htlSofaLEATHER sofas giant—which has major U.K. furniture retail distribution—was sold to a China-based furniture conglomerate last year.

buoyantUpholsteryMAJOR U.K. sofa maker Buoyant said underlying sales climbed last year, but total output fell on the loss of two high-profile customers.

sofaFrameUPHOLSTERY imports into Britain were down nearly 7 percent in February on lower demand for goods from the two largest trading partners.

UPHOLSTERY group owns G Plan, Duresta and Parker Knoll businesses

PROFITS closer for Italian upholstery vertical

CollinsHayeshqINTERVIEW with FD at heritage sofa maker, who says he is aware of negative speculation in the market as the business targets turnaround under new owner

FULL year revenue up for Cheers recliner brand owner

polishUpholsteryUPHOLSTERY imports to the U.K. advanced 8.4 percent in January with European factories providing all the growth, chiefly Poland.

CollinsHayeshqUPDATE on finance and management at heritage Sussex sofa maker Collins and Hayes

alstonsFactoryPROFITS jumped 50 percent in 2016 for Thailand Carpet Manufacturing Plc, backer of U.K. sofa companies Alstons and DM Midlands.

UPHOLSTERY source Ekornes ASA said U.K. revenue advanced 2.1 percent in the final three months of 2016, but remained down for the year.

Chinese furniture importsSOFA imports to the UK rose in double-digits across the whole of 2016, though growth in December was slower.

UPHOLSTERY maker and retailer says it wants to control the entire value chain and get closer to the end user

GuildSofComUPHOLSTERY maker and retailer Sofa.com is to expand its Home Counties retail presence with a first showroom in Surrey.

SofaChairCoLondOPENING of new 100,000sqft. London showroom and warehouse opens up consumer potential for luxury £15.9 million sofa maker

FabbHedgeEDINBURGH store confirmed, as The Furnishing Report revealed last July

gPlanHERITAGE sofa brand appoints new sales director, well known to many of its independent and national customers

AshwoodDesREVENUE jumped by around half for the second straight year at Aberdare upholstery manufacturer Ashwood Designs in 2015–16.

polandSofaThUPHOLSTERY shipments rose 16 percent on November 2015 and are up double-digit on a year-to-date basis; Exports boom on Irish demand

JDPWellStUPHOLSTERY group JDP Furniture posted sales up 3.8 percent in 2015–16, with higher sales at both of its main trading subsidiaries.

ashManREVENUE increased at sofa suppliers AMX Design and Alexander & James in the year to end March. Sales declined at Ashley Manor, which is part of the same group.

UPHOLSTERY maker and retailer Sofa.com is to return to the South Coast, re-opening its pop-up store at Brighton.

natuzziThurrockITALIAN upholstery specialist Natuzzi’s UK retail footprint is to expand over the Christmas period with openings in new towns to the north of London, and to the west in Wales.

natuzziSanteramoLAST year was positive for the Natuzzi brand in the UK overall largely thanks to sales to third party stockists. Its UK retail arm had a mixed year.

nickRadford75ANDREW Cochrane to lead new upholstery brand FreeForm with Nicholas Radford (pictured) to head up Morris Furniture Brands in the short term

SALES climbed at Tetrad in 2015–16 as the sofa maker doubled its marketing spend on consumer magazine advertising and instore galleries.

UNDERLYING profits climbed at Natuzzi in the third quarter as wider gross margin and lower operating costs offset declining sales.

manWahPROPOSED strategic alliance for Chinese company Man Wah to make sofas in Europe with investment of up to €50.7 million in Polish group supplying sofas to IKEA and others

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Furniture UK retail sales data for the past 12 months and over the past nine years.


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