Furniture, mattresses and home accents distributor Gallery Direct pumped cash into stock build last year in a period where it returned to profit on vastly increased output.

U.K. listed textiles group says part of its German-based operations has struggled as a result of weak consumer confidence.

Upholstery brand Maker&Son says it was fully committed to fulfilling all creditors obligations ahead of it being forced into an insolvent restructure after a single creditor didn't support its plans following its summer buyout.

Restructuring advisors are trying to unpick the situation at £25 million sofa brand Maker&Son after the trading company behind the business was placed into administration earlier this week.

A fast-growing wholesaler and ecommerce oak furniture retailer has the backing of one of the most prominent industry founders of the past two decades following an investment earlier this year.

Britain's biggest bed retailer delivered high single-digit figure profit growth in 2021 as revenue surged on the back of strong demand last year.

Furniture Village commercial director Charlie Harrison has been named winner of the Next Generation Award by Family Business United, recognising his contribution to the national furniture retailer.

Higher output outweighed rising costs and thinner margins as North West household textile supplier Turner Bianca found bottom line growth in the year to end March.

Fabb Furniture will open two more showrooms before Christmas as part of a six-figure investment expanding its retail estate. It is also targeting a new distribution centre and has switched warranty providers following a tender process.

Fast-growing flooring chain Tapi Carpets & Floors will keep its foot on the accelerator pedal with new stores opening through 2022. Group (Made) says it will need tens of millions of pounds in aggregate funding over the next 18 months as it revealed it had begun discussions with interested parties regarding a sale of the business.

North West home department store retailer Housing Units achieved a double-digit net margin as sales jumped by well over a third to record levels in the year to March 27, 2022.

Major independent furniture retailer Fishpools booked seven-figure profits and bolstered cash reserves in a year of record volumes for the Waltham Cross company.

Britain's sofa and mattress makers are being landed with a new wave of price increases from across the upstream supply chain according to correspondence seen by The Furnishing Report. Some suppliers are also on allocation.

Furniture retailer Group (Made) saw its gross margin slide sharply in the first half as it slashed prices to shift excess inventory.

Frasers Group, owner of and House of Fraser among myriad retail interests, has enlisted architects to draw up plans for a new global headquarters campus in Warwickshire.

General merchandise retailer Next has fleshed out the details of its investment in ecommerce furniture retailer Swoon for the first time — four months after the bones of the deal were first disclosed.

Home furnishings retailer IKEA is partnering Tesco, the supermarket chain, to expand its collect-and-collect service for customers.

Fresh equity investment has taken the total pumped into The Conran Shop, the U.K. and international designer furniture and lifestyle retailer, to beyond £10 million in a little over a year.

Town planners last week gave the green light to previously-signposted proposals that will transform the landmark Heal's furniture store on Tottenham Court Road in central London.

Northern Ireland department store and beds retailer S.D. Kells says it expects the trading conditions caused by the inflationary backdrop may adversely affect its results through 2022/23, but it is well positioned to cope after a strong year.

Five-store specialist retailer operates carpet and bed shops across Dorset and Hampshire.

Danish furniture and homewares retailer JYSK will this week open a new store as it expands its retail footprint in an existing U.K. stronghold for the company.

The buildout of Feather & Black's physical retail footprint took another step last week with the upmarket beds and bedroom furniture brand adding its fourth new store in 2022 so far.

Signposting the probable sale of the company heralded more sell-offs of's shares on Friday as it closed the week at a new all-time low.

Upholstery and beds vertical HSL repaid a £4 million bank loan two years ahead of time as it generated cash and traded strongly through the rump of the pandemic.

Furniture and lighting retailer Group (Made) has withdrawn its full year guidance and formally launched a strategic review that could lead to a sale of the business or its assets.

The addition of a large West Midlands warehouse late last year represents the early phase of a major financial commitment to the U.K. over the next decade for multi-brand furniture wholesale and retail group Ziel.

U.K. consumer confidence fell to an all-time low this month though the measure monitoring big-ticket spend intention remained unchanged.

Platt & Hill, a supplier of foam and fibre fillings products to the beds and upholstery manufacturing sectors, slipped to a loss last year as higher costs outweighed the benefit of increased output.

