The chairman of Ercol Furniture, which on Wednesday night featured on the BBC's Inside The Factory programme, says the manufacturer has recovered all the sales lost to the early period of the pandemic and continued to find bottom line gains.

Ready-assembled bedroom and living room furniture maker Welcome enjoyed a third straight year of double-digit sales growth in the year to March 31. Profits also increased sharply.

Premium fitted kitchen, bedroom and freestanding furniture manufacturer and retailer John Lewis of Hungerford says the lease of a new property will boost production capacity.

A Staffordshire cabinet furniture manufacturer that sells custom-fit wardrobes and home office furniture ordered online is expanding into additional premises after rapid growth.

September saw another vast quantity of Vietnamese furniture land at U.K. ports, likely reflecting large orders placed ahead of Covid-related late summer factory shutdowns in the Far East nation.

Bedroom furniture vertical Sharps has repaid tens of millions of pounds of debt in the wake of its disposal by Sun European Partners to a London based private equity group earlier this summer.

Nicholas Radford says he plans to focus on other interests outside the furniture industry after a flood in the Far East prompted a decision to close the company behind the Nathan Furniture brand earlier this year.

Roundhouse, the high-end kitchen and bedroom cabinet maker and retailer, enjoyed better-than-expected trading last year as it found both top and bottom line growth.

A Swedish flooring and wood processing conglomerate with factories in central Europe is to enter the furniture market with the initial launch of cabinets assembled entirely without glue, nails or screws.

Cabinet furniture imports reached record levels in the first half as distributors and retailers invested heavily in stock despite high container shipping rates.

Upmarket fitted furniture maker and retailer John Lewis of Hungerford says better-than-expected trading helped it reverse first half losses to return to profit in 2019/20.

Fitted furniture maker J&J Ormerod (JJO) says demand is running at double-digit percentages ahead of pre-Covid levels and that it has emerged stronger from the pandemic and ready to invest.

Small Buckinghamshire traditional furniture supplier placed into liquidation.

U.K. furniture companies will be eligible to enter the third Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Furniture Awards after the international non-Governmental organisation (NGO) expanded the scope of the programme.

Major U.K. cabinet maker Symphony built cash and remained profitable last year despite taking a large Covid-related hit to its top line.

Sigma 3, the South Wales based manufacturer and retailer of kitchen, bedroom and home office furniture, maintained seven-figure profits despite the pandemic hitting sales last year.

Covid-19 restrictions in Malaysia threaten to delay the production and arrival of furniture arriving into the U.K. as the Far East nation looks to get the virus under control.

Cabinet imports ended the first quarter of 2021 up nearly a fifth on the back of a vast increase in the quantity of goods arriving from China.

Leeds fitted furniture vertical Strachan remained cash generative and profitable despite sales falling as a result of the first lockdown last year.

Nobilia, Europe's largest kitchen manufacturer, has recapitalised its U.K. kitchen retail business Kutchenhaus via a seven-figure equity injection.

The ready-to-assemble cabinet furniture arm of diversified West Yorkshire manufacturing group Decorative Panels found growth in the lead up to the pandemic.

German bedroom furniture maker Rauch has aligned its product development and marketing functions and hired a new leader to run the merged unit.

Structural cost savings and state support helped fitted furniture vertical John Lewis of Hungerford make inroads into losses in the six months to December 31, 2020.

Shareholders at Lancashire fitted furniture manufacturer J&J Ormerod (JJO) have decided to sell two thirds of the business to the company's employees, ending a long period of family ownership.

China was the only major cabinet furniture source nation to match year-earlier levels in 2020 as the pandemic clipped imports into the U.K. from most key markets.

Steps taken to broaden the appeal of the heritage Nathan brand have paid dividends according to the furniture company, with a new generation of social media-savvy consumers now following the business.

Port delays and container shortages didn't stop a third consecutive rise in cabinet furniture imports as wholesalers and retailers replenished stock ahead of Christmas.

Nobia, the kitchen conglomerate, says its fourth quarter performance for 2020 will exceed expectations because of strong trading in the Nordic and Central Europe regions.

Kitchens, bedroom and bathroom furniture maker and retailer Avanti is to bolster its presence in the West Midlands with a ninth retail showroom as the company paves the way for a return to growth.

Revenue climbed double-digit for a second straight year at ready-assembled cabinet maker Welcome Furniture in 2019–20. Profits declined on cost headwinds.

Company voluntary arrangement (CVA) at kitchen cabinet manufacturer, designer and installer.

Third quarter sales jumped for European ready-to-assemble cabinet furniture maker Forte but remain well down in the year so far, including the region taking in the U.K.

