Profits more than doubled for furniture retailer Loaf in 2020/21 as demand for its goods rocketed through the pandemic period leaving it with a massive order book going into the current financial year.

Retail giant Next continued to build headcount at its upholstery manufacturing unit in the past year, but output was lower on factory shutdowns. A write-down of assets hit profitability.

Third-generation retailer Land of Beds has introduced a new marketing campaign, which it described as the most expensive advertising venture made by the business in its 50-year history.

LuxDeco, the high-end ecommerce interiors marketplace, has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Mike Massimi as chief customer officer.

Mandated store closures gifted sales to ecommerce retailers through the early months of the pandemic but the momentum has slowed in 2021 as U.K. shoppers returned to brick-and-mortar retail environments.

Natuzzi Editions will open its largest U.K. store to date when it heads to Bristol next month. It is one of three imminent new showrooms for the Italian upholstery brand, including a first in Dublin, Ireland.

A Staffordshire cabinet furniture manufacturer that sells custom-fit wardrobes and home office furniture ordered online is expanding into additional premises after rapid growth.

The new owners of bedroom and home office furniture retailer Sharps have installed a new chairman at the business following its buyout earlier this year.

The achievements of leaders at emerging and established home furnishings businesses were recognised at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, whose 2021 winners were announced Monday night.

Tempur has launched a sofabed, a first for the high end bedding brand best known for its memory foam mattresses and pillows.

Wider margin helped soften the impact of lower sales at Choice Discount Stores in 2020/21, with the furniture-to-fashion retail chain utilising debt finance from retail giant and part-owner Next.

The U.K. arm of the wholesale and ecommerce group behind the furniture, home and garden brands Aosom and Homcom landed profits of £11.4 million last year after more than doubling sales.

Changing consumer priorities contributed to a double-digit fall in furniture and home sales at Very Group in the 13 weeks to October 2, 2021 as more of its customers shopped fashion items.

The launch of ecommerce and a diversified product strategy are helping three-store independent Goulds return to profit and shield itself from potential further impact from the pandemic.

The value of furniture and lighting retail sales dropped for the second consecutive month in October, falling by £93 million on the same month last year.

Propensity towards buying high value items such as furniture, white goods or cars has improved to its strongest level since the height of summer, according to polling company GfK.

The disposal of the long-closed Tudor Williams department store in New Malden raised £3.5 million for its former owner, helping it to reduce borrowings and boost liquidity.

Home and furniture retailer Dunelm Group is to start a new share buyback programme in order to satisfy employee share-based award obligations.

Home categories were behind the lion's share of growth across the T.K. Maxx and Homesense businesses in the third quarter, parent The TJX Companies said as it released its latest results.

Furniture retail price inflation continued to tick higher in October, breaking records for the third straight month.

Jarrold & Son, whose diversified operations include The Granary furniture showrooms and its large Norwich department store, saw the value of sales fall by almost half amid pandemic-related store closures.

Upholstered furniture and beds retailer Willow and Hall ended a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) ahead of plan after creditors agreed to a revised repayment proposal.

The largest IKEA store anywhere in the world will open next week when the home and garden brand launches its first ever store in the Philippines.

Sofa import growth weakened in September but still grew on an annual basis for an eighth consecutive month on the back of increases from the U.K.'s two largest trading partners.

Sofa market leader DFS has added Good Housekeeping to its roster of brand partners as it looks to drive average order value and conversion across its core business.

The independent retailer behind the Charlies home, garden and outdoor brand doubled online sales through the pandemic, a performance that has prompted it to switch its expansion focus towards ecommerce.

Imports of carpets and rugs into the U.K. declined year-on-year in September, ending a six-month run of annual gains.

Casper Sleep, the direct-to-consumer brand that was at the vanguard of the bed-in-a-box movement, is to be taken private after it signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Durational Capital Management.

How furniture companies are adapting their sales approach to meet the needs of customers following the pandemic is the theme of the latest webinar in the building back better series organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company.

National retailer Bensons for Beds has opened a distribution hub in the North East that will provide home delivery to customers across large parts of the North of England.

Low cost variety goods retailer B&M European Value Retail (B&M) plans to muscle further into the big-ticket home market with an ecommerce pilot planned for 2022.

The franchisee behind BoConcept Scotland has opened its third store, with a smart new showroom located at Sterling Furniture's iconic Tillicoultry flagship.

Gatemore Capital Partners, which describes itself as an activist investor that looks to create rather than just identify value, is said to be building a stake in DFS, Britain's largest upholstery retailer.

Preston sofa cover and reupholstery company Plumbs has introduced a new ecommerce brand offering finished removable cover sofas, armchairs and accessories.

The pandemic gifted sales to many ecommerce operators but not furniture and home accents retailer Maisons du Monde, whose U.K. business reported declining output last year.

Maisons du Monde has agreed to sell the bulk of its shareholding in U.S. furniture retailer Modani saying it intends to throw itself fully at its European markets instead.

Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) says its new store pipeline has grown to 20 including a further six former Debenhams units, empty since the closure of the erstwhile department store business earlier this year.

Furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse will for the first time open concessions having agreed to introduce large areas inside Fenwick department stores in both the North East and South East of England.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has made two senior digital appointments as it continues to reshape its leadership team amid its ongoing transformation.

Entry-to-midmarket Danish furniture and homeware retailer JYSK will reach 25 stores in the U.K. when it strengthens its presence in Lincolnshire early next month.



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