Retained profits at a Scottish fitted furniture vertical were wiped out last year as the company battled an outsized impact from Covid restrictions that impacted its business model.

West Elm, the U.S. mid-century modern furniture retailer with a circa £30 million U.K. presence, has begun a search for a new president after current incumbent Alex Bellos announced his departure.

Soft furnishings retail chain Julian Charles Home followed through on its vow to return to profit through 2021/22 as it continued to bounce back under its new owner.

French furniture and home accents retailer Maisons du Monde has collected the first dividends from its U.K. ecommerce operation since it launched here six years ago.

Furniture, fashion and lifestyle retailer Oliver Bonas deleveraged last year after it generated almost £12 million of operating cashflow during a record trading period.

Home merchandise sales declined for department store chain John Lewis & Partners in the six months to end July as pandemic demand trends began to unwind.

Furniture and lighting retail sales declined by more than £37 million year-on-year in August as price inflation failed to keep the value of sales positive in the category.

Furniture, lighting and home accents retailer Group (Made) plumbed new depths on Thursday as the market capitalisation of the business fell to below £25 million for the first time.

Gross margin narrowed across the DFS group through 2021/22 with rising costs and supply chain disruption countering a sharp rise in deliveries as the upholstery market leader unwound its large order bank.

The addition of seven new stores helped upholstery retailer Sofology find revenue growth in the year to end June though the expansion of its retail footprint will slow in the new financial year.

Almost £1 in every £50 spent on furniture in the U.K. goes into the coffers of Dunelm Group, the expansionist homewares retailer claimed on Wednesday as it revealed new plans to grow in the category.

High-profile furniture industry executive Suzy McMahon is leaving Sofology to take up a newly-created role at Oak Furnitureland, the U.K.'s largest hardwood furniture retailer.

Double-digit U.K. margin and strong sales growth here helped French furniture brand Roche Bobois deliver higher profits in the first six months of 2022.

Many furniture and floorcoverings retailers have already confirmed plans to close their doors on the day of The Queen's funeral, while trade show Long Point will now be a two rather than three day event.

Revenue bounced to beyond pre-Covid levels for off-price furniture and homeware retail chain Homesense through 2021/22 despite continued lockdown disruption and no ecommerce channel.

Steve Johnson, a non-executive director at DFS since the end of 2018, is to succeed Ian Durant as chair of the U.K.'s largest upholstered furniture retailer.

Award-winning independent retailer Surrey Beds has closed following a planned shutdown on the expiry of its lease. Its owner cited the prospect of rising costs as a disincentive to continue.

RH, the high-end U.S. furniture and furnishings retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has pushed the launch of its debut U.K. gallery into next year.

Furniture and home goods ecommerce platform Wayfair is preparing a new bond offering with a plan to use some of the proceeds to refinance existing borrowings.

Cost cuts and better buying boosted margin as one of the largest department store retailers in the South West of England returned to profit through 2021/22.

Headlam Group's search for a new chief financial officer has entered its seventh month after a prime candidate for the position decided at the last-minute to withdraw.

A Yorkshire beds retailer with a large ecommerce operation has added live video chat and appointments to its offer, improving options for online customers based far from its showroom.

A North West ecommerce home goods retailer with ownership ties to the supply sector added turnover, profits and employee headcount in a breakout period, its first public-record accounts show.

Embattled furniture and homewares retailer Group (Made) has launched a new marketing campaign designed to set itself apart from competitors and galvanise sales.

ScS says the new Ideal Home upholstery collections that first aired at its new-concept Coventry store earlier this summer (see related) will be rolled out across all of its U.K. stores and online.

An insurance claim and wider gross margin helped profits climb at flooring wholesale group Headlam in the first half of the year despite an already-signposted decline in revenue.

Northern Ireland based furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies recovered some of the revenue lost to the pandemic last year in a period that saw it build its inventory position.

An Italian design company based on the banks of Lake Maggiore enjoyed its strongest year in the U.K. in almost a decade as home sales surged in the aftermath of lockdown.

The restructuring advisors handling the insolvency of Nottinghamshire furniture importer Mark Webster and its parent company have said operations have now ceased following their appointment last month.

Modern furniture franchise BoConcept recorded highest-ever sales and EBITDA in the year to end April and said its strong order book puts it in a position to find further growth this year.

