Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an inquiry into the planned takeover of Recticel's engineered foam unit by Carpenter Co., the U.S. conglomerate. Both are key cogs in the U.K. furniture supply chain.

International sales dropped by almost a third for Wayfair in the first quarter as the ecommerce giant lapped exceptional comparators and weathered weaker trading in Europe, where Russia's invasion of Ukraine has spooked consumers., the ecommerce-led furniture, lighting and home accents retailer, has appointed tech leader Claire Valoti as an independent non-executive director.

Supply chain provider Wincanton is to hire 175 of lifestyle retailer The White Company's employees across fulfilment and warehousing roles as part of a new five-year partnership between the companies.

Bensons for Beds managing director for retail Alan Williams is to leave the business this autumn in a move that will see chief commercial and digital officer Nick Collard take on greater responsibilities. The company has also hired a new retail director.

General merchandise giant Next, one of the largest retailers of furniture in the U.K., found revenue growth in the three months to end April as sales rebalanced towards its store network.

One of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned retailers of furniture and flooring sold on a weekly instalment basis has expanded its sofa manufacturing facility.

Furniture, homeware, outdoor and lighting goods retailer Garden Trading has seen consumer demand soften since Easter as shoppers tightened their belts amid rising costs.

Ecommerce retailer MattressNextDay will move into a new purpose-built warehouse, showroom and head office facility later this year.

The owners of designer furniture and homeware retailer Heal's have written off a huge chunk of interest due on intercompany borrowings.

Clicks-to-bricks furniture and home accents retailer The Cotswold Company has strengthened its presence in the South East with the launch of a third new store inside six months.

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) is to hire 150 new technology workers as it makes a major investment in its digital capability across its flagship department store and supermarket brands.

Higher volumes helped The White Company, the national retailer that lists beds and upholstery among a wide-ranging home and lifestyle product offer, to book bigger profits last year.

The Conran Shop is to launch a programme of furniture and homewares as part of a collaboration with Collagerie, a lifestyle website founded by two former senior executives at British Vogue.

Revenue at Roche Bobois' U.K. business trended up sharply in the first quarter of 2022 thanks to a strong order book and lapping a period when its stores here were closed last year.

Department store chain John Lewis said the benefit it received from business rates relief last year was fully offset by other costs related to the pandemic.

Lapping tough comparatives and exiting unprofitable categories hit Argos sales in the past year but the retailer still found gains across key home merchandise such as furniture.

National beds specialist Bensons for Beds will next week take its new store concept to Wiltshire in a first-floor unit co-located with a privately-owned floorcoverings retailer.

A creditor-backed restructuring process and strong trading helped transform the balance sheet of upholstered furniture and beds retailer Willow and Hall last year.

High-end furniture company Timothy Oulton has strengthened its U.K. board with two senior appointments from within.

Home and garden retail giant IKEA has converted a North East warehouse unit into a multi-purpose facility that now allows customers to collect orders placed online.

Home and garden ecommerce giant Wayfair will repeat its annual Way Day promotion in the U.K. this week, offering deep discounts across its home furnishings offer.

The value of furniture retail sales topped any other month in history in March as the industry continued to unwind order books built up in the second half of last year, official data shows.

Nestware Holdings, parent to retailers Carpetright, Flooring Supplies and Flooring Megastore along with wholesaler Carpet & Flooring, has appointed the former strategy chief at Sainsbury's as its new chief executive.

Concerns over the cost of living means consumers are reluctant to spend on higher value goods such as furniture according to new figures from polling company GfK.

Furniture wholesaler Birlea has agreed a deal that will see it become the U.K. and Ireland distributor of Disney branded furniture and home accessory products.

Strong demand indicates a tailwind for home-related spending remains, according to Colefax Group, owner of high-end soft furnishings brands and a prestige British sofa maker.

High-end tiles, wood flooring, bathroom and decorating retailer Fired Earth ended 2021 in stronger shape after its CVA enabled it to almost cut its showroom network in half.

Eyres of Chesterfield, one of the U.K.'s most storied privately-owned furniture retailers, has ceased trading three years shy of its 150th anniversary. It had already been closed since January pending a planned store refurbishment and relaunch.

