Sofa importers failed to make it three straight months of growth in May as shipments declined on weaker trade with Italy and China — two of the big three source nations.

A double-digit decline in carpet imports pushed overall flooring data lower in May despite wood and vinyl trading levels holding close to flat against last year.

Nabru, a pioneering ready-to-assemble sofa maker that has been selling upholstery direct to the consumer for over 20 years, has ceased trading with immediate effect.

Chris Everist, commercial director at upholstery manufacturer Parker Knoll and a furniture industry stalwart of more than 35 years, is to retire.

Insolvency practitioners have fleshed out details of the restructuring of upholstery company Conker, which we first reported earlier in July.

Court filing on Wednesday signposts administration appointment at West Yorkshire based retail company.

Turnover at the U.K. furniture factory gate declined in May as official figures for April, which had shown the first rise this year, were revised down.

An investment company that has over the past two decades run a slew of distressed furniture industry assets has been wound up after a successful petition by litigation funders.

Adjusted profits were two thirds lower on weaker gross margin at the South Yorkshire kitchen maker behind brands such as Sheraton, Mackintosh and Chippendale last year.

John Cotton Europe, part of the privately-owned John Cotton Group, has acquired the rights to the Dunlopillo brand in 12 countries across Central Europe.

The General Election proved to be a disaster-class for the MPs who most recently made up the members of the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group.

The Furniture Makers' Company last week hosted its latest sustainability event with industry stakeholders agreeing ecodesign is at the heart of the circular economy.

Tempur Sealy International (TSI), whose planned takeover of Mattress Firm has been challenged by the U.S. antitrust watchdog, has cited the buyout of other retailers such as Dreams as proof that competition will not be harmed by the $4 billion transaction.

Fitted kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture manufacturer Symphony bolstered liquidity as profits slid on flat sales and higher costs last year.

Paul Groves, a 35-year veteran of the bed industry, has rejoined Breasley (U.K.) as sales agent for the Midlands.

The South Yorkshire upholstery factory set up by general merchandise retail giant Next has in the past year returned its best-performance in the eight years since it began trading.

The diversified Yorkshire group behind mattress fillings and carpet supplier Rawson bolstered its top and bottom lines last year ahead of the disposal of its U.S. operations.

Direct-to-consumer upholstery vertical Distinctive Chesterfields is trading through new ownership following the insolvency of the brand's prior operating company.

Tickets are now available for the Bed Show’s 14th Gala Dinner and Bed Industry Awards ceremony on September 24, at the International Centre, Telford, the National Bed Federation (NBF) has announced.

Upholstered furniture maker Conker plans to rebuild from its roots in Long Eaton amid a restructuring process that will see the privately-owned business downsize.

Control of a Cheshire fitted bedroom furniture company that booked profits of almost £1 million last year has passed to the next generation as part of a management buyout.

A third-generation furniture maker with more than a dozen factories across Asia is said to have rescued U.S. cabinet and upholstery distributor Hillsdale Furniture.

The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC) has grown its corporate membership by a fifth over the past six months, boosting funds for its charitable and educational endeavours.

America's antitrust regulator is taking legal action to block Tempur Sealy International's proposed $4 billion takeover of Mattress Firm, the largest bedding retailer in the U.S.

Dunelm supplier Cleland McIver booked record sales for the third straight year in 2022/23 though higher operating costs weighed on the bottom line.

An East Midlands sofa maker that expanded rapidly through the pandemic is looking to restructure its operations against a backdrop of challenging trading conditions.

High-end interior design and furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group has warned on profits after already challenging U.K. trading conditions deteriorated further in the past two months.

Flooring underlay and accessories supplier Interfloor will be under new leadership for the first time in nearly a decade as longtime CEO John Cooper steps down this week.

Big Shots, the annual clay pigeon shoot organised in aid of The Furniture Makers’ Company (TFMC), has raised an all-time high amount of £42,000 for the industry charity.

The founders of direct-to-consumer upholstery manufacturer Saxon Furniture have sold the company to its 79 employees ahead of their planned retirement.

