Mid-autumn launch as expanding sofa chain prepares to open its westernmost store on street dripping in British upholstery heritage.

The company behind department store retailer Browns of York booked a smaller net loss in 2019–20 and says it will explore options for its first-ever ecommerce website.

Living, dining and bedroom cabinet furniture importer Fortune Woods U.K. has moved into a new combined office and warehouse facility at Pontyclun, South Wales.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS said business has rebounded strongly since lockdown to limit the impact on full-year results to July 25 and put it on track for growth in 2020–21.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has put its furniture and home offer at the centre of its new television advertising campaign for autumn 2020.

Upholstery, furniture and home furnishings brand Neptune is to add a new Cheshire showroom to its nationwide store roster this autumn, its first opening since December last year.

Year-on-year bar takings were down by almost half at the height of summer in Ireland as consumers diverted more discretionary spend towards home furnishings.

Privately-owned retailer trades through four distinct brands, all selling home goods and two of which also carry a comprehensive range of furniture products.

Danish furniture retailer JYSK says the pandemic hasn't quelled its wish to expand its U.K. store estate, vowing to open more than half a dozen new sites over the next 11 months.

The Furniture Makers' Company's National Charity Golf Day and separate Golf Challenge have between them raised £3,000.

Mattress giant Tempur Sealy International has promoted Tobin James amid a raft of appointments including a strengthening of its senior leadership team in the U.K.

Three well-known furniture professionals will this autumn launch the inaugural Online Furniture Show and are urging retailers and suppliers from across the U.K. and international trade to participate.

The eponymous founder of Italian upholstery company Natuzzi says the U.K. is among its priority markets as it looks to bounce back after the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Roche Bobois, the premium French furniture maker, retailer and franchisor, increased control of its U.K. operation during the first half of 2020.

Connection Flooring, the North East company behind the national Flooring Superstore retail chain, has appointed Stuart Phillips as chief financial officer.

Italian sofa maker Natuzzi says it could outsource some of its production in Eastern Europe having completed a similar process in the Far East to combat tariffs.

Consumer confidence remains weak but still improved to its best level since March last month, according to polling company GfK.

Stakeholders spanning furniture and bed retailers, manufacturers and an MP have coalesced around the British Furniture Confederation's (BFC) month-long campaign to promote British-made furniture.

An Introduction to the Domestic Flammability Regulations is the fourth in a series of online training courses to be launched by the Furniture Industry Research Association.

Ilkeston based Belfield Group added foam and fibre products manufacturer Clinchplain to its roster of furnishings-related companies in an unheralded deal that completed in the days before lockdown.

The Belfield Group, owner of Westbridge Furniture, Tetrad and one of the U.K.'s largest mattress factories, booked higher consolidated profits in 2019 despite a fall in group-wide revenue.

DFS has thanked its largest suppliers and landlords whose altruism helped the retailer support those facing "existential challenges" during the worst of the pandemic.

Organisers of the January Furniture Show (JFS) say they remain hopeful of delivering a successful event for the furniture community as they await updated Government guidance following the delay in the return of mass gatherings.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS has signed a ten-year lease on a 32,000sqft warehouse in Liverpool.

Esprit Meuble, the Paris furniture show slated for December 5–8, 2020, has been cancelled because of health concerns surrounding Covid-19.

The Autumn Furniture Show, the exhibition that had been due to kickstart the return of mass gatherings in the U.K. furnishings sector in under a fortnight's time, has been cancelled.

Sofa market leader DFS has revealed the extent of the mandated shutdown on its business but, like others across the trade, it has bounced back strongly in the period since.

Far East suppliers to Oak Furnitureland acceded to a request by the retailer to convert trade balances into loans last autumn, aiding its working capital through the end of 2019 and into this year.

A Chinese fitted furniture and kitchens conglomerate with sales equivalent to £1.56 billion is opening a first U.K. and European showroom, near Manchester.

Every retailer faces a shared threat at the minute, but perhaps the biggest medium-term obstacle to Dreams' continued market leadership in the beds category has now been eliminated, thanks to its owner.

