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 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 Design ( 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.

Hampshire lighting supplier Elstead returned to profit in the year to July 31 last year as wider margin and lower costs helped mitigate a second straight slide in revenue.

Blankets-to-bedlinen retailer Online Home Shop (OHS) will move into new purpose-built premises in Manchester next year, creating dozens of new jobs.

Furniture retailer Loaf has partnered technology company Cylindo to launch high-quality 3D product visualisation and 4K zoom capability on its ecommerce channel.

RH, the prestige retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, last year acquired a vast Grade I listed country property on the border of Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. It is expected to open ahead of its planned Mayfair store in London.

A switch to manufacturing personal protective equipment for the NHS was among the factors helping mitigate the impact of customer store closures during the pandemic for bed manufacturer Millbrook.

The company behind the three-store beds and department store retailer Daniel of Windsor has resolved to buy out two shareholders in deals worth £6 million.

Plans to roll out more JYSK stores across the North of England have been prefaced by another seven-figure capital injection by the Danish-owned furniture retailer.

IKEA has undertaken advanced discussions to take a store on Oxford Street, London, one of the U.K.'s most famous retail thoroughfares, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Organisers of the Manchester Furniture Show have fixed the details for this year's edition. It will take place alongside the Home & Gift Buyers' Festival, in Harrogate, from July 18–21, 2021.

First quarter revenue advanced for ecommerce home retailer Wayfair with its international business boosted by store closures in the U.K. and the slow vaccine rollout in Germany.

Four key European furniture and bedding trade associations have united to express their concern over the conflicted response across the EU to the coronavirus pandemic, saying it has created added uncertainty and difficulty.

A majority of online bed buyers would prefer to return to shopping in store for their next mattress, according to consumers polled by The National Bed Federation (NBF).

A Nottinghamshire furniture manufacturer specialised in supplying the hotels and hospitality market says new debt finance will help it expand into new contract segments.

Paula Nickolds, the former managing director of John Lewis & Partners, has been named commercial director for general merchandise and clothing by Sainsbury's.

The CEO of major foam company Recticel says chemical raw materials supply remains constrained and the situation will endure longer than previously anticipated.

Restructuring advisors have secured a cut-price deal for the brand and other intellectual property of the long-insolvent heritage department store retailer Watt Brothers.

Online home sales climbed strongly for Next in the past quarter, helping to mitigate for its inability to sell clothing in stores owing to the lockdown.

Delivered sales climbed by more than a quarter for the U.K. arm of prestige furniture retailer Roche Bobois in the first quarter as it annualised the enforced closure of its warehouse last year.

Upholstery retailer Sofology will open its 48th store ahead of the late May Bank Holiday weekend, the first of ten planned for the entirety of 2021.

IKEA has launched its delayed buyback and resale scheme, whereby customers can receive vouchers for returning used goods that remain in good condition.

The Spanish owner of bed maker Vispring and bedroom retailer And So To Bed has adjusted the ownership structure of its U.K. bedding interests.

High-end bedroom retailer And So To Bed returned to profit on lower costs in 2020, ending a run of five consecutive loss making years.

Online sales and the unleashing of pent-up consumer demand helped keep a lid on the order decline at high-end bed maker Vispring last year.

Fashion house Fendi and B&B Italia owner Design Holding are to form a joint venture to make, market and sell furniture and furnishings under the Fendi Casa brand.

Confidence among U.K. furniture makers has improved as the retail sector emerged from lockdown restrictions to a surfeit of new orders.

Victoria, the acquisitive flooring conglomerate, has agreed to buy Dutch artificial grass supplier and carpet backing company Edel Group from its private equity owners.

Extreme lender enforcement action has yielded the desired response from those controlling the investment company that once owned storied U.K. furniture brands spanning Wesley Barrell to Collins and Hayes (C&H).

Sales in the U.K. have benefitted from pent-up demand in the three weeks since stores reopened according to the CEO of Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding business.

Mohawk Industries, the world's largest flooring company with business units across the globe including Britain, says the first quarter of 2021 saw it achieve best-ever quarterly sales.

Retailer IKEA will next month open its first IKEA Décoration store, the latest in a series of new-format pilots being trialled by the home and garden conglomerate.

Furniture retailer Design ( is to increase U.K. warehousing capacity in response to an increased need driven by higher sales.

Shareholders in Loaf, the born-online furniture retailer with a slew of showrooms in affluent locations, are said to have hired advisors to explore a sale of the company.

The pandemic meant Vale Furnishers, which trades from two stores in affluent Surrey towns, lost more than a fifth of its revenue in 2019–20. Cost controls helped it improve its net margin.

Headlam, Europe's largest flooring distributor, plans to reduce the headcount in its field sales team in the U.K. amid rising orders being taken online. It has also announced the sale of one of its business units in mainland Europe.

Batley based furniture maker and retailer HSL is among several industry companies claiming a Queen's Award for Enterprise for 2021.

Whitemeadow, the upholstered furniture manufacturer that employs over 650 people across its East Midlands factories, has launched an online Careers Hub.

