Italian sofa manufacturer Natuzzi has launched a first-ever ecommerce platform in the U.K. for its flagship Natuzzi Italia brand.

The price of sofas leaving U.K. factories declined in January according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Luxury furniture and interiors platform LuxDeco said it grew sales by more than a third during the final three months of 2019 as it bucked the malaise afflicting rivals.

Bust furniture, furnishings and flooring companies left creditors facing an average shortfall of £3.25 million per week through 2019 as the number of businesses falling insolvent spiked year-on-year.

Administrators handling the insolvency of Beales say the department store chain's remaining 11 stores are also now earmarked for closure.

Fast-expanding kitchen maker and retailer Wren will this spring open a 252,000sqft U.S. factory ahead of launching its first overseas showrooms this summer.

Experienced soft furnishings industry executive Rob Surtees has joined West Yorkshire based fabrics supplier Prestigious Textiles as U.K. sales director.

South East homewares distributor Sabichi enjoyed bumper sales growth last year as investment in new product paid dividends.

Inaugural group accounts for the new holding company of fitted furniture specialist Hammonds disclose the deal value for its 2019 management buyout.

Ekornes, the Norwegian company behind the Stressless recliner brand, has named Roger Lunde as its new chief executive.

Adjustable beds and upholstery producer Furmanac has refinanced, agreeing a new loan that will lower its overall borrowing costs.

The impact of the coronavirus on Far East trade shows has spread beyond China with the organiser of the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) postponing its spring event until the summer.

Pan-European Internet retailer Home24 said it was profitable by one earnings measure in the fourth quarter as it began to reap the benefit of efficiency initiatives.

A decline in furniture sales have sparked a liquidity crunch at Laura Ashley, which says it is in talks with lender Wells Fargo regarding its funding requirements.

High-end German bed maker Ruf Betten has acquired the company behind ecommerce mattress-in-a-box brand Bruno Sleep.

Ashford retailer Ashbury Furniture will close for good today (Feb. 17) after the privately-owned company suffered a downturn because of extended roadworks.

Sussex Beds will take store numbers into double figures with the opening of its tenth store next month.

The furniture ecommerce operation is unaffected by the department store retailer's insolvency.

Ena Shaw, the Potter-family owned soft furnishings supplier and home retailer, has ceased trading and been placed into administration.

The company behind the Yeoman Upholstery business has been placed into administration, the second time the show-wood sofa maker has fallen insolvent in a little over six years.

High-end sofa maker Delcor has a fifth showroom after it opened at the new Derwent House Living furniture and interiors store in Oxfordshire.

Home furnishings ecommerce giant Wayfair is to lay off 550 people worldwide, representing about 3 percent of its global workforce, according to the Boston Globe.

Tempur Sealy International said worldwide sales climbed in the fourth quarter of 2019 as its direct channel countered flat wholesale revenues.

As British furniture retailers and wholesalers brace for production delays because of the coronavirus outbreak, investors in major Chinese furniture equities are already feeling the pinch: in their pockets.

BFM says it will make the case for Britain's furniture industry as the sector digests new proposals from the independent body advising the Government on post-Brexit migration.

Foam and sprung mattress imports fell for the first time in seven years in 2019 after a third straight monthly decline in December.

Floorcoverings and beds retailer United Carpets Group said profits will be lower than expected after consumers failed to loosen the purse strings following "the decisive result in the General Election."

Inter Ikea, the company that controls the IKEA brand and franchise concept, has named Jon Abrahamsson Ring as its new chief executive.

Dunelm plans to further crank up the pressure on rivals in the furniture sector after growth in the category exploded in the past six months.

Weak December trade wasn't enough to stop upholstery shipments climbing to record levels through 2019, new figures show.

Wider gross margin helped Aberdare upholstery manufacturer Ashwood Designs counter the impact of falling sales last year.

December brought a third straight double-digit percentage drop in Belgian carpet imports as U.K. buyers looked elsewhere for soft flooring.