Sofa and flooring chain ScS opened the third of its new-format retail stores this weekend with a revamped unit in South Lanarkshire.

One of Furniture Village's seniormost executives has been recast in a new role as part of a reshaping of the board at the U.K.'s largest management-owned furniture retailer.

An auction house that has cleared stock for some of the biggest names in the furniture industry has ceased trading and signalled its intent to appoint administrators.

A three-store sofa retailer with branches across the East Midlands has deleveraged its business after paying down long term debt during a profitable year to April 30, 2022.

Three of the biggest retail brands in the country have announced multi-million pound investments in prices across furniture and home categories as they look to stimulate demand amid rising living costs for customers.

The imminent U.K. arrival of RH, the luxury furniture retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, will be supported by the launch of a clearance store at one of the industry's most popular destinations.

Glasswells is expanding the capacity of its third party storage arm as the privately-owned company builds on continuing investment across its home furnishings retail activities.

Home goods giant IKEA is expanding the rollout of its London-centric click-and-collect service after a pilot programme earlier this year.

Freemans and Grattan, major vendors of home merchandise and two of the largest mail order shopping brands in the country, say customers' spending focus has shifted from furniture to fashion as pandemic trends unwind.

A fast-emerging ecommerce furniture retailer and wholesaler booked large seven figure profits through the pandemic and ahead of external investment earlier this year.

The probability that three major foamers will continue to serve the U.K. mattress and upholstery markets has increased after Carpenter and Recticel conceded the planned takeover of the latter's engineered foam unit would lessen competition.

A Chicago-area investment firm has doubled its position in ScS, the U.K.'s number two upholstered furniture retailer.

Home and lifestyle retailer The White Company is to build on the introduction of a new format 'curated store' concept earlier this spring with the addition of a second unit.

A dedicated ecommerce site and new space inside Sterling stores will help BoConcept near double output in Scotland through 2023, the Danish brand's franchisee has told a national newspaper.

Discount variety retailer The Original Factory Shop cut borrowing by more than half in a year where adjusted profits trebled and it added a net 14 stores to its national estate.

Cabinet and upholstered furniture maker Ben Whistler returned to profit last year after the bottom line took a hit through the first period of Covid.

The CEO of the group behind modern furniture and home décor retailer West Elm said cutting lead times is a focus as the brand continued to gain traction in its second quarter.

Cabinet and upholstery importer Mark Webster Designs and its parent company Mark Webster Holdings were both formally placed into administration earlier this week.

More than 50 global furniture equities spanning market leaders in the U.K. and China saw the value of their shares fall on Tuesday on a grim day for the home furnishings industry.

A major Far East retail corporation operating IKEA stores in selected countries across the region found top and bottom line growth in the six months to end June.

Sales and profits climbed last year for a West Yorkshire flatpack furniture enterprise that sells through third parties such as Very and Amazon as well as via a sister ecommerce business.

High-end upholstered furniture brand opens latest showroom.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has named the officials who will make up the inquiry group looking into the takeover of Recticel's Engineered Foam unit by Carpenter.

Furniture exports climbed in the three months to end June on the back of strong growth from the two largest buyers of U.K.-made goods.

A second six-figure equity issue inside four months has elevated the paper value of a prominent U.K. furniture search website.

Ecommerce-led case goods retailer Top Furniture followed a breakout trading period through the pandemic with further gains in 2021/22.

Ecommerce home goods giant Wayfair is to lay off 870 people across its global operation as it adjusts its investment priorities amid a weaker trading environment.

Gwyn Burr has told (Made) she intends to step down from the board of the company with immediate effect to give more focus to her other professional commitments.

Upholstered furniture and floorcoverings retailer ScS has relaunched its Gateshead store in the North East as part of a plan to roll out new concept showrooms with a series of technological and visual enhancements.

Privately-owned furniture importer and distributor Mark Webster Designs and its parent company Mark Webster Holdings have each filed a notice of intent (NOI) to appoint administrators.

Volumes were lower for the fourth month in a row for furniture and lighting retailers in July amid worsening confidence among consumers for high value items.

Chief financial officer promoted at £180 million ready-to-assemble furniture manufacturing conglomerate.

