Consumer desire to splash out on high value items declined for the first time in four months in February according to a closely-followed survey seen as a harbinger of future demand.

Independent retailer M6 Bed Warehouse is to open a second store after taking possession of a purpose-built unit in Northwich.

South West furniture retail and property group J.H. Haskins & Son has strengthened its board of directors with two key appointments.

The CEO of Wayfair says the retail platform's "endless aisles" have helped it grab market share in the U.K. from competitors that are unable to match its product depth.

Revenue continued to climb for beds specialist Archers Sleepcentre in the first complete 12-month period since its managing director led a buyout of the business in late 2021.

Home improvement retailer Homebase has successfully defended its intellectual property after a corporate registration by a West Midlands entrepreneur last year.

The new owner of one-time £34 million turnover furniture retailer Moda Furnishings has downsized its store estate in recent weeks after bringing parts of a licence-to-occupy (LTO) deal to an early conclusion.

High-end Cotswold-based bedding retailer Bedfolk narrowed its deficit last year as it continued to enjoy fresh backing from equity stakeholders.

The value of floorcoverings imported into the U.K. fell high single-digits in 2023 with wood and vinyl flooring dropping at a faster rate than carpets.

The number of VAT-registered furniture retail enterprises declined by 3.7 percent last year with Yorkshire the hardest hit region and the independent sector more impacted than multi-store businesses. By contrast, flooring retailers climbed in number.

Pooky Lighting, the highly-profitable lighting brand launched a decade ago by Sofa.com co-founder Rohan Blacker, has launched in the U.S. market.

Kitchen retailer Magnet is looking for capital-efficient retail estate expansion and has opened the first of three pilot concessions in partnership with a leading U.K. builders' merchant. More are planned.

Bedroom furniture retailer Futon Company is to offer same-day customer deliveries after it agreed a partnership with Gophr, a last-mile, on-demand delivery network.

The custodian of the erstwhile Harveys Furniture brand and other intellectual property says there has been no change of ownership despite a new corporate registration by a third party.

Expanding ecommerce furniture and homeware retailer Dusk is more than doubling its warehousing capacity in South Yorkshire after building out both sales and its product category offer last year.

Nobia, owner of U.K. kitchens retailer Magnet, has agreed a second major disposal inside a week after agreeing to sell Austrian business unit ewe in a deal worth up to €26.5 million.

27-store kitchens retailer Harvey Jones has gone back to court to seek more time to get a restructuring deal with potential investors over the line — a move that gives it extra leeway in discussions regarding its future.

Restructuring advisors that handled the fallout of the 2020 prepack rescue of Oak Furnitureland say that may seek to have their as-yet-unpaid fees revised upwards.

The brothers who run furniture retailer Harman Fine Furnishers in Antrim, Northern Ireland have decided to retire, bringing the curtain down on 60 years of business.

Furniture and lighting sales declined for a fourth straight month as retailers reaching for the red sale price tickets proved insufficient to find growth, according to official data. Flooring sales also declined.

Dreams founder Mike Clare says it is great to be back in the bedding industry following the launch of two ecommerce websites as part of a new venture alongside former Dreams directors Greg Suthern and Nick Worthington.

The franchisee behind BoConcept stores in the South West of England and Wales has opened his fourth shop under the modern Danish furniture retail banner.

Highly-regarded independent furniture retailer John Young Furnishings of Keswick is to bring the curtain down on over 100 years of trading with its planned permanent closure due to owner retirement.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer The Conran Shop has appointed Tom Bettinson as head of wholesale with the aim of building out its presence and product offering in the U.K. and worldwide.

Dunelm says its store and online channels are responsible for more than one in every fifty pounds spent on furniture in the U.K. as it made deeper inroads into the big-ticket category last year.

Restructuring advisors have clawed back millions of pounds following the collapse of TV shopping channel Ideal World last summer, but only one creditor looks like they will get a material dividend.

Independent retailer Furniture for the Home is to open its second Black Country store after agreeing to regenerate the former Amblecote Furnishers building in the heart of Kingswinford.

Vertically-integrated furniture maker and retailer HSL will feature on Inside The Factory this weekend, becoming the latest industry company to be showcased, and the second this series.

The owners of The Conran Shop ended 2023 how they began, providing additional equity funding for the designer furniture, homeware and lifestyle retailer.

A West Yorkshire-based investment company with holdings in both mattress manufacturing and bed retailing booked high Covid-era profits according to its first full-disclosure financial statements.

Kitchen conglomerate Nobia is selling its Dutch manufacturing business Bribus for €64 million and says it will now be wholly-focused on the U.K. and Nordic markets.

Privately-owned Scottish furniture retailer The Designer Rooms is to open its largest store yet with a new branch at Kilmarnock, replacing two existing Ayrshire units that are both to close.

Independent retailer Worthington Brougham Furniture says it has finally opened its first High Street store and that early feedback from customers has been positive.

Vispring, the Devon bed maker whose products sell at the top end of the mass market, will open its previously-signposted second London showroom next month.

Upholstery market leader DFS has revealed it had more than £96 million of available liquidity heading into the final days of winter after positive cashflow in the past four months.

Profits declined at buying group Associated Independent Stores (A.I.S.) as events revenue growth was balanced by higher costs, a property write down, and a decline in the value of invoices processed via its Cenpac paying agent.

Category demand for beds is stabilising according to the CEO of Tempur Sealy International (TSI), the world's largest bedding company and owner of U.K. retailer Dreams.

Dunelm Group, the national furniture and homewares retailer, has appointed Ajay Kavan and Daniel Taylor as non-executive directors.

Upmarket furniture and homeware retailer Heal's will book a sizeable fall in profits for 2022/23 after writing down the value of inventory as a result of reverse logistics challenges.

Rising operating costs hit profits at two-store South East retailer.



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