The independent retailer behind the Charlies home, garden and outdoor brand doubled online sales through the pandemic, a performance that has prompted it to switch its expansion focus towards ecommerce.

David Phillips, the furniture provider to property professionals such as landlords and estate agents, has launched a rewards programme, recognising and encouraging loyalty among its customer base.

The value of furniture made in U.K. factories in September was over £27 million higher than any other month in history according to data released Thursday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Low cost variety goods retailer B&M European Value Retail (B&M) plans to muscle further into the big-ticket home market with an ecommerce pilot planned for 2022.

The franchisee behind BoConcept Scotland has opened its third store, with a smart new showroom located at Sterling Furniture's iconic Tillicoultry flagship.

The pandemic gifted sales to many ecommerce operators but not furniture and home accents retailer Maisons du Monde, whose U.K. business reported declining output last year.

Maisons du Monde has agreed to sell the bulk of its shareholding in U.S. furniture retailer Modani saying it intends to throw itself fully at its European markets instead.

Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) says its new store pipeline has grown to 20 including a further six former Debenhams units, empty since the closure of the erstwhile department store business earlier this year.

Furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse will for the first time open concessions having agreed to introduce large areas inside Fenwick department stores in both the North East and South East of England.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has made two senior digital appointments as it continues to reshape its leadership team amid its ongoing transformation.

Entry-to-midmarket Danish furniture and homeware retailer JYSK will reach 25 stores in the U.K. when it strengthens its presence in Lincolnshire early next month.

Ecommerce retailer Mattress Online has reimagined its logo and brand identity, saying its refreshed look underpins a new set of company values.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the premium kitchen and bedroom furniture company, returned revenue close to pre-Covid levels in the year to June 30 as it reversed a 2019/20 deficit.

Furniture and fabrics retail and wholesale company Andrew Martin International found double-digit revenue growth in the year to January 31 as it traded strongly outside of lockdown periods. Cash and profits also climbed.

A simple majority is all that is required for shareholders to approve the sale of Recticel's Engineered Foam unit to U.S. giant Carpenter.

The local council is to buy the former Palmers department store building in Great Yarmouth, which was latterly operated by Beales after the 180-year family business was sold in 2018.

Ireland, already home to Wayfair operations and infrastructure serving the U.K. market, will be one of two new international territories the home ecommerce giant plans to launch into next year. It also plans to enter the next phase of its physical store strategy.

Leekes, the privately-owned home department store retailer, is to open in the Welsh capital having taken a retail warehouse unit on one of the main arterial roads into Cardiff city centre.

There is less than a month to go until Recticel shareholders will get to vote on whether to sell the group's Engineered Foams business, which includes its comfort foam operations, to Carpenter, the U.S. conglomerate.

The multi-fascia Stokers group of furniture stores booked its highest ever sales and profits in 2020/21, as its ten-store network started to show its full potential after two high-profile store builds in recent years.

South East furniture and home department store retailer Collingwood Batchellor recorded a loss on the impact of lockdowns and a non-cash impairment in the value of its freehold property.

London department store retailer Harrods earlier this year refinanced a term loan and an undrawn revolving credit facility due to expire next spring, extending the repayment date by a further 18 months.

The Pine House Co, a cabinet furniture retailer based to the east of Bury St Edmunds, is to close permanently following the decision of its owners to retire after 20 years running the store.

The owner of the IKEA brand, responsible for product sourcing and selling goods to the worldwide IKEA franchisee network, booked lower profits in 2020/21 as higher costs negated rising revenue.

Privately-owned retailer Barker and Stonehouse is to build a new and sustainable large furniture store in Gateshead after it was granted planning approval on Wednesday morning.

J Sainsbury, the supermarket and general merchandise group, says it will reduce costs by between £250m–£300 million with planned changes for its Argos and Habitat brands.

The price of key ingredients used in the flexible foam recipe have fallen in recent weeks, fuelling hopes among sofa and mattress makers that they may see their own costs ease as a consequence.

Sales gains are beginning to moderate according to fashion-to-furniture retailer Next which cited a continuing easing in the effects of pent-up demand and stock availability challenges. It also issued a warning on goods such as furniture.

Trendsetter Home Furnishings, the business behind The Fine Bedding Company brand, said it made a welcome return to profit after it outperformed its budget by focusing on creating a more sustainable business.