Upholstery and carpets retailer ScS has bolstered its operating board with the appointment of an experienced retail executive as its first ever chief marketing and digital officer. (Made) has confirmed a capital raise is among the options being considered to plug a potential funding gap after the furniture retailer burned through cash at a higher-than-expected rate in the first half.

National retailer Bensons for Beds has appointed the former group supply chain director of Dunelm as its new chief operating officer, the third person to hold the role since the start of the pandemic.

Consumer price inflation for furniture eased to a six-month low last month according to new official data out Wednesday morning. But the total remains stubbornly high.

The West Yorkshire group behind the Freemans and Grattan home shopping brands has been recapitalised with million of pounds of new equity funding.

Furniture retailer Loaf has launched a new integrated advertising campaign featuring an updated strapline after partnering with a different marketing agency.

Ecommerce furniture sales fell again in the second quarter but by a narrower amount as the market began to normalise. Upholstery was the strongest product category for U.K. retailers.

The value of shares in the U.K.'s two largest upholstered furniture retailers fell to levels not seen since the first lockdown last week amid continuing macroeconomic concerns.

An ecommerce company that sourced and sold responsibly-sourced U.K.-made cabinet furniture that was promoted via social media channels such as Instagram has been placed into liquidation.

Specialist retail investment firm Alteri Investors is beefing up its support for Bensons for Beds with fresh financial backing as the 170-store beds vertical continues to deliver its transformation plan.

Growth slowed to its weakest level in over a year for U.K. furniture manufacturers in a sign production is catching up with the backlog from earlier high demand.

EBITDA doubled to £2.18 million for the group behind an online vendor of mattresses from brands including Relyon, Jay-Be and Silentnight last year as it recouped sales lost during the pandemic.

Skandium, one of the best-loved names in the U.K. modern furniture and interiors retail sector, continued to build last year following a pre-Covid buyout led by a third-party vendor of Danish design classics.

Mattress Online has acquired the premises of Sheffield bed retailer Eades & Co and will rebadge it as its first fully-branded store. It will become its third physical showroom overall.

Designer furniture, homeware and lifestyle retailer The Conran Shop has disclosed its first group financials since the U.K. headquartered international business changed hands at the outset of the pandemic.

Declining demand, rising costs and overall economic uncertainty across Europe will lead to a decline in PU foam production this year.

Shippers are moving product more reliably around the globe in a sign supply chains may be beginning to normalise, according to a leading provider of analysis and advisory services in the sector.

South East high-end furniture, home and lifestyle retailer raises fresh seven-figure equity funding, valuing the business at £19.5 million.

Floorcoverings supplier Designer Contracts has opened a new facility in Berkshire that becomes its regional headquarters for the Western Counties area.

General merchandise retailer Next and lifestyle group Joules are in discussions over an ecommerce collaboration and the former taking a substantial stake in the latter to boost liquidity.

Panther Logistics has become the sole delivery partner for My Furniture, the East Midlands based furniture retailer that trades online and from a large Long Eaton showroom.

Home goods giant Wayfair will delay market expansion plans in favour of reinforcing its position in the U.K. and Germany amid a tougher macro environment.

A desire to shift excess inventory is encouraging furniture suppliers to lean into Wayfair's marketplace business model while end customers are showing signs of trading down as cost pressures mount.

Major upholstery chain ScS says it still has an elevated order book compared with historic norms with the unwind of existing bookings to help it record profits ahead of market expectations.

A South Yorkshire based ready-to-assemble furniture maker recorded a bigger deficit in the period that led to an external furniture group acquiring a quarter of the business earlier this year.

Fashion-to-furnishings retailer Next sold more of the former and less of the latter as it experienced a sharp reversal of last year's lockdown trends in the three months to July 30.

The London based company behind the Artisan Furniture brand recorded a fall in profits at its U.K. business in the 12 months to March 31 this year.

Official data shows the attrition rate through the Covid-19 pandemic has been steepest among medium-sized furniture retailers, with those with a turnover above £10 million having maintained their number.

Shares in furniture and homeware retailer Group plumbed fresh depths with the market capitalisation of the business now close to the value of its most-recently disclosed cash balance.