The U.K. arm of contract furniture maker KI saw revenue jump by almost a third here last year as it rebounded strongly from the early part of the pandemic.

Ecommerce furniture and homeware retailer Shabby is back trading again after its stock, IP and other assets were bought out of administration by an ambitious rival that was until recently focussed solely on rugs.

South West furniture and home improvement retailer Gardiner Haskins booked larger profits last year as it recovered some of the business lost in the early part of the pandemic.

Furniture retailer will focus on taking market share as it adjusts to changes in the demand environment, according to Susanne Given, who has chaired the company's board since 2015.

W.J. Aldiss, one of the largest privately-owned furniture retailers in the country, says it is well placed after emerging in stronger shape following almost two years of Covid-impacted trading.

Further sales growth helped upmarket beds and bedroom furniture retailer And So To Bed build momentum in 2021 after it had returned to profit the previous year.

Furniture and homeware retail giant Dunelm Group says sales were more than two-thirds higher than last year in the first three months of 2022 as it lapped a period when its stores were closed and it traded solely online.

The company behind modern furniture brand West Elm's U.K. retail and wholesale business said increased activity across all channels has helped it reverse a 2020/21 slide in sales.

Furniture and home retailer Heal's said gross underlying sales were the highest the business has ever recorded last year despite the disruption of the pandemic.

Plans to build on a circa 10,000sqft car park behind Lee Longlands' Broad Street furniture store in Birmingham have been given the go-ahead by the local council.

Sofa Club, the upholstered furniture retailer that sells online and through seven sites across U.K. shopping centres, has reimagined its brand image and product offer.

The group behind Furniture123, widely considered the U.K.'s first dedicated ecommerce furniture retailer, enjoyed bumper growth last year and a near four-fold rise in profits.

Ecommerce retailer MattressNextDay has partnered with Ecologi, an environmental organisation that helps both consumers and corporates by funding projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Housing Units, the privately-owned North West retailer known for its top-hatted doormen, is celebrating its 75th anniversary through 2022.

A share issue at designer furniture, home and lifestyle retailer The Conran Shop has delivered a new seven-figure equity injection.

Upmarket outdoor dining and indoor lounge furniture company Bridgman has opened a new showroom in Kent, taking its nationwide store count to six.

New accounts for the company behind an Oxfordshire oak furniture ecommerce specialist suggest it enjoyed strong demand last year.

Global home furnishings company Designers Guild says a huge amount of re-engineering work has helped position it to emerge from the pandemic as a stronger and more robust business.

The U.K.'s antitrust regulator has found that Där Lighting restricted retailers' freedom to set their own prices online between 2017–2019 and fined the company £1.5 million.

Sales jumped by almost half for major rug distributor Flair Flooring last year to help counter the impact of rising costs and inflationary pressures.

Furniture and home conglomerate Wayfair has promoted one of the key executives behind its rise in the U.K. market to a new senior role.

Administrators have been appointed to weekly payments furniture, appliances and electricals retailer Perfect Home, almost ten months after it announced a managed wind down of its operations.

10-store beds retailer Mattressman is clearing stock ahead of an overhaul of its flagship East of England showroom.

Karen Witts will succeed Laura Carr as chief financial officer at Dunelm Group, the furniture and homeware retailer has announced.

Home and leisure retail chain The Range has opened in the former John Lewis at Home store at Ashford in Kent.

Bensons for Beds is launching a refreshed visual identity alongside a new service called 'your bed, your way' that it hopes will allow its store staff to match customers with the right mattress.

West Yorkshire furniture wholesaler Andy Thornton enjoyed a seven-figure profits turnaround last year after sales rebounded and it found cost savings.

Revenue at Nottinghamshire furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen was even stronger in 2020/21 than that indicated by its new majority shareholder when it completed a buyout last autumn.

Fast-growing U.K. floorcoverings distributor Likewise Group has moved to incentivise key officials across the business with the granting of new share options.

National retailer Bensons for Beds will open its remodelled Aberdeen store on Friday morning after an extensive refurbishment project.

Upholstery chain Sofa Workshop ceased trading on Thursday and has been placed into administration, owner Halo Group has said.

