Upholstery retailer Sofa.com has expanded its relationship with sister company House of Fraser, adding a further London instore concession.

Sofa and curtain fabrics supplier Fryett's said it worked hard to reduce admin and overhead expenses as it countered weaker gross margin that resulted from pre-Brexit stock building.

Italian upholstery giant Natuzzi booked lower sales in the third quarter as rising retail revenues were countered by weakness in its wholesale division and tariffs on goods going to the U.S. from China.

Upholstery and flooring chain ScS Group says like-for-like trading is declining but at a narrower rate than it reported earlier this autumn.

Upholstery market leader DFS has migrated its web platform from a private cloud environment to Google Cloud Platform as part of a ramping up of its relationship with the search giant.

Upholstery specialist Sofology says it will turn Black Friday green by launching its own initiative — called Green Friday — in partnership with the Woodland Trust, the U.K.'s largest tree conservation charity.

Upholstery brand Arlo & Jacob will open its second showroom in the capital and its fifth overall with a new store in a landmark building that once housed the North London Royal Mail Sorting and Delivery Centre.

Brexit and tariffs vexed Far East recliner maker Man Wah in the six months to end September but only the latter impacted its half-year numbers as sales in Europe advanced.

Lancashire sofa maker Buoyant Upholstery has named Paul Longmuir as Sales Agent of the Year for 2019.

The Thai majority owner of Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James said its U.K. upholstery division recorded high double-digit sales growth in the third quarter but production headwinds impacted margin.

U.K. revenue declined for the company behind Norwegian recliner brand Stressless in the third quarter, but still outperformed other world markets. The trend for motorised products has prompted a change of strategy, it said.

Upholstery warehouses across the U.K. are full to bursting after imports of sofas arrived in record numbers ahead of Britain's planned, but ultimately delayed, exit from the European Union.

Italian upholstery giant Natuzzi will open five further Natuzzi Editions stores in the U.K. over the festive season and has identified more locations to expand the fascia here through 2020.

ScS, the national upholstery and carpets specialist, is primed to boost shareholders' earnings-per-share in a transaction that sees its former outright owner sever further ties with the business.

Upholstery chain heading to one of the counties with the lowest concentration of national furniture chains in all of England.

Revenue falls for the second straight year at upholstery producer.

At The Helm, the upholstery brand launched earlier this year by Hydeline Furniture, has a new website.

Upholstery imports into the U.K. grew at a faster pace in August after shipments from China jumped by a more than a third.

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Image: Alexander and James
Profits climbed for the group behind British sofa brands Alexander and James, Ashley Manor and import business AMX Design last year, driven by growth and wider margins.

Natuzzi has named Jason Camp as president of Natuzzi Americas, making him its most senior company official in the territory.

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The London Fabric Show has become BFM Fabric Show London ahead of its 2020 edition in a move that opens the door to possible expansion around the U.K.

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HSL is headquartered at Batley, West Yorkshire, and trades from stores nationwide.
Sales climbed at the 59-store specialist furniture retailer HSL in 2018 with the company's West Yorkshire factory powering much of the uplift.

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Sofa.com has its own factory in Poland.
ScS would have utilised Sofa.com's Eastern European manufacturing base to serve other parts of its business if it had successfully bought the company, its chairman said yesterday.

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Lebus' Lincolnshire factory.
The Dutch majority owner of Lebus Upholstery has reduced its stake in a long-planned transaction that hands control of the Lincolnshire sofa manufacturer to its U.K. board.

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Trade has weakened for ScS as it embarks on bid to build on growth last year.
Consumer demand has weakened since the height of the summer amid a more challenging trading backdrop according to ScS, Britain's number two upholstery specialist.

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Westbridge's Coach House collection.
The revenue trend at Westbridge, Britain's largest non retailer-owned sofa maker, reflected the wider U.K. upholstery market last year.

Preston upholstery producer Tetrad continued to gain momentum in 2018, with double-digit pro-rata sales growth helping it glean a bigger share of a declining upholstery market.

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Natuzzi Editions new store in the North West.
Natuzzi added a fifth U.K. store for its Editions brand on Saturday, a day after the Italian upholstery giant released second quarter figures that reflected myriad challenges across the globe.

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A change in the retailer's accounting reference date was a contributing factor in rising net debt at its latest balance sheet dateline.
Upholstery market leader DFS has this month increased the size of its revolving credit facility by £20 million "to reflect the increased scale of the group's operating activities."

