Molteni&C, the Italian designer furniture manufacturer whose products are sold through high-end retailers worldwide, has launched a first-ever ecommerce store.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is to direct consumers to their nearest NBF stockist through a new website providing advice about beds and mattresses.

The head of the company behind furniture and home retailer West Elm says the business could look to a path well-trodden in the U.K. as part of its international expansion plans.

Catalogue and Internet retailer's new chief financial officer joins from home shopping competitor.

Emma says sales almost doubled in the U.K. and were up more than three-fold in Ireland after it enacted a new pricing strategy for its flagship mattress model, upped marketing investment and added new sizes.

Stokers Group, one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned furniture retailers, said it was trading ahead of last year until the pandemic interrupted trade in the final weeks of its financial year.

South East furniture and department store retailer Collingwood Batchellor says the decision to diversify its operations will leave it in a strong position in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Furniture and lighting sales continued to climb in October though the U.K.'s official statistics body revised downwards earlier record-breaking figures for September.

Executives behind the Jane Clayton home furnishings business are to launch a dedicated ecommerce store for the youthful mid-market Scion brand after striking a deal with the brand-owner Walker Greenbank.

Consumer confidence declined in November including a fall in the Major Purchases Index according to new figures from GfK, the polling company.

The owner of off-price U.K. retailers T.K. Maxx and HomeSense is to launch Internet shopping for its flagship home fascia in the U.S. for the first time.

NorthEdge Capital has strengthened its ties to the home furnishings sector after backing a management buyout (MBO) at an expanding decorative lighting business.

The reintroduction of kitchens across the B&Q store network has been accelerated after a glut of orders for the home improvement retailer.

The Very Group, the Speke-based ecommerce group and one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture, has appointed Matt Grest as its chief information officer (CIO).

Family businesses are not uncommon in the furniture retail sector but there is no other operating on the scale of Furniture Village.

An expanded retail footprint helped home and leisure retailer The Range to within a whisker of a turnover landmark ahead of the pandemic, with the chain saying demand since the outbreak started has remained strong.

A two-month run of falling furniture retail price inflation came to an end in October while carpet prices accelerated at their fastest pace in nearly a year.

Furniture retailers across a sizeable part of Scotland are among non-essential businesses that will close their doors at the end of the week after new restrictions were imposed.

U.K. Flooring Direct will open a new sourcing and development office in China and invest in an expanded product offer after agreeing an investment package with Business Growth Fund (BGF).

National retailer Furniture Village is to open two new stores later this year in the first physical expansion of its portfolio in three years.

The company behind the online furniture search platform ufurnish.com has hired David Marshall as its chief technology officer.

Consumers magazines Women's Health and Men's Health U.K. have launched a licensed mattress programme in partnership with sleep specialist Mammoth. The line is being sold exclusively by Argos.

The retailer behind the Flooring Superstore retail chain redeployed its store staff to telesales roles as direct sales channels helped the expanding retailer grow revenue in 2019–20.

Sun Capital Partners has an excellent track record in home furnishings with the 2019 figures from Dreams providing the latest endorsement of its interest in the sector.

National beds specialist Dreams booked higher profits in 2019 as rising sales bolstered its market leadership and outweighed the impact of narrower gross margin.

Retailer Habitat's flagship central London store is to close as part of owner J Sainsbury's wider plans for the iconic furniture and homeware brand. It is one of two stores that will shut.

Bed-in-a-box vendor Casper Sleep narrowed its U.K. deficit in 2019 but it wasn't enough enough to prevent executives back home from deciding to close its operations here and in mainland Europe.

Deal was part of wider transaction that also saw other assets belonging to once-national furniture chain sold on out of insolvency.

The turnaround investor that bought Homebase for a pound less than two years ago is considering selling the business after returning it to positive EBITDA in 2019 and reconfiguring its store network this year.

Associated Independent Stores (AIS), the 300-member retail buying group, is to align all its furniture, flooring, linens and homeware brands in a new Furniture and Home division as part of a restructure that "future-proofs the organisation."

Furniture retailer Loaf built sales, profits and cash in the year to March 31 despite the end of its financial year being hamstrung by the pandemic and the first lockdown.

Hardwood furniture retailer Oak Furnitureland has appointed Emily Tate as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

Retailers of furniture and home improvement products are among more than 60 companies to back the British Retail Consortium's (BRC) new Climate Action Roadmap, which aims to get the industry and its supply chains to decarbonise.

Furniture and interiors brand Timothy Oulton has opened a first-ever gallery in Scotland after taking a first-floor showroom at the prestige Princes Square shopping centre on Buchanan Street in central Glasgow.

Interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank has signed a licensing agreement with general retailer Next that will see new apparel, homeware and accents lines launched across three of its brands.

Scotland's largest privately-owned furniture and home retailer has refitted and rebranded its Thomsons World of Furniture Store in Dunfermline to its new Home concept.

Upholstery and beds specialist HSL is one of the few nationally-recognised furniture businesses to continue trading from physical stores in England through the latest lockdown.

Technology group ClearCourse Partnership has acquired The Swan Group, which provides furniture retail management software to some of the U.K.'s largest furniture retailers.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds is adding extra headcount to its Huntingdon workforce to help meet rising demand.

The future of Ponden Home, the 73-store soft furnishings retailer, hangs in the balance after the chain was placed into administration on Friday afternoon.



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