Torben Villadsen is to step down as CEO at Actona Company after almost 25 years with the Denmark-based furniture design and wholesale business.

Bensons for Beds has paid tribute to the British suppliers behind its new Rollo by Slumberland mattress programme which it says has become the most successful launch in the retailer's 70-year history.

Earnings climbed at global furniture wholesaler Actona as the Denmark headquartered business found margin amid flat revenues.

Furniture stores in Ireland will close from Wednesday and in Wales from Friday in a repeat of harsh lockdown measures seen earlier this year.

The group behind the Spaceslide bedrooms brand says its cash headroom is currently larger than it was pre-Covid thanks to additional financing facilities as well as strong post-lockdown trading.

Molteni&C, the designer furniture and lifestyle company, has formed a collaboration with the ultra-premium brand of consumer products giant LG Electronics.

Recliner giant Man Wah Holdings has not given up its attempt to take control of HTL despite the already-completed sale of the leather upholstery colossus back to its founder.

Furniture stores in Wales are among the non-essential retailers who have been ordered to close for two weeks following the announcement of a 'firebreak' by First Minister Mark Drakeford. Stores in Ireland face an even longer shutdown.

The Yorkshire group behind bedroom brand Spaceslide recorded a bigger deficit in 2019 after a decline in performance at its co-owned kitchens business Optiplan.

The Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating a shift towards ecommerce in the mattress sector according to a new report by a major European furniture industry research body.

Kölnmesse, organiser of the IMM Cologne furniture exhibition held annually on the banks of the Rhine, say the upcoming edition will be a four-day event rather than seven.

The number of furniture, flooring and furnishings companies filing for insolvency fell sharply both sequentially and on an annual basis in the third quarter including a record fallow period.

The distributor behind the M Line mattress programme is to expand into Asia after striking a partnership agreement to grow its international footprint.

A key cog in the U.K. upholstery supply chain that lost out following the failures of QFC, Multiyork and Ultra more than recovered all that revenue and more in the year to March 31, 2020.

It is unlikely that people will go back into the office in the same way as they did pre-pandemic according to a new report that has implications for the residential furniture sector.

The owners of furniture retailer Laws of Perth have announced the planned permanent closure of the business after they accepted an offer on the building premises.

John Lewis & Partners, one of the biggest retailers of furniture in Britain, will add more inexpensive products to its home offer as part of a wide-ranging revamp that will also see the introduction of a buy or takeback option across all furniture.

Department store and beds retailer S.D. Kells posted a ninth successive sales climb in 2019–20 but cautioned of the significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic on trading in the period since.

Plans to reschedule The Flooring Show to early spring 2021 have been shelved with the event to return to its usual autumn timeline.

Lukehurst, the third generation Kent home furnishings retailer celebrating its 50th anniversary, says it plans to press ahead with expansion next year.

Weeks of zero takings during lockdown won't prevent the majority of bed and mattress retailers hitting their full year revenue targets according to a poll by the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Year-on-year sales have jumped by almost £100 million since the beginning of July for out-of-town furniture and homewares retailer Dunelm with the bulk of the gains coming from its digital sales channels.

Ready-to-assemble cabinet maker is a supplier to retailers such as Argos and employs nearly 70 people at its South Yorkshire factory.

A South Wales furniture maker with worldwide revenue north of £90 million has expanded into the residential sector with the launch of a comprehensive design-led home office and living collection.

Bensons for Beds says it will shift its focus to special offers and deals throughout most of November rather than participate in the Black Friday promotion this year.

The diversified home, gift and furniture wholesaler SIL slipped to a loss last year against a backdrop of weaker global growth and Brexit-related uncertainty.

Insolvency practitioners say efforts to recover a seven-figure debtor balance from one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of upholstery after the failure of a major British sofa manufacturer are over.

Walker Greenbank, the interior furnishings manufacturer and distributor, will simplify its structure by rebranding as Sanderson Design Group later this year in a move it says better reflects its activities.

A multi-million pound investment from a co-owned property company has supported a turnaround plan at a diversified group whose business units include smooth floorcoverings brand Atkinson & Kirby.