Executive departs Lincolnshire independent for St. Helier department store.

An affiliate of Sun European Partners, the investment firm that bought sofa and carpets retailer ScS out of administration in 2008, said yesterday it planned to sell its remaining 26 percent stake in the company.

The owners of swish furniture and homewares retailer Heal's have hired advisers to conduct a strategic review that could result in the business being sold.

Retail park footfall climbed for the first time since September last month while the number of consumers entering shopping centres returned to growth after a three-year hiatus. Retail sales also inched forwards.

High-end interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank cited weakness in its two largest markets for a decline in sales in the year to January 31, 2020.

Final planning permission has been granted for the New Monks Farm development at Lancing, which will become home to a new full-line IKEA superstore.

High-end sofa maker Duresta will transfer production from Long Eaton to its owner's state-of-the-art factory at Castlewood if proposals put forward by Sofa Brands International go ahead.

Beales, the department store chain placed into administration through KPMG last month, says it will close 12 of its 23 stores.

Heritage carpet maker Axminster Carpets will be placed into administration if eleventh hour rescue talks with investors fail to yield a deal.

Whitemeadow, the Nottinghamshire upholstery manufacturer, has marked National Apprenticeship Week (Feb. 3–9, 2020) with the introduction of an Apprentice of the Year award.

Sleepeezee has announced Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Olympic and three-time world champion heptathlete, as its brand ambassador.

Financial terms regarding the takeover of the company behind Manchester based soft furnishings brands Curtina, Dreams & Drapes and Appletree have been disclosed for the first time.

The company behind the mattress brand Mlily said profits almost doubled last year as it grew sales and benefited from input cost tailwinds.

In-store retail sales climbed 5.7 percent last month according to BDO's High Street Sales Tracker, the best January reading since 2014.

Cafom, the international rights holder of the Habitat brand, says the division made a smaller loss last year as it readied its sale to a new owner.

Curated design show 100% Design has been rebranded and relocated for 2020. Now called Design London, it will take place across the city at North Greenwich.

Revenue declined in low single digit percentages for the British arm of La-Z-Boy last year with the upholstery giant saying it is well placed after performing well in a challenging market.

Casper Sleep has priced its shares at $12–$13 ahead of its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange later today (Feb. 6), valuing the business up to a third less than just a week ago.

Likewise, the acquisitive floorcoverings distributor, has added Manchester based supplier A&A Carpets to its growing roster of companies.

This is the first week in several years we haven't reported John Lewis & Partners' weekly sales figures after the department store chain decided it would cease externally publishing them.

The number of Kutchenhaus retail showrooms will grow by more than a quarter this year with eleven new stores planned by the franchise chain.

Maisons du Monde's global business continued to fly in 2019 as it expanded its store footprint and shrugged off the impact of industrial action in its domestic market.

The planned closure of IKEA Coventry this summer will, in theory, put a vast sum of money back into the furniture and homewares market for all to fight for.

Retail giant IKEA will this summer permanently shut its Coventry store, the first time the U.K.'s largest home retailer has pulled the plug on one of its mammoth superstores. 352 jobs are at risk.

Higher trade sales boosted U.K. revenue for Swedish kitchens conglomerate Nobia in the three months to end December but retail sales at Magnet declined.

Cabinet furniture retailer The Cotswold Company has agreed a rolling 12-month contract with AO Logistics, boosting its two-man delivery capability.

West Midlands and North West independent furniture retailer Cousins is to permanently close its Greater Manchester store, and will kickstart a closing down sale tomorrow morning.

The website, database, brand and other intellectual property of Internet furniture and lifestyle retailer Houseology are being marketed for sale following the business being placed into administration last month.

Profits would have been higher still but for a change in the regulatory environment in Germany.

Former Steinhoff U.K. CEO left board of cabinet furniture retailer The Cotswold Company late last year.

