Losses narrowed at East Midlands upholstery group JDP Furniture despite lower sales in 2018–19, aided by the privately-owned collective annualising against one-off costs from the previous year.

Upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus has moved into a new 65,000sqft distribution centre that will allow it to consolidate its operations on a single site.

Robert Aramayo, son of Buoyant Upholstery md Mike Aramayo and known to many of the sofa maker's customers after assisting during NEC shows, has landed a leading role in Amazon's new Lord of the Rings series.

Sofa market leader DFS reported a mid single-digit decline in sales for the second half of 2019 but said it will meet profit expectations for its financial year if it can hit its revenue growth target.

Italian sofa imports dropped by a third in November keeping the nation on track to be the only major source of foreign upholstery sold in the U.K. to see a full year decline in 2019.

BFM Fabric Show London will host five new exhibitors in addition to 33 returning suppliers when it takes place at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge stadium next month.

Currency and input cost headwinds together with a first fall in sales in four years hindered sofa maker ACL 2002 last year, but didn't stop the West Midlands company investing in production.

Sofa Brands International, the group behind the G Plan, Parker Knoll and Collins and Hayes upholstery businesses, has recruited Duncan Miller as its new chief financial officer.

Trentside Products, one of the industry's most prominent furniture components suppliers, has appointed former DFS buyer Ashleigh Ellis as business development manager.

Higher sales and lower one-off costs were negated by narrower gross margin to prevent Sofa.com returning to profit in the lead up to its sale to the owner of Sports Direct and House of Fraser last year.

Detail of seven-figure debt made to U.K. upholstery business ahead of summer 2019 takeover.

DFS, the U.K.'s largest upholstery retailer, has appointed experienced retail and marketing leader Jane Bednall to its board as an independent non-executive director.

Upholstery maker and retailer Sofa.com has moved into the third-party branded space, introducing upholstery from fashion label Jack Wills to its product roster.

The timing of the BFM Fabric Show London has been brought forward a week because the earlier-announced dates clashed with Chelsea F.C.'s continuing participation in the Champion's League.

Sofa maker Whitemeadow reached 25 years in business last week and marked the occasion by unveiling its Wall of Fame — created to celebrate staff members reaching a quarter of a century of service.

Upholstery imports climbed at the beginning of the final quarter of 2019 on the back of double-digit climbs from Poland, China and Vietnam.

Upholstery retailer Sofa.com has expanded its relationship with sister company House of Fraser, adding a further London instore concession.

Sofa and curtain fabrics supplier Fryett's said it worked hard to reduce admin and overhead expenses as it countered weaker gross margin that resulted from pre-Brexit stock building.

Italian upholstery giant Natuzzi booked lower sales in the third quarter as rising retail revenues were countered by weakness in its wholesale division and tariffs on goods going to the U.S. from China.

Upholstery and flooring chain ScS Group says like-for-like trading is declining but at a narrower rate than it reported earlier this autumn.

Upholstery market leader DFS has migrated its web platform from a private cloud environment to Google Cloud Platform as part of a ramping up of its relationship with the search giant.

Upholstery specialist Sofology says it will turn Black Friday green by launching its own initiative — called Green Friday — in partnership with the Woodland Trust, the U.K.'s largest tree conservation charity.

Upholstery brand Arlo & Jacob will open its second showroom in the capital and its fifth overall with a new store in a landmark building that once housed the North London Royal Mail Sorting and Delivery Centre.

Brexit and tariffs vexed Far East recliner maker Man Wah in the six months to end September but only the latter impacted its half-year numbers as sales in Europe advanced.

Lancashire sofa maker Buoyant Upholstery has named Paul Longmuir as Sales Agent of the Year for 2019.

The Thai majority owner of Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James said its U.K. upholstery division recorded high double-digit sales growth in the third quarter but production headwinds impacted margin.

U.K. revenue declined for the company behind Norwegian recliner brand Stressless in the third quarter, but still outperformed other world markets. The trend for motorised products has prompted a change of strategy, it said.

Upholstery warehouses across the U.K. are full to bursting after imports of sofas arrived in record numbers ahead of Britain's planned, but ultimately delayed, exit from the European Union.

Italian upholstery giant Natuzzi will open five further Natuzzi Editions stores in the U.K. over the festive season and has identified more locations to expand the fascia here through 2020.

ScS, the national upholstery and carpets specialist, is primed to boost shareholders' earnings-per-share in a transaction that sees its former outright owner sever further ties with the business.

Upholstery chain heading to one of the counties with the lowest concentration of national furniture chains in all of England.

Revenue falls for the second straight year at upholstery producer.

At The Helm, the upholstery brand launched earlier this year by Hydeline Furniture, has a new website.

Upholstery imports into the U.K. grew at a faster pace in August after shipments from China jumped by a more than a third.

Image: Alexander and James
Profits climbed for the group behind British sofa brands Alexander and James, Ashley Manor and import business AMX Design last year, driven by growth and wider margins.

Natuzzi has named Jason Camp as president of Natuzzi Americas, making him its most senior company official in the territory.


The London Fabric Show has become BFM Fabric Show London ahead of its 2020 edition in a move that opens the door to possible expansion around the U.K.

HSL is headquartered at Batley, West Yorkshire, and trades from stores nationwide.
Sales climbed at the 59-store specialist furniture retailer HSL in 2018 with the company's West Yorkshire factory powering much of the uplift.

Sofa.com has its own factory in Poland.
ScS would have utilised Sofa.com's Eastern European manufacturing base to serve other parts of its business if it had successfully bought the company, its chairman said yesterday.

Lebus' Lincolnshire factory.
The Dutch majority owner of Lebus Upholstery has reduced its stake in a long-planned transaction that hands control of the Lincolnshire sofa manufacturer to its U.K. board.

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