retailParkCONSUMERS steered clear of retail stores in June with out-of-town shopping parks seeing their worst performance in over two and a half years, according to new research.

argosFasciaGENERAL merchandise retailer Argos has launched a new furniture and homewares own-brand called The Collection by Argos.

buoyantMemphisSOFA manufacturer Buoyant has launched its first ever collection of modular upholstery as it looks to expand its product line beyond its existing fixed seat programme.

manchesterFurnitureShowTHE Manchester Furniture Show opens its doors later this morning (Sunday) for its 2016 edition with approaching 150 exhibitors spanning international and UK suppliers.

plumbsLOOSE sofa covers, curtains and re-upholstery company Plumbs returned to profit in 2015 as internal restructuring to enable faster response and lead times paid off.

sprungMattressPOCKET and coil sprung mattresses were the standout categories for the UK furniture manufacturing sector in 2015, with upholstery producers also growing market share.

MULTICHANNEL department store retailer Dawsons grew sales by almost a quarter in 2014–15, though higher costs meant profits declined.

DEPARTMENT store retailer John Lewis says its Chelmsford store — the mutual’s first in Essex — will open its doors on Thursday 29th September.

MStoreyCeveristUPHOLSTERY group Sofa Brands International has named new sales directors at both its Parker Knoll and G Plan business units.

STERLING’S fall against the dollar and euro could see furniture prices rise by as much as 12 percent, the UK’s lead trade association for furniture manufacturers has warned.

NORTH West sofa manufacturer Tetrad will open its doors to retailers this weekend as it launches new product for autumn delivery from its refurbished Preston showroom.

lights co ukPAN-EUROPEAN ecommerce lighting retailer Lampenwelt GmbH has launched into the UK market with a specialist Internet store trading via the lucrative web domain.

THE BOARD of discount chain Poundland Group Plc has agreed to a £597 million sale of the business to Steinhoff International Holdings NV.

CASE goods imports climbed in May on the back of higher shipments in the bedroom cabinet and kitchen furniture categories.

carpetShowroomTHE UK’s largest floorcoverings wholesaler said it will pass on the rising price of carpets to its customers following the weakening of sterling in recent weeks.

STEINHOFF International Holdings NV is to acquire a 50 percent equity stake in Cofel, the market-leading French beds manufacturer and a subsidiary of Grupo Pikolin SL.

PREMIUM furnishing fabrics group Walker Greenback Plc has lined up a bedlinen launch into the North American market after signing a licensing agreement with a major distributor.

CollinsHayesSmFURNITURE investment group Wessex Bristol has acquired upholstery manufacturer Collins and Hayes from mattress, upholstery and sofabeds producer Airsprung Group Plc.

italianSofaSOFA shipments are up over 10 percent in the year to date after another double-digit uplift in May, according to new Government data.

UPSCALE furniture and design retailer Graham & Green has opened its largest store to date with a new flagship London showroom.

kiddicareFABB Projects’ planning application for a Hedge End retail store threw up another parallel with Tapi Carpets & Floors, the rapidly expanding floorcoverings retailer.

JohnLewisCorporateDEPARTMENT store chain John Lewis is launching a new house brand and says it wants to grow its own-brand Home business to £1 billion in annual sales.

TRADE association the National Bed Federation has created a new and unified version of its NBF Approved Big Tick logo, which is used by its audited members.

fabbDrawThumbDocuments filed with planning authorities confirm new furniture retail startup Fabb is looking to launch a store near to the South Coast.

CONSUMER confidence fell sharply following the EU referendum vote, according to a one-off special Brexit survey carried out by research consultancy GfK.

STEINHOFF UK Bedding Group has invested £2.2 million to build what it describes as the most aerodynamic and fuel efficient vehicle fleet in the UK bedding sector.

ukFurnitureManufacturingFURNITURE manufacturers are already feeling price pressures after sterling fell sharply following the decision to exit the European Union, according to the BFM.

HOME furnishings retailer Dunelm says it shrugged off soft market conditions in the past three months to take a larger share of the homewares market.

INTRODUCING lower everyday prices and cutting the number of promotions impacted Q1 general merchandise sales in a weak market, according to Marks & Spencer.

BoConceptBournemouthTHE SALE of global furniture franchisor BoConcept A/S to an affiliate of UK private equity firm 3i Group Plc has been confirmed after shareholders and regulators green-lighted the offer.

PearsonsEnfieldPROFITS rose 11.2 percent for South East department store chain Morleys in 2015–16 with sales rising fastest at its Pearsons store in Enfield.

CONSUMERS enjoyed lower prices in stores for the 38th consecutive month in June according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index.

THIRD quarter sales climbed 6.2 percent at floor and wall tile retailer Topps Tiles Plc, outscoring growth achieved in the first half.

neptuneShowroomUPMARKET furniture, home and garden brand Neptune registered a sixth straight year of growth in 2014–15 with revenue approaching £37 million.

INDUSTRY charity The Furniture Makers’ Company yesterday launched The Export Award as it looks to support UK producers balance the £3.3 billion furniture trade deficit.

coachHouseAlthamFURNITURE and home accents wholesaler Coach House posted record sales and profits in the year to end September 2015.

