Kitchens giant Howden Joinery Group (Howdens) has pushed deeper into the bedroom cabinet category after a pilot launch into the product segment ahead of peak trading delivered positive results.

The backer of designer furniture retailer Skandium says the business remains committed to a multichannel future despite the recent closure of its showroom in the East End of London.

Home and leisure retailer The Range has expanded into soft and hard floorcoverings, with a pilot operating in a handful of showrooms nationwide.

Ercol Furniture (ercol) has announced the departure of longtime creative director Rachel Galbraith, with chairman Henry Tadros to now take an active role in the creative direction of the brand.

Ecommerce retailer The Very Group made gains in furniture and beds despite an overall slide in home sales in the first six months of its 2023/24 financial year.

Higher operating and sales costs harmed profit margins at Elland based furniture supplier Andy Thornton last year, negating a large increase in output.

Kristoffer Ljungfelt, currently Nobia’s executive vice president for the U.K. market, is to succeed Jon Sintorn as the kitchen conglomerate's chief executive officer.

The U.K.'s largest dedicated ecommerce home goods retail platform says it is managing "without issue" the elevated freight costs associated with attacks by Houthi rebels on container shipping.

A North East ecommerce retailer majoring in both outdoor and indoor furniture continues to trade after the former operating company behind its brand filed for insolvency earlier this month.

High-end kitchens retailer Harvey Jones has changed hands following a prepack asset buyout that secures the jobs of all 140 of its employees.

Irish retailer EZ Living Furniture opened its second store inside three months last Friday as it embarks on the largest store rollout programme since the business was established back in 1998 with five new branches in the pipeline.

Planning officials have approved proposed changes to units on a Peterborough retail park that will pave the way for the previously-signposted arrival of furniture retailer Lee Longlands, and a larger store for Dunelm.

A small West Midlands contract furniture manufacturer has returned to court to get renewed protection from creditors while it seeks a restructuring of the business, or a sale.

Consumer desire to splash out on high value items declined for the first time in four months in February according to a closely-followed survey seen as a harbinger of future demand.

Independent retailer M6 Bed Warehouse is to open a second store after taking possession of a purpose-built unit in Northwich.

South West furniture retail and property group J.H. Haskins & Son has strengthened its board of directors with two key appointments.

The CEO of Wayfair says the retail platform's "endless aisles" have helped it grab market share in the U.K. from competitors that are unable to match its product depth.

Home improvement retailer Homebase has successfully defended its intellectual property after a corporate registration by a West Midlands entrepreneur last year.

The new owner of one-time £34 million turnover furniture retailer Moda Furnishings has downsized its store estate in recent weeks after bringing parts of a licence-to-occupy (LTO) deal to an early conclusion.

High-end Cotswold-based bedding retailer Bedfolk narrowed its deficit last year as it continued to enjoy fresh backing from equity stakeholders.

The number of VAT-registered furniture retail enterprises declined by 3.7 percent last year with Yorkshire the hardest hit region and the independent sector more impacted than multi-store businesses. By contrast, flooring retailers climbed in number.

Pooky Lighting, the highly-profitable lighting brand launched a decade ago by Sofa.com co-founder Rohan Blacker, has launched in the U.S. market.

Kitchen retailer Magnet is looking for capital-efficient retail estate expansion and has opened the first of three pilot concessions in partnership with a leading U.K. builders' merchant. More are planned.

Bedroom furniture retailer Futon Company is to offer same-day customer deliveries after it agreed a partnership with Gophr, a last-mile, on-demand delivery network.

The custodian of the erstwhile Harveys Furniture brand and other intellectual property says there has been no change of ownership despite a new corporate registration by a third party.

Expanding ecommerce furniture and homeware retailer Dusk is more than doubling its warehousing capacity in South Yorkshire after building out both sales and its product category offer last year.

27-store kitchens retailer Harvey Jones has gone back to court to seek more time to get a restructuring deal with potential investors over the line — a move that gives it extra leeway in discussions regarding its future.

Restructuring advisors that handled the fallout of the 2020 prepack rescue of Oak Furnitureland say that may seek to have their as-yet-unpaid fees revised upwards.

The brothers who run furniture retailer Harman Fine Furnishers in Antrim, Northern Ireland have decided to retire, bringing the curtain down on 60 years of business.

Furniture and lighting sales declined for a fourth straight month as retailers reaching for the red sale price tickets proved insufficient to find growth, according to official data. Flooring sales also declined.

