EZ Living Furniture and EZ Living Interiors are different retailers, under different ownership, but they share several things in common. [Premium]

The planned permanent closure of John Young Furnishings of Keswick is another reminder that the biggest threat to the existence of independent furniture and flooring retail doesn't come from competition or weak economic conditions. [Premium]

Revenue has now fallen in each of the past two years for ecommerce-led beds retailer Mattress Online but the long-term trend paints a picture of consistent growth. [Premium]

Over 170 new industry companies were incorporated in the period between February 19–25, 2024 inclusive. Full list by business type.

Harvey Jones' white knight has arrived after the luxury kitchens manufacturer and retailer signposted both its distress and intent to restructure in court earlier this month. [Premium]

82 furnishings companies were placed into administration, liquidation, wound up or dissolved in the past week. Full list here.

Eight companies left creditors facing £4.2 million shortfall.

There have been many successful ecommerce entrepreneurs in the home sector but those with multiple wins on their CV are few and far between. With a notable exception. [Premium]

List of the main countries from which living/dining and bedroom furniture were imported into the U.K. in 2023, including category totals, the value of goods, and year-on-year comparisons.

The countries from which carpets, vinyl and wood flooring were imported into the U.K. in 2023, including the total value of goods, aggregated flooring data, and year-on-year comparisons.

Separate maps for furniture and floorcoverings, showing store numbers by U.K. region in 2023.

Complete list of all countries from which foam and sprung mattresses were imported into the U.K. in 2023, including the value of goods and year-on-year comparisons.

Complete list of all countries from which upholstered furniture was imported into the U.K. in 2023, including the value of goods and year-on-year comparisons.

Over 155 new industry companies were incorporated in the period between February 12–18, 2024 inclusive. Full list by business type.

91 furnishings companies were placed into administration, liquidation, wound up or dissolved in the past week. Full list here.

Seven companies left creditors facing £9 million shortfall.

The new bedding company run by former Dreams executives Greg Suthern and Nick Worthington and backed by Mike Clare was never likely to fly under the radar for too long. [Premium]

25 years of U.K. furniture manufacturing turnover in a single chart. [Premium]

Sales declined for both DFS and Sofology last year but there was at least one part of the Doncaster upholstery group where revenue was still in the ascendancy. [Premium]

Over 120 new industry companies were incorporated in the period between February 5–11, 2024 inclusive. Full list by business type.

82 furnishings companies were placed into administration, liquidation, wound up or dissolved in the past week. Full list here.

Eight companies left creditors facing £1.9 million shortfall.

An eagle-eyed reader contacted us on Friday after spotting what they believed was an anomoly. [Premium]

Many of the country's top privately-owned retailers are members of Associated Independent Stores, making the West Midlands organisation a bellwether for elite U.K. furniture retail. [Premium]

Most company executives, when asked what is their most important asset, will say their people. Most important, yes, but most valuable? That is another question entirely. [Premium]

More Argos, More Often, says parent company J Sainsbury. What does that mean for furniture and beds? [Premium]

If you want to know what will happen to furniture and flooring demand, look at the housing market. [Premium]

Over 140 new industry companies were incorporated in the period between January 29–February 4, 2024 inclusive. Full list by business type.

64 furnishings companies were placed into administration, liquidation, wound up or dissolved in the past week. Full list here.

Seven companies left creditors with £2.1 million debts.

Andrew Paul Furniture has broken through the small company threshold and outed itself as one of the U.K.'s larger sofa manufacturers. [Premium]

Charts showing the number of mattress manufacturers and their respective turnover sizebands and how that has changed since 2017. [Premium]

The diversification strategy deployed by Julian Charles, the circa 70-store soft furnishings and bedding chain, should come as no surprise, given its ownership. [Premium]

Over 170 new industry companies were incorporated in the period between January 22–28, 2024 inclusive. Full list by business type.

39 furnishings companies were placed into administration, liquidation, wound up or dissolved in the past week. Full list here.

13 companies left creditors with £2.8 million debts.

Rising interest rates spell bad news for most furniture retailers as they depress the housing market, a key signifier for the health of the sector. [Premium]

Nectar Sleep said there has been an increase in buyers' remorse in just-filed accounts, but that didn't reflect its returns rate, which appears to have improved. [Premium]

Complete list of all countries from which core furniture exports — mattresses, living, dining and bedroom cabinet, and sofas — were exports from the U.K. in the year-to-date (Jan.–Nov. 2023), including the value of goods and year-on-year comparisons.

Attacks by Houthi rebels on merchant ships transporting goods such as furniture from Asia to Europe has led to vessels being diverted away from the Red Sea and around the Cape of Good Hope. [Premium]