Furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse has begun testing and selling a curated selection of products on the ecommerce platform of Next, the general merchandise retail giant.

Vertically-integrated bed manufacturer Naturalmat has opened its first store in the North of England after taking a former Laura Ashley home furnishings and fashion unit.

German kitchen giant Nobilia is closing in on 80 stores for its franchised Kutchenhaus brand with another nine locations slated to open soon, adding to those already opened so far this year.

The group behind historic furniture, kitchens and appliance retailer Knees Home and Electrical narrowed its net loss on higher revenue through 2022/23, ahead of the closure of one of its Wiltshire stores.

Emerging beds retailer The Sleep Haven has followed its late-September launch in Yorkshire with the opening of a second unit, this time on the Riverside Retail Park at Warrington.

Designer furniture, homeware and lifestyle retailer The Conran Shop has received further equity funding from its owner, taking the amount beyond £10 million already this year.

A third senior company official earlier this year became a shareholder in Loaf, the expanding furniture retailer backed by investment firm Blue Coast Capital.

EZ Living Furniture is to open a purpose-built store on arguably the most lucrative piece of real estate for comparison goods in all of Northern Ireland after state officials granted planning approval.

The year-on-year value of furniture and lighting sales climbed in October according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), though it revised down earlier figures.

Salvation Army Trading Company is seeking to expand its corporate partnership network by teaming furniture retailers requiring solutions for unwanted or end-of-life products.

Property agents handed a privately-owned Devon and Dorset department store retailer a boost after an upwards revaluation of its freehold assets.

Thailand's Central Group is to become the majority shareholder of U.K. and Ireland retailers Selfridges, Brown Thomas and Arnotts after it exchanged debt for equity in the department store group.

Consumer furniture price inflation eased to its lowest level in 34 months in October as the falling away of upstream supply chain pressure combined with a desire to stimulant weak demand, prompting price cuts.

Four-store South East England bed specialist Hamseys Sleep Centres recorded higher year-on-year profits, though cash declined as it paid down outstanding liabilities.

The Manchester upholstered furniture manufacturer behind brands including The English Sofa Company and The Chesterfield Company paid down debt last year as it continued to register six-figure profits.

Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana has opened two showrooms in London for its furniture-and-home-oriented Dolce & Gabbana Casa brand. One is a dedicated boutique, with the other described as a corner within Harrods.

Long-held ambitions for an IKEA store in Sussex have moved a step closer after its affiliate Ingka Centres tied up a property deal for the largest shopping centre in Brighton.

High-end furniture retailer RH pumped tens of millions more pounds into its U.K. operation through capital expenditure in the year leading up to the opening of its first gallery here earlier this summer.

Upholstery market leader DFS is expanding its store footprint in the capital after agreeing to take over a former Argos unit.

One of the largest single-store carpet retailers in the South West of England faces an uncertain future after administrators were lined up to take control of the company's affairs late last week.

Norton Group Holdings, parent to home and leisure retailer The Range, has agreed £255 million of new bank loans since the start of last year amid investment in its new 1.2 million sqft group distribution centre in Stowmarket.

Upmarket furniture design, wholesale and retail group Neptune has pinned a hefty 2021/22 loss on shipping cost inflation but says it has made a swift return to profit after making cost savings and restructuring its leadership team.

London based upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer The Sofa & Chair Co has so far kept to the terms of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed with HM Revenue & Customs and other creditors a year ago. It follows the finding of cost savings and space consolidation.

The current fair value of BoConcept, the international urban furniture brand, has declined for the second time inside 12 months as macro-economic pressures hit consumer spending.

Half-year profits jumped for retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) as it made revenue gains in categories including food and fashion.

Beds market leader Dreams and housing and homelessness charity Shelter have launched a children's book aimed at breaking the stigma of families who are homeless in temporary accommodation.

Tapi Carpets & Floors is closing in on 180 stores nationwide after it last weekend bolstered its presence in the North West of England.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has said it achieved like-for-like sales growth in all four quarters of its 2022/23 financial year, and returned to profit.

Historic furniture company Reynolds was one of the standout pound-for-pound retailers of the pandemic period, booking seven-figure profits for the third straight year in 2022/23.

Independent furniture retailer Vale Furnishers has announced the planned closure of its Farnham store, with the lease on the East Street premises soon to expire.

Next's wholly-owned South Yorkshire sofa factory has registered its highest output since the general merchandise giant first started the endeavour seven years ago.

A French retailer with a U.K. turnover of £75 million has agreed to pay damages and costs to Cambridgeshire cabinet furniture supplier Teemo Designs after an intellectual property (I.P.) dispute.

West Elm's U.K. retail operations recorded EBITDA of £3.4 million through 2022/23 despite reduced output as it closed one store, cut the lease term on another, and exited its wholesale agreement with John Lewis.

Higher costs resulted in lower profits for the Ulster Stores group ahead of the closure of its dedicated ecommerce beds and bedding business unit earlier this year.

Inter IKEA, the company that owns the IKEA brand and supplies its franchisee operators, doubled its profits in the past year as it lapped a period of higher costs and one-time items.

The md of Glasswells says the retailer is interested in both growth and diversification after another strong trading year, but he cautioned that more recent trading patterns have been tougher.

The mobility group behind direct-to-consumer adjustable furniture brand Willowbrook booked double-digit profits at the EBITDA line in the first full year since a near £40 million venture capital-backed buyout.

Logistics supplier Wincanton has won a contract to carry out white-glove home deliveries for The Conran Shop, the designer furniture, homeware and lifestyle retailer.

U.K. beds market leader Dreams was among the standout performers for Tempur Sealy International in the third quarter of 2023 with its CEO calling out the retailer's leadership team for its "outstanding execution."

Furniture and Choice, one of the U.K.'s largest ecommerce furniture retailers, is launching its debut television advert ahead of the Black Friday promotional event later this November.



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