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At The Helm's new gallery concept.
At the Helm, the new brand launched by upholstery supplier Hydeline Furniture at the beginning of 2019, is introducing an instore gallery concept to leading U.K. retailers.

Sofa.com, the Sports Direct International owned upholstery vertical, is to double the size of its instore concession inside House of Fraser's Bristol store, barely six months after it opened.

Upholstered furniture producer Zhejiang Henglin Chair Industry, more commonly known as Henglin, has acquired Swiss office furniture maker Lista Office Group in a move that builds out its manufacturing operations beyond China.

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Sofa imports climbed on the back of higher arrivals from China. Image; Maersk.
Chinese sofa imports were up by almost half in April to drive a 27 percent overall year-on-year leap in the total value of upholstered furniture arriving on British shores for the month.

Former Halo executive David Watts has joined sofa maker Alexander & James as global business director with a brief to drive international sales at the upholstery brand.

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Supplying Harveys is the primary focus of the sofa supply division, based here in South Wales. Image: Google.
Steinhoff UK Upholstery has a new name, brand and logo as the circa £95 million turnover supplier, whose main focus is and continues to be supplying Harveys, explores ways it can maximise its capacity.

Revenue fell in high single digits in the first quarter at Natuzzi as weaker sales in the wholesale channel were countered by rising output from the Italian sofa giant's direct retail business.

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Man Wah acquired the Vietnamese manufacturer behind the Sofa Square brand last year.
Core recliner sales across Europe climbed for upholstery giant Man Wah Holdings in 2018–19, a year that saw the Far East conglomerate integrate acquisitions, tackle tariff threats and confront staffing issues.

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Emma Rackley has joined JB Global, which has in the past operated the standalone SofaStore brand alongside its core Oak Furnitureland fascia.
JB Global, the company behind the Oak Furnitureland chain, has bolstered its expanding product development team with the appointment of Emma Rackley, formerly of Shop Direct, Furniture Village and Leekes.

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TCM Corp acquired a majority stake in the company behind Alexander & James in 2016.
Upholstery profits almost doubled for the Thai owner of the Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James businesses in the first quarter of 2019 despite it booking lower combined sales.

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Qumei acquired Ekornes, owner of the Stressless brand, last August.
The acquisition of Stressless brand owner Ekornes by Qumei Home Furnishings Group Co. has more than doubled the size of the China-based furniture maker, new figures reveal.

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Imports ended a run going back to September.
Weaker March upholstery imports pared back earlier gains but the value of product arriving into Britain, particularly from China and Poland, remained ahead for the quarter overall.

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Sales climbed for Sofa Workshop.
Upholstery retailer Sofa Workshop posted mid single-digit growth last year as it added new space following the closure of Multiyork, its upper midmarket rival. Higher costs impacted its bottom line.

The finances of the U.K. arm of recliner and upholstery source La-Z-Boy have been bolstered thanks to a seven-figure rights issue.

The directors of a privately-owned British furniture manufacturer say they are convinced a police investigation into alleged modern day slavery offences will absolve the company of any wrongdoing.

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Sofa chain ScS has strengthened its board.
National sofa specialist ScS Group has appointed the former chief executive of home shopping group N Brown and discount store chain Original Factory Shop to its board as a non-executive director.

Upholstery maker and retailer Sofa.com has opened at Oxford Street, London, the first of a series of new concessions to open in the stores of House of Fraser.

Doug Collier, the president of La-Z-Boy's international business and the executive that led the strategy to create a wholly-owned UK arm, is to retire.

Chinese upholstery conglomerate Kuka — which last year acquired German furniture company Rolf Benz and a controlling stake in a joint venture with Italy's Natuzzi — built out its top and bottom lines in the first quarter of 2019.

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Cintique moved to Celebrity Motion Furniture as part of restructuring of JDP group operations.
The chairman and owner of the JDP Furniture Group says 2017–18 was a painful year in a very tough market but insists he is looking ahead with confidence and has vowed to continue investing in its upholstery brands.