Bedding manufacturer, distributor and licensee Comfy Quilts found growth in 2019–20 buoyed by increased demand from an online retailer with whom it has familial ties.

Upholstery vertical DFS has joined the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) in a move that sees it become the largest single member of the national trade association.

Chinese mattress imports into the U.K. jumped by more than a third at the height of summer to reach their highest level since January 2019.

The Italian group that makes furniture under licence for a series of high-end lifestyle brands spanning Fendi Casa and Bentley Home has strengthened its leadership team.

Shipments of foreign-made carpet arriving on U.K. shores picked up in the late summer as spring lockdowns ended and factories whirred back into life.

Balance payment for 18-store off-price furniture and department store chain had been due just before lockdown, but remained unpaid six months on.

The next edition of the Scottish Interiors Showcase will take place early 2022 after this coming February's edition was postponed because of the pandemic.

A six-month stretch of falling upholstery imports into the U.K. has come to an end as orders from Eastern Europe and the Far East delivered growth for the category.

British furniture manufacturers continued to narrow the year-on-year production deficit as they brought employees back from furlough, new Government figures show.

August saw a ninth straight annual slide in living, dining and bedroom cabinet imports with all five of the most recent months seeing double-digit declines.

Tapi Carpets, the U.K.'s second largest floorcoverings retailer, has hired James Stringer as its digital director. He has been with the chain in an advisory capacity since last year.

Balta, the Belgian carpet and flooring conglomerate, said year-on-year third quarter profits will come in higher as a result of lower fixed costs and significantly improved margins.

"The premium innerspring segment in the U.K. market is not being fully served," said Tempur Sealy International CEO Scott Thompson as the Kentucky conglomerate announced that — together with its joint venture partner — it is buying back the U.K. Sealy brand rights from Silentnight.

Ecommerce retailer The Very Group grabbed a bigger slice of the home market as modest growth pre-pandemic exploded in the final quarter of its 2019–20 financial year.

Innovation paid dividends for Yorkshire chair specialist HSL with the group recording a six-figure corporation tax credit despite achieving pretax earnings north of £2 million last year.

Britain's mattress supply chains are under unprecedented pressure as demand outstrips the ability for factories to make products fast enough, according to the National Bed Federation.

The Bedeck bed, bath and household textiles group says it has taken steps to ensure its preparedness for rising ecommerce activity amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Tempur Sealy International says it will "develop, expand and reposition" Sealy products in the U.K. after agreeing a buyback of the brand rights in a joint venture with the Dyer family, its longtime Asia-Pacific partner.

Specialist furniture vertical HSL said four years of investment in its manufacturing operations paid dividends as it upped the volume of product leaving its own factory last year.

Specialist furniture vertical HSL found the sweet spot in 2019 as its 59-store retail network and home consultations delivered top and bottom line growth.

Drafts in longtime footwear boss in non-executive capacity.

The production company behind a new business investment television show is calling for furniture makers who may be interested in participating to contact them.

Shortages of foam and particle board are reducing production capacity and driving costs up, according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), which says retailers should brace for price increases.

Case goods supplier Willis & Gambier has a new visual identity after its new owner revealed the outcome of its largest investment yet since acquiring the brand last summer.

North West outdoor furniture and furnishings company Moda has agreed a £7 million funding package as it looks to keep pace with rapid growth over the past year.

The Vita Group will next year begin producing foam created from polyols derived from recycled mattresses after agreeing a collaboration with chemicals giant Dow.

U.K. revenue for Hästens Beds jumped almost a third last year as the high-end Swedish mattress maker continued to finance its growth here.

Rauch Möbelwerke, the German furniture manufacturer with a big U.K. presence, has named Markus Jansen as its new international sales director.

The new owner of the Habitat furniture retail business outside the U.K. will be granted an exclusive licence to operate the brand but will not immediately own the intellectual property.

Multi-depot wholesaler STS Flooring Distributors booked higher profits last year on wider gross margin and tight control over costs.

Ingka Group, the largest IKEA worldwide franchisee, was bracing to report a record deficit as a result of the pandemic until surging online sales helped it recuperate losses.