A leather, wood and fabric restoration product manufacturer that lists DFS, Harrods and John Lewis among its client roster has reduced its use of virgin plastic by 80 percent as part of an eco-drive to minimise its plastic packaging footprint.

Sanderson Design Group (SDG) has appointed former John Lewis Partnership chief financial officer Patrick Lewis to its board as one of two new non-executive hires.

Foam and fibre conversion business Breasley, a key supplier to U.K. furniture makers, has been formally renamed as Peak Converters to better reflect its 36-year manufacturing history.

Howden Joinery Group, the U.K.'s largest kitchen supplier, said it expects 2021 profits to be about £360 million after it continued to outperform on market tailwinds and a well managed supply chain.

The Swedish conglomerate behind U.K. kitchen chain Magnet saw third quarter revenue fall here on labour market issues and slow recovery in certain sectors.

Ecommerce retailer Domu Brands closed a transaction to become an employee-owned entity earlier this year, with most of the share capital now in the hands of co-workers.

Foam company Recticel has again advised shareholders not to sell their shares under the offer from Austrian rival Greiner as management look to enact their own plan to divest parts of the group elsewhere.

John Lewis Partnership, parent to department store retailer John Lewis and supermarket chain Waitrose, has agreed a new, lower revolving credit facility (RCF) linked to environmental targets, meaning it will pay less interest the more green its business becomes.

U.K. bed specialist Dreams has outperformed internal expectations in the past quarter according to Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bedding company and the new owner of the business.

The high-end furniture retailer behind the largest network of BoConcept stores in the U.K. said it performed strongly amid challenging conditions last year. But it slipped to a first-ever deficit as it expensed investment in new ways of interacting with customers and Covid measures.

High-end French furniture brand Roche Bobois said U.K. business activity remained brisk in the third quarter, delivering double-digit sales growth compared to the equivalent period last year.

An investment group with close ties to the fashion retail sector has bought into furniture retailer Loaf, acquiring a significant stake that values the business well north of £70 million.

High value project-led business such as fitted kitchens and home offices led the way for home improvement chain Wickes in its third quarter, outperforming its core DIY and trade categories.

Value furniture and homeware retailer JYSK is to host the Sleep Matters roadshow across nine of its U.K. stores next month after striking a partnership with The Sleep Charity.

Small and medium sized furniture and floorcoverings retailers across the U.K. will pay lower business rates through the spring of 2023 after measures announced by the Chancellor during the Budget speech on Wednesday.

Home and leisure retailer The Range will close in on 200 stores with three new openings this Friday while new figures show sales jumped by 35 percent, or £352 million, as it stayed open throughout the pandemic.

IKEA, the U.K.'s largest home goods retailer, has confirmed it is to buy the former Topshop store on Oxford Street in central London, though it will be some time before it opens.

The owner of the Studio and Ace mail-order and Internet brands, both substantial retailers of furniture, said it took decisive steps earlier this year to secure enough stock in time for the festive season.

The proposed takeover of the comfort foam business of Recticel by its industry peer Carpenter raised eyebrows across many U.K. furniture industry boardrooms, right across the supply chain from manufacturers to retailers.

Cult Furniture, the circa £14 million turnover ecommerce furniture retailer, has appointed delivery specialist Panther Logistics as its sole two-person delivery partner.

Total sales including those of concessions fell starkly amid the worst of the pandemic for independent retail group Morleys, which runs multiple London and South East stores including Elys of Wimbledon.

Shifting consumer spending patterns towards home goods helped retail chain Homesense partly negate the mandated closure of its 76-store estate through almost half of the 2020/21 trading period.

The collapse of a 150-year-old Oxfordshire furniture manufacturer earlier this summer leaves secured and unsecured creditors facing a sizeable shortfall.

Inflation figures released Wednesday made for grim reading. Consumers are paying over 10 percent more to buy furniture than they were this time last year, while manufacturers' input costs are increasing at twice that level.

Timothy Oulton group products will be available from three stores abreast on London's principal furniture shopping street by the end of the year as the upmarket brand expands its presence in the capital.

The value of furniture and lighting sales declined on both a one and two year basis last month according to figures out Friday morning from the Office for National Statistics.

Beds and mattress vertical Bensons for Beds has recruited an experienced retail executive as successor to chief operating officer Joe Wykes, who left the business earlier this year.

Consumer price inflation for furniture reached double-digit levels for the first time on public record while manufacturers are continuing to grapple with upstream supply chain price pressures.