Bedroom and home office furniture vertical Sharps has acquired Clever Closet, a provider of under stairs and loft storage solutions.

The parent company to East Midlands upholstery producer Celebrity Motion Furniture deleveraged last year, cutting outstanding debt by nearly a third.

Wow Lifestyle, the Bradford maker of beds and mattresses for student accommodation and the leisure and hospitality sectors, has acquired new manufacturing premises.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress company Emma Sleep is to lay off close to a fifth of its worldwide employees after realigning its expectations for 2024.

North West upholstery vertical Fleming & Howland paid down debt as it recorded a third straight year of six-figure profits through its 2022/23 period.

Harrison Spinks has made a number of senior-level hires and promotions as part of a plan to elevate export sales across its finished mattress and components business units.

The North West furnishing fabrics supplier behind the ILiv brand generated more than £3 million of operating cashflow last year, helping it pay down debt in a period when profitability was stronger.

Upholstery vertical Natuzzi narrowed its first quarter net loss as the Italian conglomerate found further cost savings and reduced the rate at which sales have been falling.

The historic Sofa Workshop brand has returned as a result of a collaboration between the I.P. owner and EZ Living Interiors, its exclusive retail partner in Ireland.

Private equity backed furniture vertical Sharps has revealed the terms of its unheralded buyout of challenger brand Fittingly for the first time.

Flooring conglomerate Victoria recorded a wider net loss and a fall in underlying earnings as a challenging market hit demand.

Fabrics and furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group has agreed a £2.3 million cash transaction that secures the pension benefits of 119 retired and deferred scheme members.

Swedish bed maker Dux has collaborated with Danish audio tech company Bang & Olufsen to produce a state-of-the-art headboard combining premium sleep and sound.

The upholstered furniture manufacturer behind The English Sofa Company, The English Bed Company and The Chesterfield Company brands booked strong six-figure profits last year.

A strong living and dining furniture category drove an overall rise in cabinet imports in April despite continued weakness in the kitchen furniture segment.

Tempur's European factory continued to drive mattress imports into the U.K. in April, supported by growth from China and Ireland.

Upholstery retailer ScS has launched a long-planned sofa collection in partnership with Stacey Solomon, the television personality, presenter and singer.

Sharps booked a third straight revenue gain through 2022/23 but profits were lower as the bedroom furniture vertical absorbed higher overhead including money spent encouraging customers to spend.

CEO Tracey Bamber is one of two Silentnight executives to have been appointed to the board of Sleepeezee, the bed manufacturer acquired last month by H.I.G., the longtime Silentnight owner.

Privately-owned carpet manufacturing giant Cormar continued to bolster its balance sheet in 2022/23 despite market demand and cost pressures.

Floorcoverings imports climbed in April as a first rise in six months for carpet traders helped overcome a double-digit fall in the vinyl segment.

Upholstery imports into the U.K. climbed for the second month in a row on an annual basis in April, according to HM Revenue & Customs figures released Wednesday morning.

Year-on-year turnover at the U.K. furniture factory gate climbed for the first time in six months in April in a sign that demand pressures may be cooling.

Online registration for the 2024 Bed Show is now open via the event website, organiser the National Bed Federation (NBF) has announced.

Sofa market leader DFS says profits will be about half the level of previous guidance as a consequence of a tough market and delays to deliveries because of Red Sea shipping disruption.

Man Wah, the world's largest recliner company, has revealed it made a vast increase in sales in the combined U.K., Irish and German markets in the past year as it ramped up its business with key customers.

Beaulieu International Group (B.I.G.), the diversified Belgian industrial conglomerate with interests spanning flooring to sofa fabrics, is investing €5 million transitioning to renewable energy.

Restructuring advisors have been formally appointed to handle the insolvency of Serene Sleep Group, the beds and furniture supplier that ostensibly ceased trading earlier this spring.

Buoyant Upholstery and Bentincks, the company behind the Sofa Factory brand, have a settled a conflict of interest regarding the latter's Dorset sofa.

Northern Ireland supplier Ulster Weavers returned to profit last year after saying earlier restructuring work combined with overhead repositioning had led to a strong result.