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DFS is the U.K. market leader in upholstery.
Sales and adjusted profits advanced for DFS in the year to end June while the group — owner of Sofology, Dwell and Sofa Workshop — says it will exit a number of 'poorly performing' suppliers.

Upholstery producer Ekornes, owner of the Stressless recliner brand, says it maintained U.K. profits last year despite the negative impact of a legacy group logistics contract.

Net income advanced beyond £3 million for the manufacturer behind brands including Rug Guru and The Origin Rug Collection last year after a big leap in sales.

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The company is a bellwether for the U.K. sofa industry.
Revenue fell and margins narrowed in 2018–19 for Flameproofings, the U.K. market leader in the flame retardant coating of fabrics for the upholstery and household textile markets.

Mark Draper has been promoted to commercial director at upholstery distributor La-Z-Boy U.K. with the business also announcing new heads of both marketing and independent sales.

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The two-seater Holly sofa.
Upholstery vertical Sofa.com is to enter the contract sector for the first time with a collection of products that also includes a tie-up with bed company Hypnos.

Upholstery giant offloads shareholding in Nick Scali — one of the largest furniture chains in the Southern Hemisphere — for the equivalent of about £41 million.

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At The Helm's Havana three-seater sofa.
Hydeline Furniture, the upholstery supplier behind the At The Helm brand launched earlier this year, has revealed new photography in a move that signals the direction of travel for the range's aesthetics.

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Sales fell despite an improving trend in the first half.
Half year sales declined in the U.K. and Ireland for the company behind major European upholstery brand Stressless, though the second quarter improved on the first.

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The second half began with a decline in sofa imports, driven by fewer containers arriving from China.
Upholstery imports into the U.K. declined year-on-year in July, bringing three straight months of high double-digit value growth to an end.

Upholstery manufacturer and retailer Sofa.com could veer from its monobrand history for the first time according to weekend press reports.

Residential and commercial furniture manufacturer Style Matters is upsizing after agreeing to move to larger premises at a North West industrial park.

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Lebus is one of the U.K.'s biggest sofa manufacturers.
A fall in overheads boosted profits at Lincolnshire sofa maker Lebus Upholstery after sales were hit by the long spell of sunny weather that brought six straight years of growth to an end.

Heritage Upholstery Supplies has rebranded as Heritage Components in a move that reflects its evolution into a worldwide furniture components supplier.

Kasen International Holdings, the one-time owner of a U.K. upholstery retail chain, recorded double-digit sales growth to Europe in the six months to end June.

ScS, the U.K.'s number two upholstery retailer, is expanding its customer service team at its North East headquarters.

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Sofology is working with Owen Wilson again. The first of the new series of ads airs this evening (Aug. 21).
Upholstery retailer Sofology — which tonight premieres a new television advert with film star Owen Wilson — says it will open five new stores by the spring of 2020 including a first in Northern Ireland.

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Alexander & James is part of the DM Midlands group, ultimately owned by Thailand's TCM Corp.
There was an improving sales trend in the second quarter of 2019 for the Thai owner of British sofa makers Ashley Manor, Alexander & James and Alstons, negating weaker first quarter top-line figures.

Duff & Phelps says "progress has been made" in its bid to claw back cash from a foam supplier for the benefit of creditors of fallen upholstery chain Multiyork.

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The factory supplies Next stores and its online operation.
General merchandise retail giant Next expanded the output of its Yorkshire sofa manufacturing plant in 2018–19 but cautioned that activity remained in the developmental phase.

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Natuzzi has vast manufacturing operations.
Italian sofa giant Natuzzi says it will sell non-strategic assets and revise its worldwide manufacturing configuration as part of plans to insulate itself from new tariffs.

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Sofa imports have climbed rapidly in the six months to June.
British buyers bought upholstery from overseas like never before in the first half of 2019 with arrivals from China and Poland leading the way.

One of the first direct-to-consumer sofa makers to allow shoppers to design their upholstery using an online configurator has agreed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with creditors.

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DFS is one of Europe's largest sofa manufacturers as well as retailers.
DFS has declined to snuff out speculation regarding the employment status of Harvey Ellis, arguably the pound-for-pound holder of the seniormost role in U.K. furniture manufacturing.

Sales growth accelerated at Essex sofa maker Alstons Upholstery in 2018, helping operating profits double for the Thai-owned manufacturer.