Demand through 2021 has put luxury furnishing fabrics, wallpapers and accessories supplier Romo back on track to recover sales lost through the pandemic, the company said in just-filed accounts.

New group managing director for CT Baker, whose retail interests include the Bakers & Larners department store in Holt.

A major restructuring plan initiated through the pandemic will leave the U.K. arm of designer lighting company Artemide leaner and in better shape to seize future market opportunities, the company has said.

Big-ticket home categories were outsized growth drivers in 2020/21 for The Very Group, operator of the Very.co.uk ecommerce business and the legacy Littlewoods home shopping brand.

Departure ends "four successful years" at the designer furniture retailer.

Ecommerce helped the U.K. home furnishings arm of retail giant Zara find top line growth last year and negate the long time closure of its 11 dedicated home stores.

Tenants of one of Britain's biggest retail landlords can put aside any lingering hopes they may have had for further rent concessions or waivers after comments made Wednesday morning.

Profits more than doubled at home department store retailer Leekes in 2020/21 and have made further double-digit gains since as revenue recovers.

Bensons for Beds is looking to hire about 180 people across its nationwide retail, distribution and manufacturing network while its new store rollout continues this week with an opening in a former Laura Ashley unit.

National retailer Furniture Village will officially open the doors to its new store at Sheffield this weekend, returning its estate to 54 branches across England.

The effects of late summer Covid-related factory shutdowns in Vietnam are yet to show in official data. Instead, they reveal the impact of huge living, dining and bedroom cabinet orders placed before those plants were mothballed.

Internet furniture and homeware retailer Cox & Cox has launched its first ever television advertising campaign against a backdrop of record financial performance for the ecommerce business.

Shareholders in furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen have sold a qualified majority stake to Storskogen, a Swedish investment group that backs dozens of small and medium sized enterprises.

Carpetright, Britain's largest flooring retailer, has made its expert product knowledge the defining message of a new marketing campaign called No one knows more about floors.

The new owner of Carpet & Flooring (C&F) settled all outstanding debt as part of the buyout of the 11-depot floorcoverings distributor earlier this year.

The company behind the Sofatime chain of upholstery stores and Dreams bed shops in Northern Ireland posted higher profits as it managed to maintain sales through 2020/21.

Dreams last night launched its first new brand campaign since the introduction of its paradigm-shifting Replace Every 8 crusade as the bed specialist looks to build on a seventh straight growth in profits.

Furniture and homeware retailer Dunelm Group continued to find year-on-year sales growth in the 13 weeks to September 25 despite lapping strong comparatives from last year.

Profits climbed at Danish furniture designer, wholesaler and distributor Actona Group in 2020/21 as it enjoyed a revenue boost from ecommerce channels.

British furniture manufacturers' combined turnover rose by a quarter against strong comparatives at the height of summer as the industry battled to meet surging demand.

Primark, one of the U.K.'s largest apparel retailers, has launched a capsule collection of inexpensive furniture products in response to elevated consumer interest in home goods.

Home, gift and furniture wholesaler SIL generated cash and returned to profit last year as lower costs negated the impact of a fall in turnover.

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown has kickstarted a brand building campaign for its fast-emerging Home Essentials business as it looks to capitalise on sales trebling over the past six months.

Retail giant IKEA plans to shift production of some goods from the Far East to Turkey in order to counter the impact of rising container costs, according to a company official.

The principal U.K. arms of Carpenter and Vita, two of the big three comfort foam suppliers to Britain's bed and sofa manufacturing sectors, saw output and earnings fall amid the early months of the pandemic.

Experienced furniture industry executive Emma Rackley has been appointed director of furniture and home at Associated Independent Stores (AIS). She is taking over from Julian Cox, who leaves at the end of the year.

Direct-to-consumer brand Swyft Home is to launch into the non-upholstered living room furniture category with its first cabinet products.

International furniture company Roche Bobois has announced the death of François Roche, its co-founder, on October 6. He was 85 years old.

Bensons for Beds returns to Farnborough on Friday with the opening of a 5,400sqft store to replace the nearby unit it previously shared with Harveys.

Britain's biggest hardwood furniture retailer Oak Furnitureland generated cash and was profitable before one-time items in its first period since the business was restructured following a prepack buyout last June.