Rolf Benz, the premium German furniture maker bought by Kuka owner Jason Furniture in 2018, has opened its first Japanese flagship showroom, adding to recent launches in China.

Furniture wholesaler Content by Terence Conran has written to creditors proposing a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) according to The Sunday Times.

Danspin has agreed to sell carpet yarn spinner Lawton Yarns to a London based private equity firm in a deal that would end the competition watchdog's antitrust investigation into its earlier takeover.

Mattress manufacturers across North America will be able to buy Harrison Spinks' new 100% recyclable glue‐free pocket spring system after the Leeds company extended its agreement with its joint venture partner HSM.

Organisers of the 45th China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) at Guangzhou have become the latest to postpone their March event as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Consumer confidence climbed for the second straight month in January with rises across all the measures bar one: the Major Purchases Index, which tracks shopper sentiment towards buying furniture and other high-value items.

Silentnight, the U.K.'s biggest bed manufacturer, will this spring add a fifth brand showroom while it has engaged a former Sealy executive to explore options for taking its flagship brand to the U.S.

New CEO replaces Kwan Cheong Ng, who will retire from executive director duties at Laura Ashley this spring.

A decline in sales across the U.K. and mainland Europe hit profits at luxury furnishings group Designers Guild in 2018–19.

Designer furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen has opened its first U.K. standalone showroom with a two-floor space in London's trendy Clerkenwell district.

N Brown Group, the ecommerce retailer majoring in fashion but also selling a comprehensive furniture programme, has appointed Sarah Welsh to the new role of retail CEO.

The estate of the fallen upholstery chain Multiyork has become the latest industry concern to recoup funds from the foam sector after its insolvency practitioner agreed a settlement with an unspecified supplier.

Trade is challenging and a number of hitherto heavily-lauded ecommerce furniture retail businesses have hit tough times in recent months. Figures from retailers like Ponsford serve to remind why the balance of power remains with established independents.

The Shenzhen International Furniture Fair, due to take place this spring, has been postponed following the spread of Coronavirus across China, organisers have announced.

The sale of Sherwood Bedding to Tempur Sealy International closes another chapter in the history of Steinhoff International Holdings, and its ties with the global furniture trade.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry's dedicated charity, has surpassed its target of 100 companies signing up to its One Step at a Time campaign three months early.

Like-for-like order-intake slipped in mid single digits for sofa and carpets chain ScS in the past six months as improved trading in recent weeks countered an earlier slide.

David Knight, ScS chief executive and a 32-year veteran of the U.K.'s second largest upholstery chain, is to retire from full time executive duties and leave the group. He will remain until a successor is found.

Former company officials last month completed a prepack deal for the assets of the circa £4 million turnover furniture retailer HOS Home, which ceased trading last October.

John Lewis & Partners is breaking with years of tradition by ending the public disclosure of its weekly sales figures. The department store went out with a whimper, revealing an eighth straight decline in home merchandise.

Flatpack pioneer IKEA will take the number of U.K. locations where its furniture home assembly service is available to 27 with the addition of another six in the days ahead.

A third straight decline in the value of furniture invoices processed through the central paying agent of Associated Independent Stores (AIS), whose members include many of the country's top privately-owned retailers, underscore the challenge facing elite traders in the furniture category.

Mattress retailer and wholesaler Casper Sleep said it expects to raise up to $182.4 million (£140m) from its initial public offering. It follows the filing of its IPO prospectus earlier this month.

Profits jumped 3.9 percent for global furniture superpower Lars Larsen Group in 2018–19 with Danish furniture wholesaler Actona among its standout performers.

Half-year sales and profits declined for high-end upholstery producer Kingcome Sofas, but owner Colefax Group said it was upbeat about the business unit's prospects.

Abingdon Flooring, the Victoria-owned carpet manufacturer, has appointed Paul Murphy as managing director — group manufacturing.