China led a return to growth for wood living, dining and bedroom furniture imports as the combined cabinet segment nailed down its position as the category least impacted by the pandemic.

The group behind the Spaceslide bedrooms brand says its cash headroom is currently larger than it was pre-Covid thanks to additional financing facilities as well as strong post-lockdown trading.

The Yorkshire group behind bedroom brand Spaceslide recorded a bigger deficit in 2019 after a decline in performance at its co-owned kitchens business Optiplan.

Ready-to-assemble cabinet maker is a supplier to retailers such as Argos and employs nearly 70 people at its South Yorkshire factory.

A Chinese fitted furniture and kitchens conglomerate with sales equivalent to £1.56 billion is opening a first U.K. and European showroom, near Manchester.

Jarrow cabinet furniture and shelving company Funky Chunky Furniture says it expects to achieve over £4 million in sales in the next year after it expanded and reconfigured its manufacturing operation.

Far East furniture manufacturing and distribution giant Samson Holding is to mop up the remaining shares in a major Green River Group bedroom and dining cabinet factory, taking its total outlay to nearly $46 million (c. £35m).

Wood furniture imports fell sharply as early-year factory shutdowns finally afflicted the living, dining and bedroom categories to the same extent already seen in other product segments.

Higher costs meant kitchen maker Burbidge recorded a bigger deficit in the year to September 30, 2019, despite higher output and wider gross margin.

U.K. interest in a prestige American cabinetry brand remains high despite the closure of the company behind its London showroom last month.

Strachan, the direct-to-consumer maker of fitted bedroom, home office and living room furniture, booked higher profits and bolstered cash last year after it grew sales.

New finance chief for £50m vendor of Sheraton, Mackintosh, English Rose and Chippendale brands.

Clive Christian Furniture Co, the luxury furniture and cabinet maker bought by a private investor last year, has hired its former sales and marketing director after a 16-year absence.

Wood furniture imports across the living, dining and bedroom categories fell for a third straight month in February, though German exports made big gains.

Blackburn bedroom cabinet manufacturer Klever Furniture left creditors facing a shortfall of almost £650,000 according to new statutory filings.

One of Eastern Europe's largest furniture manufacturers has closed all its production plants for the next few weeks, and says it could extend the shutdown even longer.

North West based living room and bedroom cabinet maker Klever Furniture has written to stakeholders including customers and suppliers saying it is no longer trading.

Fast-expanding kitchen maker and retailer Wren will this spring open a 252,000sqft U.S. factory ahead of launching its first overseas showrooms this summer.

The number of Kutchenhaus retail showrooms will grow by more than a quarter this year with eleven new stores planned by the franchise chain.

A number of retailers who formerly sourced bedroom cabinet from the now-defunct Kingstown Furniture business are turning to One Call Furniture, the East London manufacturer has said.

A run of growth that began in 2016 came to an end at Northern Ireland headquartered furniture maker and retailer Starplan Furniture last year.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the premium kitchens, bedrooms and freestanding furniture maker, says chairman Gary O'Brien has resigned with immediate effect for personal reasons.

The ready-to-assemble furniture arm of diversified Yorkshire manufacturer Decorative Panels posted a fall in sales last year but group revenue picked up on higher component sales.

Insolvency practitioners hope to find a buyer for the assets of Prentice Furniture Manufacturers, a Staffordshire based kitchen maker, after the company entered administration just before Christmas.

Cambridgeshire headquartered fitted furniture retailer Premier Kitchens and Bedrooms is to be placed into liquidation with the expected closure of all four of its stores.

Yorkshire cabinet furniture manufacturer Ellis returned to profit in 2018–19 after it grew sales and transformed margins following a series of investments and business improvements.

Cabinet furniture imports rose mid single-digits in September led by rising shipments from key Far East markets including China, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Made-to-measure cabinet maker and retailer Neville Johnson grew revenue and claimed a bigger share of a challenged market in the year to April 30, but profits declined on narrower margins.

Two senior managers at Clive Christian Furniture Co. have led a management buyout of the luxury cabinet maker, supported by David Dare, the former owner and md at high-end interiors company Shaws of Darwen.

Fitted furniture vertical Hammonds has extended the lease of its Leicestershire manufacturing facility, securing the long-term future of its production in Hinckley.

The phoenix company that bought the four-store kitchen maker and retailer Earle & Ginger out of administration earlier this year has itself filed for insolvency.

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Wood cabinet imports were up 10 percent. Image: Maersk
Imports of wood living, dining and bedroom cabinet advanced double-digit in July after rises from each of the three largest Far East case goods exporters.

High end furniture maker and retailer Linley recorded a bigger a loss in 2017–18 because of project delays and a strategy pivot but said the future remains bright for the company.

