retailParkStoresTHE U.K’s top privately-owned furniture retailers are gaining a larger market share of a two-speed independent sector.

electionThHISTORICAL data suggests the decision to hold a snap General Election provides no excuse for furniture retailers should sales take a downturn.

nickRadford75INTERVIEW with Nicholas Radford looking back, and forward, following the buyout of Nathan Furniture

FloorSuperTHE ONLINE sister company to North East beds and flooring retailer Frank’s is planning a national chain of physical stores after opening its first pilot last month.

sprungMattressTHE NATIONAL Bed Federation said this week that its board is concerned about the consistency of flammability test results across UK laboratories.

dfsFascia150INVESTMENT firm halved its stake in DFS this week. A look back at Advent’s ownership since the circa £500 million deal to acquire the chain in 2010

Costs are going up. So why are furniture prices falling?

fabbThA LOOK at the launch price spectrum of the new upholstery retailer in comparison with Harveys, DFS, ScS and Sofology

sofaComSALE price disclosed for the first time. A look at the capital structure of the sofa maker and retailer

ukFurnitureManufacturingCOMPANIES with combined sales north of £430 million have changed ownership in the past three years

LoungCoFascSOFA Brands International is introducing a standalone retail brand called The Lounge Co. in partnership with independent retailers and with its own London showroom.

foamECOMMERCE startups together with established mattress businesses have been falling over themselves to enter the online bed-in-a-box segment.

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

The Furnishing Report takes a look at some of the participants in the UK’s fast-emerging bed-in-a-box ecommerce sector.

bhs2THE OWNER of one of BHS’ largest and longest running home suppliers explains the impact of the retailer’s closure.

Falling input costs are positive for all manufacturers, no?

carpetsWholesaleCONSUMER demand for floorcoverings is on the rise according to Government data and new figures from two of the sector’s key distribution bellwethers.

lombok75Lombok CEO Stuart Lewis says the furniture retailer is ready to expand its physical store footprint again and could open more than half a dozen new showrooms by 2020.

barkerStonehouseGuildBarker & Stonehouse will open its second store in southern England after planners granted permission for it to build on brownfield land in Guildford. The Furnishing Report speaks to md James Barker about the project.

General merchandise retailer Argos fits the profile of a typical Steinhoff acquisition, according to the CEO of the Europe, Africa and Australasia based conglomerate.

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MARKET DATA

salesthumbFurniture Retail Sales


Furniture UK retail sales data for the past 12 months and over the past nine years.


salaries thumbWages & Salaries


Charts showing benchmark salaries across the home furnishings industry, spanning retail — covering both independents and national firms — upholstery, flooring, beds, case goods manufacturers as well as wholesalers.


impexpthumbImports & Exports


Quarterly furniture and flooring imports and exports data, featuring the total value for each across both categories. Updated quarterly.


Insolvency & Legal


This weekly column contains lists of companies entering administration and liquidation, including Winding Up Orders and member initiated liquidations.


margins thumbProfit Margins


Charts showing benchmark gross margin and pre-tax margin for companies in the home sector, broken down by home furnishings retail, including both national and regional businesses, upholstery, case goods, importers, flooring and beds.


The Debt Report


See who and how much was owed by insolvent companies in the home furnishings sector. Lists contain recent business failures, their directors, balance sheet information, who they owed money to, and how much.


inflation thumbFurniture & Flooring Inflation


Charts showing furniture and floorcoverings retail and manufacturers' price inflation.