jdpUpholstery group JDP — owner of the Celebrity, Cintique, Wade and Parker & Farr brands — posted strong sales and profits in the year to end September.

Underlay and flooring accessories giant Interfloor narrowed pre-tax losses as it benefitted from consolidation.

sherborneWest Yorkshire upholstery producer Sherborne has posted its first seven-figure profit in 13 years, with a 320 basis point swing in gross margin a contributing factor.

Trade kitchens supplier Howdens is planning to build a new 2.2 million sqft national distribution centre as it looks to build on growth that saw sales rocket past £1bn in 2014.

Investors have pumped another €25m into fast growing ecommerce retailer Westwing, the Germany based home and living website.

Current demand has put iconic sofa brand Tetrad on track to grow sales by more than £3m this year and even more the next with the company in line to return to profit.

Commentary: Mattress and beds have been among the best-selling furniture categories online since the ecommerce explosion.

dunelmCoRising furniture sales — up nearly two-thirds on the previous year — contributed to strong growth at national chain Dunelm in the 26 weeks to 27th December.

Seven-figure development work has completed at Snuggledown’s main factory plant in Lancashire with an official unveiling scheduled for this month.

mattressmanCoEastern counties beds specialist Mattressman is hoping an expansion programme will take its store portfolio past 20 shops by the end of 2015.

Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge stadium will host merged textiles exhibitions London Fabric and Sofitel next month.

furnitureVillageStephenMcPartlandStephen McPartland MP has strengthened his ties to the furniture industry after joining the board at national retailer Furniture Village.

vokinsHoveCoThe owner of one of Southern England’s largest independent furniture retailers says its 22,000sqft showroom will close some time next month.

Analysis: High class independent furniture store retailer Vokins is closing with the lack of a suitable replacement location among the reasons.

UK retailers are confident of higher sales through 2015, according to new research.

UK furniture manufacturing turnover climbed by almost £66m year-on-year at the start of the final quarter of 2014.

Department store retailer John Lewis said sales climbed 4.8 per cent to £777m over the five weeks to 27th December, driven largely by growth in web orders.

ashleyManorThe independent upholstery group behind the Ashley Manor and Alexander & James brands posted record sales and profits last year though growth slowed.

Midlands wholesaler Serene has expanded its warehousing again ahead of the launch of its new Living programme later this month.

The company that paid £400k to acquire one of Britain’s largest rug wholesalers was placed into liquidation in the lead up to Christmas.

ahfFasciaCoHigher like-for-like sales and lower costs helped employee owned cooperative AHF grow underlying profits in the year to end March.

nextInteriorHigh demand from online and catalogue shoppers lifted fashion-to-furnishings retailer Next in the two months to Christmas Eve.

seconiqueFurniture importer and wholesaler Seconique ended five years of falling sales at its main trading subsidiary in the year to end June.

Lower costs and stronger gross margin helped Midlands kitchens manufacturer Mereway return to profit in the year to end March.

furnitureQueueYear-on-year shopper numbers fell sharply on Boxing Day as fewer consumers braved the cold to visit physical store locations.

Boxing Day sales were up by more than a quarter at Oak Furniture Land on a same-store basis, with new stores and its SofaStore rollout boosting total sales.

Case goods retailer Furniture Barn has opened a new store at an iconic Yorkshire site that had been derelict for more than five years.

Home achieved a record sales week in the seven days to 20th December at John Lewis, though overall revenues declined as Black Friday brought demand forward.

discounting-1The red sale tickets are ready as furniture and floorcoverings retailers look to see out 2014 in style and top the £4.6bn spent by consumers in the final quarter of last year.

dfs-co-1Sofa chain DFS has posted strong double-digit growth in the three months to 1st November with underlying profits up by more than half.