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Sofa.com's Edinburgh showroom
The 'nominal sum' sale of upholstery maker and retailer Sofa.com might well have been for more than it first appears.

Briefly, the UK mattress industry had a new competitor.

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ScS confirmed its interest in Sofa.com yesterday.
How much do you think Sofa.com is worth, someone once very close to ScS asked us at the January Furniture Show last week? In hindsight, that question was either extremely prescient or heavily-loaded.

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Sofa.com's Polish upholstery factory
When Sofa.com debt-holder LGT European Capital took over the equity element of the upholstery vertical last year there was perhaps only ever one certainty.

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John Lewis Partnership is Britain's largest employee-owned business
Partners at the department store chain John Lewis face the possibility of a bonus-free year for the first time since the 1950s. But not paying might end up being more costly.

The winter sale period is well under way and the usual flurry of furniture-related adverts are promising benefits aplenty across British television screens. But something is different this year.

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The sale of the retailer's Dumfries property in November underlines the challenges facing the department store chain
Shares in Debenhams have fallen more than 85 percent in the past year with rarely a week passing without the department store retailer attracting negative headlines.

Deep pockets required to turn House of Fraser into the Harrods of the High Street.

Sofa.com's headline numbers for 2017–18 are less than impressive but there are mitigating factors and reasons to believe its new owner is not watering a dead plant.

James Pike on the future for Cookes and other multi-generational independent retailers.

Sales at department store retailer John Lewis & Partners topped £230 million last week, which included Black Friday, making it the highest grossing week in its 154-year history.

"From July, Nasons will have its own website," the independent retailer wrote in accounts filed 13 long years ago.

Cash runway shortens in past four months, as mattress brand reimagines its business and taps investors for more money.

There may be a not-so-obvious impact on the furniture industry from the Government's planned Digital Services Tax.

The five-year partnership between the two businesses is coming to an end.

Sold stake in major Chinese operation at the turn of the year.

Testing, testing. While the world's biggest furniture retailer tries new things, perhaps the answer lies in acquisitions?

A balance sheet analysis of Britain's top bed companies would place Vispring relatively low in the list of Britain's most valuable mattress companies. How very misleading.

A look into the department store chain's big-ticket plans.

A look at the upholstery category shows why these tariffs matter.

Unboxing the cash situation at the emerging direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand?

It seems fitting that in the same month that WorldStores is phased out as a brand by Dunelm that Argos has been named Large Online Bed Retailer of the Year.

The Co-op was once one of the UK's largest retailers of furniture, running dedicated stores and large departments in multi-category shops.

Rising input costs have been a recurring theme over the past two years.

Taskers reported a seven-figure loss in 2017–18 but there are positive signs coming from the North West business, whose ongoing restructure will complete next year.

More on UK furniture, bedding performance at Steinhoff.

Right at the very beginning of the current vogue for rolling, folding and boxing mattresses, one of the new direct-to-consumer market entrants had an interesting marketing strapline.

Upholstery market analysis: the Far East market making UK headway.

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Fabb Sofas ceased trading in June, less than two years after it launched
Making sense of Fabb Sofas' closure is not an easy task.

Analysis of the UK's two leading sofa chains.

2017 sales, profits at Ashley Manor, AMX Design and Alexander and James, plus a look at Q1 2018.

The reasons we think Harveys makes for an unlikely disposal candidate.

Mattress startups can't wait too long before making proper money.

Consumer furniture price inflation eased in May after a period of sustained high levels, driven by currency movement and rising input costs.

The situation at Ultra Furniture underscores the fragility at the heart of the business of furniture making.

The headline figures suggest IKEA posted lower profits and higher sales last year. But that paints far from the full picture at the UK's largest home furnishings retailer.

Mattress upstarts are evolving, out of necessity.

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Argos, together with sister business Habitat, is owned by J Sainsbury
Argos and Habitat owner J Sainsbury today confirmed it plans to merge with Asda, creating a £51 billion retail group.

Three retailers picked up off the floor, three successful turnarounds. What's next?

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.

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