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Sales were better than expected in the first quarter
Warmer weather helped general retailer Next to record higher than expected sales in the 14 weeks to May 7, driven largely by its Internet business.

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Selency.co.uk has launched in the UK
Selency, a Paris based interior design marketplace business specialised in vintage furniture and home décor, has launched into the UK market for the first time.

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Home sales fell for the fifth straight week despite big-ticket successes
Home sales were down at John Lewis last week despite its furniture and flooring sub-categories making double-digit gains.

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WJ Aldiss trades from stores at Fakenham and Norwich
East of England furniture retailer WJ Aldiss grew profits last year and says it has already earmarked the funds to be reinvested.

Retail sales fell 3.1 percent in April according to the British Retail Consortium with some of the drop-off down to the earlier Easter this year.

The advertising watchdog has told Oak Furniture Land owner JB Global to ensure it can back up savings claims after it made a ruling against the retailer.

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NCF Living is opening another store in the South
NCF Living, the Midlands furniture retailer, will open its second store in the South of England with a new Buckinghamshire unit primed to launch this month.

Attendance at CIFF Guangzhou — one of the most important trade fairs for the global furniture industry — increased this year, according to data released by show organisers.

Home department store retailer Gardiner Haskins said it will take steps secure future profits after posting a third straight sales and earnings decline last year.

Former furniture department head at Fenwick joins buying group.

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Mohawk operates dozens of brands worldwide, including Quick-Step
Sales outside North America jumped 18 percent for Mohawk Industries, the world's biggest floorcoverings supplier, in the first quarter of 2018.

Julie Walbaum will this summer succeed Gilles Petit as CEO at Maisons du Monde, the fast-expanding furniture and home décor retailer building a presence in the UK and other markets worldwide.

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UK delivered sales advanced for Stressless in Q1, 2018
High demand late last year helped Ekornes, owner of the Stressless furniture brand, deliver double-digit revenue growth in the first three months of this year.

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Tony Lisanti, Airsprung CEO, has been elected NBF president
Tony Lisanti, the longtime CEO at Airsprung, has been elected the new president of the National Bed Federation, the trade association has announced.

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"We're very pleased with the response we're seeing from customers in the UK," said CEO Niraj Shah
Ecommerce giant Wayfair says it is ideally positioned to "scale at pace" in the UK as it posted another quarter characterised by high growth and widening losses.

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Modani's showroom in San Francisco, California
Maisons du Monde is acquiring a majority stake in U.S retailer Modani, catapulting the European furniture and accents retailer into the North American market for the first time.

Worldwide sales jumped double-digit at Tempur Sealy International in the first quarter though the bedding giant said higher advertising spend proved a drag on margin.

French furniture retailer's last month launched its first UK stores its concessions inside three Debenhams department stores.

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Keith Wilson has been promoted to managing director EMEA
Keith Wilson's brief as managing director for La-Z-Boy UK has been expanded to take in the rest of Europe as well as the Middle East and Africa.

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House of Fraser will ask landlords to back a CVA
House of Fraser will close a number of stores if it can get landlords to support a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

Department store retailer House of Fraser is planning an unspecified number of store closures as part of a restructuring programme that will see it get a new majority shareholder.

Before it sold the La-Z-Boy UK and Ireland brand rights, Furnico was the largest wholly privately-owned upholstery distributor in the UK, and the fourth biggest overall.

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Philip George has joined Dreamworks Beds
Dreamworks Beds has named Philip George as area sales manager with responsibility for the west of England, from Manchester down to Cornwall.

Department store chain John Lewis was named Best Furniture Retailer at GlobalData’s Customer Satisfaction Awards.

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Swoon Editions is investing in top line growth
Furniture retailer Swoon Editions spent heavily as it near doubled sales last year, the first time the company has publicly disclosed P&L. It recorded a bigger loss as a result of its investment.

Privately-owned Stollers, which trades from one of the largest furniture stores in the North of England, grew profits last year, helped by lower costs.

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Sofas were among the gainers across John Lewis' home category
Home merchandise revenue fell again at John Lewis last week though sofas were namechecked after beating last year's equivalent sales.

Kitchen maker and distributor Howdens shrugged off tough market conditions to grow revenue double-digit in the 16 weeks to April 21.

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Former Rugby star and TV presenter Martin Bayfield
Former England rugby player and TV presenter Martin Bayfield has been confirmed as the host of the 2018 NBF Bed Show Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony.

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Charles Wade: 1949–2018. Image courtesy of Mike Aramayo
Charles Wade, one of the best-known entrepreneurs in Britain's furniture industry, died last weekend following a short illness. He was 69.

The company behind the Flooring Republic brand has been placed into administration with the office holders saying they await information regarding the chain's 20-store network and business.

Reproduction furniture etailer enters liquidation.

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Shareholders have joined creditors in backing Carpetright's CVA plan
Carpetright, the embattled floorcoverings market leader, says its performance has worsened as a result of the tough market and publicity surrounding its store closure plan.

BFM, the British Furniture Manufacturers association, has supported the launch of an online database that will help companies to employ disabled people.

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Argos, together with sister business Habitat, is owned by J Sainsbury
Argos and Habitat owner J Sainsbury today confirmed it plans to merge with Asda, creating a £51 billion retail group.

Pan-European mattress retailer Beter Bed Holding says sales declined in the first quarter after double-digit falls in its number one market.

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Magnet made market share gains in the important Winter Sale period said owner Nobia
Kitchen conglomerate Nobia said UK sales were down 12 percent in the first quarter despite claimed market share gains made by its Magnet retail chain.

Data showing how consumers are spending their money on mattresses.

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More than half of those surveyed bought online, says a new NBF report
More than half of bed-buying shoppers surveyed by the National Bed Federation bought online, according to the trade association's biannual consumer research report.

A former Oak Furniture Land sales consultant will plead guilty to defrauding the retailer out of £200,000 according to regional press reports.