Premium fabrics and furnishings group Walker Greenbank says it has capitalised on rising demand at the top end of the market so far this year.

comfyQuiltsStrong demand took the top line at bedding giant Comfy Quilts past £80m in 2013–14 though the North West supplier’s profits continued to be hit by legacy issues.

SMDiLivPrivately owned fabrics and furnishings group SMD enjoyed strong growth in 2013–14 as its iLiv brand took on greater significance.

Profits jumped strongly at London based rugs distributor Asiatic Carpets as sales output grew last year.

In-the-home window dressings specialist Hillarys is to roll out its carpets and flooring offer nationwide after a successful trial.

The introduction of direct home delivery has given online sales a lift, according to North West rugs distributor Flair Flooring.

dunelmCoRising furniture sales — up nearly two-thirds on the previous year — contributed to strong growth at national chain Dunelm in the 26 weeks to 27th December.

Seven-figure development work has completed at Snuggledown’s main factory plant in Lancashire with an official unveiling scheduled for this month.

fryetts-genFurnishings fabrics supplier Fryett’s absorbed rising costs in the year to end February but still made more than 10 per cent at the pre-tax line.

john-cotton-beddingBedding and fillings group John Cotton increased sales for an eighth year in a row in 2013–14 but one-off costs and customer price pressures stymied earnings growth.

ponden-home-co-fasciaRetailer Ponden Home ended a three-year negative earnings trend to grow profits by well over a third in the year to 1st March.

john-cottonBedding entrepreneur John Cotton received his MBE at Buckingham Palace yesterday after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List earlier this year.

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