Glasswells has stepped up work remodelling the atrium entrance of its Bury St. Edmunds store, part of an ongoing series of investments at the flagship site that began in 2017.

The BFM Fabric Show London 2021 will take place as scheduled next year as long as indoor events are permitted, organisers have said.

The private equity house that acquired the national soft furnishings business Julian Charles earlier this year is on the hunt for more takeovers, with a specific eye on the U.K. furniture sector.

Sofa.com has deepened its ties with its sister company after adding fabrics from a key House of Fraser in-house brand. It has also introduced lighting to its offer for the first time.

Organisers of the International Furniture Fair in Cologne (IMM) have reaffirmed the event will take place as planned in January amid a backdrop of compatriot events being postponed.

Home improvement retail giant B&Q is to relaunch kitchen installation services across its U.K. store network, reversing a strategy decision taken more than two years ago.

The founder of Sofa Workshop stands to be one of the biggest indirect beneficiaries from the sale to Halo Group of the upholstery business he created back in the 1980s.

Cabinet wholesale and retail company Kettle Interiors U.K. has renamed one of its two residual furniture retail stores after it adapted the available product offer post-lockdown.

Growth in wholesale revenue for Kettle Interiors U.K. helped counter a decline in sales at its retail unit last year. Underlying profits for the case goods business were up nearly a fifth.

Production struggled to keep pace with demand at the height of summer as U.K. furniture factories reopened to a surge in orders.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the premium kitchens, bedrooms and furniture vertical, says it has been trading at record levels for a number of months.

Nikki Crumpton, non-executive director at Eve Sleep, will next week step down from the board of the mattress and ancillary products wholesale and retail company.

Lockdown hasn't shunted Lebus Upholstery off course as the Lincolnshire sofa maker looks to build on double-digit growth achieved last year. Order intake and volumes are currently ahead of 2019.

National bed specialist Dreams picked up the Feather & Black brand and selected assets for a fraction of the price shelled out by past owners of the high-end business, a new report reveals.

The long wait ends today as furniture shows recommence with the autumn edition of Long Point, the swish trade-only event held in showrooms the length of the East Midlands.

The Senator Group, the North West furniture giant, is proposing up to 174 redundancies as it braces for reduced demand for new and replacement workplace furniture.

John Lewis reported a half-year loss of nearly £560m after tax and that has brought with it much hand-wringing about its problems.

For the first time since 1953, John Lewis Partnership says it will not pay its employees a bonus. If that proves to be the case, it will not be because it lacks the resources to do so.

Consumers continued to divert more of their discretionary spend towards home goods as retailers enjoyed further growth in August, according to official retail sales figures.

Home sales fell sharply at John Lewis & Partners in the six months to July 25 as ecommerce tailwinds failed to counter the impact of store closures through the pandemic.

Furniture companies are benefiting from Next allowing its customers to book bulky-goods deliveries directly via suppliers' networks, according to the general merchandise giant.

General merchandise retailer Next will next month open four new large-format Home & Beauty stores as part of a pilot programme.

Furniture, home and garden retailer Wayfair will next week host its annual Way Day promotion, the second running of the sales event in the U.K. market after it debuted in 2019.

Upholstery market leader DFS has launched a new programme of leather sofas and chairs in collaboration with Halo Group, the multinational furniture business to whom it has just sold Sofa Workshop.

Furniture prices at the factory gate inched forward last month ahead of manufacturers facing the impact of a spike in raw material prices this autumn.

Ecommerce retailer My Furniture, the pan-European company based in the East Midlands, made a third straight bottom line gain in 2019–20 as it eliminated its prior earnings deficit.

Italian furniture group Calligaris has for the first time disclosed the detail behind its late autumn 2019 buyout of high-end lighting company Luceplan.

The owner of the bulk of the IKEA worldwide store estate has bought the remaining shares in a kitchen installation business it first invested in two years ago.

Calligaris Group, the contemporary Italian furniture maker whose products are sold in over 100 countries worldwide including the U.K., says the medium-term outlook is positive despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Imports of foam and sprung mattresses into the U.K. declined at the height of summer despite a leap in the value of goods shipped from Turkey and China.

