Investment firm Sun European Partners has agreed to sell fitted bedroom and home office furniture retailer Sharps to funds advised by Epiris, a London based private equity investor.

Ecommerce boosted furniture retail sales in the first quarter but U.K. retailers still unwound more than £800 million of orders taken in stores before Christmas thanks to deliveries being allowed to continue.

Revenue was flat at the wholly-owned retail arm of furniture and interiors brand Neptune in the year to September but its wholesale division, which also supplies third party retailers and franchisees, found growth.

Revenue advanced sharply for Costco's U.K. ecommerce business last year powered by growth in categories such as home and office furniture.

Venture capital company True owns 10.5 percent of the voting rights in bedding retailer Bedfolk following its previously-announced investment earlier this year.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has told the Government a sector-specific Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme will work better than adopting a one-size fits all approach in its response to a consultation that will have widespread consequences for the furniture sector.

Furniture and lighting sales rocketed in May as U.K. retailers continued to bounce back strongly from early year restrictions on in store trading.

U.K. tax authorities have refunded just over £1 million in VAT as restructuring advisors continue to work on the estate of the predecessor company to Silentnight, whose business and assets were sold in a prepack deal ten years ago.

Revenue fell last year for the owner of four well-known British kitchen brands including Chippendale, but costs fell at a faster rate as the group returned to profit and repaid all outstanding bank borrowings.

The home shopping group behind brands including Home Essentials and JD Williams saw demand for home-related products slide as it annualised the positive impact on trade from the pandemic.

Profits fell by more than a third for the U.K. arm of furniture manufacturing conglomerate Herman Miller last year, hit by the pandemic and one-off costs.

Consumer price inflation for furniture and furnishings reached its highest level since late 2016 last month as retailers passed on the effects of rising costs through the supply chain.

April saw another eight-figure shipment of mattresses arrive at U.K. ports but the total in the year-to-date remains lower than in comparable periods.

A year-end buffeted by Covid failed to prevent furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen finding double-digit revenue and profits growth last year.

An industry-wide lament over rising container prices and limited space aboard vessels is unsurprising given never-before seen levels of wood furniture arriving in the U.K. from the Far East.

The Vita Group has joined the Furniture Makers' Company, the furnishings industry charity and City of London livery company, as a corporate member.

Ships rammed front-to-back with upholstery landed on U.K. shores in the first four months of 2021 with imports up 43 percent year-on-year and 10 percent on a more comparable two-year basis.

Furniture retailer Made.com has announced the pricing of its initial public offering (IPO) at 200 pence per share, valuing the business at about £775.3 million.

Order intake at upholstery and flooring retailer ScS climbed 79 percent on a comparable two-year basis in the two months after its shops reopened this spring.

Furniture conglomerate JYSK is to build a vast distribution centre in the Netherlands serving stores in four countries including the U.K. and Ireland.

Organisers of the Manchester Furniture have reaffirmed that the event, this year co-located with the Home & Gift Buyers' Festival in Harrogate, will be going ahead as planned.

Mattress supplier Mammoth has backed the Pickstar Rugby Players Association 2021 Awards by sponsoring the England Men’s Player of the Year category.

The founder of a design studio that has won awards for its residential and commercial projects has launched a high-end furniture, lighting and accessories ecommerce brand.

Sales and profits advanced for Graham & Green in the year to July 31 as the four-store furniture and interiors retailer made the most of strong online demand.

Apparel retail operations veteran Mark Higgins has joined Amara Living, the upmarket interiors and lifestyle ecommerce brand, as chief operating officer (COO).

Dreams launched its new advertising campaign in partnership with the British Olympic Association (BOA) and British Paralympic Association (BPA) on Monday ahead of the Olympics and Paralympic Games this summer.

Britain's bed industry is ready to move forward, says the National Bed Federation, which at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) vowed to continue to put sustainability at the heart of its activity.

Furniture and homeware retailer Cox & Cox has joined the Furniture & Home Improvement Ombudsman (FHIO), a move it says demonstrates its ongoing commitment to raising standards and promoting consumer confidence.

Sales and profits declined for Coach House in 2019–20 but the major furniture and home accents supplier still delivered a class-leading performance amid the disruption of the pandemic.

U.K. furniture production continues to recover from the pandemic but turnover across the sector still remains short of comparable data from two years ago despite high demand.

