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Carpetright sells beds in nearly 200 stores, making it one of the biggest sellers of mattresses in the U.K.
Bed sales dropped more than a quarter as the category proved troublesome for the recovering Carpetright retail chain in 2018–19.

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Lars Larsen Group's new chairman Jacob Brunsborg.
Lars Larsen, chairman of the eponymous furniture group that owns global companies including JYSK, ILVA and Actona, is stepping down as chairman. His son, Jacob Brunsborg, is to succeed him with immediate effect.

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98 percent of Sharps' business is derived from bedroom furniture sales.
Fitted bedrooms vertical Sharps maintained forward momentum in the six months to end March as the manufacturer and retailer shrugged off a tough macro environment to increase sales and profits.

Sharps, the 78-store bedroom furniture maker and retailer backed by Sun Capital Partners, is planning to list corporate bonds issued last year on a Swedish exchange.

The conglomerate behind the West Elm furniture retail brand has identified key markets for its international expansion programme, with Western Europe and existing territories such as the U.K. among them.

Balance sheet boost for privately-owned Kent furniture retailer.

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Dunelm says out-of-the-ordinary weather helped trade.
Furniture and homewares retailer Dunelm Group says profits will be higher than analysts' expectations after the weather helped boost late spring trade.

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Steinhoff owns both the Harveys and Bensons for Beds businesses.
Customer confidence in the Bensons for Beds and Harveys retail chains was negatively impacted by the noise surrounding their owner, parent company Steinhoff said last night.

Losses at Steinhoff's U.K. household goods division deepened in 2017–18, the period that took in the disclosure of accounting irregularities at its parent company.

Home sales advanced for the second straight week at John Lewis & Partners as total revenue across the chain advanced to a 20-week high.

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The business ceased trading in the spring of this year.
The phoenix company behind the brief resurrection of the vertically-integrated Wesley Barrell upholstery business has been placed into liquidation, more than two months after staff were told of its closure.

Internet furniture retailer books six-figure profits for second year in a row as it reverses earlier deficits.

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Aldiss' Norfolk stores at Norwich and (inset) Fakenham.
Profits climbed at Norwich and Fakenham furniture retailer W.J. Aldiss after a strong order book going into the period helped deliver a return to top line growth.

Privately-owned retailer Fairway Furniture, which operates stores across southwest England, said depressed consumer demand resulted in intense price-led competitive pressures in 2018–19.

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The Yorkshire Linen Company traded from stores across the North.
A landlord-only CVA agreed earlier this year wasn't enough to save the erstwhile 27-store bedding and soft furnishings chain Yorkshire Linen, which has ceased trading following the appointment of administrators.

The liquidation of a Yorkshire lighting and home accents business operating under a variety of retail brands leaves consumers facing a fight to recover funds.

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RH operates from huge stores, which it calls galleries, such as this one in New York's historic meatpacking district.
A first London gallery for high-end American furniture retailer RH, formerly known as Restoration Hardware, could move a step closer with executives due to cast their eye over a series of properties in the weeks ahead.

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Boyes trades from stores largely located across Yorkshire, northeast England and the East Midlands.
Narrower gross margin and a property impairment charge offset the impact of higher sales at value department store chain Boyes in 2018–19.

Former chief executive at furniture and homeware retailer joins board of Steinhoff in CFO post.

North West kitchen furniture maker, retailer and installer Earle & Ginger has completed a prepack restructure that secures the future of the brand, customer orders and jobs but leaves creditors facing a six-figure shortfall.

John Lewis & Partners is to create a single home improvement services division by integrating a company it bought in a prepack last year with its existing Home Solutions business.

Danish furniture retailer JYSK says it wants to break the £20 million sales barrier in the U.K. after targeting 30 percent revenue growth here this year.

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John Lewis' Oxford Street store.
Home sales returned to growth at John Lewis & Partners last week as the department store mutual enjoyed strong seasonal sales in the run-up to Father's Day.

20-year IKEA veteran Sara Del Fabbro has been named chief executive of the retail conglomerate's business for the South East Europe region.

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With one exception, furniture creditors backed Debenhams' CVA proposal.
Furniture industry creditors including one of the U.K.'s biggest independent retailers overwhelmingly backed Debenhams' company voluntary arrangement (CVA) last month with one predictable dissenting voice, new statutory filings disclose.

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The trial will launch at three of John Lewis' stores in southern and eastern England in late June.
Customers of John Lewis & Partners will be able to get an immersive pre-purchase experience of how new upholstery, cabinet or beds will look in their home with the chain to pilot virtual reality at three of its stores.

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Ponden Home Interiors has about 130 stores.
The company behind the Ponden Home Interiors chain of bedding, window dressings and soft furnishings stores slipped to a loss in 2017–18, new prolonged company accounts reveal.

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Sharon White replaces Sir Charlie Mayfield.
Sharon White, chief executive of Ofcom and a former high-ranking civil servant, will be the next chairman at John Lewis Partnership, parent to department store retailer John Lewis and supermarket chain Waitrose.

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The Skandium.com website is to be relaunched.
Skandium, the London based designer furniture retailer that earlier this year entered insolvency proceedings and ceased trading, is to be resurrected after the backers of a third-party Danish retailer stepped in to buy its IP.

Stollers, one of the largest independent furniture stores in the U.K., returned to growth in 2017–18 with the retailer recording its highest sales on public record.

Independent home furnishings retailer Futters of Great Yarmouth is leaving The Conge area of the town after 70 years, but hopes to find new premises from which to continue trading.

Findel, the listed home shopping retailer and educational equipment provider, plans to rebrand its corporate name as Studio Retail Group, reflecting the name of its core ecommerce business.

Home sales declined for a sixth straight week at John Lewis & Partners but big-ticket furniture and flooring ranges were among the exceptions, delivering growth for the chain.

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An artist's impression of the new Loaf unit.
Loaf's planned Bristol showroom, the existence of which we revealed two weeks ago, will be at Cribbs Causeway, the furniture retailer has disclosed.

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Home24 trades across mainland Europe as well as operating a furniture ecommerce business in Brazil.
Home24, the Germany based Internet furniture retailer that operates across mainland Europe, pinned a bigger first quarter deficit on investment in property including a major new warehouse and clearance store.

Independent valuers wrote down the worth of IKEA's U.K. property empire in 2017–18 though a nine-figure outlay by the retail giant acquiring more during the period meant its overall value still climbed.

A home furnishings retail and wholesale business that sold goods through online deal websites has been placed into liquidation leaving creditors facing a seven-figure shortfall.

West Elm, the American owned furniture retailer with an expanding U.K. business, enjoyed double-digit sales growth in the first quarter, parent Williams-Sonoma said last night.

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IKEA opened two new U.K. full-line stores in 2017–18, but says a rising proportion of online sales impacted distribution costs.
The U.K. trading arm of home furnishings retail giant IKEA has posted its worst net result here in a quarter of a century despite it continuing to build out its market share.

Home sales fell for a fifth straight week at department store retailer John Lewis & Partners but its performance in the upholstery category did offer some comfort.



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