Dreams founder Mike Clare says it is great to be back in the bedding industry following the launch of two ecommerce websites as part of a new venture alongside former Dreams directors Greg Suthern and Nick Worthington.

The franchisee behind BoConcept stores in the South West of England and Wales has opened his fourth shop under the modern Danish furniture retail banner.

A North West company that describes itself as the U.K.’s leading supplier of loose contract furniture has successfully applied to court for protection from creditors.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' combined turnover fell in double-digit percentages in December as weaker volumes combined with a falling away of price inflation in the category to hold back sales.

Highly-regarded independent furniture retailer John Young Furnishings of Keswick is to bring the curtain down on over 100 years of trading with its planned permanent closure due to owner retirement.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer The Conran Shop has appointed Tom Bettinson as head of wholesale with the aim of building out its presence and product offering in the U.K. and worldwide.

Dunelm says its store and online channels are responsible for more than one in every fifty pounds spent on furniture in the U.K. as it made deeper inroads into the big-ticket category last year.

Deflation returned to the industry for the first time since before the pandemic last month, with furniture and furnishings prices falling at their fastest rate in 88 months.

Restructuring advisors have clawed back millions of pounds following the collapse of TV shopping channel Ideal World last summer, but only one creditor looks like they will get a material dividend.

Profits fell sharply for soft furnishings supplier Rapport Home Furnishings last year, but a strong focus on working down stock levels helped to boost liquidity.

Independent retailer Furniture for the Home is to open its second Black Country store after agreeing to regenerate the former Amblecote Furnishers building in the heart of Kingswinford.

Vertically-integrated furniture maker and retailer HSL will feature on Inside The Factory this weekend, becoming the latest industry company to be showcased, and the second this series.

The owners of The Conran Shop ended 2023 how they began, providing additional equity funding for the designer furniture, homeware and lifestyle retailer.

Kitchen conglomerate Nobia is selling its Dutch manufacturing business Bribus for €64 million and says it will now be wholly-focused on the U.K. and Nordic markets.

Restructuring advisors at Leonard Curtis lined up as potential administrators.

Highly-experienced retail leader joins high-end furniture retailer OKA as its new chief executive officer.

Privately-owned Scottish furniture retailer The Designer Rooms is to open its largest store yet with a new branch at Kilmarnock, replacing two existing Ayrshire units that are both to close.

Independent retailer Worthington Brougham Furniture says it has finally opened its first High Street store and that early feedback from customers has been positive.

Dunelm Group, the national furniture and homewares retailer, has appointed Ajay Kavan and Daniel Taylor as non-executive directors.

Fabrics and wallpaper supplier Sanderson Design Group said a strong performance from its high-margin licensing business has continued to mitigate the impact of challenging U.K. trading conditions.

Upmarket furniture and homeware retailer Heal's will book a sizeable fall in profits for 2022/23 after writing down the value of inventory as a result of reverse logistics challenges.

Aspire Furniture, a growing supplier to the ecommerce mattress sector in the U.K., is planning to build its international business after agreeing new trade finance.

Rising operating costs hit profits at two-store South East retailer.

Frasers Group paid £2 million in cash to acquire the business and assets of ecommerce furniture, home and lifestyle retailer Amara Living, but its investment since has dwarfed that total.

London retailer Adventures in Furniture booked a sixth straight profit as it continued its ascent since a restructure back in 2018.

Scandinavian furniture retail giant ILVA, whose much-heralded U.K. operation succumbed to the financial crash of 2008, slipped to a loss last year as revenue fell sharply.

The owner of Bensons for Beds has now received almost the entirety of the amount it was owed at the time of the prepack transaction that divorced the bed retailer from Harveys, its hitherto sister furniture chain.

Midlands kitchen manufacturer Mereway Kitchens has ceased trading after a second insolvency inside six months for a company operating the brand.

A small, but longstanding independent furniture retailer has closed its doors for good within months of business insurers severely inhibiting its ability to trade.

The Gangani family, who sold home textiles supplier Bridstock Gate back in 2017, is to relaunch its flagship bedding brand after re-acquiring the intellectual property (I.P.) rights last year.

René Nieuwendijk, international commercial director at the Dutch-owned Leolux Furniture Group for most of the past decade, has joined office furniture maker Humanscale as vice president, global retail sales.

