A long hot summer in the UK wasn't enough for Gloster Furniture, the high-end outdoor furniture brand, to grow sales in the British market last year.

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Cabinet imports advanced in February.
Imports of living, dining and bedroom cabinet climbed in February as UK wholesalers and retailers shipped in more from China.

KPMG reveals what was and wasn't included in March sale of Lanarkshire soft furnishings supplier.

Modern furniture maker MDF Italia has acquired the brand and other assets of compatriot Acerbis in a move that further consolidates the high-end of the Italian furniture design market.

The Melksham-based UK arm of Herman Miller, the global workplace furniture maker, says it will get a three-fold benefit after it acquired two Engel injection moulding machines.

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Freehold property was held by the holding company, which isn't insolvent.
Suppliers to the no-longer-trading Kingstown group of furniture companies will not recoup funds from the sale of the company's factory with owners having ceded control in the period leading up to the manufacturer entering administration.

Privately-owned rug distributor Flair Rugs will achieve ten straight years of growth if it builds sales again this year after it posted another rise in output in the 12 months to June 30, 2018.

Wellemöbel, the already-insolvent bedroom, youth and office furniture manufacturer, has ceased production after failing to secure fresh investment.

Headlam, Europe's largest flooring distributor, has been given the green light to integrate two companies it bought last year into the group by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Seconique, one of the UK's largest furniture importers and wholesalers, took its two-year investment to approaching eight figures after another large capex outlay in 2017–18.

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2017–18 was a challenging period, the company said.
Devonshire, one of Britain's last major freestanding cabinet furniture makers, recorded lower sales and narrower margins in 2017–18, impacting profits at the company's trading arm.

Privately-owned decorative lighting distributor Searchlight Electric capitalised on overseas growth in 2017–18 as the traditional retail sector in the UK bore the brunt of low consumer confidence and the effect of ecommerce.

Sales declined again for Willis & Gambier ahead of the decision by its Far East owner Samson Holding to draw a line under its UK furniture wholesale operation earlier this year.

The impact of Sino-U.S trade tensions occupied Hong Kong listed Samson Holding last year as the furniture manufacturing and wholesale conglomerate sought to counter the impact of the imposition of tariffs.

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Brits filled up their warehouses with more Far East stock.
Shipments of Chinese and Malaysian furniture rose sharply in January with year-on-year imports of living, dining and bedroom cabinet into Britain climbing for the first time since October.

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Yorkshire insolvency outfit appointed Kingstown Furniture administrators.
The Kingstown Furniture group, one of the UK's largest remaining volume cabinet makers, has been placed into administration and ceased production. The business is to be wound down.

Profits advanced at Julian Bowen, one of Britain's largest furniture importers and wholesalers, after overhead management helped counter the impact of lower revenue.

Designer kitchenware business Joseph Joseph enjoyed double-digit sales growth in 2017–18 after a spike in demand for its trendy products in overseas markets. Though margins narrowed, the company still cleared 14 percent net.

Former Aspinal, Mulberry and LVMH director Lisa Montague has been appointed CEO at luxury furnishings group Walker Greenbank. The post had been vacant since John Sachs' departure last autumn.

Top line growth returns for North West decorative lighting supplier.

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Historically, Howdens depots have been about 10,000sqft in size.
Howdens, the trade kitchens supplier, says there is scope for more than 150 new UK depots after it developed a new smaller format that will take the business into both rural areas and big cities.

Competing tableware makers Portmeirion and Churchill China have each upped their equity positions in a key local supplier to both businesses, giving them full control between them.

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Actona's Danish headquarters and (inset) one of its sofa ranges. It has upholstery production facilities in China and Ukraine which between them employ around 1,000 people.
Profits halved at the Actona Company after the European furniture supply giant's merger with sister company Interstil gave rise to a number of one-off integration expenses.

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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