ensure the specifications are as claimed
The National Bed Federation has launched a due diligence programme that will see it purchase and test mattresses of both member and non-member manufacturers.