Furnishings conglomerate Hunter Douglas has been told to divest at least 51 percent of its shares in window dressings etailer 247Blinds after a ruling by the U.K. competition watchdog.

Man Wah Holdings, owner of the Cheers recliner brand, has built a mammoth new factory to bolster production in the Chinese market.

The British Furniture Confederation's Buy British Furniture Event goes live this weekend amid a heightened public desire to support home-grown producers.

National sofa and carpets retailer ScS says it hired 150 new employees last month and has a similar number of vacancies still available as it looks to scale up headcount to cope with demand.

Britain's furniture and bedding retailers should brace for imminent price increases with sofa and mattress makers here coming under intense raw material price pressure, particularly for foam.

Mattress company Eve Sleep will take a bigger step into the ancillary sleep products market after striking a partnership with Boots, the national health and beauty retailer.

The value of case goods imports into Britain weakened from every major source nation in July, new Government figures show.

Worldwide sales climbed for international furniture retailer JYSK in 2019–20 despite the impact of retail closures around the globe resulting from local lockdowns.

Prestige upholstery producer Kingcome Sofas says it was on track for mid single-digit sales growth when the virus hit the U.K. earlier this year.

The CEO of RH, the luxury furniture and home goods retailer that has in the past described the U.K. as a billion dollar revenue opportunity, has outlined the planned opening timeline for its first British gallery.

Upholstery imports continued to decline at the height of summer, but the drop-off was the narrowest since the start of the year.

Company behind posh London department store concession leaves £1m debt, most of which was owed to the Italian mother brand.

The rate of decline in carpet imports narrowed in July as goods from far-off nations made their way into the U.K. in higher volumes while those closer to home still struggled.

Middleton Bespoke Joinery, a custom joinery and furniture maker, has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark from The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry charity and City of London livery company.

Sir Terence Conran, the founder of Habitat and Britain's highest-profile furniture designer, has died at home in Berkshire. He was 88 years old.

The Chinese furniture group that has owned HTL International since 2016 is planning legal action after the leather sofa maker was sold under its nose against its wishes.

The founder of Far East upholstery producer HTL International has bought back the business after agreeing a takeover deal that takes it out of judicial management and back into private hands.

National beds retailer Bensons for Beds has strengthened its board with the appointment of Ian Shepherd as a non-executive director.

Ulster Carpets, one of Europe's largest flooring manufacturers and a major supplier to the cruise ship sector, has entered a formal consultation process that could lead to up to 70 job losses.

Furniture retailers with a few spare pennies to invest have been watching ScS and DFS closely since lockdown.

Homewares powerhouse Dunelm Group has made big strides into the furniture category in the past year despite the onset of Covid-19, the retailer said in releasing full year results today.

Longtime Bensons for Beds executive Mark Cort has been appointed managing director at Jay-Be, the West Yorkshire folding bed, mattress and sofabed manufacturer.

The group that owns beds and furniture businesses Airsprung and AHF agreed a seven-figure property deal for the retail unit that would later go on to house the renascent Beales department store business this summer.

A Bristol based upholstery and soft furnishings specialist opened its new-look showroom on Tuesday this week after it took advantage of lockdown to complete refurbishment works.

Leader brings seven years in charge to an end to take role at construction company.

Flooring conglomerate Victoria said demand has recovered in all its principal markets with trading resilient since it last updated the market in July.

A trading update from Britain's largest third-party logistics company supports the prevailing view that furniture and flooring trade has been strong industry-wide post-lockdown.

The Harveys furniture store chain is yet to completely disappear with the administrator handling its insolvency saying they are continuing to trade the business.

Investment group Meditor Holdings has followed its takeover of Carpetright earlier this year with a second flooring deal, buying a predominantly online hard flooring specialist.

Woodbender, a family-owned and run South African cabinet maker specialised in handcrafted made-to-order solid bentwood furniture, is launching into the British market.

Hatfields of Colchester, the major southeast England independent furniture retailer, agreed access to new term and revolving debt as it protected its business from the impact of lockdown.