La-Z-Boy is to consolidate upholstery production in the U.S. leading to the closure of one factory there and the shift of a cut-and-sew operation at another.

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The Lebus Dakota range, which includes Springbond.
The manufacturer behind Springbond, an eco-engineered material used as carpet underlay, has diversified into the upholstery sector after agreeing a supply partnership with Lebus.

New equity funding and a property revaluation helped boost the book value of premium upholstery business The Sofa & Chair Company in 2018, consolidated accounts for its holding company reveal.

Other than crown debt, the largest unsecured creditor of a company once known for running a regional chain of furniture shops in London is the new owner of Sofa.com.

Sales advanced at major upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus in 2017–18, but profitability was "restrained by pressures on margins and a restructure of the business."

London-headquartered upholstery vertical shrugs off tough conditions.

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Sofa.com's Edinburgh store.
The price paid and reason behind Sports Direct International's takeover of upholstery vertical Sofa.com has been disclosed for the first time. Neither will surprise many in the furniture trade.

Stressless has become the latest big-name furniture brand to open its own U.K. retail showroom, taking a heavily-trafficked unit on one of London's prime furniture shopping streets.

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Revenue climbed again for Whitemeadow.
Whitemeadow, the U.K.’s largest management-owned sofa maker, booked larger profits on higher sales in 2018 as it outperformed a declining wider market.

Profits jumped at Preston based sofa covers business Plumbs as efforts going back to 2016 to prune the company's cost base continued to yield improvements.

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Goods arriving from China are tracking well ahead of 2018.
May saw a big leap in the value of upholstery arriving from China as problems with containers arriving from the country a year ago continue to unwind.

The failure of a customer and subdued demand weighed on sales for Scan-Thors (UK) in 2017–18, but the Yorkshire upholstery importer says it remains in a strong position to handle whatever the market throws at it.

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The new Idol collection.
National furniture retailer Harveys has added a second collection in collaboration with celebrity Louise Redknapp, building on the launch of its Bold by Louise programme last September.

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All DFS brands delivered like-for-like growth, the retailer said.
Sofa market leader DFS said underlying gross sales have climbed by 7 percent in the year to end June, but cautioned that its progress moving forward is partly dependent on factors outside its control.

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Keith Wilson has been prompted to president, International at La-Z-Boy.
Former La-Z-Boy U.K. md Keith Wilson has been promoted for the second time in just over a year, becoming responsible for all non-U.S. business at the upholstery giant after being named president, International.

East Midlands upholstery and soft furnishings producer Leisure Furnishings found extra margin in 2017–18, countering the impacting of lower sales.

The latest company to trade the heritage Wesley Barrell high-end upholstery brand accumulated near seven-figure debts despite ceasing to trade within weeks of buying the business.

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At The Helm's new gallery concept.
At the Helm, the new brand launched by upholstery supplier Hydeline Furniture at the beginning of 2019, is introducing an instore gallery concept to leading U.K. retailers.

Sofa.com, the Sports Direct International owned upholstery vertical, is to double the size of its instore concession inside House of Fraser's Bristol store, barely six months after it opened.

Upholstered furniture producer Zhejiang Henglin Chair Industry, more commonly known as Henglin, has acquired Swiss office furniture maker Lista Office Group in a move that builds out its manufacturing operations beyond China.

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Sofa imports climbed on the back of higher arrivals from China. Image; Maersk.
Chinese sofa imports were up by almost half in April to drive a 27 percent overall year-on-year leap in the total value of upholstered furniture arriving on British shores for the month.

Former Halo executive David Watts has joined sofa maker Alexander & James as global business director with a brief to drive international sales at the upholstery brand.

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Supplying Harveys is the primary focus of the sofa supply division, based here in South Wales. Image: Google.
Steinhoff UK Upholstery has a new name, brand and logo as the circa £95 million turnover supplier, whose main focus is and continues to be supplying Harveys, explores ways it can maximise its capacity.

Revenue fell in high single digits in the first quarter at Natuzzi as weaker sales in the wholesale channel were countered by rising output from the Italian sofa giant's direct retail business.

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Man Wah acquired the Vietnamese manufacturer behind the Sofa Square brand last year.
Core recliner sales across Europe climbed for upholstery giant Man Wah Holdings in 2018–19, a year that saw the Far East conglomerate integrate acquisitions, tackle tariff threats and confront staffing issues.

