The mood music emanating from key stakeholders in direct-to-consumer sofa brand Maker&Son is more positive than it was. With good reason.

Seven companies left creditors owed £750,000.

10 companies were placed either into administration or liquidation in the past seven days.

Direct-to-consumer upholstered furniture brand Maker&Son has so far filed two notices of intent to appoint administrators, giving it breathing space from creditors. The outcome for all stakeholders will soon become apparent.

13 new hires and exits in the period to August 4, 2022.

A breakdown of the number of U.K furniture retailers with sales of up £249k, from £250–£999k, from £1–1.99m, from £2–4.99m, from £5–£9.99m and over £10m. Charts show data from 2017–2021.

Funds advised by Epiris acquired bedroom and home office furniture retailer Sharps from Sun European Partners in the autumn of last year.

Eight companies left creditors facing £850,000 shortfall.

Seven companies filed for insolvency in the past week.

Managing director Stuart Gordon became the controlling shareholder in the £66.6 million turnover furniture and doors group LPD in a transaction that concluded at the beginning of June.

The original acquisition of the La-Z-Boy licence for the U.K. and Ireland back in 2008 was a shrewd bit of business by the former owners of the Colne upholstered furniture manufacturer previously known as Furnico.

Direct-to-consumer brand Maker&Son filed a second notice of intent to appoint administrators (NOI) on Monday. That means two things.

A complete list of all of the new U.K. floorcoverings retail companies formed between June 1–30, 2022.

A complete list of all of the new U.K. furniture retail companies formed between June 1–30, 2022.

Eight companies left creditors facing £6.3m shortfall.

Eight companies filed for insolvency in the past week.

Lower volumes and decisions taken during the pandemic are impacting companies across the sector.

Made.com's trading update on Tuesday sent an already sliding share price into freefall, down almost 46 percent to below 21 pence and cutting the market capitalisation of the retailer to £82 million.

Maker&Son has been the subject of significant equity investment since it was founded by father and son team Alex Willcock and Felix Conran back in 2018.

Seven companies left creditors facing £5m shortfall.

 Nine industry companies filed for insolvency in the week to July 15.

Updates on 16 hires and exits in the period to July 15, 2022.

An increasing number of suppliers are going direct to the consumer but are smart enough to understand it is not sensible or sustainable business practice to undercut their retail partners and stockists.

There were almost 10,000 U.K. furniture retail enterprises dotted around the U.K. in 2021, and thousands more including individual stores run by regional or national chains. Here is where they are located and how that compares with 2017.

United Carpets Group, Britain's largest floorcoverings franchise retailer, was back in profit on its return to private ownership but that didn't prevent a fall in the balance sheet value of the company.

10 companies left debts of £2 million.

 Ten companies filed for insolvency in the seven days to July 8, 2022.

Updates for the period to July 8, 2022.

Sealy U.K. has filed its first set of numbers since Silentnight sold the business for the previously-signposted cash sum of £3.2 million back in October 2020.

On the day that two listed furniture retailers announced senior hires and departures the market was again unkind.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has told Carpenter and Recticel to address antitrust concerns ahead of the proposed acquisition of the business unit that includes the latter's comfort foam business.

The Ashley Wilde group enjoyed a stellar trading year in 2021 but that was only a small part of the reason for a transformation in the net worth of the business.

The pandemic upended supply chains, leaving furniture importers facing a challenge getting inventory to the U.K. in a timely manner.

10 companies left debts of £1.7 million.

Nine companies placed into liquidation in the seven days to July 1, 2022.

Six years ago, all four of the stores in the Gillies of Broughty Ferry network could be reached within a hour and half's drive up the east coast of Scotland, starting in Perth and finishing in Aberdeen.

Ownership concentration comes at low earnings multiple for Market Rasen furniture wholesaler Classic.

Since 2000, Lancashire carpet maker Cormar has delivered £1.85 billion worth of goods to its retail customers.

Investment group Blue Coast Capital acquired a significant but as-yet-undisclosed stake in furniture retailer Loaf last autumn in a deal that valued the business at over £70 million.

The closure of the 16-store Sofa Workshop retail chain back in the spring had a knock-on effect that saw even further store churn among other U.K. and international upholstery brands.