South East retailer Sussex Beds has launched its new television advertising campaign as part of plans by the ten-store business to increase marketing more than three-fold in short order.

The pandemic accelerated ecommerce growth at And So To Bed but the high-end bedroom retailer said it would have made strong gains regardless after investment last year.

Three stores, all in the North of England, planned between now and next year, with the first opening on Saturday.

Flat product sales and a decline in service income hit profits at Blackburn carpet maker Cavalier last year but the business still doubled its year-end cash reserves.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity, has outlined the ways in which stakeholders across the trade can spread awareness of Personal Support Grants so more potential recipients are aware of the financial support that may be available.

Mattress and ancillary products vendor Emma - The Sleep Company has appointed Andreas Westendoerpf as chief technology officer (CTO) to lead an overhaul of its IT platform.

Lord Kirkham and the private investment vehicle of Will Adderley were among major stockholders to pick up more shares in the flooring retailer Tapi Carpets in the past year.

National retailer Bensons for Beds is to bolster its Cambridgeshire manufacturing plant after investing in a state-of-the-art quilting machine.

Upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus continued to build out revenue in the first full year following a management buyout and ahead of its move to a new West Yorkshire warehouse this year.

Revenue declined at Atlantic Shopping in 2019 but the Midlands dining retailer continued to return a double-digit net margin and was well set up for the surge in ecommerce this year.

West Yorkshire upholstery source Scan-Thors (U.K.) says it has successfully secured new custom and pointed to signs of improving business confidence in the market.

But North West conglomerate said it has still restructured its workforce to cut staff headcount by 20 percent, anticipating falling demand.

The reconfigured Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton network is preparing to reopen following its sale to the Halo Group by DFS. Its new owner's handwriting is self-evident from the get-go.

One of the Sofa Workshop London stores acquired from DFS last month is to be repurposed for a first dedicated U.K. standalone showroom for Timothy Oulton's Noble Souls upholstery brand.

Retail chain Mattressman has kept to the terms of its agreement with creditors following a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) but will get more time to deposit funds into the repayment pot.

Egger Group, the wood-based materials conglomerate with a big presence in the U.K. market, has acquired a minority stake in an Italian company that makes decorative facings for furniture.

The Moot Group, the company behind the Olivia's and Houseology brands and which generates millions from licensing its technology platform, is to expand internationally ahead of an investment round.

The entire Dänisches Bettenlager retail network in Austria has been renamed as JYSK as part of a brand realignment exercise. It leaves the original brand name present in only one market worldwide.

Mattress giant Tempur says it is expecting a stronger second half than initially forecast in the U.K. after demand outperformed once the country emerged from lockdown.

Vita, one of the big three foamers and a key partner to the U.K. mattress and upholstery sectors, said it drew down on a credit line earlier this year to provide maximum operational flexibility.

Demand for home and leisure goods is driving growth for home shopping brand Studio Retail, with sales across the combined categories almost doubling since April.

Home and gift lines helped counter weak demand across other product categories for home shopping retailer N Brown in the past six months, the company said yesterday (Sep. 30).

Restructuring work at R.A. Irwin & Company left the fabrics manufacturer better equipped to cope with the Covid-19 outbreak, the company said in new accounts.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has fixed the 2021 dates for its Bed Show. It will be held September 21–22 at the Telford International Centre.

DFS, the U.K.'s largest upholstery retailer, has been building an arsenal of storied brands to attack the furniture market in recent years.

Cormar Carpets said sales grew in a declining market in 2019 with the business also enjoying a strong pickup in demand after the lockdown earlier this year.

Mid-autumn launch as expanding sofa chain prepares to open its westernmost store on street dripping in British upholstery heritage.

The company behind department store retailer Browns of York booked a smaller net loss in 2019–20 and says it will explore options for its first-ever ecommerce website.

Living, dining and bedroom cabinet furniture importer Fortune Woods U.K. has moved into a new combined office and warehouse facility at Pontyclun, South Wales.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS said business has rebounded strongly since lockdown to limit the impact on full-year results to July 25 and put it on track for growth in 2020–21.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has put its furniture and home offer at the centre of its new television advertising campaign for autumn 2020.