The Sofa & Chair Company will have to write off a significant six-figure debt owed to it following the insolvency of a sister business that previously traded a high-end ecommerce furniture operation.

An until-now unheralded bed manufacturer based in Devon has raised a large six-figure sum after issuing new preferred stock to shareholders.

Wider gross margin and higher sales helped fitted furniture vertical Hammonds maintain seven-figure profits last year despite rising operating costs.

The issue of tens of millions of pounds worth of shares vaporised past losses and transformed the balance sheet of sofa and furniture brand Swyft in the year prior to its takeover by Sleep Brands.

Designer furniture company Andreu World has opened a new flagship showroom in central London, bolstering a roster of 30 existing locations worldwide.

The West Yorkshire group behind the Komfi mattress brand found double-digit top line growth last year but profits declined as it absorbed higher costs, partly associated with factory moves.

Anti Copying In Design (ACID) has promoted Laura Newbold Breen to chief executive with longtime incumbent and co-founder Dids Macdonald OBE taking a new role with the pioneering organisation.

Payment processors and a mixture of mainstream banks and lenders-of-last-resort are among a slew of financial creditors caught short by the collapse of a furniture company that majored in dining tables.

Bed maker Sleepeezee has made another annual donation to The Children's Hospital Charity as it continues to pass on part of the money raised from sales of its Jessica mattress.

The worldwide upholstery market is forecast to return to growth in 2025 after a hard time this year, according to a new report into the sector.

Production of polyurethane (PU) foam, a major component in the manufacture of mattresses and upholstered furniture, expanded last year, despite tough end-user markets.

More furniture manufacturers than not see orders rising in the next six months as they look to recover from a recent market downturn, according to a new poll by British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

The Stratford-upon-Avon manufacturer behind The Little Green Sheep kids mattress brand made heavy investment through 2022/23 as it looked to build a bigger international business.

Folding beds manufacturer Jay-Be almost trebled export sales last year in a period in which it leaned in to its debt facilities to fuel growth.

Mattress and ancillary bedding products manufacturer Raskelf Group is to expand production capacity by almost a third with an extension at its West Yorkshire factory.

Tean Dallaway, CEO at the Airsprung Group, has been named president of the National Bed Federation (NBF), succeeding Vispring md Jim Gerety, who is at the end of his two-year term.

Mitch Dolloff, a 24-year veteran of Leggett & Platt (L&P) and president and CEO for the past two and a half years, has resigned with immediate effect. He will be succeeded by his predecessor.

Five major manufacturing and wholesale groups were responsible for a quarter of the U.K. upholstery market five years ago, but that has been whittled down to less than a fifth through the post-Brexit and pandemic period.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Westbridge has started work on a new design and development hub at one of its North Wales factories.

An indoor and outdoor dining chair importer and wholesaler based near Leamington Spa has filed for insolvency, leaving creditors facing a seven-figure shortfall.

There will be eight categories in the 2024 Bed Industry Awards, the National Bed Federation (NBF) has announced.

Heritage furniture brand Parker Knoll has partnered in-the-home retailer Oak Tree Mobility for the launch of an exclusive line of made-to-measure rise and recline chairs.

Kent bed manufacturer Sleepeezee has become one of the U.K.'s first companies to be granted a Royal Warrant by His Majesty King Charles III since his accession to the throne.

Upholstered furniture conglomerate giant Man Wah Holding has resolved its longstanding dispute with a U.S. component supplier regarding an alleged intellectual property infringement.

At least 15 of the wealthiest 350 individuals and families have ownership ties to the U.K. home furnishings industry, according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2024, three fewer than last year.

The upholstery group behind the AMX Design, Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James brands booked a first quarter net loss as it grappled with a challenging trading backdrop.

Upholstery volume growth helped revenue and profits advance at recliner giant Man Wah in the past year.

Revenue bounced back for northern and eastern European upholstery conglomerate Home Group in the past year as the market recovered from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The acquisition of Sleepeezee is the latest in a series of deals that mean approaching half of the U.K.'s mattress market at wholesale is ultimately owned by U.S. companies or investors.