Furniture and flooring retailers across all parts of the U.K. will be back open from later today (Friday) as coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland are eased.

Upholstery vertical found extra margin and modest pro-rata sales growth in the first period since it was bought by Frasers Group in 2019.

All eleven Habitat mini-stores in Sainsbury's supermarkets nationwide are closed following the rethink that saw the brand become the leading furniture and home brand across the J Sainsbury group eco-system.

A downsized store estate and widespread Covid-closures failed to prevent general merchandise retailer Argos delivering double-digit growth in the year to March 6.

Actona Company, the circa £230 million Danish furniture supplier, is expanding its herringbone cabinet offer to more countries as it builds on its popularity in the Scandinavian market.

First quarter U.K. sales declined in only single digit percentages for the owner of kitchen chain Magnet despite its entire store estate being shuttered throughout.

Sofa maker Furnico said excellent cost management and internal efficiencies helped it find additional margin last year, mitigating a lockdown-induced turnover drop.

Widening its network of suppliers and rationalising some raw material products has helped Hypnos steer a course through supply chain challenges, the company has said in just-filed accounts.

Upholstery market leader DFS has appointed a new creative agency to manage its advertising account, ending a 10-year association with current incumbent Krow Communications.

Maisons du Monde, the French furniture and home décor business with a large U.K. online operation, has appointed Régis Massuyeau as group chief financial officer.

Mike Broughton has been promoted to the board of national retailer Furniture Village as I.T. and business development director.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Hafren Furnishers plans to add to its large 70,000sqft existing store with a second unit in Mid Wales.

Batley bed maker Apollo Beds bolstered its balance sheet after landing an increase in profits in the period taking in the first few months of the pandemic.

All shares in the renascent Beale department store business were last year transferred to the same holding company as Fabb Furniture, the retailer that rebranded from AHF, new filings show.

Ecommerce marketplace Notonthehighstreet Enterprises (NOTHS), the company behind, has appointed Edward Wagener as its chief financial officer (CFO).

Chaucer Logistics, a specialist provider of logistics services to the furniture sector, has begun a seven-figure expansion project that will see it add extra storage capacity before the end of 2021.

Furniture and lighting sales rose in March as the ability to carry on delivering goods compared with the abrupt cessation of all trade in the same month last year. On a two-year basis, sales remained significantly down.

JH Cooper & Son, a longstanding independent furniture retailer at Cambridge in the East of England, has closed its doors for the final time, bringing over a century of trade to a close.

Paula Vennells, the former Post Office chief executive, has resigned from the board of Dunelm, the national home furnishings retailer, with immediate effect.

The second Online Furniture Show begins today (April 26) with the backing of eBay, the Internet marketplace website, as its headline sponsor.

Upholstery conglomerate La-Z-Boy is among a number of investors joining a $15 million Series B funding round for U.S. furniture ecommerce company Floyd.

A sponsored run by Phil Reynolds and Emma Delea, managers at furniture test houses SATRA and FIRA International respectively, will begin a year of fundraising for The Furniture Makers' Company's new Step To It campaign.

Big-ticket spend intention among U.K. consumers remained flat in April but the cash is there and people are more bullish about the state of the economy over the next 12 months.

The ecommerce group that owns Furniture123, often cited as the U.K.'s first online furniture retailer, has signed a deal for a new Midlands distribution centre and plans to scale two-person deliveries.

The price of materials and fuels used by U.K. furniture makers rose at its fastest pace in nearly three years in March, new official figures show.

Mattress retail and wholesale brand Emma - The Sleep Company says U.K. sales almost doubled in the first quarter as it continued to benefit from competitor withdrawal.

Nicoletti Home, the Italian sofa manufacturer, will host a U.K. appointment-only event for its British and Irish furniture customers in Nottingham next month.

Barker and Stonehouse says it will champion change with leading a green revolution in the furniture retail sector at the heart of its strategy as it celebrates its 75th year in business.

Savoir Beds, the prestige bed manufacturer and retailer, is this week opening a new flagship showroom in the heart of Mayfair, London.

Leeds fitted furniture vertical Strachan remained cash generative and profitable despite sales falling as a result of the first lockdown last year.

Privately-owned Kent furniture retailer Lukehurst has added 4,000sqft of space to one of its southeast stores with the addition of a mezzanine floor.

The partnership between retailer Bensons for Beds and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has raised millions of pounds since it started in 2013, with £90,000 alone generated in the past year.

Victoria, the diversified flooring manufacturer and distributor, has picked up three Italian tile peers in deals worth a combined €35 million. They are the first, and smallest, of several deals in the pipeline, the company said.

Midlands-headquartered furniture chain NCF Living found double-digit sales growth in the run up to and including the early weeks of the pandemic.

Timothy Oulton, owner of the eponymous international furniture brand, increased his stake in interior design company Andrew Martin International last year after acquiring the shares of a number of outgoing shareholders.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is hosting and streaming regular video podcasts online as it looks to harness the expertise of leading industry professionals across the mattress sector.

