INVESTMENT firm Sun European Partners is said to be exploring a sale of bedroom retailer Sharps.

LEEDS based Posh Flooring has merged with Chinese producer Anbo International, creating a £53 million turnover floorcoverings supply and retail operation.

EUROPEAN carpet giant Balta has announced the acquisition of U.S. flooring company Bentley Mills Inc, a high-end commercial carpet tile maker.

welcome furnitureWELSH cabinet furniture maker Welcome has completed a partial management buyout, with co-founder Russell Matthews selling his stake in the company.

FurnStocksThFURNITURE stocks are climbing again after a double-dip in 2016, the first of which came straight off the back of the June 23rd EU Referendum result.

DEAL to sell loss-making luxury kitchens business is “below our expectations,” CEO of Nobia AB says

ogilviesHERITAGE retailer Gillies has acquired the co-owned Ogilvies of Inverness and Westend Furniture of Dingwall stores in a move that expands its reach into the north of Scotland.

dunelmStoreHOME furnishings retailer Dunelm is to acquire the assets of online furniture and home retailer Worldstores group, accelerating its expansion into the big-ticket ecommerce space.

manchesterFurnitureShowFURNITURE Fairs founders Laraine Janes and Theresa Raymond to remain until at least 2019 events

lazboyThINSTALLS former Calligaris UK boss to run new British subsidiary in deal effective 1st January 2017

INDEPENDENT home and contract furnishings group Dickinsons has acquired Gosforth interior design company New England Interiors.

HALVES its stake in the UK's largest sofa retailer

ultraProductionSOFA maker to focus on growth of key accounts and will specifically seek to increase its presence in the home shopping and online markets.

walkerGreenbankDEAL worth £25 million cash upfront, plus further performance-related earn-out consideration

APPOINTS new md for retail finance arm

INVESTMENT firm has ex-Argos boss and former IKEA CFO among its advisers and was an early-stage backer of interior design online retailer Houseology

DEAL for Yorkshire underlay maker adds to those already completed for Interfloor, Whitestone Weavers, Abingdon, Westex and Quest Carpets

SHARE placing raises €2.45 billion. Proceeds will replace facilities put in place to acquire Mattress Firm and Poundland

sliderobesStoFascNEW OWNERS have taken a majority shareholding in the bedrooms business Sliderobes Group, whose products are sold through 15 sites across England, Ireland and Scotland.

ONLINE property for sale following administration of parent company

FurnStocksThSHARE prices of home furnishing companies — which collapsed in the days following the Brexit vote — have since recovered to 23rd June levels.

ashleyManorBUSINESS as usual say Ashley Manor, AMX Design and Alexander & James founders, who remain with the business as it enters “new era of growth.”

STEINHOFF International Holdings NV has agreed a $3.8 billion (£2.9 billion) deal to acquire US bedding retailer Mattress Firm Holding Corp.

forrestFSTERLING Furniture Group has bought privately owned Glasgow retailer Forrest Furnishings in a deal that strengthens its grip on the Scottish independent retail sector.

COMPETITION regulators have approved the takeover of Argos, allaying fears the deal could be held up for months by a lengthy inquiry.

WestbridgeSophiaPRIVATE equity company NorthEdge Capital has backed a management buyout at Belfield Furnishings, owner of major upholstery manufacturer Westbridge Furniture Designs.

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