The latest industry news and analysis—across all categories—listed in chronological order, with the most recent articles first.

Lieven Vandendriessche has been appointed CEO of Latexco Group, the family of Luc and Carole Maes and the board of directors have announced.

Follows transfer of stocks hitherto controlled by high-profile investment manager Neil Woodford.

Homeware retailer Dunelm Group said sales advanced in double-digits in the 13-week period to June 29 as it made the most of a weak comparative period and favourable weather.

John Lewis & Partners' sales advanced for the second straight week buoyed chiefly by higher fashion demand. Home goods also returned to growth, inching up 0.5 percent.

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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.

The independent retailer behind the MyHaus and Cult Furniture brands enjoyed bumper sales growth in 2017–18, new accounts reveal.

Consumers deferred non-essential purchases as June sales fell after annualising against strong comparatives according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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The Thirty collection is available for customers to buy until December 2019.
National retailer Furniture Village has put together a limited-edition collection of upholstery, cabinet and beds in partnership with five suppliers to mark its 30th anniversary.

The Archwood home improvement group, owner of flooring business Atkinson & Kirby and other timber products businesses, incurred a further loss in 2017–18 after revenue fell and costs increased.

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The importer's home at Binbrook Technical Park, Lincolnshire.
Case goods distributor Classic Furniture narrowed its trading deficit in 2017–18 after efforts to address margin and strengthen its supply chain yielded improvements.

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BFM drills down into the issues affecting furniture manufacturers.
One in four furniture manufacturers have made redundancies and nearly one sixth introduced short-term working as producers grapple with some of the most challenging trading conditions in years, according to a survey by BFM.

Philip Dieperink, the former U.K. and now group chief financial officer at Steinhoff International Holdings, is to leave the conglomerate December 31, 2019.

No furniture or floorcoverings specialists are among Britain's very largest private companies but several with an interest in the home furnishings sector did maker this year's Top Track 100 list.

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U.K. ranks Number 1 out of over 50 markets.
Danish furniture conglomerate JYSK, which trades across more than 50 countries worldwide, says Britain is its number one market for online sales.

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Mattress production climbed though the overall bed market was impacted by divan production.
British furniture manufacturers' collective output declined last year with cabinet furniture producers and sofa makers among those seeing the biggest falls, new figures for 2018 reveal.

Oliver Bonas, the British retailer which carries occasional furniture among a comprehensive lifestyle product offer, enjoyed double-digit growth in 2018. Profits declined on cost headwinds.

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Conforama is one of Europe's largest furniture retailers.
Conforama, the French furniture and electricals chain which last year generated sales of €3.4 billion, is to downsize its store estate and cut staff headcount.

Heritage bedding and soft furnishings supplier Bedeck returned to profit in 2017–18 after it recorded lower operating charges and an increase in revenue.

Mattress brand Casper Sleep has added a third mattress to its U.K. offer, a hybrid combining comfort foam with innersprings.

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Barkers invested heavily improving its dedicated Home store.
The North Yorkshire company behind the Barkers Home furnishings superstore enjoyed a seventh straight year of top line growth in 2018–19.

French furniture and décor retailer Maisons du Monde, which sells in the U.K. online and through Debenhams concessions, has acquired a majority stake in a compatriot business that provides consumers with inexpensive interior design services.

Danzer, the €202 million turnover decorative hardwood supplier that lists manufacturers of floorcoverings and furniture among its clientele, is to close one of its European factories.

General merchandise revenue fell for Argos owner J Sainsbury in the 16 weeks to June 29 but the retail giant claimed it had secured a bigger slice of the overall pie for itself in a tough market.

Industry fundraisers in Yorkshire generated over £3,000 for The Furniture Makers’ Company at the fourth annual curry night, which took place June 13.

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The Three Sixty bed by Savoir has just gone into Harrods. The model pictured retails for £330,000.
Savoir, whose beds retail for an average of about £25,000 each, posted record sales and a high single-digit net margin in 2018 after it consolidated its presence in key international markets.

Floorcoverings wholesaler Valley Carpets built cash and sales in the year to September 30, 2018 as it capitalised on its enlarged warehousing capability. Profits declined.

Steinhoff International Holdings has launched legal action against two former senior executives in a bid to recover earnings they received before the group became embroiled in an accounting scandal.

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John Lewis & Partners' home sales declined.
For the second straight week, department store chain John Lewis & Partners racked up its highest grossing seven-day period in 2019. Home sales, however, failed to match year-earlier levels.

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New product design is already underway, Birlea said.
Birlea Furniture has confirmed the acquisition of the Willis & Gambier brand and intellectual property rights, saying the deal sparks the beginning of an exciting new chapter.

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From left: Charlie Harrison, director of multichannel at Big Shots supporter Furniture Village, former England rugby player Victor Ubogu, Dids Macdonald OBE and Jonny Westbrooke, master and CEO respectively of The Furniture Makers’ Company.
44 teams and nearly 200 people from across the furniture trade participated in the 25th edition of Big Shots, historically the biggest fundraiser in the annual calendar of The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry's dedicated charity.

