Furniture stores in Ireland will close from Wednesday and in Wales from Friday in a repeat of harsh lockdown measures seen earlier this year.

The group behind the Spaceslide bedrooms brand says its cash headroom is currently larger than it was pre-Covid thanks to additional financing facilities as well as strong post-lockdown trading.

Furniture stores in Wales are among the non-essential retailers who have been ordered to close for two weeks following the announcement of a 'firebreak' by First Minister Mark Drakeford. Stores in Ireland face an even longer shutdown.

The Yorkshire group behind bedroom brand Spaceslide recorded a bigger deficit in 2019 after a decline in performance at its co-owned kitchens business Optiplan.

The Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating a shift towards ecommerce in the mattress sector according to a new report by a major European furniture industry research body.

The owners of furniture retailer Laws of Perth have announced the planned permanent closure of the business after they accepted an offer on the building premises.

John Lewis & Partners, one of the biggest retailers of furniture in Britain, will add more inexpensive products to its home offer as part of a wide-ranging revamp that will also see the introduction of a buy or takeback option across all furniture.

Department store and beds retailer S.D. Kells posted a ninth successive sales climb in 2019–20 but cautioned of the significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic on trading in the period since.

Lukehurst, the third generation Kent home furnishings retailer celebrating its 50th anniversary, says it plans to press ahead with expansion next year.

Weeks of zero takings during lockdown won't prevent the majority of bed and mattress retailers hitting their full year revenue targets according to a poll by the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Year-on-year sales have jumped by almost £100 million since the beginning of July for out-of-town furniture and homewares retailer Dunelm with the bulk of the gains coming from its digital sales channels.

Bensons for Beds says it will shift its focus to special offers and deals throughout most of November rather than participate in the Black Friday promotion this year.

Insolvency practitioners say efforts to recover a seven-figure debtor balance from one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of upholstery after the failure of a major British sofa manufacturer are over.

Bedding manufacturer, distributor and licensee Comfy Quilts found growth in 2019–20 buoyed by increased demand from an online retailer with whom it has familial ties.

Upholstery vertical DFS has joined the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) in a move that sees it become the largest single member of the national trade association.

Balance payment for 18-store off-price furniture and department store chain had been due just before lockdown, but remained unpaid six months on.

Ecommerce retailer The Very Group grabbed a bigger slice of the home market as modest growth pre-pandemic exploded in the final quarter of its 2019–20 financial year.

Innovation paid dividends for Yorkshire chair specialist HSL with the group recording a six-figure corporation tax credit despite achieving pretax earnings north of £2 million last year.

The Bedeck bed, bath and household textiles group says it has taken steps to ensure its preparedness for rising ecommerce activity amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Specialist furniture vertical HSL said four years of investment in its manufacturing operations paid dividends as it upped the volume of product leaving its own factory last year.

Specialist furniture vertical HSL found the sweet spot in 2019 as its 59-store retail network and home consultations delivered top and bottom line growth.

Drafts in longtime footwear boss in non-executive capacity.

North West outdoor furniture and furnishings company Moda has agreed a £7 million funding package as it looks to keep pace with rapid growth over the past year.

The new owner of the Habitat furniture retail business outside the U.K. will be granted an exclusive licence to operate the brand but will not immediately own the intellectual property.

Ingka Group, the largest IKEA worldwide franchisee, was bracing to report a record deficit as a result of the pandemic until surging online sales helped it recuperate losses.

South East retailer Sussex Beds has launched its new television advertising campaign as part of plans by the ten-store business to increase marketing more than three-fold in short order.

The pandemic accelerated ecommerce growth at And So To Bed but the high-end bedroom retailer said it would have made strong gains regardless after investment last year.

Three stores, all in the North of England, planned between now and next year, with the first opening on Saturday.

Mattress and ancillary products vendor Emma - The Sleep Company has appointed Andreas Westendoerpf as chief technology officer (CTO) to lead an overhaul of its IT platform.

Lord Kirkham and the private investment vehicle of Will Adderley were among major stockholders to pick up more shares in the flooring retailer Tapi Carpets in the past year.

National retailer Bensons for Beds is to bolster its Cambridgeshire manufacturing plant after investing in a state-of-the-art quilting machine.

Revenue declined at Atlantic Shopping in 2019 but the Midlands dining retailer continued to return a double-digit net margin and was well set up for the surge in ecommerce this year.

The reconfigured Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton network is preparing to reopen following its sale to the Halo Group by DFS. Its new owner's handwriting is self-evident from the get-go.

One of the Sofa Workshop London stores acquired from DFS last month is to be repurposed for a first dedicated U.K. standalone showroom for Timothy Oulton's Noble Souls upholstery brand.

Retail chain Mattressman has kept to the terms of its agreement with creditors following a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) but will get more time to deposit funds into the repayment pot.

The Moot Group, the company behind the Olivia's and Houseology brands and which generates millions from licensing its technology platform, is to expand internationally ahead of an investment round.

The entire Dänisches Bettenlager retail network in Austria has been renamed as JYSK as part of a brand realignment exercise. It leaves the original brand name present in only one market worldwide.

Mattress giant Tempur says it is expecting a stronger second half than initially forecast in the U.K. after demand outperformed once the country emerged from lockdown.

Demand for home and leisure goods is driving growth for home shopping brand Studio Retail, with sales across the combined categories almost doubling since April.

Home and gift lines helped counter weak demand across other product categories for home shopping retailer N Brown in the past six months, the company said yesterday (Sep. 30).



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