The recapitalised Lee Longlands group bounced back strongly from the impact of the initial spring lockdown to put it firmly back in profit through the 2020/21 trading period.

A "perfect storm" of high demand and supply chain delays could lead to never before seen cut-off dates for pre-Christmas furniture deliveries, according to the md of BFM, the trade association for British Furniture Manufacturers.

U.K. furniture and lighting retail sales continued their double-digit ascent in July despite anecdotal reports that demand is beginning to normalise after the post-lockdown surge.

Danish furniture and homewares retailer JYSK says it will continue to plough investment into the U.K. market, opening new stores and revamping existing shops. It is also on the lookout for available units.

Consumer sentiment towards major purchases such as furniture fell for the first time in four months in August as focus switched from spending to saving, according to GfK, the polling company.

Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) said sales across its Clothing and Home business segments are almost double last year's level as it bounces back from the impact of store closures.

The company behind expanding furniture search engine website Ufurnish (ufurnish.com) has raised almost half a million pounds from the issue of new shares in the business.

Westwing, the pan-European home and lifestyle retailer that specialises in time-limited online sales, is to expand distribution capacity with a seventh warehouse.

Input price inflation for British furniture makers increased for an eleventh straight month in July as producers continued to wrestle with never-before seen pressures.

Bensons for Beds new eight-week advertising campaign went live Wednesday with new creative looking to reinforce the importance of sleep and its own deep expertise on the subject.

Upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff booked a big increase in profits in 2020 despite the pandemic, testament it said to the success of a turnaround plan that has been underway for three years.

Ecommerce furniture, home décor and lighting retailer Cox & Cox maintained upwards sales momentum in its second quarter, though growth slowed as rival store-based operators reopened.

Rotherham based retailer Mattress Online is supporting Zarach, a Yorkshire charity that aids families living in poverty by helping them access beds, bedding and other household essentials.

Home improvement and DIY retailer Homebase will add two more stores to its estate by the end of 2021 after it confirmed the location of its planned return to Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The Very Group, the ecommerce retailer and one of the largest vendors of furniture in the U.K., has refinanced existing debt with a new long-dated bond that also reduce its cost of borrowing.

Danish furniture and homewares retailer JYSK will take its Irish store footprint to 15 with the addition of six more branches before the end of 2021.

Home24, the Berlin based furniture retailer that trades across seven European markets but not yet Britain, invested heavily in growth as sales jumped 47 percent in the first half of 2021.

Furnishing fabrics, wallpaper and upholstery supplier Colefax Group doubled profits in 2019/20 despite the pandemic hitting markets worldwide.

Upmarket fitted furniture maker and retailer John Lewis of Hungerford says better-than-expected trading helped it reverse first half losses to return to profit in 2019/20.

Northeast Italian furniture manufacturing group Calligaris has acquired furniture, accents and lifestyle company Fatboy from its private equity owner.

Hilding Anders is having another crack at the U.K. bed market, backing a new brand that will tomorrow open its fourth store in the South East with another to follow soon after.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has signed an agreement with Tesco to lease a 1 million sqft distribution centre at Fenny Lock, Milton Keynes.

Independent furniture retailer Harrison & Brown has expanded the display area of its Sunderland store by converting the top floor of its city centre building.

It is now well over a year since the transaction that divorced Harveys from Bensons for Beds and business is robust and the path to growth is clear, says chief executive Mark Jackson.

Nick Collard has joined Bensons for Beds as its first chief commercial and digital officer while the retailer is also close to appointing a new chief operating officer.

Neptune has written to customers saying it will lift prices in response to changes to its own input costs that it has never previously experienced in 25 years.

The owner of home, furniture and department store retailer Bakers and Larners says it endured one of its most challenging years on record as it grappled with both the impact of Covid and a serious fire, which destroyed one of its supermarkets.

Williams Sonoma, the U.S. owner of the West Elm and Pottery Barn retail banners, has agreed a licensing deal for the Morris & Co brand covering a broad range of products.

Consumers continued to spend more in shops and online in July but growth has begun to plateau according to two closely-followed retail sales surveys.

Soho Home, the furniture, interiors and lifestyle retail arm of the private members club Soho House, will next month open a flagship London showroom where it will floor its entire range for the first time.

The Original Factory Shop, which began selling furniture online for the first time this summer, deleveraged during a just-chronicled refinancing process.

Fast-expanding multichannel retailer Flooring Superstore is on track to hit a half-century of stores by the end of 2021 as it continues to add new showrooms through the summer and autumn.

Bury St Edmunds independent retailer Direct Furniture has acquired the freehold to a former garden centre in the town. It will become its second store.

The company behind the JTF Mega Discount retail fascia has filed a third notice of intent (NOI) to appoint administrators, a sign a deal to salvage part of the operation may be imminent.

International markets continued their ascent for Wayfair in the second quarter as the ecommerce home giant posted a rare overall slide in sales on exceptional comparatives.

Julian Charles, the turnaround investor-backed soft furnishings chain, found cost savings to reach breakeven at the EBITDA line in the six months to April, and says it can improve further by next year.

North West home department store retailer Housing Units has revamped part of its ground floor with the launch this week of a new concept targeting the urban living market.

Full-year order intake at ScS almost matched 2019/20 trading as demand at the upholstery and flooring retailer oscillated with the opening and closing of its stores amid coronavirus restrictions.

Bensons for Beds will this weekend open two new stores in locations where it previously traded from co-occupied units before it became a standalone business last year.

New department store concessions have helped upholstery vertical Sofa.com expand its physical footprint despite the closures of standalone branches.



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