Bedroom and home office furniture maker and retailer Sharps booked higher profits in the first quarter of its 2019–20 financial year thanks to higher sales, wider margin and a foreign exchange gain.

BFM, the trade association representing U.K,. furniture manufacturers, says business optimism in January reached its highest level since the financial crash.

Mike Wood, MP for Dudley South since 2015, is the new chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the furniture and furnishings industry.

Losses widened for Wayfair in 2019 but the home furnishings giant said it made "rapid" U.K. market share gains as it invested in building brand awareness here.

The Sleep Council, the bed industry funded body that has been highlighting the importance of sleep for the past 25 years, has rebranded and updated its core vision after achieving its early aims.

The value of customer redress claims has left furniture and electricals rent-to-own retailer BrightHouse in a battle for survival, according to weekend press reports.

Combined revenue at the divested U.K. furniture and mattress operations of Steinhoff International Holdings declined at a narrower rate in the final three months of 2019 compared to earlier periods.

Organisers of High Point Market, the global furniture exhibition held twice-annually in the U.S., see no reason to revise the dates of its spring event because of coronavirus concerns, saying it will open as scheduled.

Shopper sentiment towards high-value items such as furniture jumped to its highest level in 17 months in February according to a closely-followed monthly consumer confidence survey.

Home improvement retailer Homebase added thousands of new products last year as the business re-emerged as a key player in furniture and returned to profit at the EBITDA line.

Dwell, the DFS-owned retailer, will today become the latest furniture company to open a concession inside home improvement chain Homebase.

The circa £30 million turnover floorcoverings retailer behind brands including Flooring Superstore and Direct Wood Flooring is planning to expand its store footprint after agreeing new funding.

Clarke & Clarke, the soft furnishings brand owned by interiors group Walker Greenbank, is collaborating with TV personality Tess Daly on the launch of her first homeware collection.

A second Closing the Gap conference promoting how companies in the furniture and furnishings sector can access funded training for upskilling staff and apprenticeship programmes is to take place next month.

The shutdown of department store chain Beales will hit fashion and beauty brands more than home suppliers, according to new statutory filings.

Houseology lives on after The Moot Group acquired the brand and other assets of the insolvent Glasgow retailer, which had been placed into administration through Leonard Curtis last month.

A Staffordshire ecommerce group behind two high-end furniture and lifestyle retail websites has acquired the assets of Houseology, the premium home etailer that ceased trading last month.

The Vietnam International Furniture & Home Accessories Fair has become the latest to postpone its spring event because of concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

General merchandise retailer Argos, one of the U.K.'s biggest retailers of mattresses and other furniture, has opened its 300th store inside a Sainsbury's supermarket.

The Salone del Mobile furniture exhibition in Milan has been postponed until the early summer after parts of northern Italy were hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

Italian sofa maker Natuzzi, which derives one quarter of its planned global 2020 production out of its Chinese factory, says its Shanghai plant has returned to work but warned it will be some time before operations are running normally.

Asset realisation specialists have been hired to sell off machinery and other assets of a North West bedding company that filed for insolvency earlier this month.

The reshaping of the board of luxury fabrics and interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank has continued with the appointment of a new chief financial officer.

The managing director of trade association BFM says he is delighted with the outcome of the BFM Fabric Show London with plans already progressing for the 2021 edition.

New statutory filings disclose the depth of expected creditor shortfall at premium online furniture and lifestyle retailer Houseology Design Group, which was placed into administration last month.

Bed giant Hilding Anders yesterday declined to comment on a report Friday that it is in advanced talks to sell its Feather & Black retail business to turnaround investor Rcapital.

Ecommerce retailer Wayfair U.K. has brought its CosmoLiving by Cosmopolitan programme of furniture and home accents to its British business for the first time.

Boardroom change rather than personnel change at Frasers Group controlled upholstery vertical.

A key furniture supplier to the residential property sector is to expand its customer base with the launch of a retail showroom in the North West next week.

Swedish beds conglomerate Hilding Anders is in advanced talks to divest its U.K. retail operation Feather & Black according to Sky News.

The German business behind the Emma direct-to-consumer mattress business wants to acquire the Dunlopillo brand rights in France after its current owner was placed into an insolvency process late last year.

The West Yorkshire company behind the kids furniture brand Stompa in the U.K. market recorded high six-figure cash and profit yields in 2018–19.

Joseph Joseph Group, the parent company to one of Britain's most successful housewares brands, posted profits up more than a third last year as revenue growth accelerated.

Emerging designers have until this Friday (Feb. 28) to get their entries in for the inaugural 2020 Vision Design competition — the new contest organised by The Furniture Industry Research Association in partnership with Clerkenwell Design Week.

Profits almost doubled at online beds retailer MattressOnline last year as the company returned to top line growth and achieved wider margins.

Higher prices helped retailers find value growth in January as sales volumes across furniture and lighting flatlined compared with the same month a year ago.

Furniture and flooring retailers nationwide will have new landlords after major retail property owner Hammerson sold nine retail parks for a combined £455 million.

There is no doubting the news maker of the week in the U.K. home furnishings sector: Laura Ashley.

Howdens Joinery, Britain's largest kitchens manufacturer, has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark by The Furniture Makers' Company.

Former Habitat head of trading Katharine Poulter has taken up her new post as CEO at fashion-to-furnishings chain Laura Ashley earlier than planned, the retailer said today.

Axminster Carpets has been placed into administration for the second time in seven years as efforts to find a solvent solution for the heritage carpet brand failed.

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.

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