AMERICAN furniture retailer Crate & Barrel has appointed the former head of Tesco's General Merchandise business as its new CEO.

westElmThumbTRENDY American furniture retailer West Elm said the rollout of mini-studios in John Lewis helped it gain momentum as global sales grew last year.

SALES reach 1.52 billion euros

RECORD sales for the Danish furniture conglomerate

SCOTTISH investor remains its only British link

MAKES entry in Georgia for the first time

ONLINE sales up by around 40 percent; escalates order-and-collect format openings

LATEST opening for Danish retailer planned for October

WILLIAMS-Sonoma updates on Q2; Says West Elm top performing brand; UK rollout executing as planned

RETAILER plans 70th store during August

boliaSofaONE OF Scandinavia’s largest mid-market furniture retailers has opened a UK ecommerce business as part of a plan to build sales out beyond 1 billion kroner (£113 million).

FURNITURE conglomerate JYSK is launching its first store in Malta today, taking the total number of countries it operates to 42 worldwide.

INTERNATIONAL furniture retailer JYSK is launching in Belgium next year and says the country can sustain a 50-store operation.

SWEDISH furniture and homeware retailer IKEA is to collaborate with British designer Tom Dixon and Danish design house Hay for launches slated for 2017.

Amazon has named the head of its Chinese business as the replacement for UK boss Christopher North, who is leaving at the end of next month.

Furniture conglomerate Steinhoff will next year open a major distribution centre near Duisberg to serve customers across Germany and scale ecommerce operations.

Profits jumped by a third for Beter Bed Holding in the year to end December as sales grew in all six countries in which it operates.

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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.