The CEO of RH says the luxury U.S. furniture and home retailer is "running a bit behind" as he provided an updated timeline for the opening of RH England, its first U.K. gallery.

High-end furniture and lifestyle brand Timothy Oulton has strengthened its retail presence in the North West with the opening of its latest retail showroom.

JYSK temporarily shut its entire Russian store network a month ago following the invasion of Ukraine, but has now said the closure will be permanent.

The Very Group, owner of and Littlewoods and one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture, has promoted Sean Hallows to chief operating officer.

IKEA plans to permanently close its Edmonton store in north London, only the second time the Swedish home and garden retail brand has closed one of its full-line U.K. sites.

New legislation is expected to green-light the ability for suppliers to legally charge physical stockists less for the same products than they do ecommerce operators, if they so wish.

Case goods manufacturing and wholesale giant Samson Holdings reversed early pandemic losses to return to profit last year, driven by lower costs and success in its largest market.

Profits jumped sharply for French furniture brand Roche Bobois last year as revenue climbed, margins widened and costs fell. It plans to add to its global store network this year.

Glasswells, one of the U.K.'s largest independent home furnishings retailers, has installed a series of electric vehicle charging points outside its Newmarket Road store in Bury St Edmunds.

Internet furniture and homeware company Swoon reversed 2020 losses as it unwound a big order book to record seven figure profits last year.

The value of U.K. furniture and lighting sales jumped sharply last month as they lapped soft comparators from February 2021, when stores across those categories were mandated to be shut.

Privately-owned heritage retailer Fenwick says it will spend £40 million upgrading its flagship Newcastle department store with a series of planned improvements.

Consumer sentiment towards furniture and flooring buying worsened again in March and reached its lowest level in over a year, according to a closely-followed consumer confidence survey.

General merchandise retail giant Next booked higher sales and profits in the year to January but the balance of goods sold is now shifting away from the home.

Bedding and linen retailer Julian Charles is to become Julian Charles Home as part of a twin-fold strategy that will also see it take store numbers beyond 100 by next year.

Laura Ashley, the heritage British design brand, is to offer customers in-person or virtual one-to-one consultations as part of a newly-launched interior design service.

Upholstery market leader DFS will have transformed well over half of its store estate by this time next year with plans to continue remodelling showrooms through 2022 and beyond.

Living, dining and bedroom furniture distributor Devonshire swung back to profit last year as sales recovered strongly in the year to July 31 after falling in the early part of the pandemic.

Consumer price inflation for furniture set a record high for a seventh straight month in February, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

National retailer Oak Furnitureland has launched its first outdoor living programme with two collections of garden furniture.

Supply chain challenges in the six months to end January hit ScS' profits but the sofas and carpets retailer hopes to claw that back in the second half as it unwinds its big order book.

A large North American ecommerce modern furniture retailer founded in 2011 looks like it may be considering launching in the U.K. market, statutory filings indicate.

The company behind TJ Hughes, the off-price department store retailer with a sizeable furniture offer, has successfully completed its company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

National retailer Bensons for Beds will this weekend open the latest of its new store concepts with the launch of a relocated showroom in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Revenue jumped by almost a third for bedroom cabinet maker and retailer Hammonds Furniture last year with adjusted profits almost three-times higher as it managed its growth effectively.

British homewares and lifestyle brand Sophie Allport has appointed Richard Bell as its chief executive officer (CEO) with a brief to take the fast-growing business to the next level.

Heal's is to permanently close its Brighton store this spring but its retail footprint will still grow as it plans to expand its tie-up with the Fenwick department store chain.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS is to close its Greenock store later this spring after it decided not to renew the lease on the property.

Profits declined at sofa market leader DFS Group in the six months to Boxing Day on lower delivered revenue, operational cost headwinds and the falling away of some Covid-support measures.

DFS has begun a consultation with employees regarding the closure of its loss-making Netherlands operation, saying the planned exit would allow it to focus on higher returning activities.

Upholstered furniture specialist Sofology is putting the finishing touches to its seventh and final new store of its 2021/22 financial year.

Joules Group is to make an additional seven-figure payment to the vendors of ecommerce furniture and home retailer The Garden Trading Company after the latter met performance targets last year.