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Buoyant Upholstery faced headwinds last year.
Lancashire sofa maker Buoyant Upholstery has found cost savings, a major new customer and introduced a more inspirational product range as it bids to bounce back from trading headwinds in 2017–18.

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More Sofa.com concessions in House of Fraser are planned.
Upholstery vertical Sofa.com will open another three concessions in addition to the already-reported six planned new units inside House of Fraser (HoF) department stores.

Kuka, the Far East upholstery giant, will waste no time rolling out Natuzzi stores in the Greater China region following the signing of its joint venture agreement with the Italian company last year.

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Just4Sofas is adding to the introduction of its first standalone store, in Fareham, last autumn.
Just4Sofas, a two-store and online retailer majoring in electric recliners and a stockist of brands such as La-Z-Boy, is opening a third retail showroom.

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Upholstery imports from China fell nearly double-digit last year, but are on the rise again in the early months of 2019.
Last year will go down as a bad one for Sino-UK upholstery trade, with stocks of China-made products arriving in Britain down nearly double-digit year-on-year. That trend looks set to be reversed in 2019.

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La-Z-Boy UK recorded seven-figure profits in 2017–18.
Upholstery source La-Z-Boy cleared seven percent net at its fledgling wholly-owned UK subsidiary as it posted high sales in the first figures since it bought back the rights to the brand.

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Sales fell in mid single digits for Natuzzi through 2018.
Italian upholstery giant Natuzzi swung back into the black last year after booking a €75.4 million gain on the summer 2018 joint venture with Chinese furniture giant Kuka.

Underlying revenue climbed at Furnico, the Lancashire sofa manufacturer, in its first full year since it sold the UK and Ireland licensing rights to the La-Z-Boy brand.

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The South Coast factory that was home to the liquidated business.
The liquidator of one of the former furniture companies run by Wesley Barrell owner Ayiaz Ahmed says two separate tracing companies have been paid to try and find a residential address for him, without success.

Sofas & Stuff, the upholstery retailer founded by Sofa Workshop creator Andrew Cussins, is opening a new store in the Midlands, its 13th nationwide.

Matt O'Flynn, former chairman at the association of British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) and the Long Eaton Guild of Furniture of Manufacturers, has died. He was 44 years old.

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Parker Knoll's Castlewood Business Park factory.
Three of Britain's largest sofa manufacturers — Duresta, G Plan and Parker Knoll — faced up to rising costs, customer insolvency, adverse weather and challenging trading conditions during 2017–18.

The Lounge Co, the multichannel consumer brand launched by the Sofa Brands International group back in 2016, doubled revenue in its first full year of trading.

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Wesley Barrell has been beset by problems for some time.
Heritage furniture brand Wesley Barrell faces a new existential threat after the newco that bought the business in a prepack administration in February told employees it too was closing.

Natuzzi, the Italian upholstery manufacturer and retailer, has delayed the release of fourth quarter and full year 2018 results, which were originally due last Friday (Mar. 29).

Dienne Salotti, a southern Italian sofa maker established at the turn of the century, is to enter the UK for the first time.

Whitemeadow, the Sutton-in-Ashfield upholstered furniture maker, is reopening its independent showroom from April 29–May 1 to coincide with spring Long Point.

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The new showroom adds to units at Fulham, Harrogate and Bristol (pictured).
Arlo & Jacob will this Easter open a fourth retail showroom as it continues to build out its physical store presence in selected affluent locations.

Upholstery market leader DFS will this weekend open its westernmost store yet as it expands its presence in Ireland.

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ScS sales fell including the now-closed House of Fraser concessions, but advanced without.
Interim numbers from ScS Group underscore how serious the retailer was about acquiring Sofa.com, with Britain's number two upholstery chain having spent a sizeable six-figure sum on the process.



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