Harvey Jones has sought protection from creditors while it talks with potential investors and stakeholders regarding a restructure of the upmarket kitchens retail business.

Expanding retailer Loom Loft Furniture & Interiors is to open its fourth store with the spring 2024 launch of a new unit at Preston Docklands, creating 40 new jobs.

The intellectual property of a formerly highly-regarded independent Derbyshire furniture retailer was acquired for a nominal sum as part of a wider stock sale, restructuring advisors have disclosed.

Profits more than doubled for IKEA's U.K. operation last year as it combined higher sales with margin expansion.

Cabinet maker Simpson and Liddard has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark for business excellence by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and furnishing industry charity.

Furniture retail clearance specialist Furniture Outlet Stores is to open a fourth branch, expanding its footprint in the South East of England and building on strong profits last year.

The company behind retail brand Julian Charles diversified into hard furniture categories such as bedroom cabinet, bedsteads and mattresses heading into peak season last year, expanding beyond its core soft furnishings programme.

Upmarket bedroom brand Feather & Black has become the latest retailer from the home space to partner Next, curating an edited programme of products to sell via the general merchandise giant's online platform.

Furniture retailer Loaf is planning to open its fourth store in London after eyeing a former Sofa Workshop store to the west of the city.

Profits jumped for the company behind Dreams stores in Northern Ireland last year as it found margin and maintained top line momentum.

Consumer sentiment towards higher-value purchases such as furniture and floorcoverings improved for the third straight month in January according to a closely-followed survey, but remains negative.

French furniture conglomerate Roche Bobois built revenue to record levels last year thanks to the buyout of several franchisee retail partners. But overall network retail sales declined.

The CEO of Oak Furnitureland says the business achieved profitability at the operating line on a trailing twelve month basis last year as it prepares to open its first new store since the buyout of the business back in 2020.

Sheffield independent Ponsford, one of the country's largest single-store furniture retailers, booked lower profits last year as sales deflated from a seven-year high in 2021/22.

Industry suppliers and retailers have questioned the legitimacy of elevated container shipping rates amid the ongoing crisis in the Red Sea.

Six major Shanghai-listed furniture corporations including the owners of upholstery giants Ekornes and Kuka saw their share prices fall to their lowest levels in at least a year during intra-day trading on Tuesday.

2,000 consumers who paid in full or in part for undelivered goods face a battle to recover their cash after a two-store London furniture retailer ceased trading when its sister company in Turkey pulled the plug on further funding.

Midlands and South West furniture retailer Lee Longlands is opening an Interior Design Studio at its flagship Birmingham store.

The West Yorkshire rug and mat manufacturer behinds brands such as Howler & Scratch and Rug Guru plans to invest another £3 million on factory upgrades having spent a similar sum last year.

A second straight sharp rise in revenue helped filled bedding, bedlinen and soft furnishings supplier Richard Haworth to maintain profits last year, despite input cost pressures.

RH, the high-end U.S. furniture retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has appointed Jarrett Stuhl as chief real estate and development officer with a brief to lead its global expansion.

Carpetright owner Nestware Holdings helped finance the buyout of U.K. Flooring Direct with a loan to its ecommerce unit that runs brands including Flooring Supplies and Flooring Megastore.

Rising costs outweighed record revenue last year for Lars Larsen Group, the Danish conglomerate with myriad furniture industry interests spanning retail and wholesale brands.

CEVA Logistics, a subsidiary of French shipping conglomerate CMA CGM, has agreed to buy U.K. delivery company Wincanton in a deal worth £566.9 million.

Ecommerce home platform Wayfair hopes to find more than $280 million of annualised cost savings after announcing a series of job cuts that will reduce its worldwide workforce by 13 percent.

The effects of price inflation helped mask a decline in furniture and lighting volumes through 2023, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Upholstery market leader DFS said it expects costs savings and margin expansion to help it maintain or grow 2023/24 profits despite it cutting sales guidance as a result of an industry-wide fall in demand.

Living and dining cabinet shipments declined by more than a quarter in November on weak data from Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S.

The chief transformation officer at supermarket giant J Sainsbury is to pick up the general merchandise brief following Paula Nickolds' decision to leave for The White Company.

Paula Nickolds, the former managing director of John Lewis & Partners, is leaving her post as commercial director for general merchandise at J Sainsbury's to become chief executive at The White Company.