Strong order growth since April last year has put the privately-owned group behind West Midlands furniture manufacturer Boss Design on the path back to profit.

Furniture supplier Global Home Group has appointed highly-experienced industry executive Julian Cox as commercial director, working across both its Global and Corndell business units in the U.K.

John Lewis & Partners found big growth in home categories such as furniture last year as the department store and grocery mutual recorded improved profitability and reinstated its staff bonus.

Upmarket privately-owned furniture and lighting retailer Holloways of Ludlow has opened its fifth store, and the first of two launching outside the South East of England.

Steve Rowe is to stand down as chief executive at Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) with a new structure put in place that will see a new CEO and co-CEO appointed in his stead.

U.K. furniture and flooring retailers found big sales gains in 2021, achieving heavy store-based growth despite mandatory closures throughout the first quarter. Internet furniture sales declined.

Bedroom and home office furniture vertical Sharps booked a big increase in profits in the period leading up to its sale from one private equity group to another.

The U.K. arm of Rhenus Logistics is preparing to add new furniture warehousing capacity after taking a former Wayfair distribution centre in the heart of England.

Flooring supplier Headlam Group says it has historically under-indexed in sales to the multiple retail sector, and plans to address that by building a bigger business with larger chains.

Sales jumped by a third and profits climbed for Oldham domestic decorative lighting supplier Cascade in 2020/21 as it lapped a prior year-end impacted by the first lockdown. Group (Made) has confirmed Nicola Thompson as the permanent successor to outgoing CEO Philippe Chainieux and reported wider losses as supply chain challenges impeded the furniture retailer in 2021.

The U.K.'s largest floorcoverings wholesale group has named Chris Payne as chief executive officer with immediate effect, ending a six month hunt for a successor to Steve Wilson. It has also announced a new chairman.

Upmarket bedroom retailer Feather & Black has opened its first Midlands store since the brand was acquired by Dreams, in a unit co-located with its sister fascia.

National beds retailer Bensons for Beds will this Friday continue the reshaping of its retail estate with the opening of a new concept store at Northampton.

Timothy Oulton, the founder and chief executive officer of the Halo and Timothy Oulton furniture and interiors design, manufacturing, wholesale and retail group, has died.

Monty Space, a subscription furniture rental service, is to become part of the David Phillips group, a major supplier of furniture to the residential real estate sector.

Australian furniture and electricals retail giant Harvey Norman says the launch of a new store planned for Ireland has been delayed into its next financial year.

Ecommerce demand for home goods is trending lower and is unlikely to reverse in the near term according to the retailer behind the JD Williams and Home Essentials home shopping brands.

Independent furniture and homeware retailer Graham & Green booked a near three-fold rise in profits last year as it continued to trade strongly through the pandemic despite store closures.

A national pay weekly retailer of upholstery, casegoods, flooring and window dressings filed for insolvency with debts of £3.8 million after falling foul of supply chain challenges, chargebacks and accounting errors.

Joseph Joseph Group, the contemporary housewares designer and distributor, posted record sales and profits as customers pivoted online and towards home products last year.

Upmarket furniture retailer BoConcept is 70 years old this year and the Danish company is launching a new brand campaign to mark its heritage.

Privately-owned retailer Furniture Village is to relocate its Slough store with a new-look showroom to open in just under a month's time.

The company that ran TV shopping network Ideal World before its sale to a private investor has been subsequently placed into administration.

John Lewis & Partners will no longer price-match store-based rivals on branded goods, retiring its Never Knowingly Undersold promise in favour of a new commitment to everyday Quality & Value. It is also introducing new suppliers including Julian Bowen.

Sales at furniture and home goods retailer Wayfair fell last year but the ecommerce giant says all the conditions remain for a long-term shift towards digital channels.

Off-price furniture and homeware retailer Homesense gained market share in 2021 and increased basket sizes at the same time, according to its American owner.

Kitchen vertical Howdens believes there is scope to grow its U.K. depot network by more than a fifth as it revealed it had doubled profits on a big leap in sales last year.

The owner of and House of Fraser has added value retailer Studio to its roster of retail brands after cutting a deal with restructuring advisors and the ecommerce brand's creditors.

