Far East furniture manufacturing and distribution giant Samson Holding is to mop up the remaining shares in a major Green River Group bedroom and dining cabinet factory, taking its total outlay to nearly $46 million (c. £35m).

Wood furniture imports fell sharply as early-year factory shutdowns finally afflicted the living, dining and bedroom categories to the same extent already seen in other product segments.

Higher costs meant kitchen maker Burbidge recorded a bigger deficit in the year to September 30, 2019, despite higher output and wider gross margin.

U.K. interest in a prestige American cabinetry brand remains high despite the closure of the company behind its London showroom last month.

Strachan, the direct-to-consumer maker of fitted bedroom, home office and living room furniture, booked higher profits and bolstered cash last year after it grew sales.

New finance chief for £50m vendor of Sheraton, Mackintosh, English Rose and Chippendale brands.

Clive Christian Furniture Co, the luxury furniture and cabinet maker bought by a private investor last year, has hired its former sales and marketing director after a 16-year absence.

Wood furniture imports across the living, dining and bedroom categories fell for a third straight month in February, though German exports made big gains.

Blackburn bedroom cabinet manufacturer Klever Furniture left creditors facing a shortfall of almost £650,000 according to new statutory filings.

One of Eastern Europe's largest furniture manufacturers has closed all its production plants for the next few weeks, and says it could extend the shutdown even longer.

North West based living room and bedroom cabinet maker Klever Furniture has written to stakeholders including customers and suppliers saying it is no longer trading.

Fast-expanding kitchen maker and retailer Wren will this spring open a 252,000sqft U.S. factory ahead of launching its first overseas showrooms this summer.

The number of Kutchenhaus retail showrooms will grow by more than a quarter this year with eleven new stores planned by the franchise chain.

A number of retailers who formerly sourced bedroom cabinet from the now-defunct Kingstown Furniture business are turning to One Call Furniture, the East London manufacturer has said.

A run of growth that began in 2016 came to an end at Northern Ireland headquartered furniture maker and retailer Starplan Furniture last year.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the premium kitchens, bedrooms and freestanding furniture maker, says chairman Gary O'Brien has resigned with immediate effect for personal reasons.

The ready-to-assemble furniture arm of diversified Yorkshire manufacturer Decorative Panels posted a fall in sales last year but group revenue picked up on higher component sales.

Insolvency practitioners hope to find a buyer for the assets of Prentice Furniture Manufacturers, a Staffordshire based kitchen maker, after the company entered administration just before Christmas.

Cambridgeshire headquartered fitted furniture retailer Premier Kitchens and Bedrooms is to be placed into liquidation with the expected closure of all four of its stores.

Yorkshire cabinet furniture manufacturer Ellis returned to profit in 2018–19 after it grew sales and transformed margins following a series of investments and business improvements.

Cabinet furniture imports rose mid single-digits in September led by rising shipments from key Far East markets including China, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Made-to-measure cabinet maker and retailer Neville Johnson grew revenue and claimed a bigger share of a challenged market in the year to April 30, but profits declined on narrower margins.

Two senior managers at Clive Christian Furniture Co. have led a management buyout of the luxury cabinet maker, supported by David Dare, the former owner and md at high-end interiors company Shaws of Darwen.

Fitted furniture vertical Hammonds has extended the lease of its Leicestershire manufacturing facility, securing the long-term future of its production in Hinckley.

The phoenix company that bought the four-store kitchen maker and retailer Earle & Ginger out of administration earlier this year has itself filed for insolvency.

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Wood cabinet imports were up 10 percent. Image: Maersk
Imports of wood living, dining and bedroom cabinet advanced double-digit in July after rises from each of the three largest Far East case goods exporters.

High end furniture maker and retailer Linley recorded a bigger a loss in 2017–18 because of project delays and a strategy pivot but said the future remains bright for the company.

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Rising shipments from Asia powered the increase.
Living, dining and bedroom cabinet imports to the U.K. have trended up in mid single-digits in the first half of 2019 driven by shipments from the Far East.

Fast-expanding cabinet furniture vertical Wren Kitchens has reached 80 stores nationwide with the opening of a new unit in Exeter.

Expanding kitchen maker and retailer Wren has gained various globally-known International Standards Organisation (ISO) accreditations for its factories in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

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Shipments from China were a fifth higher.
Chinese, Malaysian and Vietnamese cabinet imports climbed sharply as the latest HMRC data dump annualised against issues with container ships arriving from Asia.

Danzer, the €202 million turnover decorative hardwood supplier that lists manufacturers of floorcoverings and furniture among its clientele, is to close one of its European factories.

Expanding kitchens vertical Wren is planning a Midlands recruitment event, where it hopes to offer an instant route back into work for staff impacted by the insolvency of retailer Bathstore.

Revenue fell and losses widened ahead of the prepack sale of the business and assets of bedroom cabinet manufacturer Harrison Brothers (Furniture), administrators have disclosed.

Privately-owned kitchen furniture producer Burbidge slipped to a 2017–18 deficit after revenue fell and its cost of sales increased. A pension gain boosted its book value.

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Sigma 3's Moda modern bedroom range.
Kitchen, bedroom and home office furniture maker and retailer Sigma 3 posted sales growth in 2017–18 but profits declined as higher costs impacted margins.

Revenue fell and losses widened at the West Sussex kitchen manufacturer behind the Paula Rosa and Manhattan brands in 2018. Its outlook for this year improved after a surge in new business orders in the final quarter.

The sale of North West furniture maker Harrison Brothers last month provides a fresh start for the bedroom producer and its new management team.

Year-on-year imports of living, dining and bedroom wood furniture grew at their fastest rate since February 2018 at the beginning of the second quarter.

Kitchen maker and retailer Wren is planning to make the biggest single investment in its decade-long history with a proposed additional factory at its Barton-upon-Humber base that could create 1,200 new jobs.



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