RH, the luxury furniture and home goods retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has revealed nine-figure London lease commitments in new filings with the U.K. registrar.

Floorcoverings supply giant Headlam is on the hunt for a new chief executive after it announced the departure of Steve Wilson after 30 years with the company.

The former Oldrids department store in Boston, which closed last year after 216 years, has reopened under a new fascia and with a different owner.

Interiors brand Morris & Co. will deepen ties with general merchandise fashion-to-furnishings retailer Next with an expanded licensing agreement, parent company Sanderson Design Group (SDG) announced Thursday morning.

A recapitalisation by the backers of high-end interiors lifestyle brand OKA Direct last year eliminated a balance sheet deficit and cut borrowings by £24.7 million.

Seven-figure exceptional costs impacted profits at diversified furniture, mattress and home accessories designer, manufacturer and distributor Gallery Direct last year.

North West home textiles group Turner Bianca booked lower profits in 2020/21 as rising costs and narrower margins countered the impact of higher sales.

The previously-signposted addition of second and third showrooms in the U.S. will further boost the international aspirations of British furniture and lifestyle retailer OKA after a big jump in online demand last year.

Adjusted profits were up by half at ScS through 2020/21 as the upholstery and flooring retailer began unwinding its big order book resulting in a leap in delivered sales.

The md of furniture importer and distributor Bentley Designs says the business continues to keep a very tight rein on costs in the face of unprecedented supply side and shipping inflationary pressures.

The opening of a new East Midlands showroom has taken the footprint of emerging floorcoverings retailer Flooring Superstore to 40 stores nationwide.

Ireland and U.K. furniture wholesaler VIDA Living has appointed Karl Bickerstaffe as area sales manager with responsibility for northern England and north Wales.

Management actions buttressed liquidity and profits at national furniture retailer HSL in 2020 as its customer base was impacted by Covid-19 to a greater extent than other demographics.

Accounts for Dreams will show a bigger jump in profits than that originally signposted by Tempur Sealy International when the world's largest bedding company announced it was buying the national bed specialist earlier this year.

Revenue climbed for soft furnishings supplier Ashley Wilde Group last year as its customer base ramped up activity in the aftermath of the first lockdown.

Home and garden retail giant IKEA is exploring expanding its retail footprint in Ireland, with its first new store in the country since 2016.

Belfield Group's upholstery businesses were more impacted by lockdown periods last year as its just-divested mattress unit delivered higher revenue amid the backdrop of the pandemic.

Fast-expanding outdoor furniture retailer Moda has agreed a £17 million funding package with Secure Trust Bank as the Manchester company looks to capitalise on high demand for alfresco living.

The group behind the Adjustamatic brand returned to profit and generated cash last year as lower costs helped mitigate the impact of a decline in delivered sales.

Furniture and bedding are among the categories being targeted by Next as the general merchandise retailer looks to builds a bigger licensing business.

International supply chains are steadily improving according to general merchandise retailer Next, one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture, but it said big-ticket goods were the categories most impacted by a rise in shipping costs.

Department store retailer Fenwick more than doubled the value of its revolving credit facility and separately raised millions from the sale of property as it boosted liquidity headroom amid the pandemic.

Robbie Feather, the former CEO at Fenwick and co-founder of bedroom retailer Feather & Black, is joining The Very Group as retail managing director and executive board member.

Market leader DFS is expanding the number of upholstery ranges it carries in its stores, paving a path for it to onboard new suppliers to the sofa chain.

Furniture manufacturing activity in Vietnam is expected to increase after the Government signalled its intent to ease restrictions amid an intention to move away from its zero-Covid strategy.

Fast-emerging flooring distributor Likewise Group is planning to pay dividends to shareholders for the first time as it looks to build on a profitability milestone achieved in the first half of 2021.

National retailer Bensons for Beds will return to Huddersfield this weekend, with a two-storey unit on the Leeds Road Retail Park in the West Yorkshire town.

High end interior design and furnishings distributor Sanderson Design Group has appointed Mike Woodcock as its chief financial officer, replacing Michael Williamson who leaves next month.

Fabb Furniture, the retailer formerly known as AHF, will add a new Hampshire store before Christmas with the business also closing in on the completion of its rebranding programme.

Midlands based ecommerce dining furniture retailer achieves net margin north of 20 percent.

A rosier outlook for flooring conglomerate Victoria has prompted S&P Global Ratings to reaffirm its BB rating in a move that may boost bond investor confidence.

