Harrods has merged the directorships of its food and home divisions and hired an experienced grocery executive to lead the expanded business unit.

More change at the top at 200-store Tofs (The Original Factory Shop) retail chain

HOME Retail Group chief executive John Walden is to step down from the PLC holding company and its Argos subsidiary once its sale to Sainsbury’s completes.

Year-on-year furniture sales gained 21.7 per cent at John Lewis last week as overall growth across the chain approached double-digits.

wesleyBarrellGuildfordUpmarket furniture vertical Wesley Barrell slipped to a trading deficit in the year that saw it sold to an investment firm, despite a rise in output.

Furniture sales grew 7.6 per cent at department store mutual John Lewis last week driven by orders taken from its online channel.

Department store mutual John Lewis is planning to open a full-line store in Cheltenham, plugging a geographical gap that stretches from Bristol to Solihull.

Upmarket furniture and interiors retailer OKA Direct plans to more than double store numbers over the next 36 months.

National retailer Furniture Village has retained its bed retailer of the year crown, with Newbridge Street Bedding Centre winning the independent category.

Weak electricals demand hit sales at Argos in the second quarter while ongoing store closures hampered sister retailer Homebase despite improving like-for-likes.

The pace of the rollout of the Habitat brand has been accelerated with the chain to reach its 2015–16 store target several months ahead of schedule.

Furniture Village opens its 41st store this August Bank Holiday weekend as part of its plan to open 20 new sites over the next five years.

furnitureVillageFasciaNational retailer Furniture Village grew 2014–15 profits by 43 per cent as orders increased and margins returned to historically high levels.

IKEA has confirmed its long-awaited store along the M4 corridor will open in a year’s time in the summer of 2016.

B&Q’s shift in pricing strategy began to pay dividends in the second quarter with rising sales of its kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.

jonMasseyDFS chief operating officer Jon Massey is to retire after more than 20 years in the role and nearly three decades with the company in all.

Big-ticket lines sold through as John Lewis grew Home sales by 4.5 per cent year-on-year last week. That was an uplift against the year-to-date figure (+3.9pc).

dunelmStoreEfforts to galvanise the furniture category paid off for Dunelm in the year to end June as the chain confirmed Keith Down as its new chief financial officer.

harveysBensonsCoUK trading margins improved 30 basis points in the first half of Steinhoff’s financial year, with the group saying its refurbishment programme is well advanced.

General merchandise sales at Marks & Spencer were flat in the retailer’s first quarter despite a big improvement from its online business.

Dreams will this week open the first of six stores in the North East of England with plans to open 30 overall across Britain over the next year.

dunelmCoJoBrowFormer Apple, Dixons and Monsoon executive John Browett is to become chief executive at furniture and homewares retailer Dunelm.

featherAndBlackNew FD at Feather & Black, while Wade Group writes off intra-group debt. Director Oliver Spark — also joint md at Multiyork — provides a steer on trading. Sign in for more.

Argos said like-for-likes declined 3.9 per cent in the three months to end May with sales adversely impacted by market declines in key electrical and seasonal product categories.