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Emma Rackley has joined JB Global, which has in the past operated the standalone SofaStore brand alongside its core Oak Furnitureland fascia.
JB Global, the company behind the Oak Furnitureland chain, has bolstered its expanding product development team with the appointment of Emma Rackley, formerly of Shop Direct, Furniture Village and Leekes.

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TCM Corp acquired a majority stake in the company behind Alexander & James in 2016.
Upholstery profits almost doubled for the Thai owner of the Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James businesses in the first quarter of 2019 despite it booking lower combined sales.

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Qumei acquired Ekornes, owner of the Stressless brand, last August.
The acquisition of Stressless brand owner Ekornes by Qumei Home Furnishings Group Co. has more than doubled the size of the China-based furniture maker, new figures reveal.

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Imports ended a run going back to September.
Weaker March upholstery imports pared back earlier gains but the value of product arriving into Britain, particularly from China and Poland, remained ahead for the quarter overall.

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Sales climbed for Sofa Workshop.
Upholstery retailer Sofa Workshop posted mid single-digit growth last year as it added new space following the closure of Multiyork, its upper midmarket rival. Higher costs impacted its bottom line.

The finances of the U.K. arm of recliner and upholstery source La-Z-Boy have been bolstered thanks to a seven-figure rights issue.

The directors of a privately-owned British furniture manufacturer say they are convinced a police investigation into alleged modern day slavery offences will absolve the company of any wrongdoing.

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Sofa chain ScS has strengthened its board.
National sofa specialist ScS Group has appointed the former chief executive of home shopping group N Brown and discount store chain Original Factory Shop to its board as a non-executive director.

Upholstery maker and retailer Sofa.com has opened at Oxford Street, London, the first of a series of new concessions to open in the stores of House of Fraser.

Doug Collier, the president of La-Z-Boy's international business and the executive that led the strategy to create a wholly-owned UK arm, is to retire.

Chinese upholstery conglomerate Kuka — which last year acquired German furniture company Rolf Benz and a controlling stake in a joint venture with Italy's Natuzzi — built out its top and bottom lines in the first quarter of 2019.

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Cintique moved to Celebrity Motion Furniture as part of restructuring of JDP group operations.
The chairman and owner of the JDP Furniture Group says 2017–18 was a painful year in a very tough market but insists he is looking ahead with confidence and has vowed to continue investing in its upholstery brands.

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Buoyant Upholstery faced headwinds last year.
Lancashire sofa maker Buoyant Upholstery has found cost savings, a major new customer and introduced a more inspirational product range as it bids to bounce back from trading headwinds in 2017–18.

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More Sofa.com concessions in House of Fraser are planned.
Upholstery vertical Sofa.com will open another three concessions in addition to the already-reported six planned new units inside House of Fraser (HoF) department stores.

Kuka, the Far East upholstery giant, will waste no time rolling out Natuzzi stores in the Greater China region following the signing of its joint venture agreement with the Italian company last year.

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Just4Sofas is adding to the introduction of its first standalone store, in Fareham, last autumn.
Just4Sofas, a two-store and online retailer majoring in electric recliners and a stockist of brands such as La-Z-Boy, is opening a third retail showroom.

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Upholstery imports from China fell nearly double-digit last year, but are on the rise again in the early months of 2019.
Last year will go down as a bad one for Sino-UK upholstery trade, with stocks of China-made products arriving in Britain down nearly double-digit year-on-year. That trend looks set to be reversed in 2019.

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La-Z-Boy UK recorded seven-figure profits in 2017–18.
Upholstery source La-Z-Boy cleared seven percent net at its fledgling wholly-owned UK subsidiary as it posted high sales in the first figures since it bought back the rights to the brand.

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Sales fell in mid single digits for Natuzzi through 2018.
Italian upholstery giant Natuzzi swung back into the black last year after booking a €75.4 million gain on the summer 2018 joint venture with Chinese furniture giant Kuka.

Underlying revenue climbed at Furnico, the Lancashire sofa manufacturer, in its first full year since it sold the UK and Ireland licensing rights to the La-Z-Boy brand.

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The South Coast factory that was home to the liquidated business.
The liquidator of one of the former furniture companies run by Wesley Barrell owner Ayiaz Ahmed says two separate tracing companies have been paid to try and find a residential address for him, without success.

Sofas & Stuff, the upholstery retailer founded by Sofa Workshop creator Andrew Cussins, is opening a new store in the Midlands, its 13th nationwide.