National retailer Bensons for Beds has stepped up recruitment at its Lancashire logistics and distribution centre as it executes its transformation programme following its late June restructure.

Tempur Sealy International says it will source 100 percent renewable electricity for its U.S. and European manufacturing operations as part of a deeper commitment to reducing its global environmental footprint.

ScS, Britain's number two upholstery retailer, says its new financial year has started where the old one left off with orders up by more than half since the end of July.

Sales and profits have climbed sharply for Harvey Norman as the furniture and electricals made itself "the first port of call for Irish consumers wanting to set up a home office or reinvigorate their homes."

Intellectual property disposal follows the collapse of the £1.6 million turnover Bedfordshire upholstery manufacturer earlier this year.

The company that controls the Axminster Carpets manufacturing business has revised upwards the value of its investment properties after a series of successful planning applications.

London based mattress-in-a-box brand now launched after August 2019 incorporation.

Home-based categories continued to be the standouts across British retail in August, according to a closely-followed survey.

Swedish beds conglomerate Hilding Anders has divested a key part of its French business, selling a €40 million turnover mattress maker to a CEO-led management buyout.

New consumer touch point for expanding upholstery retailer.

Danish furniture conglomerate JYSK says every new product it launches from January 1 2022 will be constructed from sustainable timber and it has an even bolder goal further down the line.

Enterprises from across the U.K. and international bedding industry have agreed to become the first-ever individual award category sponsors of the National Bed Federation (NBF) awards, whose 2020 winners will be announced this autumn.

Restated figures after an accounting rethink resulted in a decline in year-on-year turnover for both the Freemans and Grattan home shopping brands still being higher than that previously reported.

Upholstery manufacturer Nicoletti Home says it has boosted production capacity at its Italian base to ensure surging demand for products doesn't mean customers will have to compromise on pre-Christmas delivery timeframes.

Expanding furniture retailer Loaf has introduced its first-ever television advertising campaign, fulfilling a long-held aim for the privately-owned clicks-to-bricks company.

A VC with form in the U.K. online home furnishings category has acquired a sizeable chunk of shares in Eve Sleep, the reinvigorated mattress and ancillary products company.

Headlam Group says it will either sell or terminate the leases at four properties as Europe's largest flooring wholesaler consolidates more of its southeast England operations at its new Ipswich distribution centre.

The North West upholstery producer behind the Timeless Chesterfields brand is calling on other sofa makers to follow its lead so that traditional skills aren't lost to British industry.

Lancashire smooth floorcoverings supplier Havwoods says it has adjusted well to the Covid-19 situation but warns it could take a year and a half for revenue to be restored.

Mattress and bedding manufacturer Duvalay has plans to further build out its business now that it has completed its move into the West Yorkshire factory it bought last year.

Premium furniture, home and lifestyle retailer's assets were sold on a break-up basis to U.K. ecommerce rival.

The mandated closure of its operations and customer base left Headlam Group, Europe's largest flooring wholesaler and owner of 67 autonomously-run business units, nursing a hefty deficit for the first half of the year.

Costco, the members-only wholesaler, pumped more cash into its U.K. Internet business after another bumper year of growth, part-driven by the furniture category.

Upholstery fabrics and soft furnishings show Proposte will take place in the north of Italy from April 19–21, 2021, exhibition organisers have announced.

Home improvement retail giant B&Q has pledged £100,000 of expiring Apprenticeship Levy funding to Transfer to Transform, a scheme that helps local businesses near its Hampshire HQ.

The head of the Sofa Workshop business for the past three years will not be part of the management team once the retailer's sale to Halo Group from DFS completes.

The Sofa Workshop business and brand clearly has enduring appeal. Since its creation in the mid-1980s, it has had multiple custodians, with the Halo Group and Timothy Oulton soon to become the latest.

Fenwick, the privately-owned department store retailer and a sizeable vendor of furniture, moved to build flexibility into its financing requirements by agreeing access to tens of millions of pounds of debt funding this summer.

Domotex, the international floorcoverings exhibition held annually every January, has postponed its next edition until May 2021.