Imports of carpets climbed four-fold on last year and were up more than a third on a two-year basis as retailers and distributors looked to satisfy rising demand among end users.

A Sussex based bedding and soft furnishings retailer set up in a garden shed four years ago has raised £6 million from venture capitalists as it looks to expand internationally.

Broxburn-based retailer Kitchens International has been acquired by James Donaldson & Sons (JDS), the £268 million turnover Scottish timber merchant.

Arighi Bianchi says it is well placed to take advantage of the pent up demand generated from the Covid crisis with the major independent furniture retailer saying it expects to bounce back strongly after a difficult year.

The soft furnishings supplier behind the ILiv brand found margin expansion as it mitigated the impact of a double-digit pandemic-influenced fall in sales last year.

Pandemic disruption didn't stop the Northern Ireland headquartered company behind the Flanagan Flooring Distributors business finding sales and profit growth in the year to end September.

CFS of Leicester, a large single-store independent furniture retailer, has expanded the showroom space at its East Midlands store.

Bolda is a new Manchester based tech tool that enables furniture retailers to track and monitor competition and trends including pricing data on both branded and private label products.

U.S. bedding and components conglomerate Leggett & Platt has acquired Kayfoam Woolfson, the Ireland based foam producer and bed manufacturer behind brands including Kaymed.

Pent up demand meant comparable orders almost doubled for DFS as the retailer emerged from lockdown, with online business remaining high but returning closer to pre-Covid levels.

Demand continues to be high despite supply chain constraints according to the md of Lebus Upholstery, one of the U.K.'s largest sofa manufacturers.

The U.K. represents a big market opportunity for European companies as producers in the Far East are grappling even tougher supply chain issues than are being experienced here, according to upholstery producer Nicoletti Home.

The newly-formed enterprise that emerged from the ashes of a regional beds chain in the North East of England has made a positive start, new figures show.

The Moot Group, the ecommerce retailer behind furniture, lighting and accessories brands Houseology and Olivia's, raised new seven-figure equity funding this spring.

A West Yorkshire mattress, bed and headboard maker will begin taking new orders again from Friday as it recovers from its factory being partially destroyed by a fire earlier this year.

Covid-19 restrictions in Malaysia threaten to delay the production and arrival of furniture arriving into the U.K. as the Far East nation looks to get the virus under control.

The East of England store that kickstarted IKEA's pilot of small-format shops across the U.K. almost six years ago is to close, with the retailer citing its underperformance.

Employee numbers at a small-to-medium sized upholstery producer in the North East doubled in the period leading up to and including the early months of the pandemic.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding producer, has chosen a 130-acre site at Crawfordsville, Indiana as the location for a previously-announced domestic foam-pouring factory.

Five well known industry figures are cycling from Axminster to London this month as part of The Furniture Makers' Step 2 It campaign.

Upholstery brand Arlo & Jacob has launched a new programme called the Ready Made collection as it looks to take advantage of a surging housing market part-fuelled by the stamp duty holiday.

Losses widened at the group behind the rise and recline chair and adjustable beds brands Middletons and Oak Tree last year though it built increased liquidity through cash management.

An already thin base of U.K. standalone bedroom cabinet makers was further depleted by the insolvency of two North West furniture companies earlier this spring.

A pandemic-induced loss of revenue in the final quarter of its financial year didn't stop major rug supplier Flair Flooring near maintaining full year sales in 2019–20.

Consumer spending grew at its fastest rate since the start of the pandemic last month as the impact of restrictions being eased helped retailers and the hospitality sector.

Premium-pitched bedding retailer Bedfolk has raised £1 million from the venture capital firm that has backed furniture retailer The Cotswold Company for the past five years.

National retailer Furniture Village says it has implemented workaround solutions and manual processes to limit disruption to the business and customer orders following a cybersecurity incident.

Committed purchasers are helping negate continued weak footfall as comparable store traffic continued to trend lower across U.K. retail destinations last month.

Revenue fell at the semi-national value retailer W Boyes & Co in the year to January 31 as a result of the impact of store closures during the first lockdown. It later remained open as subsequent restrictions were imposed.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has announced the categories for its 12th annual industry awards, including a new category — the NBF Retail Champion of the Year.

The owner of the M Line mattress wholesale brand that was once ubiquitous across British retail parks is launching a new bed subscription service in the hope of generating lifetime relationships with customers.

