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Mike and Caroline Murray, directors at Land of Beds
Third generation Land of Beds, one of the country's largest privately-owned specialist retailers, won Silver in the retail section of the National Family Business Awards.

Houseology, the designer furniture and homewares retailer which hopes to rack up sales of £14 million this year, has appointed Shane Corstorphine as successor to Bill Dobbie as chairman.

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Buyers are interested in the circa 800-store chain.
Pan-European retailer Beter Bed Holding says it has received "serious interest" from several parties for its Matratzen Concord chain with a full or partial exit likely before the year is out.

Findel, the home shopping group behind the Studio multi-product retail business, has issued a bullish trading update ahead of the planned name change that shareholders will vote on today.

Ecommerce and catalogue retailer Shop Direct, owner of the Very and Littlewoods brands, has appointed senior Boots executive Guy Farmer as trading director.

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The company's stores across northern England are to close. Image: Google.
A three-store furniture retailer and its sister import and wholesale business that at one time generated approaching £10 million a year in sales, are to close within days.

U.K. half-year profits declined for Magnet owner Nobia despite it picking up more trade business to counter the impact of weak retail sales.

Higher costs and impairment charges meant flooring and beds retailer United Carpets Group booked lower profits in 2018–19, despite recording higher revenue.

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John Lewis' Cambridge store.
Summer clearance ended at John Lewis & Partners last week with the employee-owned retail chain growing total sales by 1.3 percent to £81.4 million for the seven-day period.

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Ely's of Wimbledon is one of the flagship stores in the Morleys portfolio.
Profits jumped three-fold for independent department store group Morleys in 2018–19 after the retailer made big gains from property sales.

Harveys continued to rationalise its store portfolio in the six months to end March and has now shut 24 shops within the past two years.

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First half sales advanced 305% year-on-year, Emma said.
Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Emma says a three-fold rise in first half sales has put the bed-in-a-box business on target to hit full year U.K. sales of £45 million in 2019.

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June sales improved against weak comparatives with last summer.
June saw furniture retailers recover some of the revenue lost last year when Britain was going through one of the hottest summers on record.

A new-look space within Harrods and the development of its sales within other multi-brand stores outside the capital can lift revenue for Ligne Roset, the French furniture brand said in just-filed accounts.

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Photograph: Graham Atkins-Hughes for Wayfair.
Wayfair will meet U.K. shoppers face-to-face for the first time with a new store in London. But only briefly, with the pop-up lasting for a single day.

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Eve said it narrowed half-year losses, but sales also fell.
Mattress brand Eve Sleep has agreed retail partnerships with three of the biggest names in the sector as it adds to existing tie-ups and replaces exposure lost following the end of trading relations with Dreams.

Consumer price inflation for furniture eased fractionally in June as retailers passed on a softer increase to their customers.

Stressless has become the latest big-name furniture brand to open its own U.K. retail showroom, taking a heavily-trafficked unit on one of London's prime furniture shopping streets.

Swan Retail, which majors in providing retail software to the furniture, garden and department store sectors, has acquired rival business Touchretail.

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Footfall was scarce in June.
Out-of-town retail parks, home to many of the U.K.'s largest furniture and floorcoverings retailers, saw fractionally more people last month against a wider backdrop of decline for physical store operators.

The release of full-year results from Sports Direct International, which had been due to be published this Thursday (July 18), has been delayed.

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Bensons maintained sales, but orders were down at Harveys.
Bensons for Beds continued to outgun its sister retailer Harveys as the U.K. household goods division of Steinhoff International Holdings narrowed losses in the six months to end March.

IKEA Industry, a manufacturing unit of the furniture retail conglomerate based out of the U.S. state of Virginia, is closing its factory there at the end of the year.

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The new Idol collection.
National furniture retailer Harveys has added a second collection in collaboration with celebrity Louise Redknapp, building on the launch of its Bold by Louise programme last September.

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M&S needs to move on at pace to address longstanding issues, CEO Steve Rowe said.
Jill McDonald, md of Clothing and Home at Marks and Spencer Group (M&S), is to leave the business, the retailer announced today.

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All DFS brands delivered like-for-like growth, the retailer said.
Sofa market leader DFS said underlying gross sales have climbed by 7 percent in the year to end June, but cautioned that its progress moving forward is partly dependent on factors outside its control.

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Fishpools' Waltham Cross store.
Independent retailer Fishpools built profits and cash and near-maintained sales in what it described as a 'rock solid' performance against a backdrop of trading headwinds for the retail sector.

Follows transfer of stocks hitherto controlled by high-profile investment manager Neil Woodford.

Homeware retailer Dunelm Group said sales advanced in double-digits in the 13-week period to June 29 as it made the most of a weak comparative period and favourable weather.

John Lewis & Partners' sales advanced for the second straight week buoyed chiefly by higher fashion demand. Home goods also returned to growth, inching up 0.5 percent.

The independent retailer behind the MyHaus and Cult Furniture brands enjoyed bumper sales growth in 2017–18, new accounts reveal.

Consumers deferred non-essential purchases as June sales fell after annualising against strong comparatives according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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The Thirty collection is available for customers to buy until December 2019.
National retailer Furniture Village has put together a limited-edition collection of upholstery, cabinet and beds in partnership with five suppliers to mark its 30th anniversary.

Philip Dieperink, the former U.K. and now group chief financial officer at Steinhoff International Holdings, is to leave the conglomerate December 31, 2019.

No furniture or floorcoverings specialists are among Britain's very largest private companies but several with an interest in the home furnishings sector did maker this year's Top Track 100 list.

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U.K. ranks Number 1 out of over 50 markets.
Danish furniture conglomerate JYSK, which trades across more than 50 countries worldwide, says Britain is its number one market for online sales.

Oliver Bonas, the British retailer which carries occasional furniture among a comprehensive lifestyle product offer, enjoyed double-digit growth in 2018. Profits declined on cost headwinds.

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Conforama is one of Europe's largest furniture retailers.
Conforama, the French furniture and electricals chain which last year generated sales of €3.4 billion, is to downsize its store estate and cut staff headcount.

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Barkers invested heavily improving its dedicated Home store.
The North Yorkshire company behind the Barkers Home furnishings superstore enjoyed a seventh straight year of top line growth in 2018–19.

French furniture and décor retailer Maisons du Monde, which sells in the U.K. online and through Debenhams concessions, has acquired a majority stake in a compatriot business that provides consumers with inexpensive interior design services.



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