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The second half was better than the first for furniture sales at Laura Ashley.
The furniture sales trend improved for retailer Laura Ashley in the six months to end June though didn't prevent it recording a double-digit full-year decline, blaming weak consumer confidence for hitting products at higher price points.

The insolvency of the London based designer furniture retailer Skandium — whose IP and other assets were sold to an unrelated third party earlier this summer — left unsecured creditors facing substantial unpaid debts.

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Sofology is working with Owen Wilson again. The first of the new series of ads airs this evening (Aug. 21).
Upholstery retailer Sofology — which tonight premieres a new television advert with film star Owen Wilson — says it will open five new stores by the spring of 2020 including a first in Northern Ireland.

Swedish multinational Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is to expand the geographical scope of its H&M Home store concept in the U.K. with the launch of a store in Birmingham.

Sales of home merchandise fell at John Lewis & Partners for the fourth straight week with the chain relying on growth in its electricals category to limit the impact on total revenue.

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Lars Larsen, founder of the eponymous group that he built into one of the biggest furniture businesses in the world with annual sales north of €4.2 billion, has died. He was 71 years old.

Upholstery, cabinets and bed sales all ticked up year-on-year in July as retailers annualised weak comparatives following the heatwave and men's football World Cup last year.

Profits topped half a million pounds for emerging living, dining and bedroom cabinet furniture retailer in 2018–19.

Duff & Phelps says "progress has been made" in its bid to claw back cash from a foam supplier for the benefit of creditors of fallen upholstery chain Multiyork.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has agreed to sell Casper products in its stores and online in the first U.K. retail partnership secured by the American mattress company.

Howard Sudall, store director at renowned Yorkshire furniture store Christopher Pratts, retired earlier this summer after nearly 50 years with the retailer.

Houseology, the Glasgow-based etailer of prestige furniture and accents, has hired former Dobbies Garden Centres executive Laura Jamieson as chief financial officer.

Home furnishings retailer Wayfair has raised new capital through a private convertible note offering. It says it will use the funds for working capital, capex projects and possibly to fund acquisitions.

Consumers paid considerably more to buy furniture in July after inflation in the category climbed to its highest level since February 2018.

Customers spent less on home products at John Lewis & Partners for the third straight week as the chain relied on higher technology spend to deliver growth.

The new chief executive of Steinhoff International Holdings said its €9 billion debt pile is too high as he offered a vision of the future for the embattled conglomerate yesterday.

One of the first direct-to-consumer sofa makers to allow shoppers to design their upholstery using an online configurator has agreed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with creditors.

Large Norfolk furniture and department store retailer Bakers & Larners relaunched its ecommerce website in a year that saw sales across the diversified group that owns it decline.

Record temperatures didn't deter more shoppers from visiting retail parks last month despite other types of destination making it the worst July footfall in seven years.

Eve Sleep says it is in "very early stage discussions" to acquire its rival Simba in a deal that would consolidate the direct-to-consumer mattress market.

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Maisons du Monde wants to launch an online marketplace business as part of wider plans to double online sales.
Maisons du Monde, the French furniture and home décor retailer, is to open up its ecommerce store to third-party suppliers and retail partners through the launch of an online marketplace.

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DFS is one of Europe's largest sofa manufacturers as well as retailers.
DFS has declined to snuff out speculation regarding the employment status of Harvey Ellis, arguably the pound-for-pound holder of the seniormost role in U.K. furniture manufacturing.

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The old and new at Hatfields of Colchester.
Heritage furniture independent Hatfields of Colchester will unveil its refurbished store front next month after a major investment at its Peartree Road site.

Stefaan Vansteenkiste, chief restructuring officer at Debenhams, is to become the retailer's chief executive with Terry Duddy stepping down as executive chairman next month.

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The company behind Britain's largest chain of BoConcept modern furniture stores built out revenue last year and has secured new multi-million contracts that should see it do so again in 2018–19.

Lower revenue and narrower margins contributed to the heritage retailer behind the Browns of York department store recording a six-figure loss in 2018–19.

New equity funding and a property revaluation helped boost the book value of premium upholstery business The Sofa & Chair Company in 2018, consolidated accounts for its holding company reveal.

John Lewis & Partners posted weaker home sales last week with a second consecutive high single-digit decline across the wide-ranging product directorate.

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The retailer operates one of the biggest destination furniture stores in Britain.
Gross margin widened and a seven-figure chunk of debt was eliminated in 2017–18 at Andersons of Inverurie, one of the U.K.'s marquee independent furniture retailers.

Other than crown debt, the largest unsecured creditor of a company once known for running a regional chain of furniture shops in London is the new owner of Sofa.com.

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Growth returned in July, but it was weak, according to industry figures from the British Retail Consortium.
Year-on-year retail sales inched forward last month after two straight declines in the months immediately prior, according to industry lobby group the British Retail Consortium.

The U.S. headquartered group behind the Nectar Sleep brand is launching a new high-end bed-in-a-box brand in the U.K. market which it says can upset the status quo in the premium bedding sector.

Heavy investment in the British market means Wayfair is almost universally known among U.K. consumers, the company's senior-most official said following the release of its second quarter results last week.

Fast-expanding cabinet furniture vertical Wren Kitchens has reached 80 stores nationwide with the opening of a new unit in Exeter.

The privately-owned company that owns regional carpets, floorcoverings and beds retailer Wilsons has posted double-digit sales growth for at least the fifth straight year.

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OnlineCarpets.co.uk is one of several websites run by the company.
The company behind the OnlineCarpets.co.uk ecommerce store has publicly-disclosed revenue for the first time in accounts that underscore the flooring category's potential on the Internet.

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ScS, Britain's number two upholstery retailer, will expand its Scottish footprint later this year as it takes store numbers to three figures. It also said yesterday that it is trading ahead of year-earlier levels.

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Spaceslide trades from more than half a dozen of its own showrooms.
The Yorkshire group behind the Spaceslide bedroom furniture brand returned to profit at the EBITDA line last year, while entering new sectors helped offset weak retail demand.

London-headquartered upholstery vertical shrugs off tough conditions.

Expanding kitchen maker and retailer Wren has gained various globally-known International Standards Organisation (ISO) accreditations for its factories in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.



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