DreamsFasciaNew2016INVESTMENT firm Sun European Partners is considering realising its investment in beds specialist Dreams, according to weekend newspaper reports.

Oak Furniture Land fascia coPROFITS fell 41 percent last year at JB Global Ltd, the company behind the Oak Furniture Land and SofaStore retail chains. Sales continued to rise.

forrestFTHE CHAIRMAN of Forrest Furnishings says the business is on target to match last year’s turnover despite the spring 2015 closure of its MacDonald Furniture Galleries showroom.

homebaseStoreHOME improvement retailer Homebase has dropped a number of furniture categories from its product offer as part of its new owner’s plan to turn the retail business around.

NORTHALLERTON retailer Barkers says its expanded, rebranded and refurbished Home store is trading well ahead of plan as it looks to build on a fourth straight year of growth.

INTERNATIONAL furniture retailer JYSK is launching in Belgium next year and says the country can sustain a 50-store operation.

multiyorkSALES climbed 9.7 percent at Multiyork last year with the upmarket upholstery chain narrowing its pre-tax loss to under £1 million.

CASE goods distributor Willis & Gambier is among the final four companies to take exhibition space at next month’s Manchester Furniture Show, which is now fully booked.

carpetrightStoreFLOORCOVERINGS specialist Carpetright Plc says it will refurbish nearly a quarter of its UK store network over the next year as it rolls out the best of its store format pilots.

THE UK furniture market rose 3 percent to £10.6 billion in 2015 as rising imports offset a decline in home produced furniture.

BEDS specialist Dreams is relaunching its Replace Every Eight advertising campaign with a £3 million investment across TV, radio, national press, social channels and video on demand.

DANISH furniture design classics manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son has acquired a 398,000sqft industrial estate as it looks to build on a sixth successive year of revenue growth.

retailParkStoresBRITISH furniture and furnishings retailers were among the hardest hit as share prices slumped in the wake of last Thursday’s referendum, where voters chose to leave the European Union.

warrenEvansFascHIGHER sales and lower costs pushed South East beds and bedroom retail chain Warren Evans back into the black last year.

debenhamsFascDEPARTMENT store retailer Debenhams Plc said yesterday it would roll out a new furniture display concept in more stores after an initial trial.

THE US distributor for premium British mattress brand Spink & Edgar has launched a website aimed at local customers at

dreamsMline2DUTCH wholesaler DBC is returning to the UK market with national beds specialist Dreams to introduce its M Line mattress and bedding programme in stores this summer.

REVENUE climbed for a second straight year at Yorkshire furniture manufacturer Shackletons in 2015. Profits more than doubled.

cabinetWarehousingThe European market for flat-pack furniture was worth €14 billion last year with the UK among the most prominent consumers of kit form furniture.

Sales at Spanish retailer Zara’s dedicated UK Home chain declined for the first time in 2015–16 but new stores opened this spring will likely facilitate a return to growth.

lebusSALES at sofa manufacturer Lebus Upholstery were up double-digit for the fourth straight year in 2015 with higher output boosting profits.

SOUTH West independent retailer Fairway Furniture returned to growth in 2015–16 with underlying profit also up sharply year-on-year.

retailParkStoresYEAR-ON-YEAR furniture sales have been higher in each of the past 24 consecutive months though growth slowed down in May.

INDUSTRY charity The Furniture Makers’ Company says it will accept entries for its Sustainability Award from all UK furniture and furnishings manufacturers for the first time.

PoundlandHARVEYS and Bensons for Beds owner Steinhoff International Holdings NV said yesterday it was considering bidding for British value retailer Poundland Group Plc.

THE RETAIL price of furniture has been higher year-on-year every month in 2016 so far, with May’s inflation rate inching up. Flooring price inflation slowed.

HOME shopping retailer N Brown Group Plc said revenues in its Home and Gift categories were broadly flat in the first quarter as overall product sales dipped.

ukFurnitureManufacturingUK FURNITURE factory inflation last month fell for the third straight month to its lowest level in almost a year and a half, according to new Government data.

BoConBourDANISH franchisor BoConcept A/S initiated administrator appointments at its Bristol and Bournemouth franchisees, fearing customer deposits might be swallowed up by other debts.

DEMAND for foreign-made sprung and foam based mattresses has lifted by nearly 30 per cent in the first four months of 2016.

RETAIL footfall inched 0.3 per cent up in May thanks to a big turnout over the May bank holiday weekend, according to the British Retail Consortium.

cabinetWarehousingSHIPMENTS of bedroom furniture continue to underpin year-to-date growth in demand for case goods, though April saw improving living, dining and chairs data.

SWEDISH furniture and homeware retailer IKEA is to collaborate with British designer Tom Dixon and Danish design house Hay for launches slated for 2017.

airsprungHQBEDS and upholstery group Airsprung has named the successor to Jeff Deeprose, who has left his operations director role to join one of the UK’s fastest growing furniture suppliers.

YORKSHIRE bedding specialist John Cotton Group raised a third of its annual charity target in a single night last Thursday with a charity gala featuring comedian Jimmy Carr.

polishUpholsterySOFA shipments spiked at the start of the second quarter with April imports moving at twice the year-to-date run rate.

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