Upholstery, furniture and home furnishings brand Neptune is to add a new Cheshire showroom to its nationwide store roster this autumn, its first opening since December last year.

Year-on-year bar takings were down by almost half at the height of summer in Ireland as consumers diverted more discretionary spend towards home furnishings.

Privately-owned retailer trades through four distinct brands, all selling home goods and two of which also carry a comprehensive range of furniture products.

Danish furniture retailer JYSK says the pandemic hasn't quelled its wish to expand its U.K. store estate, vowing to open more than half a dozen new sites over the next 11 months.

The Furniture Makers' Company's National Charity Golf Day and separate Golf Challenge have between them raised £3,000.

Mattress giant Tempur Sealy International has promoted Tobin James amid a raft of appointments including a strengthening of its senior leadership team in the U.K.

Three well-known furniture professionals will this autumn launch the inaugural Online Furniture Show and are urging retailers and suppliers from across the U.K. and international trade to participate.

The eponymous founder of Italian upholstery company Natuzzi says the U.K. is among its priority markets as it looks to bounce back after the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Roche Bobois, the premium French furniture maker, retailer and franchisor, increased control of its U.K. operation during the first half of 2020.

Connection Flooring, the North East company behind the national Flooring Superstore retail chain, has appointed Stuart Phillips as chief financial officer.

Italian sofa maker Natuzzi says it could outsource some of its production in Eastern Europe having completed a similar process in the Far East to combat tariffs.

Consumer confidence remains weak but still improved to its best level since March last month, according to polling company GfK.

Stakeholders spanning furniture and bed retailers, manufacturers and an MP have coalesced around the British Furniture Confederation's (BFC) month-long campaign to promote British-made furniture.

An Introduction to the Domestic Flammability Regulations is the fourth in a series of online training courses to be launched by the Furniture Industry Research Association.

Ilkeston based Belfield Group added foam and fibre products manufacturer Clinchplain to its roster of furnishings-related companies in an unheralded deal that completed in the days before lockdown.

The Belfield Group, owner of Westbridge Furniture, Tetrad and one of the U.K.'s largest mattress factories, booked higher consolidated profits in 2019 despite a fall in group-wide revenue.

DFS has thanked its largest suppliers and landlords whose altruism helped the retailer support those facing "existential challenges" during the worst of the pandemic.

Organisers of the January Furniture Show (JFS) say they remain hopeful of delivering a successful event for the furniture community as they await updated Government guidance following the delay in the return of mass gatherings.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS has signed a ten-year lease on a 32,000sqft warehouse in Liverpool.

Esprit Meuble, the Paris furniture show slated for December 5–8, 2020, has been cancelled because of health concerns surrounding Covid-19.

The Autumn Furniture Show, the exhibition that had been due to kickstart the return of mass gatherings in the U.K. furnishings sector in under a fortnight's time, has been cancelled.

Sofa market leader DFS has revealed the extent of the mandated shutdown on its business but, like others across the trade, it has bounced back strongly in the period since.

Far East suppliers to Oak Furnitureland acceded to a request by the retailer to convert trade balances into loans last autumn, aiding its working capital through the end of 2019 and into this year.

A Chinese fitted furniture and kitchens conglomerate with sales equivalent to £1.56 billion is opening a first U.K. and European showroom, near Manchester.

Every retailer faces a shared threat at the minute, but perhaps the biggest medium-term obstacle to Dreams' continued market leadership in the beds category has now been eliminated, thanks to its owner.

Glasswells has stepped up work remodelling the atrium entrance of its Bury St. Edmunds store, part of an ongoing series of investments at the flagship site that began in 2017.

The BFM Fabric Show London 2021 will take place as scheduled next year as long as indoor events are permitted, organisers have said.

The private equity house that acquired the national soft furnishings business Julian Charles earlier this year is on the hunt for more takeovers, with a specific eye on the U.K. furniture sector.

Sofa.com has deepened its ties with its sister company after adding fabrics from a key House of Fraser in-house brand. It has also introduced lighting to its offer for the first time.