N Brown, the retail group behind ecommerce brands JD Williams and Home Essentials, is forecasting year-to-March 2024 adjusted profits within 6 percent of last year despite a near double-digit revenue decline.

Homewares retailer Dunelm Group said it expects to book mid-single digit profits growth for the year to end June 2024 as it closed its first half with higher sales and margin expansion.

Earnings before non-cash costs were positive for the second straight year for Ercol Furniture in the immediate post-pandemic period as the Buckinghamshire manufacturer recorded its narrowest net deficit in five years.

Inflation all but disappeared in the furniture category in December while hitherto stubbornly-high flooring rises finally eased to something approaching the historic norm.

Losses widened at OKA on rising costs ahead of the high-end furniture retailer raising external debt finance last summer.

Kave Home, the pan-global Spanish retailer that has its own dedicated U.K. ecommerce channel, plans to step up its furniture manufacturing capability in a bid to become more vertically integrated.

The average pay award for workers at U.K. furniture factories will be 4.9 percent this year, according to the British Furniture Manufacturers' (BFM) latest Wages Survey.

Furniture and electricals retailer Harvey Norman is to open its first store in Great Britain after agreeing to take over part of the former Debenhams store at the Merry Hill shopping centre in the West Midlands.

Upholstery and beds brand Willow and Hall has a new managing director following its takeover earlier this month, with its new owner also revealing the size of its stake in the Frome-based business.

Rob Pierre, who founded and built digital marketing company Jellyfish into a global enterprise with annual sales north of £250 million, is investing £500,000 and becoming an advisor to ufurnish.com, the furniture and furnishings search website.

Upholstered furniture vertical Sofas & Stuff has fleshed out more details regarding its new central London store, which will open at the beginning of March.

Aosom Ecommerce's U.K. furniture and home business was heavily loss making ahead of a summer 2023 recapitalisation deployed by the Chinese conglomerate to retire debt associated with its earlier expansion.

The longtime partner of bed retailer Dreams in Northern Ireland plans to follow the launch of the brand in the Republic of Ireland last year with a second store.

Earning power declined at discount variety retailer The Original Factory Shop last year on lower revenue and higher distribution costs.

Output at the furniture factory gate was lower for the eighth consecutive month in November as U.K. producers continued to struggle for new orders.

The Very Group, one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture among a diversified general merchandise offer, says home goods sales declined in the lead up to Christmas.

Dusk has emerged as one of the largest ecommerce retailers in the U.K. after it diversified from selling bedding and soft furnishings into the sale of furniture, spanning beds and mattresses through to upholstery and dining ranges.

Revenue, profits and cash all climbed for furniture importer Seconique through the year to end June with the West Midlands distributor saying it has made further gains since.

Retail group John Lewis Partnership has appointed former Jigsaw CEO Peter Ruis as executive director to lead John Lewis, its department store business. Naomi Simcock, who was interim executive director, is now operations director.

Privately-owned upholstered furniture retailer Sofas & Stuff plans to expand its showroom network in 2024, including a fourth store inside the M25.

Designers Guild, the designer, wholesaler and retailer of diversified home products spanning furnishing fabrics to upholstery, booked a £2.04 million net loss in the year to March 31, 2023 on lower demand and higher costs.

General merchandise retailer Argos said its customers pulled their furniture purchases forward into November with the Christmas trading period proving more challenging.

Fast-growing outdoor furniture supplier Akula Living has become the latest home industry company to receive financial backing from BGF, a growth capital provider for U.K. and Irish small and mid-sized businesses.

The Winter Sale period made a bleak start for big-ticket retailers according to the CEO of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the retail membership body that lists a number of major retailers of furniture among its brethren.

The company behind ecommerce brand Oak Furniture House and two other furniture web properties has temporarily ceased taking new orders while it resolves a series of challenges that have beset the business.

Furniture123 owner Buy It Direct says the business is trading profitably now that it has realigned its cost base and completed a stock reduction programme.

The long-empty former Debenhams store in Stockport is to be used for furniture clearance after an emerging reverse logistics specialist tied up a deal for the Princes Street unit.

The shareholders of furniture, beds and home accents distributor Gallery Direct have acquired retailer Willow and Hall through a separately-held group that majors in the supply of lighting.

Ecommerce retailer Furniture Box has hired Laura Carter as head of buying.

Rising costs and the falling away of Covid-support schemes negated revenue growth at Tapi Carpets & Floors in 2022, accounts public over the weekend showed. It remained profitable at EBITDA level, and says it has made gains since.