H.I.G., the U.S. investment group that has owned Silentnight since 2011, has agreed to buy historic bed manufacturer Sleepeezee, expanding its control of the U.K. beds market.

The owners of upholstered furniture manufacturer Tamarisk Designs have created a new corporate structure following ownership adjustments and management change last year.

Kitchen chain Magnet closed nearly 5 percent of its U.K. store estate in the first three months of the year as its owner continues to transform its business here.

Imports of cabinet furniture climbed for the first time in well over a year in March on the back of improved figures in all of the living, dining, bedroom and office segments. Kitchen imports remained lower.

First quarter floorcoverings imports declined as weaker figures in the carpets and wood flooring segments negated growth in vinyl.

Furniture company Swyft, best known for its sofa-in-a-box programme, says its takeover by Sleep Brands will help fund its global expansion and product diversification.

First quarter sofa and sofabed imports were marginally higher than year-earlier levels on much stronger shipments from both China and Poland, the two largest source nations. Volumes were up high single-digits.

The U.K. rollout of the all-new Tempur lineup of mattresses kept imports positive in the first quarter of 2024, else shipments would have been flat on a year-on-year basis.

Companies from the upholstery, home and office furniture, and ecommerce retail sectors have been named on The Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2024 roster.

The entrepreneurs that last year saved the Dormeo mattress brand have acquired sofa-in-a-box business Swyft Home in a transaction that further consolidates the U.K. direct-to-consumer sector.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' turnover declined for a fifth month in a row in March, representing the sharpest year-on-year decline since February 2021.

Textile floorcoverings manufacturer Belysse Group says sales declined in the first quarter of 2024 as a consequence of weaker demand in both Europe and the U.S.

Sealy U.K. has appointed former Franke U.K. and Ireland managing director Neil Clark as general manager.

Long Eaton manufacturer Conker Furniture has acquired John Sankey, Habbio and Eco Benchmade (EBL) in a strategic move it says will further its position as a premier player in the U.K. upholstery market.

The privately-owned West Yorkshire manufacturing company that owns the Bedworld retail brand booked a second straight deficit in a period that saw it reduce bank debt.

London based furniture wholesaler Qualita is to widen its product roster for U.K. customers after acquiring the wholesale operations of Centrepiece International, a small case goods supplier.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) says the inaugural Furniture Component Expo (FCE) held in April was a success, with the show to return again next year.

Mlily's brand partner Manchester United might have floundered in Europe but the Chinese company behind the diversified mattress giant has had no such troubles, with bumper first quarter growth building on gains made in 2023.

The managing director of Buoyant Upholstery says demand across the industry has fallen but the sofa manufacturer is retaining its share of the market.

Embattled £14.5 million supplier behind riser recline furniture brand due high six-figure sum in previously-suffered customs duties.

Dreams has become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the industry charity and City of London livery company.

Profits climbed by half for Celebrity Motion Furniture through 2022/23 on continued strong demand for riser recliner chairs and margin expansion.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Ekornes is to streamline its senior leadership team in a move that will save costs and speed up decision-making.

Bed manufacturer and retailer Warren Evans booked six-figure profits last year as it made its third gain since the return of the London based brand.

The Harrison Spinks group and Vispring were among several home and contract furnishings companies honoured in The King's Award for Enterprise 2024, announced Monday.

The upholstery conglomerate behind multiple brands including Kuka Home has reported higher profits for the third consecutive year, as revenue returned to growth.

Leggett & Platt CEO on a tough European market and opportunities for the Kayfoam business in Ireland that it acquired in 2021.

The Dewsbury company behind the Bodyease mattress and motions beds brand booked a third straight gain in 2022/23 as earlier losses were consigned to history.

Storied sofa brand John Sankey and sofa-in-a-box vendor Habbio have a new production arrangement in place after the latest insolvency afflicting a manufacturing licensing partner.

Profits at sliding storage and fitted furniture company IDS jumped by more than a third last year despite the tough market.