Consumer sentiment towards high-value purchase intention dropped to its lowest level in 12 months in February according to a closely-watched poll of U.K. shoppers.

Ecommerce retailer Studio Retail Group (SRG) has been formally placed into administration with restructuring advisors in advanced talks regarding the sale of its business and assets.

The md of Cheshire based Arighi Bianchi, one of Europe's most storied independent furniture retailers, says demand has been sustained since the end of the spring lockdown last year.

Profits at the U.K. arm of foam pourer Recticel jumped in the period taking in the early months of the pandemic, just-filed accounts show.

An ecommerce-led furniture company with sales of nearly £14 million has refurbished its sole retail showroom.

House of Isabella, a fast-growing and now decade-old furniture retailer, has appointed Panther Logistics as its two-person delivery partner.

The chairman and CEO of Dreams owner Tempur Sealy International (TSI) says the U.K. bed retailer strongly grew like-for-likes in the final three months of 2021 and has outlined group-wide store growth plans.

The expansion of sofa market leader DFS into other home categories will see it partner Eve Sleep (eve) to sell mattresses and bed frames, initially online.

Private equity backed outdoor furniture retailer Moda Furnishing will early next month open the doors to its fifth U.K. showroom as it continues to build a bigger offline business.

Revenue soared to record levels at furniture manufacturing and wholesale group Actona last year as it bounced back from a blip during the early months of the pandemic.

An online lighting retailer has ceased trading and filed for insolvency with consumers being warned that products they have bought may pose a serious risk of electric shock, fire or injury.

Beter Bed has completed the conversion of all its sites in the Netherlands, including over 100 bed shops, to green electricity. It is part of a wider plan to become climate-neutral by 2030.

Steve Goulder has stepped down from the board of Oldrid & Co (Oldrids), the Lincolnshire furniture, garden and department store retailer behind the Oldrids and Downtown fascia.

A £150 million TV shopping network that sells home products ranging from branded mattresses to leather recliners has been sold by its German investment group owner after earlier court filings indicated it was under financial pressure.

Philippe Chainieux is to step down as chief executive officer at ecommerce-led furniture and home retailer Group (Made) on Monday for family reasons.

Furniture and lighting retail sales inevitably climbed sharply in January as they lapped store closures from a year ago. But they were down on January 2020.

Ecommerce-led furniture and homeware brand The Cotswold Company has further expanded its offline presence with the opening of a seventh U.K. showroom.

A fast-growing flatpack furniture and homeware importer with a co-owned ecommerce operation has acquired the former Westex Carpets factory at Cleckheaton.

The owner of Cox & Cox has returned to lead the fast-expanding online furniture and homeware retailer with the CEO who oversaw its growth through the pandemic stepping down.

Consumer price inflation for furniture reached a new record high in January, according to figures out Wednesday morning. Carpet and rug inflation also crept higher.

Revenue recovered strongly for South Yorkshire furniture retailer Ponsford last year, though higher costs weighed on profits.

Mattress Online generated £4.09 million of EBITDA as revenue snowballed for the Rotherham based ecommerce retailer in the first year of the pandemic.

A new finance company makes its official U.K. launch into the big-ticket retail market on Wednesday with a technological solution it says will result in fewer customers being declined for credit.

Value retailer Studio Retail Group (SRG), which carries extensive furniture and mattress lines among a comprehensive home offer, says it intends to file a notice of its intention to appoint administrators.

Emilio Foa has decided to stand down as chief executive officer at OKA Direct, with the U.K. and U.S. furniture and interiors retailer promoting its chief product officer to a new leadership role.

Furniture and department store retailer has been granted outline planning permission to build 34 flats on top of its Horley, Surrey store.

An independent furniture retailer in South Yorkshire says it will reopen no later than early next week despite being hit by a fire at one of its buildings yesterday.

National bed and mattress retailer Bensons for Beds has hired the7stars as its media agency to handle U.K. media planning and buying as it embarks on a brand-building programme.

3,809 new furniture retail companies have been incorporated in the U.K. since the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020, with the total number of newcos reaching never-before seen levels last year.

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