Matt O'Flynn, former chairman at the association of British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) and the Long Eaton Guild of Furniture of Manufacturers, has died. He was 44 years old.

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Parker Knoll's Castlewood Business Park factory.
Three of Britain's largest sofa manufacturers — Duresta, G Plan and Parker Knoll — faced up to rising costs, customer insolvency, adverse weather and challenging trading conditions during 2017–18.

The Lounge Co, the multichannel consumer brand launched by the Sofa Brands International group back in 2016, doubled revenue in its first full year of trading.

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Wesley Barrell has been beset by problems for some time.
Heritage furniture brand Wesley Barrell faces a new existential threat after the newco that bought the business in a prepack administration in February told employees it too was closing.

Natuzzi, the Italian upholstery manufacturer and retailer, has delayed the release of fourth quarter and full year 2018 results, which were originally due last Friday (Mar. 29).

Dienne Salotti, a southern Italian sofa maker established at the turn of the century, is to enter the UK for the first time.

Whitemeadow, the Sutton-in-Ashfield upholstered furniture maker, is reopening its independent showroom from April 29–May 1 to coincide with spring Long Point.

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The new showroom adds to units at Fulham, Harrogate and Bristol (pictured).
Arlo & Jacob will this Easter open a fourth retail showroom as it continues to build out its physical store presence in selected affluent locations.

Upholstery market leader DFS will this weekend open its westernmost store yet as it expands its presence in Ireland.

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ScS sales fell including the now-closed House of Fraser concessions, but advanced without.
Interim numbers from ScS Group underscore how serious the retailer was about acquiring Sofa.com, with Britain's number two upholstery chain having spent a sizeable six-figure sum on the process.

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Italian sofa imports were up by 10% in January.
Double-digit gains on upholstery shipped and trucked in from China and Italy boosted sofa imports in January, countering weaker figures from Poland.

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Whitemeadow quality manager Andy Pinder (right) with Phil Reynolds, chief operating officer of The Furniture Industry Research Association.
Whitemeadow, one of Britain's largest upholstered furniture manufacturers, has become the latest industry company to be awarded membership of The Furniture Industry Research Association's Compliance Scheme.

After market leader DFS updated last week, tomorrow attention turns to ScS, Britain's second largest upholstery retailer, which is due to file half-year numbers to January 26, 2019.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS has admitted misleading customers at its Aberdeen store back in the autumn of 2017 after a nationwide Trading Standards investigation.

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Profits climbed at DFS in the 22 weeks to December 30, 2018.
Half-year profits advanced at DFS as the sofa market leader made the most of a buildup in sales demand after customers had deferred purchases during the exceptionally hot summer last year.

Upholstery market-leader DFS says it hopes to save £7 million a year in rent as it prepares to enter negotiations with landlords over expiring leases. It also indicated it had revised its Sofology store target.

Privately-owned sofa and chair maker Sherborne Upholstery built cash and saw underlying profits rise in a year where revenue was broadly flat.

The switch of financial year-end by Britain's largest upholstery retailer DFS went largely unreported, with even the odd supplier claiming to have little knowledge.

European sales boost for one-time owner of 26-store British upholstery retail chain Easy Living Furniture.

Italian sofa maker Natuzzi will expand its collaboration with Studio Marcel Wanders with the launch of a third new collection with the Dutch design icon inside 12 months.

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TCM Corp acquired a majority position in Alstons in 2015.
TCM Corp, the Far East majority owner of UK sofa makers Ashley Manor and Alstons, posted bigger profits at its British upholstery unit after revenue growth through 2018.

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The Hastings Sofa Company has launched from a slimmed down part of the large Menzies Road factory.
The fortunes of the Sussex upholstery factory that was the longtime home to Collins and Hayes before the brand was sold to Sofa Brands International are back on an upward curve following the launch of The Hastings Sofa Company.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com is planning to open its first physical retail space in Ireland, lending weight to theories its new owner bought the business to bolster its concession presence.

A major Far East upholstered chair maker is planning its first foray into European production with a purpose-built plant in Romania.

The joint administrators of Wesley Barrell have outlined details of their past relationship with the owner of the prepacked upholstery maker and retailer, saying between them they worked on two previous insolvencies he was involved with.