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Rising shipments from Asia powered the increase.
Living, dining and bedroom cabinet imports to the U.K. have trended up in mid single-digits in the first half of 2019 driven by shipments from the Far East.

Fast-expanding cabinet furniture vertical Wren Kitchens has reached 80 stores nationwide with the opening of a new unit in Exeter.

Expanding kitchen maker and retailer Wren has gained various globally-known International Standards Organisation (ISO) accreditations for its factories in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

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Shipments from China were a fifth higher.
Chinese, Malaysian and Vietnamese cabinet imports climbed sharply as the latest HMRC data dump annualised against issues with container ships arriving from Asia.

Danzer, the €202 million turnover decorative hardwood supplier that lists manufacturers of floorcoverings and furniture among its clientele, is to close one of its European factories.

Expanding kitchens vertical Wren is planning a Midlands recruitment event, where it hopes to offer an instant route back into work for staff impacted by the insolvency of retailer Bathstore.

Revenue fell and losses widened ahead of the prepack sale of the business and assets of bedroom cabinet manufacturer Harrison Brothers (Furniture), administrators have disclosed.

Privately-owned kitchen furniture producer Burbidge slipped to a 2017–18 deficit after revenue fell and its cost of sales increased. A pension gain boosted its book value.

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Sigma 3's Moda modern bedroom range.
Kitchen, bedroom and home office furniture maker and retailer Sigma 3 posted sales growth in 2017–18 but profits declined as higher costs impacted margins.

Revenue fell and losses widened at the West Sussex kitchen manufacturer behind the Paula Rosa and Manhattan brands in 2018. Its outlook for this year improved after a surge in new business orders in the final quarter.

The sale of North West furniture maker Harrison Brothers last month provides a fresh start for the bedroom producer and its new management team.

Year-on-year imports of living, dining and bedroom wood furniture grew at their fastest rate since February 2018 at the beginning of the second quarter.

Kitchen maker and retailer Wren is planning to make the biggest single investment in its decade-long history with a proposed additional factory at its Barton-upon-Humber base that could create 1,200 new jobs.

New md at southeast England kitchen maker has rich history with U.K. big-ticket retailing.

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Kingstown Furniture's circa 191,000sqft Hull premises.
Kingstown Furniture's Hull factory has been put up for sale with a £5 million asking price but trade suppliers to the collapsed trading arms of the manufacturing and supply divisions won't see a penny of it.

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Malaysian furniture imports to Britain are growing.
Living, dining and bedroom furniture producers in Malaysia continued to build momentum in March as their U.K. shipments made the country the only riser among the top six source nations.

Sales jumped double-digit at Yorkshire kitchen maker Symphony after the company said it benefitted from growth in the private developer market.

Cabinet furniture maker and retailer John Lewis of Hungerford has issued a profits warning after blaming uncertainty for it failing to convert deposits into full orders.

Higher sales and overhead management weren't enough to prevent Yorkshire kitchen, bedroom and bathroom cabinet maker Ellis Furniture slipping to a loss last year.

West Yorkshire furniture manufacturer Strachan — maker of high-end fitted bedrooms, home offices and dressing rooms — matched year-earlier trade in 2017–18 but profits fell on higher costs.

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From left: Richard Newman (regional debt financing at HSBC), Mark Jones (partner of Jasmin Advisory LLP, who advised Hammonds), Mark Hammonds (group director at Hammonds), Richard Hammonds (group CEO at Hammonds) and Graham Mold (head of growth capital at Frontier Development Capital)
Hammonds Furniture chairman Richard Hammonds has become group CEO after leading a long-planned management buyout at the £85 million turnover fitted furniture vertical.

Creditors of kitchen furniture maker Richmond Cabinet Company will take a hefty haircut on outstanding debts unless KPMG can procure a substantial bid for the company or its assets.

Wellemöbel, the one-time €100 million turnover bedroom furniture maker with a rich history of supplying the British retail market, is on the brink of permanent closure if new investment is not found soon.

Retail giant Wren Kitchens, which makes its own products out of vast factories across Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, has become an approved member of BFM, the British Furniture Manufacturers association.

Case goods manufacturer Forte Furniture says it expects to post lower profits for the second straight year, despite modest sales growth in 2018.

The future of longtime kitchen furniture maker Richmond Cabinet Company is uncertain after the company was placed into administration before Christmas. A newco has been granted a licence to complete orders.

Kitchen maker Uform has become the latest beneficiary of the prolific bank-backed investor BGF, which has bought a minority stake in the Northern Ireland based company.

Forte, one of Europe's largest makers of ready-to-assemble furniture, recorded lower revenue in the third quarter despite higher sales in Western and Northern Europe and in its domestic market.



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