The value of furniture and lighting sales declined on both a one and two year basis last month according to figures out Friday morning from the Office for National Statistics.

Beds and mattress vertical Bensons for Beds has recruited an experienced retail executive as successor to chief operating officer Joe Wykes, who left the business earlier this year.

Consumer price inflation for furniture reached double-digit levels for the first time on public record while manufacturers are continuing to grapple with upstream supply chain price pressures.

New group managing director for CT Baker, whose retail interests include the Bakers & Larners department store in Holt.

Big-ticket home categories were outsized growth drivers in 2020/21 for The Very Group, operator of the Very.co.uk ecommerce business and the legacy Littlewoods home shopping brand.

Departure ends "four successful years" at the designer furniture retailer.

Ecommerce helped the U.K. home furnishings arm of retail giant Zara find top line growth last year and negate the long time closure of its 11 dedicated home stores.

Tenants of one of Britain's biggest retail landlords can put aside any lingering hopes they may have had for further rent concessions or waivers after comments made Wednesday morning.

Profits more than doubled at home department store retailer Leekes in 2020/21 and have made further double-digit gains since as revenue recovers.

Bensons for Beds is looking to hire about 180 people across its nationwide retail, distribution and manufacturing network while its new store rollout continues this week with an opening in a former Laura Ashley unit.

National retailer Furniture Village will officially open the doors to its new store at Sheffield this weekend, returning its estate to 54 branches across England.

Internet furniture and homeware retailer Cox & Cox has launched its first ever television advertising campaign against a backdrop of record financial performance for the ecommerce business.

Mike Logue is stepping down as chief executive at Dreams, the U.K.'s largest beds retailer. He will be succeeded by Jonathan Hirst, its chief operating officer since 2017.

Carpetright, Britain's largest flooring retailer, has made its expert product knowledge the defining message of a new marketing campaign called No one knows more about floors.

The company behind the Sofatime chain of upholstery stores and Dreams bed shops in Northern Ireland posted higher profits as it managed to maintain sales through 2020/21.

Dreams last night launched its first new brand campaign since the introduction of its paradigm-shifting Replace Every 8 crusade as the bed specialist looks to build on a seventh straight growth in profits.

Furniture and homeware retailer Dunelm Group continued to find year-on-year sales growth in the 13 weeks to September 25 despite lapping strong comparatives from last year.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled a half-price TV mattress advert as misleading after a challenge from a single, unspecified complainant.

Consumers pivoting online amid the early months of the pandemic provided a tailwind to the Midlands company behind the Beds.co.uk ecommerce operation.

Venture capital and private equity group LDC says it has made a growth investment in mobility products group Kingswood, the owner of the Willowbrook adjustable beds and riser recline chair brand.

Primark, one of the U.K.'s largest apparel retailers, has launched a capsule collection of inexpensive furniture products in response to elevated consumer interest in home goods.

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown has kickstarted a brand building campaign for its fast-emerging Home Essentials business as it looks to capitalise on sales trebling over the past six months.

Retail giant IKEA plans to shift production of some goods from the Far East to Turkey in order to counter the impact of rising container costs, according to a company official.

Bensons for Beds will become Bensons for Heads across its social media channels this Sunday to mark World Mental Health Day and celebrate its raising of £500,000 for Mind, the mental health charity.

Experienced furniture industry executive Emma Rackley has been appointed director of furniture and home at Associated Independent Stores (AIS). She is taking over from Julian Cox, who leaves at the end of the year.

Direct-to-consumer brand Swyft Home is to launch into the non-upholstered living room furniture category with its first cabinet products.

International furniture company Roche Bobois has announced the death of François Roche, its co-founder, on October 6. He was 85 years old.

Bensons for Beds returns to Farnborough on Friday with the opening of a 5,400sqft store to replace the nearby unit it previously shared with Harveys.

Britain's biggest hardwood furniture retailer Oak Furnitureland generated cash and was profitable before one-time items in its first period since the business was restructured following a prepack buyout last June.

RH, the luxury furniture and home goods retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has revealed nine-figure London lease commitments in new filings with the U.K. registrar.

The former Oldrids department store in Boston, which closed last year after 216 years, has reopened under a new fascia and with a different owner.

A recapitalisation by the backers of high-end interiors lifestyle brand OKA Direct last year eliminated a balance sheet deficit and cut borrowings by £24.7 million.

The previously-signposted addition of second and third showrooms in the U.S. will further boost the international aspirations of British furniture and lifestyle retailer OKA after a big jump in online demand last year.

The director of sustainability and innovation at Leeds bed and mattress manufacturer Harrison Spinks has joined the roster of experts speaking at The Furniture Makers’ Company’s webinar on sustainability next week.

Adjusted profits were up by half at ScS through 2020/21 as the upholstery and flooring retailer began unwinding its big order book resulting in a leap in delivered sales.

The opening of a new East Midlands showroom has taken the footprint of emerging floorcoverings retailer Flooring Superstore to 40 stores nationwide.

The insolvency and subsequent prepack sale of certain assets of the company behind the JTF Mega Discount Warehouse retail chain leaves creditors owed north of £11.4 million.

Management actions buttressed liquidity and profits at national furniture retailer HSL in 2020 as its customer base was impacted by Covid-19 to a greater extent than other demographics.

Accounts for Dreams will show a bigger jump in profits than that originally signposted by Tempur Sealy International when the world's largest bedding company announced it was buying the national bed specialist earlier this year.



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