DFS, the U.K.'s largest upholstery retailer, has been building an arsenal of storied brands to attack the furniture market in recent years.

Mid-autumn launch as expanding sofa chain prepares to open its westernmost store on street dripping in British upholstery heritage.

The company behind department store retailer Browns of York booked a smaller net loss in 2019–20 and says it will explore options for its first-ever ecommerce website.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS said business has rebounded strongly since lockdown to limit the impact on full-year results to July 25 and put it on track for growth in 2020–21.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has put its furniture and home offer at the centre of its new television advertising campaign for autumn 2020.

Upholstery, furniture and home furnishings brand Neptune is to add a new Cheshire showroom to its nationwide store roster this autumn, its first opening since December last year.

Year-on-year bar takings were down by almost half at the height of summer in Ireland as consumers diverted more discretionary spend towards home furnishings.

Privately-owned retailer trades through four distinct brands, all selling home goods and two of which also carry a comprehensive range of furniture products.

Danish furniture retailer JYSK says the pandemic hasn't quelled its wish to expand its U.K. store estate, vowing to open more than half a dozen new sites over the next 11 months.

Roche Bobois, the premium French furniture maker, retailer and franchisor, increased control of its U.K. operation during the first half of 2020.

Connection Flooring, the North East company behind the national Flooring Superstore retail chain, has appointed Stuart Phillips as chief financial officer.

Consumer confidence remains weak but still improved to its best level since March last month, according to polling company GfK.

DFS has thanked its largest suppliers and landlords whose altruism helped the retailer support those facing "existential challenges" during the worst of the pandemic.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS has signed a ten-year lease on a 32,000sqft warehouse in Liverpool.

Sofa market leader DFS has revealed the extent of the mandated shutdown on its business but, like others across the trade, it has bounced back strongly in the period since.

Far East suppliers to Oak Furnitureland acceded to a request by the retailer to convert trade balances into loans last autumn, aiding its working capital through the end of 2019 and into this year.

A Chinese fitted furniture and kitchens conglomerate with sales equivalent to £1.56 billion is opening a first U.K. and European showroom, near Manchester.

Every retailer faces a shared threat at the minute, but perhaps the biggest medium-term obstacle to Dreams' continued market leadership in the beds category has now been eliminated, thanks to its owner.

Glasswells has stepped up work remodelling the atrium entrance of its Bury St. Edmunds store, part of an ongoing series of investments at the flagship site that began in 2017.

The private equity house that acquired the national soft furnishings business Julian Charles earlier this year is on the hunt for more takeovers, with a specific eye on the U.K. furniture sector.

Sofa.com has deepened its ties with its sister company after adding fabrics from a key House of Fraser in-house brand. It has also introduced lighting to its offer for the first time.

Home improvement retail giant B&Q is to relaunch kitchen installation services across its U.K. store network, reversing a strategy decision taken more than two years ago.

The founder of Sofa Workshop stands to be one of the biggest indirect beneficiaries from the sale to Halo Group of the upholstery business he created back in the 1980s.

Cabinet wholesale and retail company Kettle Interiors U.K. has renamed one of its two residual furniture retail stores after it adapted the available product offer post-lockdown.

Growth in wholesale revenue for Kettle Interiors U.K. helped counter a decline in sales at its retail unit last year. Underlying profits for the case goods business were up nearly a fifth.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the premium kitchens, bedrooms and furniture vertical, says it has been trading at record levels for a number of months.

Nikki Crumpton, non-executive director at Eve Sleep, will next week step down from the board of the mattress and ancillary products wholesale and retail company.

National bed specialist Dreams picked up the Feather & Black brand and selected assets for a fraction of the price shelled out by past owners of the high-end business, a new report reveals.

John Lewis reported a half-year loss of nearly £560m after tax and that has brought with it much hand-wringing about its problems.

Consumers continued to divert more of their discretionary spend towards home goods as retailers enjoyed further growth in August, according to official retail sales figures.

Home sales fell sharply at John Lewis & Partners in the six months to July 25 as ecommerce tailwinds failed to counter the impact of store closures through the pandemic.

Furniture companies are benefiting from Next allowing its customers to book bulky-goods deliveries directly via suppliers' networks, according to the general merchandise giant.

General merchandise retailer Next will next month open four new large-format Home & Beauty stores as part of a pilot programme.

Furniture, home and garden retailer Wayfair will next week host its annual Way Day promotion, the second running of the sales event in the U.K. market after it debuted in 2019.

Upholstery market leader DFS has launched a new programme of leather sofas and chairs in collaboration with Halo Group, the multinational furniture business to whom it has just sold Sofa Workshop.

Ecommerce retailer My Furniture, the pan-European company based in the East Midlands, made a third straight bottom line gain in 2019–20 as it eliminated its prior earnings deficit.

The owner of the bulk of the IKEA worldwide store estate has bought the remaining shares in a kitchen installation business it first invested in two years ago.

Calligaris Group, the contemporary Italian furniture maker whose products are sold in over 100 countries worldwide including the U.K., says the medium-term outlook is positive despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Furnishings conglomerate Hunter Douglas has been told to divest at least 51 percent of its shares in window dressings etailer 247Blinds after a ruling by the U.K. competition watchdog.

National sofa and carpets retailer ScS says it hired 150 new employees last month and has a similar number of vacancies still available as it looks to scale up headcount to cope with demand.



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