Houseology, the high-end Internet home and furniture retailer that had accumulated losses north of £9 million at the time of its last public disclosure, has stopped trading and been placed into administration.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bedding company, has acquired a majority stake in Sherwood Bedding, one of the largest bed manufacturers in the U.S. and formerly owned by Steinhoff, for $40 million (£31m).

Ecommerce design platform Decovry has acquired the assets of German furniture marketplace Monoqi and plans to build a bigger U.K. business as a consequence.

Fast-expanding home and leisure goods retailer The Range is to expand its distribution infrastructure in the North after agreeing a 20-year lease on a large pre-existing warehouse.

Organisers have announced details of the 14th edition of the Scottish Interiors Showcase, whose 2020 event takes place next month.

Since the turn of the year all four of the pre-eminent bed-in-a-box companies operating in the U.K. market have made the news.

Investment firm True has appointed former N Brown executive Ralph Tucker as chief executive at The Cotswold Company, the major U.K. cabinet furniture retailer with sales north of £50 million.

Carpetright has returned to private ownership after the court-approved scheme of arrangement, which sees lender Meditor Fund take full control of the U.K.'s largest carpet retailer, came into effect.

The Internet will account for a fifth of all U.K. retail spend within the next four years, according to new research by GlobalData, the analytics and data company.

A number of retailers who formerly sourced bedroom cabinet from the now-defunct Kingstown Furniture business are turning to One Call Furniture, the East London manufacturer has said.

Upholstery, beds and cabinet furniture retailer Loaf says profits will grow at a faster rate in 2019–20 if it can maintain its performance in the next three months.

A run of growth that began in 2016 came to an end at Northern Ireland headquartered furniture maker and retailer Starplan Furniture last year.

Market consolidation means an increasing share of the market for furniture in Western Europe is in the hands of relatively few businesses, according to a new report.

Designer Contracts, the national floorcoverings contractor, has promoted Stacey Brereton to its board as HR and health and safety director.

Direct-to-consumer mattress company Emma Sleep says worldwide sales near-doubled to €150 million in 2019 with the company making money at the operating line for the second straight year.

Floorcoverings distributor and manufacturer Victoria is to repay all its outstanding senior bank borrowing with the issue of £170 million of corporate bonds.

Penthouse Carpets, one of the U.K.'s largest independent floorcoverings manufacturers, posted rising revenue and profits in 2018–19 despite facing headwinds in the market sectors it operates.

Sales of home goods fell for the seventh straight week at department store retailer John Lewis & Partners as customers shopped its final week of clearance.

A private investor group led by the former U.S. national sales manager at Gloster Furniture has acquired North Carolina based upholstery producer Our House Designs.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has awarded Lancashire sofa maker Buoyant Upholstery its champagne prize for the best use of its new revamped branding at this week's January Furniture Show.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand Eve Sleep says it will book a smaller deficit for 2019 after it made headway in its plan to transition to profit on a revised business model.

British furniture manufacturer Ercol, which is celebrating its centenary year in 2020, has recruited Roset (UK) director Arno Koch as its new sales director.

Department store retailer Beales has been placed into administration through KPMG after talks to find a solvent solution to its problems ended in failure.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the premium kitchens, bedrooms and freestanding furniture maker, says chairman Gary O'Brien has resigned with immediate effect for personal reasons.

Blue Group's retail division, which comprises Harveys and Bensons for Beds, has announced a partnership with Mind, the mental health charity.

The managing director of Cookes Furniture, one of the largest independents in the country, says he is confident the market will improve in 2020 after last year proved "undeniably challenging for retail."

Sales of furniture and lighting continued to climb in 2019 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) but at the weakest rate in all of the past decade.

Heavyweight brands Collins & Hayes and Silentnight headlined the winners of The Furniture Awards 2020, announced yesterday at the January Furniture Show.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry charity, is encouraging visitors and exhibitors at the January Furniture Show to visit its Hall 1 stand and sign up to its One Step at a Time campaign.