44 people a day lose their lives to bowel cancer in the U.K. and sofa retailer ScS, in partnership with its local football team and broadcaster ITV, organised a stunt to raise awareness of the symptoms.

New DFS filings disclose the market-leading upholstery group's cash position through the rump of the just-ended lockdown as well as early pandemic figures for two of its furniture retail subsidiaries.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published a guide to furniture packaging present and future, exploring existing materials and alternative regulations the industry may be compelled to adopt.

Design Holding, the investment group behind prestige furniture and lighting brands including B&B Italia, Louis Poulsen and Flos, has agreed to buy YDesign Group, a large U.S. based ecommerce lighting retailer.

Herman Miller and Knoll, both major players in the supply of office furniture worldwide, are to merge, with the former buying the latter in a deal worth $1.8 billion.

The diversified wholesaler behind the Aruna Homeware business made sales gains in the period leading up to and including the early weeks of the pandemic, but not in its home accents unit.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners is targeting first home buyers and house-proud renters with a collection of furniture and other goods under its new and far cheaper Anyday in-house brand.

Furniture retailer The Cotswold Company says one-way video calls between shoppers and sales consultants wearing body cameras in its shops mitigated the impact of enforced early 2021 store closures, and are here to stay.

Profits climbed on higher sales and wider margins last year for sofa manufacturer Ashwood Designs against a backdrop of increasingly difficult market conditions with the impact of the pandemic and Brexit.

Amazon is said to be mulling white glove furniture services in its domestic market, further treading on the toes of incumbent independent, multiple and online retailers in the big-ticket retail sector.

Home office and workplace furniture maker and wholesaler Dams booked smaller profits on lower sales last year but continued to generate cash.

Nicoletti Home says worldwide revenue is up 20 percent so far this year with the Italian sofa maker calling for raw material suppliers to better support manufacturers so the industry can continue to meet demand.

Amara Living, the premium ecommerce interiors retailer, grew sales 54.1 percent in 2020 and says revenue has snowballed at twice that rate in the first three months of this year.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into Britain climbed for the third straight month in February and have now trended lower only once in the past six reported periods.

A rise in the number of shipments from Vietnam and China docking at U.K. ports floated living, dining and bedroom cabinet imports to new heights at the start of 2021.

Sofa Club, the upholstery company that operates open-plan retail lounges in shopping centres, has opened a sixth U.K. location and a fourth in southeast England.

Wood, laminate and vinyl floor retailer Factory Direct Flooring has increased capacity after taking a larger Midlands warehouse unit.

Designer Contracts, the floorcoverings and furnishings supplier to the house-builder market, has taken new hires since January to 25 with its latest appointments.

Upholstery imports into the U.K. jumped by almost a quarter in February despite almost every major source nation for British buyers seeing a year-on-year decline.

Profits more than trebled in the lead up to the pandemic for one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned floorcoverings companies.

Carpet and rug imports from Turkey are up more than a quarter in 2021 so far according to new official figures, helping mitigate the continued fall in the value of goods coming in from historic trading partners.

Private equity backed outdoor furniture retailer Moda Furnishings is expanding its store portfolio after a period in which sales have escalated.

Home furnishings giant Wayfair will soon run its third Way Day promotional event in the U.K., returning it to a spring dateline following a switch last year.

Keen & Toms Holdings, parent to bed maker Hypnos and bed delivery company Keen & Able, cut its net loss in half in 2019–20, a year it described as challenging but with many sustainable accolades.

February saw Britain's furniture makers complete a 12th straight month of declining year-on-year manufacturing turnover, according to new official figures.

Furniture and furnishing industry failures dropped to a record low in the first quarter of 2021 according to official insolvency filings, we revealed last week. There are only three plausible explanations as to why.

Bed retailer Mattressman delivered on its forecast return to profit in the year leading up to the pandemic, buoyed by online sales and the performance of stores that remained opened following a 2018 restructure.

Fashion-to-furnishings retailer Next is said to have agreed to take on the John Lewis At Home store in Newbury after it was earmarked for closure by its current incumbent.

The spring of 2021 sees new stores and relocations for the BoConcept brand in the U.K., as franchisees expand or renew their operations in different locations.

The reopening of stores sees fast-growing retail chain Flooring Superstore pick up the expansion baton again as it looks to double in size through 2021.

Alistair McGeorge, whose departure as chairman at The Original Factory Shop was announced last summer, has rejoined the business in the same role. The retailer has concurrently set out plans for a significant store expansion programme.

Nobilia, Europe's largest kitchen manufacturer, has recapitalised its U.K. kitchen retail business Kutchenhaus via a seven-figure equity injection.

Park Furnishers, the Leekes-owned furniture retailer, yesterday opened its new Bristol store while across the city it restarted the £5 million relocation sale at the large Bedminster site it is vacating.

Monday will be a good day. Furniture and flooring retail stores in England and Wales reopen with demand, hopefully, as punchy as it was when previous restrictions were eased after prior lockdowns last spring and autumn.

The md of privately-owned furniture retailer Gillies of Broughty Ferry says the planned expansion of its destination store at Inverness will bring a number of benefits.

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