The pandemic has helped discount store retailer B&M push further into the furniture sector and attract wealthier customers in the process, pitching it against higher-end competition.

Habitat already had the wind in its sails by the time J Sainsbury announced plans for the iconic brand to become its core home and furniture label across its supermarket and Argos business.

Room To Grow, the Yorkshire based children's bedroom specialist, has launched its first nursery range as it takes its product offer to a new, younger age group for the first time.

Not Just Beds, a new privately-owned furniture and beds retailer, is completing fit-out ahead of opening its first showroom.

One of Britain's leading fitted bedroom furniture retailers has hired advisors to explore strategic options as it razors in on the management of soon-to-mature borrowing.

A marked channel shift to online meant fitted furniture retailer Sharps saw no negative impact on orders from its shops being shut in the first quarter. It said profits benefitted from lower store costs.

Surging online demand meant ecommerce represented about half of total revenue last year for Heal's, the designer furniture retailer.

The company behind the Stompa kids furniture brand in the U.K. made substantial six-figure gains in the year taking in the early weeks of the pandemic, building cash in the process.

A new Legal Hub for British furniture manufacturers launched Monday offering legal and business advice on subjects such as health and safety, employment, tax, contracts and data protection.

Lars Larsen Group plans to follow up its takeover of Danish upholstery retailer SofaCompany with the acquisition of a 16-store Swedish mattress chain.

The acquisition of Arlo & Jacob by upholstery group TCM Living will see floorcoverings added to the retailer's product roster as it leverages wider group manufacturing assets and synergies.

TCM Living, the upholstery group that owns Alexander & James, Ashley Manor, AMX Design and Alstons, has acquired sofa retailer Arlo & Jacob. It becomes the group's first business-to-consumer brand.

Luxury furniture retailer RH has time-lined the first of its ten planned European galleries including revealing the location of its Paris emporium and cities in Germany where it has already secured properties.

Symphony Group, one of the U.K.'s largest furniture manufacturers, is to invest in a large dual-purpose production warehouse adjacent to its existing factory at Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Beds specialist Bensons for Beds has appointed Ian Shepherd as chairman, replacing ex-KPMG md Chris Howell who has stepped down after nearly two years with the retailer.

The value of furniture imports into the U.K. may have risen in the past decade but new data indicates that buyers are coalescing around fewer, larger manufacturers as a result of global consolidation.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has appointed Dunelm's digital director Steven Masterton to run its own ecommerce operation. He is among a slew of senior hires.

A combination of selling price increases and supplier negotiations have helped flooring conglomerate Victoria shrug off the impact of rising input costs in a period of never-before seen growth.

The overwhelming majority of U.K. furniture manufacturers are elevating the management of environmental challenges as a business priority, but all those taking part in a new research study say there is not yet a sector-wide strategy across the industry.

SATRA Technology Centre will host a Technical Forum for domestic furniture this summer where it will highlight proposed changes to industry standards and legislation and provide an opportunity for delegates to give feedback ahead of their implementation.

Dreams CEO Mike Logue says there remains plenty of business for the retailer to go after in the U.K. market following its proposed takeover by Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding company.

Dreams will next week open the first physical Feather & Black showroom since it acquired the brand and web operations of the high-end retail fascia last July.

Danish ready-to-assemble furniture makers Tvilum and Steens have built on ownership ties first formed three years ago with the former acquiring the latter for undisclosed terms.

Revenue poured in for multinational furniture and home accents retailer Maisons du Monde in the first quarter but it cautioned it had limited visibility for the second half of this year.

The Conran Shop, the furniture, design and lifestyle retailer, has appointed Peter Jenkins as its new chief executive officer.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bed company, has agreed to acquire U.K. bed specialist Dreams in a takeover worth an expected £340 million.

Lars Larsen Group has added to its roster of international furniture brands with the acquisition of SofaCompany, a €73 million turnover direct-to-consumer brand operating in multiple markets.

FIRA International is conducting a review of its furniture inspection and repair business but says no definite decision has been taken regarding the outcome, rendering closure talk premature.

A lower cost base helped Gardiner Haskins Interiors double underlying profits in 2020 despite the impact of the pandemic on the two-store business.

Homebase has fully walked back the plan to exit big-ticket furniture categories enacted by its former owner, with the category featuring heavily in its first major store opening in six years.