Floorcoverings retail market leader Carpetright has expanded its network of concessions inside Furniture Village stores.

One of the world's largest mattress manufacturers and a longtime Sealy licensee is close to a rescue of the Sealy U.K operation at Aspatria in a deal backed by the U.S. based brand owner.

Dunelm Group has become the latest retailer to say it has taken advantage of the current market tailwind as it reported bumper sales growth at the height of summer.

Board change at designer furniture and homeware retailer.

Paul Little returns to the beds industry today (Sep. 1) by becoming group managing director at CPS Group, a key partner to the U.K. beds and furnishings sectors.

Nobia, the Swedish kitchens conglomerate and owner of British retail chain Magnet, has bolstered its senior management team with two executive hires.

Mandated store closures left bedroom chain Sharps bereft of sales in the three months to end June but it still generated cash from operations and recorded a skinny profit at the adjusted EBITDA line.

The winners of the eleventh edition of the National Bed Federation (NBF) Bed Industry Awards will be announced late autumn with the trade association having now revealed the categories for this year's programme.

Upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus is finalising its move to a new West Yorkshire warehouse HQ that effectively gives it twice the stock space and will deliver upgraded service levels for its customers.

The Norwegian owner of recliner brand Stressless reported revenue in the U.K. and Ireland down by almost 36 percent in the second quarter as mandated store closures impacted trade.

The privately-owned group that lists heritage retailer Jarrold as its flagship asset is cutting more than a fifth of its workforce including Minnie Moll, CEO at its department store unit.

Local lockdowns impacted sales and eliminated profits for the carpet giant Balta in the first half of 2020 but the Belgian conglomerate still managed to generate cash.

Internet home and garden retailer Wayfair has expanded its U.K. property network, leasing a building in the North West of England.

Growth in the number of branded home companies whose products are available on the ecommerce platform of general merchandise retail giant Next has slowed for the first time in over four years.

Halo Group will rebadge the Sofa Workshop business as Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton following its planned acquisition from DFS.

Halo Group has agreed to buy upholstery retailer Sofa Workshop from DFS Furniture Group, bringing its seven-year tenure of the brand to an end.

Sales climbed for U.S. headquartered furniture and accents retailer West Elm in the three months to August 2 but its U.K. operation may have found the going tougher.

The property arm of retail giant IKEA has written down the value of its U.K. retail real estate by more £120 million over the past two years.

The organisers of IMM Cologne, one of the two largest furniture trade shows on the European mainland, have left no room for doubt, saying it is a "certainty" the doors will open on January 18, 2021.

When you invest £10 million on a single furniture store expectations are bound to be high. The all-new Lucas Furniture at Aylesbury, which soft-launched last weekend, does not disappoint.

The U.K. trading arm of home furnishings giant IKEA part-reversed a prior-year deficit in 2018–19 after new stores boosted sales and countered a slide in gross margin.

Online sales jumped by more than a quarter for IKEA in the U.K. last year but the higher costs associated with servicing its Internet business were a cost headwind.

Home furnishings online search engine and comparison website Ufurnish.com has appointed Toni Wood as its chief marketing officer.

United Carpets Group, the flooring and beds franchise retailer, says it has agreed a £2 million bank loan secured through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme (CBILS).

The administrators running the Lee Longlands independent furniture store business say no creditors will miss out and the six-store business will be returned to its owners if all goes to plan following their early-summer appointment.

Upholstery market leader DFS says trading continues to be significantly ahead of its initial post-lockdown expectations across both its showrooms and online.

Independent retailer Taskers of Accrington is to build a new website it hopes will deliver the twin result of higher online sales as well as more customers visiting its North West store.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners is said to be considering dropping its Never Knowingly Undersold slogan while one of its recently-closed stores could become a dedicated furniture shop under a different operator.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse has raised £10,000 to be shared between charities representing the furniture industry and the NHS after organising a socially-distanced golf competition.

The one-time owner of the now defunct Walmsley's furniture chain and ex-IKEA sofa maker Olympia has returned to the interiors sector after acquiring the retail division of a £30 million soft furnishings group.



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