Industry trade association The National Bed Federation (NBF) last night named its Bed Retailers of the Year across the National, Online and Retail Champion categories.

RH, the luxury U.S. furniture and interiors retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has paid off the deferred consideration for the Oxfordshire building that will become home to its debut U.K. gallery.

Antitrust regulators in France have escalated an inquiry into the acquisition of furniture and electricals retailer Conforama by The Mobilux Group, a multi-banner home furnishings collective with U.S. investor backing.

Half-year sales jumped by close to a third at home improvement giant B&Q in the six months to July 31 with big-ticket categories among its top performing lines.

Furniture and accessories retailer Swoon has filed its first accounts since the assets of the brand's predecessor company were sold in a prepack buyout.

Privately-owned retailer Land of Beds has joined the Furniture & Home Improvement Ombudsman (FHIO), describing it as an investment in consumer protection and evidence of its responsible business practices.

U.K. furniture retailers continued to make gains in August, with total revenue beating both last year's total and the pre-pandemic figure from the summer of 2019.

Wider gross margin and lower administrative costs negated the impact of lower revenue for furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies in the year to December 31, 2020. Cashflow was strongly positive.

Consumer demand tailwinds and new stores helped power sales growth in the U.K. and Ireland for Danish furniture and homeware retailer JYSK in the past year.

Furniture and furnishings retailer Liberty Furnishings has begun a closing down sale at its Newtown store ahead of plans to trade with an adjusted business model in the future.

Sanderson Design Group, the high-end interior design and furnishings manufacturer and distributor, is to launch a Morris & Co brand extension targeting international markets.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Lee Longlands says it will reinvest funds from the redevelopment of the car park behind its Birmingham showroom if plans to build on the site are given the go-ahead.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners found home sales growth on both a one and two year basis in the six months to July 31 but continued to see customers migrate to online channels.

Furniture designer and distributor Actona Company is now Actona Group as part of a corporate rebrand designed to better reflect its international operations.

Six-store independent retailer HomePlus Furniture has agreed a 15-year lease on the former Marks & Spencer store in the centre of Ashford, Kent.

National retailer Furniture Village has partnered with The Sleep Charity to launch The National Sleep Helpline, which they described as the U.K.'s first dedicated helpline for people who struggle to sleep.

The cost of making furniture in the U.K. climbed again last month with producers warning the brewing labour crisis will add further increases that will have to be passed on to retailers.

Privately-owned department and furniture store retailer W.P. Brown says it will launch a debut online platform for the first time saying it is vital to take an omnichannel approach to the new modern retail environment.

Smooth floorcoverings vendor Unilin Distribution acquired Salesmark earlier this summer.

Dan-Form, the Danish dining furniture manufacturer known for its bentwood chairs, plans to consolidate distribution with the build of a new warehouse.

National retailer Bensons for Beds will return to Andover this weekend with the opening of a new store at the Enham Arch Retail Park on Newbury Road.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer Heal's has added a second new showroom inside a month with a new Outlet store in the South East of England.

The CEO and president of JYSK is to be promoted to a newly-created role by the Danish retailer's parent company in a move that frees him up to focus on group acquisitions and development.

Furniture retailer Made.com Group (MADE) ended the first half with an outsized order book as high demand combined with extended lead times. Foreign exchange and freight cost inflation narrowed margins.

Sofa and carpets retailer ScS has partnered interior designer and TV star Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, introducing a new upholstery programme across its stores and online.

Local planning officials have reaffirmed approval for a Designer Outlet in Grantham incorporating a new Downtown at Home store, almost four years since plans were first submitted.

Record levels of furniture are being despatched out of British factories but nowhere near enough to satisfy demand and bring lead times down to historical norms.

When the Prime Minister announced the first lockdown back in March last year the fear across the British furniture industry was palpable. Thick red lines were drawn through expense budgets and manufacturers up and down the country prepared for an unwanted game of who could hold their breath for longest.

Furniture brand Timothy Oulton will grow its retail footprint in central London after agreeing a lease in the neighbourhood bridging the city's financial and creative communities.

Wincanton, the fulfilment partner to brands including IKEA, Loaf and Snug, has acquired logistics company Cygnia from private equity in a deal worth £23.9 million. It has also hired a new md for its Digital and eFulfilment business division.

The U.K. might in time become a billion dollar market for RH, the luxury furniture retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, but its CEO has put a more conservative range on its first-year potential.

IKEA will make its biggest financial and strategic investment in British city centres yet with the acquisition of the long leasehold to the building housing the former Topshop flagship store in central London, according to reports.

Strong sales of general merchandise products have negated the need to discount and will result in better-than-expected profits according to value variety retailer B&M.

BoConcept said the international nature of its franchisee-network has helped shield the modern furniture company from the impact of Covid, with it looking to continue to expand its retail footprint in the next year.

An online furniture marketplace that filed for insolvency last month has no realisable assets and will leave creditors facing combined debts north of £600,000, according to a new report.

Retail and commission revenue declined in 2020 for the U.K. arm of Poltrona Frau, the U.S.-owned Italian designer furniture company.

Dunelm said upholstery is among the developing categories it wants extend further into as part of plans to grow its current 1.3 percent share of the furniture market.

Dunelm posted bumper double-digit top and bottom line growth in the year to June 26 despite its vast U.K. store portfolio being closed for more than a third of the year.

The early stages of the pandemic failed to make significant dents in rental returns for the owner of the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour, home to dozens of high-end third-party furniture and interiors showrooms.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds will this weekend open a new store in Sheffield, maintaining its presence on the Drakehouse Retail Park.



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