Home and garden retail giant IKEA is souping up its credit offer for U.K. consumers with finance now available for purchases up to £15,000.

Online home sales outperformed other categories at general merchandise and food retailer Marks & Spencer, but not enough to mitigate enforced store closures. It said the collapse of Debenhams represents an opportunity to find new stores.

Recticel, the Belgium foam conglomerate and a key supplier to U.K. sofa and mattress manufacturers, says the €755 million takeover approach by rival Greiner is nowhere near high enough.

Dewsbury guest bed, mattress and sofabed maker Jay-Be said it had a solid year in 2019–20 thanks to the can-do attitude of its colleagues. It added that it is on track to deliver a record top line this year.

An early spring prepack deal that saved seven showrooms trading as In-Toto Kitchens left creditors facing a multi-million shortfall.

Now is the time for the furniture industry to shine with consumers expected to pivot discretionary spend to other areas and activities before too long, according to the md of The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Sarah Bianchi has become managing director at Macclesfield based Arighi Bianchi, one of Europe's largest privately-owned single-store furniture retailers.

Higher delivered sales, a disposal and judicious cost management helped Italian upholstery conglomerate Natuzzi return to profit in the first quarter of 2021.

Furniture retailer Made.com has confirmed plans to launch an initial public offering (IPO), seeking to raise at least £100 million which it will use to expand in existing markets and cut lead times.

Sofology, Britain's third largest upholstery specialist, has teamed a new A-List celebrity for its latest television advertising campaign, which aired for the first time Monday night.

Wincanton, the delivery company that lists IKEA, Loaf and Snug among its clientele, said its new digital and efulfilment sector had an exceptional year as the logistics giant reported higher 2020–21 profits.

Headlam Group, the flooring wholesale giant, said its residential business helped deliver strong growth on weak comparatives last year and keep revenue within a whisker on a two-year basis.

Five of the existing leadership team have completed a management buyout at East Midlands sofa designer, importer and distributor Siren Furniture. They plan to expand the business' customer base.

Gillies of Broughty Ferry, one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned furniture retailers, said the past year had seen it make tough decisions as it navigated the challenges and uncertainties of the pandemic.

Made.com Design, the furniture retailer, is putting the final touches to plans to launch an Initial Public Offering (IPO) with an announcement expected as soon as this week.

Furniture and lighting sales surged against barely-existent comparatives in April, but they were also almost double-digit higher than the revenue achieved on a more-comparable two-year basis.

Consumer propensity to make major purchases such as furniture and beds continues to improve and return close to pre-Covid levels, according to polling company GfK.

The managing director of one of the country's largest sofa manufacturers says keeping everybody working through the latest lockdown has proven correct, with it unwinding its order book and demand surging since stores reopened.

The long-awaited return of trade events ends Monday with the spring edition of the Long Point exhibition seeing showrooms open their doors across the East Midlands.

Sales more than doubled at online furniture and homeware retailer Cox & Cox in the first quarter of its 2021–22 financial year but its over performance and global supply issues put obstacles in its path.

The world's largest leather processing business and a key cog in the global upholstery supply chain says it has developed new technology enabling it to produce leather that inactivates bacteria and viruses, including Covid-19.

Raw materials and other furniture makers' input costs are rising at their fastest pace in almost 13 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Simba Sleep says it enjoyed a record first quarter while one of its private equity backers has exercised an option to invest further funds that will be used to expand internationally.

Delivered revenue jumped more a third in the first three months of the year for upholstery group TCM Living, though rising sales costs owing to supply chain challenges weighed on profits.

Home improvement giant B&Q shrugged off the impact of having to corden off the kitchen showroom areas of its vast retail warehouses to find bumper growth in the first quarter.

A slew of private equity bidders are said to have been shortlisted as a sale of mattress company King Koil China nears a potential conclusion.

The organiser of the Manchester and January Furniture Shows is launching Reveal, a new trade ecommerce platform that aims to deliver a permanent digital shopfront for industry retailers and suppliers.

Foam supply giants Greiner and Recticel could unite after the former said it was planning a takeover approach after already agreeing to buy more than a quarter of the company from a third party. Officials will meet Monday to discuss a deal.

The U.K. arm of upholstery conglomerate La-Z-Boy said it had performed very strongly in a challenging market even if the pandemic overshadowed the last knockings of its just-reported financial year.