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The owner of Wesley Barrell was also the largest creditor of the business.
The restructure of premium sofa maker and retailer Wesley Barrell involved a £20,000 upfront payment with the rest payable over time. Creditors face a shortfall of about £2.5 million.

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Wesley Barrell trades from showrooms across the UK
High-end sofa maker and retailer Wesley Barrell has completed its widely-anticipated restructure after the operating company was placed into the hands of administrators earlier this month.

Working capital increased for West Yorkshire upholstery fabrics supplier J Brown Fabrics in 2017–18 as it ended the period with more cash and inventory than the previous year.

Appointment completes senior management team, says Natuzzi.

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The sun set on the Fabb Sofas business last June.
PwC, the big-four consultancy firm overseeing the winding down of the now-defunct upholstery chain Fabb Sofas, says its fees might be higher than first anticipated.

Creditors of the heritage rise and recline chair maker AJ Way, which filed for insolvency last autumn, face a potential seven-figure shortfall according to a report by administrators.

Any lingering doubts over Sports Direct International's involvement with Sofa.com have been put to bed with details emerging of a credit line agreed between the two parties.

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Italian sofa imports were up more than a fifth in December.
Upholstery imports into Britain advanced in December as double-digit growth in the value of goods trucked in from Italy and Poland countered the impact of a fall in Chinese-made goods arriving at British ports.

Aberdare upholstery producer Ashwood Designs has more than trebled its annual revenue since 2013 with the company posting a fifth straight rise in sales, just-filed accounts show.

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Wesley Barrell manufactures and retails premium upholstery
The owner of upmarket upholstery maker and retailer Wesley Barrell says he is not afraid to do "what needs to be done" in response to the economic climate and to ensure the business' survival.

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Sofa.com owner LGT European Capital has been looking for a buyer for the upholstery vertical.
Sports Direct International, parent to House of Fraser and a growing roster of retail brands, was left in prime position to acquire Sofa.com after rival bidder ScS Group exited the process.

Clicks-to-bricks upholstery manufacturer and retailer Sofa.com will not become part of the ScS Group, the UK's second largest upholstery retailer said today.

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Like-for-like order intake climbed in past six months
ScS said same-store orders at its core brand advanced in the past six months with the business primed to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

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LGT is seeking a new owner for Sofa.com
ScS says it is in talks to acquire the business and assets of Sofa.com, the clicks-to-bricks upholstery vertical. It is reportedly competing with Mike Ashley's Sports Direct International.

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Wesley Barrell now trades from ten showrooms
Wesley Barrell, the high-end upholstery maker and retailer headquartered at Witney in Oxfordshire, has further downsized its retail showroom network.

High-end upholstery business Kingcome Sofas posted double-digit growth in first half sales after it delivered its strong order book going into the period.

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Maggie Throup MP, says Long Eaton sofa manufacturers that may be displaced by High Speed 2 (HS2) need to be financially supported.
Upholstery companies in Long Eaton that face being railroaded out of their factories by High Speed 2 (HS2) routing need assurances over their future and must be allowed to relocate within the strategically-important NG10 postcode area.

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Hastings based B&S Upholstery supplied two well-known retailers
The state is the biggest creditor of B&S Upholstery, the South Coast sofa maker that traded as Billy & Slouch and additionally supplied household names with upholstery on a white-label basis.

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Lisa Broad joined Ashley Manor earlier this month
Lisa Broad, in her second week at Ashley Manor after leaving national furniture retailer Harveys, says the switch to manufacturing will enable her to pursue her passion for upholstery.

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Alexander & James' NEC stand won plaudits
Upholstery business Alexander & James is to open a showroom in Bangkok, Thailand, as the British brand boosts its international presence in the Far East.

Department store chain House of Fraser has walked back a decision to close four shopping centre stores after cutting a deal with Intu, the retail property company.

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Phil Reynolds, director at the Furniture Industry Research Association, is pictured on the right of each picture with ACL 2002's Danielle Watts and Mobus' Ian Bostock.
Sofa maker ACL 2002 and fabrics supplier Mobus have achieved Certified Company status under the Furniture Industry Research Association Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture.

Upholstery market leader DFS has extended the breadth of its Joules-branded upholstery series, as well as launching a new product into the collection.

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Bazaar Group's Northumberland base and the new Wave sofa from its just-launched Ayla brand
"We're probably the biggest furniture manufacturer you've never heard of," says Mark Dolder, md of a North East seating company launching into the retail market with the introduction of the Ayla brand this week.



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