LifestyleGarden, a division of ScanCom International, will this spring launch what it has described as "the first mass market piece of furniture crafted from recycled plastic waste."

Consumer prices for furniture rose at their fastest pace in nearly two years last month, just as overall inflation in the U.K. fell to its lowest level since the back end of 2016.

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.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given Danspin more time to complete a sale of Yorkshire based carpet yarn spinner Lawton Yarns to an as-yet unnamed buyer.

National floorcoverings contractor Designer Contracts has for the second time sponsored Childline, the counselling service provided by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Unsecured creditors of West Midlands furniture wholesaler Serene Furnishings will likely get less than three pence in the pound back following the prepack deal that rescued the business last month.

The ready-to-assemble furniture arm of diversified Yorkshire manufacturer Decorative Panels posted a fall in sales last year but group revenue picked up on higher component sales.

Shop Direct's transition to become The Very Group has completed with the North West home shopping retailer reporting mid single-digit growth over the festive season at its principal brand.

Headlam, Europe's largest floorcoverings distributor, says its new £26 million regional distribution centre at Ipswich is on track for operational completion by Easter.

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.

A sharp drop in foam and sprung mattress imports in November pushed the year-to-date total negative, threatening a first full-year decline in the value of foreign-made goods in seven years.

Furniture retailer Loaf has appointed a replacement chief financial officer for Tim Parfitt, who left the company for a new role in the beds sector last year.

Home sales fell for the sixth straight week at John Lewis & Partners with the chain annualising against a strong competitor promotion from this time last year, which it price-matched.

Wood bedroom, living and dining cabinet furniture imports climbed ahead of the year-to-date trend in November on strengthening trade with two of the three biggest Far East markets.

Harrison Spinks' Ruairi Giles is to raise money for industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company by taking part in the 2020 London Marathon.

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.

Footfall at out-of-town shopping parks, home to many of the U.K.'s largest furniture and flooring retailers, near held in December despite fewer shoppers frequenting other retail destinations.

British carpet imports from Belgium, the principal source of overseas-produced flooring sold in the U.K. market, fell sharply in November, meaning they have now dropped in seven of the past eight months.

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.

Former lenders to Swoon now control 30 percent of the predominantly ecommerce furniture retailer after the prepack administration deal that rescued the business before Christmas.

Department store chain Beales hopes to tie up a rescue deal within days that will see it emerge in a slimmed down form. It faces being placed into administration if the transaction fails to complete.

Mattress brand Casper Sleep has filed the paperwork for an initial public offering (IPO) in the U.S., with it to sell shares in the business to raise cash for growth, working capital and debt pay-down.

Revenue declined for a second straight year at Burnley bed manufacturer Sweet Dreams in 2018–19 but wider gross margin helped limit the impact on profits.

West Midlands case goods wholesaler Heartlands Furniture has been fined after pleading guilty to breaches of the E.U. Timber Regulation (EUTR).

Profits jumped for Ponsford, one of the largest furniture retailers of its type in the country, as the privately-owned company found savings and margin improvement in 2018–19 amid lower turnover.

Britain's leading bed manufacturers shifted more product in the later months of 2019 but a fall in average order values held back the value of sales growth.

Marks and Spencer cited lower furniture dispatches as a factor in weaker-than-expected online sales in its third quarter. The run rate subsequently improved while it also narrowed its overall decline in clothing and home sales.

Interim sales jumped 6.0 percent to £585 million for homewares retailer Dunelm with the chain's online channel the main growth driver, it said in a trading update.

John Lewis & Partners managing director Paula Nickolds is leaving after 25 years with the department store chain. It means she won't take up the newly-created role announced last autumn as part of a management merger with Waitrose.

Stuart Hibbert, who co-founded and ran Breasley Consumer until selling his shares in 2017, is to return to the bed industry with GNG Group Yorkshire.

Furniture and home retailer IKEA is pressing ahead with plans to build a bigger presence in urban areas with a new store slated for Hammersmith, London.



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