But Bacup trade foam and fibre fillings supplier maintains profits on lower sales costs and margin expansion.

Howden Joinery Group (Howdens) says it has made an encouraging start to 2024 with underlying sales for the £2.3 billion vertical just above flat compared with last year.

U.K. consumers are trading down according to the owner of upholstered furniture brands Stressless and IMG, handing comparatively more business to larger retailers.

Wilton Carpets booked higher profits last year with the manufacturer also committing a seven-figure sum to capital expenditure.

HMRC and a Manchester based bedding supplier face large six-figure deficits following the insolvency of a textiles supplier with a U.K. registered office in the North West of England.

Self-help measures helped Mohawk Industries find profit growth in the first quarter with the world's largest floorcoverings company believing the market has now troughed.

The private equity owner of French bed manufacturing giant Adova Group has appointed one of its longtime executives as general manager.

The allure of its brands and design archive helped Sanderson Design Group maintain profits in the past year as licensing gains offset weakness elsewhere in its business.

Revenue and adjusted profits climbed for mattress ticking conglomerate BekaertDeslee last year despite the challenging environment for its customers.

Ballymena cabinet maker and retailer Woodland Kitchens has acquired Dundee fitted furniture manufacturer JTC in a deal that creates a circa £50 million manufacturing operation.

Bed manufacturer and retailer Bensons for Beds has become the latest corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the industry charity and City of London livery.

The U.K.'s beds and mattress market has become more diluted compared with the pre-Covid period, but the leading 10 companies are still responsible for more than 50 percent of all sales.

Mark Eastwood, Conservative MP for Dewsbury and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group (APPFIG), is to officially open the inaugural Furniture Component Expo in Telford this week.

Bedroom and kitchen furniture manufacturer and retailer Ashley Ann says its results for 2022/23 are disappointing and reflect overhead and energy costs reaching their highest levels in a generation.

Mark Slater, who oversaw a redesign of the product proposition of case goods giant Howdens, has been appointed as the new chief commercial officer at Bensons for Beds.

Cabinet imports fell for a 15th month in a row on a year-on-year basis as weak living/dining figures outweighed improvement in bedroom and home office furniture.

Sofa maker Tetrad featured extensively on Channel 4's Remarkable Renovations programme last week with host George Clarke given a behind the scenes tour of its Preston factory.

Mattress imports continued to climb in the early months of 2024 thanks to an outsized impact from premium bedding producer Tempur.

Weak carpet and vinyl data depressed flooring imports in February despite a first rise in parquet shipments since last autumn.

The China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) attracted all-time high visitor and exhibitor numbers last month with organisers saying it had cemented its position as the world's largest furniture event.

Sofa imports into the U.K. climbed for the second straight month in February as goods trucked in from Poland helped make up for weaker trade with both China and Italy.

Tough trading conditions for the U.K. upholstered furniture industry last year hit the top and bottom lines at Wade Spring, a key supplier to many leading manufacturers in the sector.

But revisions mean earlier declines were not as bad as first reported, new and updated figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Sofa design and manufacturing group TCM Living has appointed PJ Chippendale as its new chief financial officer.

Ultra high-end North Wales furniture manufacturer Silverlining maintained profits last year despite rising costs and flat sales.

Profits fell sharply for the Mobus group last year as the Clarkson Coatings business the upholstery fabrics supplier acquired in 2022 was faced with a series of challenges.

Flooring underlay and accessories supplier Interfloor has formally confirmed a series of board changes including the promotion of its HR director to managing director.

Ownership of Vispring has now yielded north of £100 million in dividend payments for the Spanish beds group that acquired the Devon bed maker back in December 2005.

Bed retailers are being urged to support the National Bed Federation's (NBF) May Be Time for a New Mattress campaign running through May in order to galvanise awareness and demand for replacement products.

The disposal of the longtime East Anglia factory site of a bedding supplier that unexpectedly closed in 2022 leaving large debts owed to creditors has landed the former owners a seven-figure windfall.

The group behind the Där Lighting, David Hunt, and J&M Parker lighting brands became employee-owned last year following an under-the-radar transaction.



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