James Sturrock has taken a new post outside the home furnishings sector following his departure as chief executive of Tapi Carpets & Floors, which has been operating under new leadership for some time.

Shares in rival U.K. floorcoverings distributors Likewise and Headlam gained as the former delivered an upbeat assessment of last year and its outlook for the period ahead in a trading update on Thursday.

Vertically-integrated cabinet maker and retailer Starplan Furniture booked lower profits last year on thinner margins and a decline in output.

Upholstery and beds retailer Hometime Group has achieved two marketing milestones for its Sofatime brand; the launch of a new website, and a first-ever television advertisement.

North West lighting supplier Cascade says it is putting liquidity before profit as it grapples a tough market backdrop that has seen falling demand combine with rising costs.

An end to the pandemic-era consumer furniture boom saw revenue slide for ecommerce retailer Furniture and Choice last year, but the Yorkshire company near-maintained profits as container costs eased.

Modern furniture and design retailer The Conran Shop ended last year as it began, with its owner providing additional funding through the issue of fresh equity.

Year-on-year orders rose 13 percent to £16.4 million at The Cotswold Company in the nine weeks to December 31, 2023, the furniture retailer said in a Christmas trading update.

Lesley Graham, the longtime Sterling Furniture Group buying director who was admired and respected throughout the furniture industry at home and abroad, has died after a long illness. She was 64.

The group behind the Sofa & Chair Company is pushing forward with its Larkbury London brand as it seeks to bounce back from a year that was below expectations and ended with a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed with its creditors.

Cabinet furniture wholesaler Papaya Trading has further strengthened its sales force with the appointment of a third new agent inside a few months.

The Stokers group of privately-owned furniture stores beat its top line record for the third straight year through 2022/23, helping to keep profits within touching distance of year-earlier levels.

A diversified retail and leisure company that runs a handful of Frank's The Flooring Store branches across the North East booked record profits last year in a period of continued expansion.

The property entrepreneur that owns furniture retail chain Fabb and beds and upholstery manufacturing group Airsprung retains a minority position in Beales following its management buyout earlier this year.

Profits jumped ten-fold for Roche Bobois' U.K. business last year as revenue surged on the reopening of its predominantly London-based furniture store network.

Major U.K. and Ireland upholstery, furniture and beds retailers have expanded their store footprints, using the traditional post-Christmas period to open new branches.

A large positive swing in gross margin helped rug wholesaler Asiatic Carpets shrug off the impact of output falling to more normal trading levels through 2022/23.

The October-announced takeover of ScS by Italian upholstery retailer Poltronesofà has moved a step closer after shareholders in the U.K.'s second largest sofa specialist decided to back the deal.

Home department and furniture store retailer Leekes has unveiled the remodelled home textiles department at its Llantrisant store, completing the second phase of a wide-ranging refurbishment programme.

Higher costs and a weaker trading backdrop tempered profits at Barker and Stonehouse through 2022/23 with md James Barker saying the furniture retailer has used the exceptional prior period to fund investment for the long term.

Furniture and lighting retail sales were almost identical in November year-on-year according to provisional data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which simultaneously revised down October figures.

North East living, dining and bedroom wholesaler Baker Furniture has taken two-year capital expenditure to over £1.7 million as it continued to invest against a backdrop of rising costs and decelerating demand.

Profits moderated for a second straight year through 2022/23 for Hopewells, one of the largest and longest established independent furniture retailers in the Midlands.

Furniture wholesaler and bed manufacturer Balmoral saw revenue return closer to pre-pandemic levels in the year to end March, but rising costs hit the bottom line.

Growing financial and environmental concerns among consumers will see demand in the furniture resale sector increase five times as fast as that of the total furniture market by 2027, according to a new report.

Independent furniture retailer TR Hayes of Bath left more profit in the business than in any other year on public record in the 12 months to end March, with closing cash also reaching an all-time high.

Consumer household furniture prices stabilised in November, as official data showed a first rise in inflation in the category in nearly a year and a half. By contrast, stubbornly-high flooring inflation eased to a 33-month low.

Cookes Furniture, one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned retailers, has strengthened its leadership team with both internal and external board appointments.

Privately-owned national retailer Furniture Village is relocating one of its north London stores, opening a new unit on the Staples Corner Retail Park next week.



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