Furniture retailer Hatfields says it remains focused on delivering an online trading platform before the end of March next year as the reopening of stores after the latest Covid lockdown helped it recover sales lost to enforced closure.

Profits climbed three-fold for Wales based fitted kitchens, bedroom and home office manufacturer and retailer Sigma 3 last year as it more than reversed a sales decline through the first year of Covid.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer Heal's has opened a new clearance unit on the King's Road, London in a space that was until late 2020 occupied by upholstery retailer Sofa Workshop.

Stock levels at Cleland McIver more than doubled by the end of its 2020/21 financial year as the soft furnishings supplier invested further in distribution capacity with a new 75,000sqft facility.

Wood flooring specialist Havwoods will open its second store this year and its fifth overall as it continues expanding its retail footprint in wealthy parts of the country.

Linley, the prestige London furniture and interiors group, says it is on a solid footing and demonstrably able to trade successfully after a year in which the structural economics of the business improved.

Jarrold & Son, the historic department store and furniture retailer, has hired a new chief operating officer amid wider board change at the diversified East of England retail and services group.

Profits were two-thirds lower at regional beds retail chain Sussex Beds through 2020/21 as narrower gross margin and higher administrative expenses countered record revenues.

National retailer Bensons for Beds will this weekend open a new concept store in Didcot with a return to the Orchard Shopping Centre, a site it vacated two years ago.

Furniture Village, the U.K.'s largest majority family-owned furniture retailer, has been named winner in three categories of the 2022 Family Business of the Year Awards.

Russell Harte is now chief operating officer at upholstery market leader DFS after the retailer redistributed management duties across its senior leadership team.

The group behind regional carpets chain Wilsons and national ecommerce flooring brands such as Online Carpets landed bumper profits in the first figures since it reorganised under a single entity.

Furniture and homeware retailer Loaf has appointed River Island director Theodore Sheppard as its new chief commercial officer (CCO) with a brief to drive sales and grow market share.

Wayfair launched its first ecommerce store in Ireland on Monday morning, following through on plans we first reported in the autumn of last year (see related).

Cyclists from retailer Mattress Online have completed a 140-mile bike ride across the width of the country fundraising for Zarach, a charity that fights against child bed poverty in the U.K.

The cost of living crisis and weaker-than-expected demand have upended the orderly close down of Furniture Loft's store-based business in Leicestershire but its owner says customers who've made advance payments should be able to get their money back.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com has followed the opening of its new store in York with more new space as it presses ahead in partnership with sister retail brands. Sofas & Stuff is also expanding with a new East Midlands store.

Mattress and upholstered beds brand Button & Sprung is to relocate into a new and larger showroom in London next week.

Product availability across the U.K. furniture retail sector jumped in the first quarter driven largely by rising capacity among upholstery and bed makers, categories where domestic suppliers remain a major force.

Sterling Furniture Group will open its fifth store under its Sterling Home brand with the launch of its refurbished and reimagined Aberdeen branch after an investment north of £2 million.

U.K. furniture and lighting retail sales declined in May as new bookings began to dry up and companies worked their way through a backlog of outstanding orders taken earlier in the year.

A huge leap in sales after the spring lockdown and the introduction of ecommerce helped furniture retailer JYSK report a first ever profit at its U.K. subsidiary last year.

Consumer confidence fell to its lowest level on record in June on worries over personal finances amid the cost of living crisis. But the figures did at least arrest a long-running slide in big-ticket purchase sentiment.

Quick-ship sofa brand Swyft has diversified with the launch of its first programme of upholstered beds and roll-pack mattresses.

Heal's will re-occupy the longtime Habitat store adjacent to its London flagship on Tottenham Court Road (TCR) as part of wide-ranging plans to improve one of the furniture trade's most iconic pieces of real estate. However, its overall footprint at the site may not increase.

Modern furniture retailer Cult registered higher profits last year as revenue climbed to record levels for at least for the fourth year straight after it elevated its focus on growing in the U.K.

Regulation of interest-free Buy-Now Pay-Later (BNPL) credit agreements will be further tightened under new Government proposals that will likely impact smaller stores and web based furniture retailers the most.

There were tentative signs that furniture retail price inflation may have peaked as consumer price rises in the category eased in May for the second straight month. The figures remain at sky high levels.

Upholstered furniture brand Snug has launched a new eco-friendly sofa cover option across its entire programme of sofa models.

Savoir Beds co-owner Alistair Hughes has stepped down as managing director having hired former Maker&Son executive Nicholas Alexandre as his successor. Mr Hughes remains a director, focussed on long term strategy and growth.

A prominent U.K. ecommerce sofa retailer is unaffected by the insolvency of the company that operated the brand for almost four years until the beginning of 2022.

Ecommerce giant Amazon has moved to strike out a number of newly-formed companies that it believes may have been looking to trade off the back of its universally-recognised brand name.

Ex-DFS executive Nick Collard has been promoted to CEO at Bensons for Beds with immediate effect, succeeding Mark Jackson, who is leaving the retail chain after three years at the helm. Group CFO John Sidebotham is also stepping down.

The past week has seen a rout of global furniture industry stocks with billions of pounds of value disappearing into the ether as the market capitalisations of dozens of companies declined, many in the U.K.

A North West wholesale and retail furniture company that traded direct but also sold through major online platform businesses has gone the way of a predecessor operation.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS says Andy Kemp will join its board as non-executive director next year ahead of the planned departure of one of its existing officers.

Rotherham based Mattress Online was the highest placed company from the home furnishings sector at the Northern Tech Awards, which recognised fast-growing companies.

Lee Longlands delivered on its pledge to record near seven-figure profits as it fleshed out details from it what it called an extremely positive performance off the back of lockdowns and ahead of it completing a major refinancing solution last June.

Expedient fit-out of high-profile London showroom followed Sofa Workshop ceasing to trade back at the end of March.

Takeover followed winding up petition issued by a timber supplier to the mattress and beds vertical.



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