Senior officials at bedroom and home office furniture chain Sharps retain a significant equity position in the c. £113 million turnover company following its sale by Sun European Partners late last year.

Narrower gross margin and the write down of a loan balance from a company under common control softened the impact of a return to top line growth for the group behind Andersons of Inverurie last year.

Furniture and homeware brand Amara Living will this month launch its latest private label collection for the autumn winter seasons, with two more planned for early next year.

Fewer restrictions and a less onerous lockdown helped the wholly-owned U.K. arm of French furniture brand Ligne Roset return to growth last year.

Diversified Yorkshire cabinet group LPD saw its furniture division achieve eight figure revenue for the first time in the period leading up to a management buyout (MBO) this summer.

A major operator of monobrand Natuzzi and other high-profile furniture brand stores across several key locations in the U.K. generated cash and delivered strong profits through 2020/21 trading.

Headlam, Britain's largest flooring wholesale group, has built up stock levels ahead of what it hopes will be busier trading months to come. It follows a revenue decline in the first half.

The first new products since Birlea agreed a deal that sees it become the U.K. and Ireland distributor of Disney branded furniture are expected to arrive in the first week of October, its md says.

A longtime ready-to-assemble furniture manufacturing supplier to Amazon's U.S. platform has begun listing on the Internet giant's European's equivalent as part of a pilot programme.

Loaf has extended its home delivery contract with Wincanton for another three years, building on an existing partnership between the two companies already lasting the past six years.

Profits climbed sharply last year for one of the principal actors in the delivery of bulky flat-pack furniture boxes to U.K. consumers. That was despite a fall in revenue.

Plans to demolish the building housing the one-time Tapi Carpets & Floors store in central London will lead to the creation of a smart new retail store with consents for both furniture and floorcoverings trade.

Thinner gross margin and higher costs impacted furniture trading profits at Surrey retailer Vale Furnishers last year, though an asset disposal meant its net result was still stronger.

Underlying sales climbed sharply at Northern Ireland based furnishing fabrics and household textiles supplier Ulster Weavers last year as it benefitted from its relationship with retail giant Dunelm.

Nobilia, Europe's largest kitchen manufacturer, plans to take store numbers beyond 60 for its U.K. franchise brand with the addition of another nine new showrooms.

The acquisition and expansion of a new warehouse and distribution facility among other investments saw Liverpool home office and workplace furniture maker Dams spend almost £6 million on capex last year.

Restructuring advisors at Kroll say they are still looking to generate bigger returns for the creditors of two historic British upholstery and beds retailers through a legal claim against a payments tech provider.

A Warwickshire supplier of outdoor furniture and living products to the likes of NEXT, and The Conran Shop saw profits jump by almost half last year.

Consumer sentiment towards high-value items such as furniture, white goods and cars has improved for the first time in eight months according to a closely-followed poll.

Higher sales and an 810 basis point gross margin swing helped the U.K. wholesale and retail arm of cabinet furniture supplier Kettle Interiors to boost profits last year.

Derek Hayes, whose business acumen, energy and passion saw him grow TR Hayes into one of the largest independent furniture retailers in the country, has died. He was 85.

U.K. sales growth returned in the furniture and lighting category in June according to official retail sales figures out Friday morning from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

High-end French furniture brand Roche Bobois saw its U.K. business recover compared with last year in the second quarter as shoppers returned to the capital in numbers.

Current incumbent to remain on the board but step down as chief executive at supplier with operations spanning the globe including the U.K. after he found his successor.

Eve Sleep says a number of potential suitors have progressed to due diligence stage as the direct-to-consumer and wholesale brand explores a possible sale of the company.

Furniture and homewares retailer Dunelm has appointed Whitbread Plc CEO Alison Brittain as non-executive director and chair designate, expected to succeed Andy Harrison ahead of the expiry of his nine-year term in just over a year.

Rising sales and wider gross margin helped Coventry kitchen furniture manufacturer Burbidge return to profit at the EBITDA line last year and narrow its net loss at group level.

The managing director of regional bed chain Sussex Beds has confirmed its next two store locations as it follows through its plan to build an 80-store business within a decade.

Kitchen retailer Magnet has opened the first of three new concept stores ahead of a planned rollout of the format across its nationwide showroom portfolio.

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