Britain’s biggest online flooring retailer says it has invested heavily to negate the impact of a change in the way search giant Google ranks websites.

Privately owned Midlands furniture distributors Serene and Carlton have each made senior sales appointments in the past month.

jyskCONew stores and the launch of an ecommerce arm helped JYSK grow UK sales by more than half in the year to end August.

In-the-home window dressings specialist Hillarys is to roll out its carpets and flooring offer nationwide after a successful trial.

Furniture suppliers Bentley Designs, Henderson Russell and Gallery Direct were the winners of The Furniture Awards, held for the first time at this year’s January Furniture Show.

leeLonglandsDerbyLee Longlands enjoyed strong sales and earnings growth in the period that saw it launch its £1m superstore in Derby city centre.

Vitafoam’s Prima Foam division has been awarded FIRA Gold Certification for its Primalux seat and back cushion.

Duresta says it has enjoyed a bump in demand from export markets including Australia, Japan and the Middle East while external factors have caused others to wobble.

Diversification into new product areas helped West Yorkshire cabinet furniture and components group Decorative Panels put £10m more on its top line in the year to end March.

The organisers of the January Furniture Show — which took place at the NEC last week — say the inaugural show was beyond their wildest dreams.

British buyers spent less on tufted and woven carpets in November, with overall imports only keeping pace with previous years thanks to Far East sourced rugs.

Lower sales to the UK’s largest customer was behind a fall in furniture exports in November, according to new figures.

The introduction of direct home delivery has given online sales a lift, according to North West rugs distributor Flair Flooring.

This year marks the 175th anniversary of premium bed brand Somnus, with celebrations to kick off with two special edition launches today.

Shopper numbers at out-of-town retail parks maintained their 2014 growth run with a 1.3 per cent rise in December.

The group behind emerging mattress and bed base retailer Memory Foam Warehouse says it has re-engineered its product line and cost base to reverse 2013–14 trading losses.

Imports rose sharply towards the end of 2014 driven by demand for Chinese and Polish sofas and Vietnamese cabinet furniture.

Commentary: Shareholders in the Whitestone group of carpet distribution companies have much to gain from the sale of the business to Victoria.

Internet sales and new stores helped John Lewis grow revenue last week as 82 per cent of its shops open more than a year failed to match year-earlier trade.

International case goods manufacturer Jonathan Charles has launched JC Edited, a new brand and product line aimed at independent furniture stores.

AlanWardGroup profits jumped 56 per cent for Alan Ward despite a relatively stable year for its furniture and furnishings retail division.

Mohawk, the US headquartered flooring conglomerate, has added Belgium based IVC Group to its portfolio in a deal worth $1.2bn, around £790m.

A reduced level of promotional activity stymied sales growth at Argos in the run-up to Christmas and beyond but margins improved.

grangeWeak demand is continuing to hamper efforts to galvanise French furniture maker Grange, with its UK owner exploring options for the business.

Furniture producers face higher costs than other UK manufacturing sectors, but they were still able to recover margin last month.

Furniture retail price deflation narrowed in December suggesting firms were able hold off on major discounting until the post-Christmas sale period.

Furniture distributor TCS — The Complete Service — is launching into the carpets and flooring sector and has invested in machinery and product to enable fast delivery.

VictoriaWhitestoneCarpets and flooring manufacturer and distributor Victoria has agreed to buy the Whitestone Weavers group from its private shareholders in a deal worth up to £14m.

Retail giant IKEA said sales in the final four months of 2014 were up in double-digits with mattress sales a key growth driver.

brintonsCarpet giant Brintons said it has invested heavily in high definition technology though restructuring costs of nearly £4m hit profits.

Retailers squeezed an extra 1 per cent out of consumers in December compared to last year, according to the trade body representing the largest UK firms.

The owner of ScS is progressing plans to sell or float the UK’s second largest upholstery retailer with an IPO announcement possible within weeks.

Carpets and floorcoverings manufacturer and distributor Victoria has made its second share issue to retailers as part of its plan to encourage them to sell more of its goods.