Interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank is to begin a cost saving exercise as it looks to mitigate the impact of weakening UK brand sales on the business.

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Shipments from Vietnam and China fell over the full year in 2018: Image: Maersk
Wood furniture imports into the UK declined 2.2 percent in December confirming a year-long trend for weaker trade with three of the four biggest source markets for British buyers.

Direct-to-consumer fitted and standalone bedroom furniture manufacturer and retailer Starplan grew profits in 2017–18, aided by an uptick in sales and lower distribution costs.

Sales advanced for Manchester based bedding and curtains business Rectella in 2017–18. Profits declined because of higher costs and narrower gross margin.

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The Potagerie Collection, part of a new line designed by Angel Strawbridge
Design Studio, the soft furnishings division of Belfield Group, has launched its first branded collection in partnership with designer and author Angel Strawbridge, star of TV series Escape to the Chateau.

Administrators have been appointed to the North West company set up last year to acquire the business and assets of one-time £10 million home furnishings importer and distributor Global Textiles (UK).

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Fogarty Filled Products' Lincolnshire HQ
The legacy Lincolnshire manufacturer of Fogarty filled bedding owed creditors more than £10 million when it filed for insolvency and ceased trading last year, with HM Revenue & Customs and Far East suppliers among those owed most.

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Ena Shaw will launch its Tru Living brand at next month's Spring Fair event (Feb. 3–7, 2019)
Privately-owned window dressings manufacturer Ena Shaw will next month introduce Tru Living, a new home furnishings brand for its independent retail customers.

The privately-owned UK distributor of Stompa, the heritage Scandinavian kids furniture brand, booked sizeable profits and cash gains in 2017–18.

Challenging market conditions prompted a double-digit fall in sales for Asiatic Carpets, one of Britain's largest rug distributors, in the year to March 31, 2018.

Decorative Panels Furniture, the West Yorkshire ready-to-assemble furniture kit maker, returned to sales growth in 2017–18 after a decline the previous year.

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Hartman has launched into the indoor sector
Hartman UK, known for its outdoor furniture ranges, has entered the indoor furniture category for the first time with launches made at the January Furniture Show this week.

G Plan cabinet ranges will hit British retail shop floors this summer for the first time since Sofa Brands International reacquired the brand rights to case goods back in 2015.

Furniture wholesaler Content by Terence Conran swung back to profit in 2017–18 as wider gross margin offset the impact of falling sales.

British case goods importers shipped in fewer goods ahead of peak Christmas trading with falls from all bar one of the leading source nations.

Ercol, the British furniture maker that celebrates its centenary next year, has added a second international showroom with a permanent display at Design Post in Cologne, Germany.

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Godfrey Syrett majors in supplying contract furniture to clients such as Nottingham University
Godfrey Syrett, the circa £29 million North East furniture maker specialised in serving contract clients, has been placed into administration and ceased trading.

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Management change at the Bideford manufacturer and distributor
Devonshire, one of Britain's largest remaining freestanding cabinet furniture makers and importers, has promoted Andy Waddell to md, replacing its founder and co-owner.

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Hayche is launching an equity crowdfunding campaign
Hayche, the furniture company led by a well-known former Made.com and Marks & Spencer buyer, is equity crowdfunding and is encouraging people from across the trade to take part.

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Willis & Gambier's Peterborough home until 2016
Samson Holding would consider selling either the Willis & Gambier brand or the entire UK warehousing operation, its finance director has said.

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Willis & Gambier is one of Britain's most storied furniture brands
Far East furniture conglomerate Samson Holding has announced the planned closure of its Peterborough based case goods division Willis & Gambier, citing "challenging market conditions with little sign of clarity."

The main trading arm of Seconique, one of the UK's biggest furniture importers, made revenue gains as it moved to its new West Midlands home.

Profits at the diversified interiors group Designers Guild Corporation fell in 2017–18 as higher costs negated the impacted of an increase in output driven by international revenue growth.

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Parlane has been delivering home accessories and gifts to trade buyers for nearly 50 years. Inset: Parlane co-directors Mike and Caroline Burgess.
Kent furniture and interiors group Gallery Direct has agreed to buy Parlane International in a deal that combines two of the UK's biggest home accents supply brands.

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Sales were up by a fifth at Kingstown Furniture (pictured) but fell at the group's larger Consort division
Bedroom and living room cabinet maker and distributor Kingstown slipped to a 2017–18 loss after sales fell sharply at its largest business unit Consort Furniture, which supplies major UK retailers.

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Britain imported more from both Vietnam and China
Imports of timber living, dining and bedroom cabinet furniture advanced for the first time since March as retailers and distributors stocked up at the beginning of the fourth quarter, new figures show.

Welsh cabinet furniture manufacturer completed partial management buyout in 2017.

Heritage brand Nathan has moved all furniture production and finishing to the Indonesian factory that has been manufacturing its entire Shades collection since 2011.

Pure CF has been restructured via a prepack administration process in a transaction that saves the jobs of all of the contract furniture maker's employees.

Premium kitchen makers Smallbone of Devizes and Mark Wilkinson Furniture have been sold to a high net worth American investor in a prepack deal that secures the near-term future of both heritage brands.

Contract furniture maker Godfrey Syrett has told employees that it could close one of its sites in the North East in order to secure the business' near to mid-term future.

Canburg, the company behind high-end kitchen businesses Smallbone of Devizes and Mark Wilkinson, has filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators, according to Sky News. Corporate filings indicate a restructure may be imminent.

Beaulieu International Group, the international textiles conglomerate, says it will increase prices worldwide at its Engineered Products division because of input cost pressures.

Privately-owned furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies improved cash generation in a challenging year that saw sales lift but earnings fall on narrower margins.

Early export wins, dining ranges and higher sales with existing customers were behind Baker Furniture's top line growth in 2017–18, according to managing director Mark Callaghan.

Sales advanced again for fitted furniture maker and retailer Ashley Ann in the year to end March but the privately-owned company cautioned it was not expecting to grow at the same level in 2018–19.

Britain's three biggest overseas sources of living, dining and bedroom cabinet all exported less to the UK in September with the total for the combined categories slipping 5.0 percent.

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Trendsetter says 2018–19 will show an improvement on an exceptionally difficult year
Bedding company Trendsetter Home Furnishings says it has addressed a number of challenges to reverse the impact of "an exceptionally difficult year" during which it booked a seven-figure net loss.

Ena Shaw, the diversified North West soft furnishings business, says it has made significant progress turning its Montgomery unit around with restructuring work to complete by the end of 2018.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the upscale fitted furniture maker and retailer, says the success of its push into the bedroom category opens the door to the division developing a 'whole home' offer.

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