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The two-seater Holly sofa.
Upholstery vertical Sofa.com is to enter the contract sector for the first time with a collection of products that also includes a tie-up with bed company Hypnos.

Upholstery giant offloads shareholding in Nick Scali — one of the largest furniture chains in the Southern Hemisphere — for the equivalent of about £41 million.

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At The Helm's Havana three-seater sofa.
Hydeline Furniture, the upholstery supplier behind the At The Helm brand launched earlier this year, has revealed new photography in a move that signals the direction of travel for the range's aesthetics.

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Sales fell despite an improving trend in the first half.
Half year sales declined in the U.K. and Ireland for the company behind major European upholstery brand Stressless, though the second quarter improved on the first.

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The second half began with a decline in sofa imports, driven by fewer containers arriving from China.
Upholstery imports into the U.K. declined year-on-year in July, bringing three straight months of high double-digit value growth to an end.

Upholstery manufacturer and retailer Sofa.com could veer from its monobrand history for the first time according to weekend press reports.

Residential and commercial furniture manufacturer Style Matters is upsizing after agreeing to move to larger premises at a North West industrial park.

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Lebus is one of the U.K.'s biggest sofa manufacturers.
A fall in overheads boosted profits at Lincolnshire sofa maker Lebus Upholstery after sales were hit by the long spell of sunny weather that brought six straight years of growth to an end.

Heritage Upholstery Supplies has rebranded as Heritage Components in a move that reflects its evolution into a worldwide furniture components supplier.

Kasen International Holdings, the one-time owner of a U.K. upholstery retail chain, recorded double-digit sales growth to Europe in the six months to end June.

ScS, the U.K.'s number two upholstery retailer, is expanding its customer service team at its North East headquarters.

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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.

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Alexander & James is part of the DM Midlands group, ultimately owned by Thailand's TCM Corp.
There was an improving sales trend in the second quarter of 2019 for the Thai owner of British sofa makers Ashley Manor, Alexander & James and Alstons, negating weaker first quarter top-line figures.

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.

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The factory supplies Next stores and its online operation.
General merchandise retail giant Next expanded the output of its Yorkshire sofa manufacturing plant in 2018–19 but cautioned that activity remained in the developmental phase.

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Natuzzi has vast manufacturing operations.
Italian sofa giant Natuzzi says it will sell non-strategic assets and revise its worldwide manufacturing configuration as part of plans to insulate itself from new tariffs.

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Sofa imports have climbed rapidly in the six months to June.
British buyers bought upholstery from overseas like never before in the first half of 2019 with arrivals from China and Poland leading the way.

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.

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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.

Sales growth accelerated at Essex sofa maker Alstons Upholstery in 2018, helping operating profits double for the Thai-owned manufacturer.

La-Z-Boy is to consolidate upholstery production in the U.S. leading to the closure of one factory there and the shift of a cut-and-sew operation at another.

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The Lebus Dakota range, which includes Springbond.
The manufacturer behind Springbond, an eco-engineered material used as carpet underlay, has diversified into the upholstery sector after agreeing a supply partnership with Lebus.

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.

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.

Sales advanced at major upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus in 2017–18, but profitability was "restrained by pressures on margins and a restructure of the business."

London-headquartered upholstery vertical shrugs off tough conditions.

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Sofa.com's Edinburgh store.
The price paid and reason behind Sports Direct International's takeover of upholstery vertical Sofa.com has been disclosed for the first time. Neither will surprise many in the furniture trade.

Stressless has become the latest big-name furniture brand to open its own U.K. retail showroom, taking a heavily-trafficked unit on one of London's prime furniture shopping streets.

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Revenue climbed again for Whitemeadow.
Whitemeadow, the U.K.’s largest management-owned sofa maker, booked larger profits on higher sales in 2018 as it outperformed a declining wider market.

Profits jumped at Preston based sofa covers business Plumbs as efforts going back to 2016 to prune the company's cost base continued to yield improvements.

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Goods arriving from China are tracking well ahead of 2018.
May saw a big leap in the value of upholstery arriving from China as problems with containers arriving from the country a year ago continue to unwind.

The failure of a customer and subdued demand weighed on sales for Scan-Thors (UK) in 2017–18, but the Yorkshire upholstery importer says it remains in a strong position to handle whatever the market throws at it.

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The new Idol collection.
National furniture retailer Harveys has added a second collection in collaboration with celebrity Louise Redknapp, building on the launch of its Bold by Louise programme last September.

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All DFS brands delivered like-for-like growth, the retailer said.
Sofa market leader DFS said underlying gross sales have climbed by 7 percent in the year to end June, but cautioned that its progress moving forward is partly dependent on factors outside its control.

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Keith Wilson has been prompted to president, International at La-Z-Boy.
Former La-Z-Boy U.K. md Keith Wilson has been promoted for the second time in just over a year, becoming responsible for all non-U.S. business at the upholstery giant after being named president, International.

East Midlands upholstery and soft furnishings producer Leisure Furnishings found extra margin in 2017–18, countering the impacting of lower sales.

The latest company to trade the heritage Wesley Barrell high-end upholstery brand accumulated near seven-figure debts despite ceasing to trade within weeks of buying the business.

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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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