Organisers of the International Furniture Fair in Cologne (IMM) have reaffirmed the event will take place as planned in January amid a backdrop of compatriot events being postponed.

Home improvement retail giant B&Q is to relaunch kitchen installation services across its U.K. store network, reversing a strategy decision taken more than two years ago.

The founder of Sofa Workshop stands to be one of the biggest indirect beneficiaries from the sale to Halo Group of the upholstery business he created back in the 1980s.

Cabinet wholesale and retail company Kettle Interiors U.K. has renamed one of its two residual furniture retail stores after it adapted the available product offer post-lockdown.

Growth in wholesale revenue for Kettle Interiors U.K. helped counter a decline in sales at its retail unit last year. Underlying profits for the case goods business were up nearly a fifth.

Production struggled to keep pace with demand at the height of summer as U.K. furniture factories reopened to a surge in orders.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the premium kitchens, bedrooms and furniture vertical, says it has been trading at record levels for a number of months.

Nikki Crumpton, non-executive director at Eve Sleep, will next week step down from the board of the mattress and ancillary products wholesale and retail company.

Lockdown hasn't shunted Lebus Upholstery off course as the Lincolnshire sofa maker looks to build on double-digit growth achieved last year. Order intake and volumes are currently ahead of 2019.

National bed specialist Dreams picked up the Feather & Black brand and selected assets for a fraction of the price shelled out by past owners of the high-end business, a new report reveals.

The long wait ends today as furniture shows recommence with the autumn edition of Long Point, the swish trade-only event held in showrooms the length of the East Midlands.

The Senator Group, the North West furniture giant, is proposing up to 174 redundancies as it braces for reduced demand for new and replacement workplace furniture.

John Lewis reported a half-year loss of nearly £560m after tax and that has brought with it much hand-wringing about its problems.

For the first time since 1953, John Lewis Partnership says it will not pay its employees a bonus. If that proves to be the case, it will not be because it lacks the resources to do so.

Consumers continued to divert more of their discretionary spend towards home goods as retailers enjoyed further growth in August, according to official retail sales figures.

Home sales fell sharply at John Lewis & Partners in the six months to July 25 as ecommerce tailwinds failed to counter the impact of store closures through the pandemic.

Furniture companies are benefiting from Next allowing its customers to book bulky-goods deliveries directly via suppliers' networks, according to the general merchandise giant.

General merchandise retailer Next will next month open four new large-format Home & Beauty stores as part of a pilot programme.

Furniture, home and garden retailer Wayfair will next week host its annual Way Day promotion, the second running of the sales event in the U.K. market after it debuted in 2019.

Upholstery market leader DFS has launched a new programme of leather sofas and chairs in collaboration with Halo Group, the multinational furniture business to whom it has just sold Sofa Workshop.

Furniture prices at the factory gate inched forward last month ahead of manufacturers facing the impact of a spike in raw material prices this autumn.

Ecommerce retailer My Furniture, the pan-European company based in the East Midlands, made a third straight bottom line gain in 2019–20 as it eliminated its prior earnings deficit.

Italian furniture group Calligaris has for the first time disclosed the detail behind its late autumn 2019 buyout of high-end lighting company Luceplan.

The owner of the bulk of the IKEA worldwide store estate has bought the remaining shares in a kitchen installation business it first invested in two years ago.

Calligaris Group, the contemporary Italian furniture maker whose products are sold in over 100 countries worldwide including the U.K., says the medium-term outlook is positive despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Imports of foam and sprung mattresses into the U.K. declined at the height of summer despite a leap in the value of goods shipped from Turkey and China.

Furnishings conglomerate Hunter Douglas has been told to divest at least 51 percent of its shares in window dressings etailer 247Blinds after a ruling by the U.K. competition watchdog.

Man Wah Holdings, owner of the Cheers recliner brand, has built a mammoth new factory to bolster production in the Chinese market.

The British Furniture Confederation's Buy British Furniture Event goes live this weekend amid a heightened public desire to support home-grown producers.

National sofa and carpets retailer ScS says it hired 150 new employees last month and has a similar number of vacancies still available as it looks to scale up headcount to cope with demand.



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