The latest figures for Chinese sofa and wood furniture imports into Britain showed a first combined decline since records began. There are at least three plausible reasons why.

Big gains in selected stores for southern Italian sofa giant

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Dunelm stores; Delivering more of the retailer's growth than appears immediately obvious
Dunelm released a third quarter trading update last week that revealed 5.1 percent growth in total sales including a 4.6 percent like-for-like uplift.

Who is the number one sofa manufacturer and distributor?

But it does result in big changes in design.

No-one should feel too much sympathy for commercial landlords. There are others more worthy.

Similar strategy, different tactics for U.S and French furniture retailers with regard to the UK.

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New funding round put Made.com back in the limelight
In terms of press coverage, Made.com has in the past couple of years taken a back seat while upstart rivals such as the bed-in-a-box merchants have dominated headlines.

Many operators have not moved fast enough to take into account the structural changes affecting retail, says Livingstone's Harsha Wickremasinghe.

Property likely to be highly desirable to big-ticket players.

From £19 million loss in 2017 to profitability within two years. Is that achievable?

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Inside Bensons for Beds, the Steinhoff-owned beds specialist
Bensons for Beds store numbers have fallen since 2016 but average trading space has not, according to new data compiled by The Furnishing Report.

Few businesses divide opinion like Wayfair. Admirers cite its fast pace of growth and commitment to invest in the buying experience while naysayers point to widening losses and accuse it of buying revenue.

The market appeared not to like Dunelm's half-year results on Tuesday, with its shares sliding nearly 14 percent at one point compared with their value before its interims were made public.

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I'm a firm believer of — where possible — talking up trade and the industry. If there is a positive angle, we will endeavour to find it.

Sofa market leader's numbers suggest a difficult year ahead. But one clear winner has already emerged.

Customers might lose cash, but the industry loses a lot more as a result of the collapse of Contemporary Oak Furniture, the company behind the Oak Furniture Solutions brand.

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David Knight, centre, at last week's January Furniture Show
ScS chief executive David Knight was in an ebullient mood at the January Furniture Show, posing for photos as the chain celebrated achieving Certified Company status under FIRA's new Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture.

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The January Furniture Show takes place Jan. 21–24 at the NEC, Birmingham
Every major UK home furnishings retailer and a healthy proportion of British and overseas furniture suppliers will be in the Midlands over the next four days, writes The Furnishing Report editor Richard de Melim.

Interview: Mike Logue on plans for 2018 and current trading, and fields questions on Steinhoff, Mlily, unprofitable rivals and why Sun Capital didn't sell Dreams last year

Some of Britain's biggest furniture makers are operating white-label retail websites amid an increasingly desensitised environment for how manufacturers interact with consumers.

Department store retailer John Lewis and food and general merchandise retailer Marks & Spencer are two yardsticks by which the retail sector is often judged.

Too much debt is obviously a bad thing. But, sometimes, too little debt — or even none at all — can also be a bad or worrying sign.

History suggests there are four possible outcomes for the Multiyork brand.

Following Hilding Anders' acquisition of Feather & Black. We take a look at the past, present and future.

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Feather & Black was placed into administration through Duff & Phelps
Swedish beds conglomerate Hilding Anders would be a credible buyer for the embattled UK bedroom retailer Feather & Black. But were it to bid for the company, it would need to stave off the interest of others.

2017 has been a good year so far for British furniture and flooring exporters, but — until October — the mattress category had been the exception.

From new borrowing to the value of its Forrest takeover. What did we learn from Sterling's results?

Everything is clear with the benefit of hindsight even if, sometimes, the facts get in the way of the truth.

It is often said that the furniture industry is the first into a recession, and the first one out.

The thinking behind the Sleepology launch.

Is the physical store expansion programme of the upholstery vertical working?

Factory gate price inflation — for most sectors — points to positive outlook on future pricing.

Own-brand collections and approaches to important UK furniture suppliers are indicative of Internet giant's intentions.

If and when Loaf opens its doors on the edge of Wilmslow, it will need little introduction to the affluent patrons of Cheshire East and South Manchester.

Fifteen years ago, Christie-Tyler claimed UK sofa market share of about 25 percent with sales north of £300 million. Today, three new upholstery supergroups are emerging.

Furniture retailers face delivery delays for UK-made goods and need reassurance regarding the status of product that has been produced by factories in mainland Europe.

There was one standout metric released by both retailers as they filed full year results to end July this week.

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A LOOK at the DFS takeover of Sofology and the hurdles it will need to jump through in order to get approval from the competition regulator.

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HAVING sold his stake in two pocket-spring companies, Charles Wade has begun the process of divesting his two high-profile retail businesses. Here, he explains why.

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