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Cormar's new Hemel Hempstead distribution centre spans 130,000sqft.
Sales jumped in high single-digits for Bury carpet maker Cormar in 2017–18 with the company controlling costs to return to bottom line growth.

Revenue jumped by more than a fifth for North West soft furnishings supplier Cleland McIver in 2017–18 as the privately-owned company built on its investment in new warehousing.

R.A. Irwin & Company, which produces mattress ticking and window blind fabrics, recorded a bigger loss in 2017–18 but maintained sales and boosted cash.

Sales pass £13m for Northern Ireland headquartered carpet and floorcoverings distributor.

East Midlands based furniture distributor Birlea has acquired bedroom and dining cabinet brand Willis & Gambier from Far East conglomerate Samson Holding.

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Bentley's Symmetry Park, Bicester distribution centre.
Furniture designer, importer and wholesaler Bentley Designs moved back to profit in 2017–18 after a positive change in gross margin. Sales were lower for the third straight year.

High-end fabrics company Walker Greenbank has made a distribution agreement with Kravet to replace Robert Allen Duralee as the U.S. distributor of its Clarke & Clarke and Studio G brands.

Expanding kitchens vertical Wren is planning a Midlands recruitment event, where it hopes to offer an instant route back into work for staff impacted by the insolvency of retailer Bathstore.

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Multiyork's empty Tottenham Court Road store, subsequently taken over by IKEA for a planning studio.
Former employees of Multiyork have received a combined six-figure sum after an Employment Tribunal found the upholstery vertical failed in its legal obligation to its staff during the redundancy consultation period before its 2017 collapse.

Prestige kitchen and bedroom furniture maker and retailer Roundhouse booked lower underlying revenue in 2018 but the value of deposits held at the year-end indicate it may reverse that this year.

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Dreams has been owned by Sun Capital since 2013.
Sun Capital, the private equity company that owns Dreams, collected an eight-figure dividend last year after the debt-free national bed specialist generated more cash than it had in the previous year.

The majority if not all of Steinhoff's U.K. corporate entities have shortened their 2017–18 financial year by a day, meaning accounts for the period are now not due for another three months.

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Confidence for major purchases fell to its lowest level since November.
Consumer confidence slid in June with Brits' collective propensity to splash out on high value items such as furniture falling to its lowest level since November last year.

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

The West Yorkshire company behind the Burmatex carpets business has warned half-year profits will be lower than last year after a weak second quarter.

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Whitemeadow made the list for the fourth time.
Well over a dozen furniture and flooring industry businesses have been featured in the 1,000 Companies To Inspire Britain 2019 report, including sofa maker Whitemeadow and guest bed producer Jay-Be.

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.

Furniture makers price inflation eased to its shallowest rate in over five years last month, driven by a sharp month-to-month decline in the rate for kitchen manufacturers.

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Kingfisher, owner of B&Q, has a new chief executive.
Kingfisher, owner of home improvement giant B&Q, has named the head of French supermarket conglomerate Carrefour's Asia business as successor to outgoing CEO Véronique Laury.

Board change for owner of Britain's biggest beds manufacturer.

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Matratzen Concord faces "liquidity constraints."
Dutch bedding group Beter Bed Holding says it will consider offers for the Matratzen Concord retail chain, its largest individual business unit operating hundreds of stores across several European markets.

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Oak Furnitureland has about 100 U.K. stores and is the market leader in solid hardwood furniture sales.
Competitors hoping to pore over the finances of Britain's biggest hardwood furniture retailer could face a potential wait after Oak Furnitureland pushed out its latest year-end.

The privately-owned Preston design and manufacturing group behind the iLiv and SMD interior textiles brands built a bigger export business in 2017–18.

Crate and Barrel, the European-owned furniture retailer with stores across the U.S., has bought Hudson Grace, a boutique home décor, entertaining and gift brand based in San Francisco.

John Lewis posted its highest grossing full week of the year to date but year-on-year sales still declined with home goods among the fallers in the seven days to June 22.

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Carpetright sells beds in nearly 200 stores, making it one of the biggest sellers of mattresses in the U.K.
Bed sales dropped more than a quarter as the category proved troublesome for the recovering Carpetright retail chain in 2018–19.

The downsizing at floorcoverings chain Carpetright hasn't diminished its market leadership says the retailer's CEO as the company disclosed full year 2018–19 results.

Revenue fell and losses widened ahead of the prepack sale of the business and assets of bedroom cabinet manufacturer Harrison Brothers (Furniture), administrators have disclosed.

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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.

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Supporters believe the regs have saved many lives since their introduction in 1988.
Loved, loathed or tolerated, Britain's furniture fire regulations are some of the most stringent in the world. Introduced in 1988, they are also in need of a serious overhaul.