Dunelm said it has made a positive start to its final quarter after store reopenings unleashed pent up demand from consumers across the country.

Leaders at Marks & Spencer have been given a revised brief after the general merchandise and food retailer said it had "fixed the basics" — the first part of a long term plan put in place by CEO Steve Rowe three years ago.

Cost savings and state support helped mitigate a double-digit fall in revenue for Sanderson Design Group in the year to January 31, 2021.

Carpetright, Britain's largest floorcoverings retailer, has launched a new format targeting design-led consumers with a store on Tottenham Court Road in Central London. More stores will follow.

Revenue growth and lower costs including state support measures helped JYSK come closer to profit in the U.K. last year than at any time since it launched here in 2008.

Furniture and flooring retailers in Ireland reopened their stores on Monday (May 17, 2021) as one of the longest worldwide lockdowns was eased.

Walsall and Sutton Coldfield retailer Comfort Beds has acquired a third store, buying a South Derbyshire based furniture retailer.

Sales growth accelerated for Home24 in the first quarter of 2021. The company is one of the biggest European furniture etailers currently without a U.K. presence.

A series of newly-formed entities signpost the biggest change in Silentnight's structure since H.I.G., the U.S. investment group, took control of the bed manufacturer a decade ago.

Silentnight joint group md Neil Anderson is to become chief executive at the U.K.'s biggest bed maker with the company's executive chairman one of two senior figures who are stepping down.

Year-on-year foam and sprung mattress imports rose 11 percent in the first quarter of 2021 on higher shipments from Turkey and China. They remain down on a two-year basis.

Cabinet imports ended the first quarter of 2021 up nearly a fifth on the back of a vast increase in the quantity of goods arriving from China.

Associated Independent Stores (AIS) is to extend its INDX trade show branding to include furniture, housewares, linens and gift food under the banner of INDX Home. The first dedicated furniture event is scheduled for early autumn.

U.K. upholstery imports surged at the end of the first quarter on a mix of higher demand and annualising production problems in China because of the pandemic last year.

The company behind the Beds.co.uk ecommerce website trebled profits on a big jump in sales in the period leading up to the pandemic hitting U.K. shores.

John Lewis & Partners today (May 14) reveals its new-look Edinburgh department store, including its largest-ever World of Design space.

Manufacturers in Belgium, the largest source of foreign-made carpet sold in the U.K., ended a barren run stretching back to September 2019 at the end of the first quarter.

Flooring wholesale conglomerate Headlam Group has appointed former Wickes CEO Simon King as a non-executive director.

The unwind of pre-lockdown orders wasn't enough to keep revenue positive in the U.K. for Stressless brand owner Ekornes in the first quarter of 2021 as the lockdown prevented an immediate building on full year growth here for last year.

Furniture manufacturers across the U.K. delivered their first annual rise in output in more than 12 months in March, according to new official figures published yesterday.

Belgian carpet manufacturing conglomerate Balta has raised prices in response to input cost inflation and has warned flooring customers that more may follow.

Holly Blay has joined Room To Grow, the Yorkshire based children's bedroom specialist, as head of buying with a brief to help it expand its product offer.

Home furnishings giant IKEA says it will open its new Hammersmith store this winter after being forced to delay its launch as a result of retail restrictions.

Wren Kitchens has opened what it described as the largest kitchen showroom in the North East of England, bolstering its footprint in the region.

Italian upholstery vertical Natuzzi has hired a former McKinsey consultant as its new CEO with current incumbent and founder Pasquale Natuzzi to become executive chairman.

Britain's bed industry is warning of further prices rises and extended lead times as it grapples continued cost pressures and reduced availability of raw materials, says the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Sofa Club, the upholstery retailer that operates open-plan lounges across major shopping centres, is readying a second Manchester presence amid plans to ramp up its U.K.-wide network.

Furniture retailer Made.com Design (Made.com) has agreed a partnership with Geev, the online marketplace where second-hand items can be donated and kept out of landfill.

High-end furnishings group Sanderson Design Group hopes to expand distribution of its Morris & Co. brand across east and southeast Asia after penning a new exclusive licensing agreement.

North West mattress maker and foam converter Comfortex maintained its circa mid-single digit net margin in 2019–20 despite the impact of the pandemic.



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