natuzziFactoryThere will be fewer job cuts at Natuzzi’s Italian plants after the company finalised its restructuring plan in a binding agreement with local Government and unions.

The group behind carpet producers Ryalux and Burmatex said it enjoyed top and bottom line growth in the six months to end December.

Retail sales rose in February with shoppers keen on furniture and white goods, according to the British Retail Consortium.

dfsThumbCommentary: If you ignore the cost of servicing debt then DFS is unquestionably one of Britain’s most profitable furniture businesses.

The future of furniture-to-fashion retail chain BHS will be resolved sooner rather than later with owner Sir Philip Green close to finalising a deal.

Interfloor, the company behind the Duralay and Tredaire trade brands, has named John Cooper as its new managing director.

dfsCo 2Upholstery chain DFS has set its IPO price at 255 pence per share valuing the furniture retail group at £543.2m.

Upmarket cabinet furniture firm Grange has invested £1m rationalising its property portfolio and has tailored its product line to the young and wealthy.

Flooring wholesale group Headlam grew profits by 44 per cent in 2014 as sales climbed 5.3 per cent to £635.2m.

Online sales were up by more than a quarter at John Lewis last week supported by price-matching activity.

bensonForBedsSteinhoff says upping the quality of its British store portfolio is paying off with stronger trading densities and market share gains.

Industry furniture repair specialist FIRA Service Technicians is to expand its service to take bookings directly from consumers.

recticelBrandedRecticel said its Geltex Inside product line together with foam sales to British customers were bright spots as it narrowed FY 2014 losses.

Selling space reached around 700,000sqft at off-price furnishings retailer HomeSense in the year to end January as its store footprint increased.

bespOakVancouverFurniture supplier Besp-Oak posted strong 2013–14 earnings growth as it made the most of rising wholesale demand.

Luxury beds brand Somnus has promoted a key executive to the new position of European sales and marketing director as part of a series of moves that expands its sales force.

Cabinet furniture manufacturers invested heavily in 2014 as the world’s largest woodworking machinery manufacturer and supplier enjoyed double-digit growth.

SMDiLivPrivately owned fabrics and furnishings group SMD enjoyed strong growth in 2013–14 as its iLiv brand took on greater significance.

UK representation at the Paris furniture and home accents trade fair Maison et Objet increased in January with a 4 per cent year-on-year rise.

htlSofaLeather upholstery giant HTL made the most of strong trading in Europe and foreign exchange gains to double profits in 2014.

A return to top line growth and selling more higher margin oak furniture helped manufacturer and distributor Devonshire to its highest profits since 2008 in the year to end July.

A three-fold rise in the Outdoor Living category helped John Lewis to growth in its Home directorate in the seven days to 21st February.

furniture123The ecommerce group behind Furniture123 took sales past £100m as it grew its top line for a second successive year in 2013–14.