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Harveys and Bensons for Beds are not reliant on group funding from Steinhoff
Steinhoff International Holdings has told lenders that Bensons for Beds, Harveys and its British sofa and mattress factories are self-sufficient and not reliant on group funding.

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Profits fell for IKEA's principal operating company in 2016–17
UK retail profits declined for IKEA in 2017–18 despite it adding another £98 million in sales through higher online activity and a first full year contribution from its Reading store.

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IKEA has shelved plans to open a store near Preston, Lancs.
IKEA has abandoned plans to open a store near Preston citing increased costs and delays outside its control.

Shirley Jackson, operations director at North West manufacturer Penthouse Carpets, has been promoted to managing director.

Somerset and Staffordshire retailer In2Beds has closed its stores citing circumstances beyond its control.

Hull cabinet maker Kingstown Furniture has joined trade association BFM as an 'Approved Member.'

John Cotton Nonwovens and BekaertDeslee, both major suppliers to the bed manufacturing sector, will again sponsor visitor and exhibitor refreshments at this autumn's Bed Show.

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"We are delighted to have received such strong support," said CEO Wilf Walsh
Carpetright's turnaround plans gather pace today with the chain launching its fully underwritten share issue that will net the retailer £60 million, half of which will be invested in stores and online.

The combined wealth of the home furnishing industry's richest people and families increased by £3.1 billion in the past year, according to data compiled from The Sunday Times Rich List 2018.

Home furnishings retailer Dunelm Group has appointed Laura Carr as chief financial officer, succeeding Keith Down.

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Prestige Beds won the sub-£5m beds turnover retail award in 2017
This autumn's Bed Industry Awards — organised and run by the National Bed Federation — have been expanded with the retail categories split by both size and channel.

Logistics company Canute Group has completed an insolvent restructure after assets were sold to a newco under common control, according to trade journal Motor Transport.

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Silentnight ending multi-year absence from UK's biggest furniture trade event
Silentnight, Britain's biggest bed maker, has agreed to exhibit at next year's January Furniture Show, marking its return to the NEC after a multi-year absence.

Bed specialist tells Irish Times that Ireland expansion under consideration.

Carpet maker and distributor Furlong Flooring more than doubled profits last year as it found cost savings and expanded margins. Turnover declined.

Deal for two-store East of England retailer at advanced stage.

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Javier Quiñones takes control of UK, Ireland business June 1
IKEA has appointed Javier Quiñones, currently deputy retail manager, as the new head of its UK and Ireland retail operation.

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Management change at upholstery vertical Sofa.com
Change at the top at Sofa.com, the clicks-to-bricks upholstery specialist which recently saw debt holder take control.

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Home sales were down by 5.4 percent last week at John Lewis
Warm weather shoppers helped lift John Lewis sales last week but home merchandise failed to match year-earlier levels.

The owners of the largest furniture, home accents and gift trade fairs in the United States are to merge, creating the world's largest operator of home goods events.

Hayden Davies, the former longtime leader of furniture test house FIRA International, has been installed as the master of The Furniture Makers' Company.

Ball & Young, which supplies underlay used in the installation of new floorcoverings, said it absorbed the rising cost of raw materials last year.

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JYSK owners made further UK investment last year
Danish furniture retailer JYSK has again upped its investment in its British retail business.

Chinese wood furniture imports climbed in March to leave first quarter bedroom, living and dining from the country fractionally below the same period in 2017.

Revenue jumped nearly a third at recliner maker Man Wah Holdings as the acquisition of sofa factories in the Baltic states masked soft trading at its underlying European business.

Belgian carpet imports into the UK are off double-digit so far this year but the overall total remains flat, after others made up the shortfall.

The company behind the Vaseys Style Store in Carlisle last year recorded its first net gain since the financial crash a decade ago.

First quarter upholstery imports into Britain fell primarily because of weaker figures from China, the UK's main source of overseas product.

Footfall fell again in April as poor weather kept shoppers away from stores according to the British Retail Consortium.

The value of mattress imports advanced by more than a quarter in the first three months of the year driven by increases from all five of the main source nations.

Mattress upstarts are evolving, out of necessity.

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Performance worsened at House of Fraser in 2017
The prospective new owner of House of Fraser says terrorist attacks and Brexit related uncertainty were behind a slump in performance at the chain last year.

The business and assets of North West mattress maker Babywise have been sold to one of the children of the late founders.

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Steinhoff will meet lenders at a London summit next week
Steinhoff International Holdings says it can't carry on funding working capital through asset sales and has warned the hole in its accounts may be larger than first thought.

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Bed brand adds hybrid foam/spring mattress
Eve Sleep has ended its one-mattress approach to market with the launch of a second, after it introduced a new product that marries foam and springs.

Carpetright, the UK's largest floorcoverings retailer, has agreed a new £15 million loan from Meditor Capital Management, its largest shareholder.

Beds group Breasley has appointed Paul Gammon and Mike Fitzgerald as areas sales representatives, bolstering its sales force.

IKEA, Britain's biggest home furnishings retailer, has opened its long-in-the-planning Exeter store, taking its UK portfolio to 25 including its order-and-collect showrooms.

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Sales were up sharply at VCF (UK) though input costs hit profits
Input cost headwinds and one-off factors dented earnings at Vita Cellular Foams (UK) last year. The company, a major foam supplier to Britain's mattress and sofa makers, continued to grow sales.

Vita Group, one of the big-three foam suppliers, is to have a new private equity owner, confirming takeover stories first reported earlier this year.