SALES and profits jumped at bedroom retailer Sharps last year on the back of increased media spend and new product introductions.

THE HOME shopping group behind the JD Williams department store brand said furniture sales trended up double-digit in 2016–17.

TWO of Europe’s largest furniture, home and lifestyle retailers narrowed full year 2016 losses in a sign investor-backed retailers are turning their attention to the bottom line.

A DAY’S less trade meant home sales missed by 5.0 percent at department store retailer John Lewis in the seven days to April 22.

BRITAIN’S biggest floorcoverings retailer said the market softened in the past quarter but it continued to make like-for-like sales gains.

dwellDWELL and Sofa Workshop both enjoyed high double-digit sales growth as they expanded their retail footprint in full year 2015–16.

OFF-PRICE home furnishings retailer HomeSense will take store numbers beyond 50 with new stores lined up in England and — for the first time — Ireland.

aldissPROFITS fell at furniture retailer W.J. Aldiss Limited on higher costs and narrower margins. Sales increased, though its order pipeline going into 2016–17 was lower.

DEPARTMENT store retailer Debenhams Plc today outlined a new corporate plan it hopes will lead to it becoming a destination, digital and different.

bhs2THE COLLAPSE of retail chains BHS and Fabric Warehouse hindered textiles supplier Caldeira in 2015–16, but the business has vowed to bounce back.

SALES totalled £84.2 million at John Lewis last week as the retailer made up earlier lost ground owing to the later fall of Easter.

warrenEvansFascFOURTEEN-store beds and bedroom retailer Warren Evans built sales, profits and cash in the year to end December.

RETAIL giant J Sainsbury Plc today said it would open another ten mini-Habitat stores inside its supermarkets this financial year.

KurtDarrowTHE HEAD of La-Z-Boy’s global operations says it wants to secure and expand distribution in Britain before it would even consider replicating its U.S. business model here.

HOME goods retailer Dunelm Group Plc said it gained traction as it outperformed the declining homewares market in its third quarter.

LARGER goods were impacted by the warm weather at John Lewis last week with overall home merchandise missing last year’s total by 2.9 percent.

sofologyCardUPHOLSTERY retail CEO confirms all planned locations for 2017 ahead of York flagship store launch this weekend

fabbNottLINES up Essex store alongside floorcoverings retailer Tapi Carpets

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UNDERLYING sales advanced in high single-digit percentages for heritage furniture retailer Arighi Bianchi in 2015–16.

FVfasciaNATIONAL furniture retailer opened 49th and 50th stores last week

DESIGNER furniture company Ligne Roset has launched high-definition 3D product visualisation as part of its new ecommerce website.

SALES advanced for a fourth year straight at Cousins Furniture Stores Limited in 2015–16. Profits fell on narrower margins.

JOHN Lewis’ sales were down last week with the department store chain blaming Easter timing differences.

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MARKET DATA

salesthumbFurniture Retail Sales


Furniture UK retail sales data for the past 12 months and over the past nine years.


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Charts showing benchmark salaries across the home furnishings industry, spanning retail — covering both independents and national firms — upholstery, flooring, beds, case goods manufacturers as well as wholesalers.


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Quarterly furniture and flooring imports and exports data, featuring the total value for each across both categories. Updated quarterly.


Insolvency & Legal


This weekly column contains lists of companies entering administration and liquidation, including Winding Up Orders and member initiated liquidations.


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Charts showing benchmark gross margin and pre-tax margin for companies in the home sector, broken down by home furnishings retail, including both national and regional businesses, upholstery, case goods, importers, flooring and beds.


The Debt Report


See who and how much was owed by insolvent companies in the home furnishings sector. Lists contain recent business failures, their directors, balance sheet information, who they owed money to, and how much.


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Charts showing furniture and floorcoverings retail and manufacturers' price inflation.