Wallcoverings and home accents supplier Graham & Brown enjoyed a big jump in profits as customers "rediscovered their homes" last year, investing in and re-inventing the environments they live in.

All parts of the Cookes Furniture group business have enjoyed growth in the past six months with md James Pike saying a major focus for the second half will be on order fulfilment after consistent high demand.

Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton has been granted planning permission to remodel the interior of the listed former Lombok furniture store in central London.

First half profits recovered for high-end French furniture company Roche Bobois with its U.K. arm a positive force after a strong reopening.

Consumer confidence has weakened in September across every available measure according to a closely-followed poll, as people weigh the impact of potential rises in the cost of living.

The CEO of DFS says pushing further into the online bed market is the early focus of a wider plan to diversify the group's revenue base beyond the upholstery category.

Rising freight rates have prompted independent retailers to switch buying strategies according to DFS, which has been shielded from the effects thanks to the structural advantage of scale.

Profits declined at Oliver Bonas through 2020 with the furniture and lifestyle retailer describing the pandemic-impacted year as like no other before it.

VIDA Living, the Ireland and U.K. furniture importer and distributor, has recruited Victoria Bellerby to the role of senior business development director.

DFS returned a high single-digit net margin in 2020/21 as it reversed a prior-year deficit that had been negatively impacted by the first Covid-lockdown.

Industry trade association The National Bed Federation (NBF) last night named its Bed Retailers of the Year across the National, Online and Retail Champion categories.

RH, the luxury U.S. furniture and interiors retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has paid off the deferred consideration for the Oxfordshire building that will become home to its debut U.K. gallery.

Antitrust regulators in France have escalated an inquiry into the acquisition of furniture and electricals retailer Conforama by The Mobilux Group, a multi-banner home furnishings collective with U.S. investor backing.

Half-year sales jumped by close to a third at home improvement giant B&Q in the six months to July 31 with big-ticket categories among its top performing lines.

Furniture and accessories retailer Swoon has filed its first accounts since the assets of the brand's predecessor company were sold in a prepack buyout.

Privately-owned retailer Land of Beds has joined the Furniture & Home Improvement Ombudsman (FHIO), describing it as an investment in consumer protection and evidence of its responsible business practices.

U.K. furniture retailers continued to make gains in August, with total revenue beating both last year's total and the pre-pandemic figure from the summer of 2019.

Wider gross margin and lower administrative costs negated the impact of lower revenue for furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies in the year to December 31, 2020. Cashflow was strongly positive.

Consumer demand tailwinds and new stores helped power sales growth in the U.K. and Ireland for Danish furniture and homeware retailer JYSK in the past year.

Furniture and furnishings retailer Liberty Furnishings has begun a closing down sale at its Newtown store ahead of plans to trade with an adjusted business model in the future.

Sanderson Design Group, the high-end interior design and furnishings manufacturer and distributor, is to launch a Morris & Co brand extension targeting international markets.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Lee Longlands says it will reinvest funds from the redevelopment of the car park behind its Birmingham showroom if plans to build on the site are given the go-ahead.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners found home sales growth on both a one and two year basis in the six months to July 31 but continued to see customers migrate to online channels.

Furniture designer and distributor Actona Company is now Actona Group as part of a corporate rebrand designed to better reflect its international operations.

Six-store independent retailer HomePlus Furniture has agreed a 15-year lease on the former Marks & Spencer store in the centre of Ashford, Kent.

National retailer Furniture Village has partnered with The Sleep Charity to launch The National Sleep Helpline, which they described as the U.K.'s first dedicated helpline for people who struggle to sleep.

The cost of making furniture in the U.K. climbed again last month with producers warning the brewing labour crisis will add further increases that will have to be passed on to retailers.

Privately-owned department and furniture store retailer W.P. Brown says it will launch a debut online platform for the first time saying it is vital to take an omnichannel approach to the new modern retail environment.

Smooth floorcoverings vendor Unilin Distribution acquired Salesmark earlier this summer.

Dan-Form, the Danish dining furniture manufacturer known for its bentwood chairs, plans to consolidate distribution with the build of a new warehouse.

National retailer Bensons for Beds will return to Andover this weekend with the opening of a new store at the Enham Arch Retail Park on Newbury Road.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer Heal's has added a second new showroom inside a month with a new Outlet store in the South East of England.



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