Inflation figures released Wednesday made for grim reading. Consumers are paying over 10 percent more to buy furniture than they were this time last year, while manufacturers' input costs are increasing at twice that level.

Timothy Oulton group products will be available from three stores abreast on London's principal furniture shopping street by the end of the year as the upmarket brand expands its presence in the capital.

The value of furniture and lighting sales declined on both a one and two year basis last month according to figures out Friday morning from the Office for National Statistics.

Bedroom furniture vertical Sharps has repaid tens of millions of pounds of debt in the wake of its disposal by Sun European Partners to a London based private equity group earlier this summer.

Beds and mattress vertical Bensons for Beds has recruited an experienced retail executive as successor to chief operating officer Joe Wykes, who left the business earlier this year.

Consumer price inflation for furniture reached double-digit levels for the first time on public record while manufacturers are continuing to grapple with upstream supply chain price pressures.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee said it is extremely confident with regards to its future outlook and business performance after the reopening of retail earlier this year helped it quickly pick up where it left off before the pandemic.

Demand through 2021 has put luxury furnishing fabrics, wallpapers and accessories supplier Romo back on track to recover sales lost through the pandemic, the company said in just-filed accounts.

New group managing director for CT Baker, whose retail interests include the Bakers & Larners department store in Holt.

A major restructuring plan initiated through the pandemic will leave the U.K. arm of designer lighting company Artemide leaner and in better shape to seize future market opportunities, the company has said.

Big-ticket home categories were outsized growth drivers in 2020/21 for The Very Group, operator of the Very.co.uk ecommerce business and the legacy Littlewoods home shopping brand.

Departure ends "four successful years" at the designer furniture retailer.

A second straight month of weaker data from European factories squashed the air out of what had been a buoyant mattress import market until the summer months.

Ecommerce helped the U.K. home furnishings arm of retail giant Zara find top line growth last year and negate the long time closure of its 11 dedicated home stores.

Tenants of one of Britain's biggest retail landlords can put aside any lingering hopes they may have had for further rent concessions or waivers after comments made Wednesday morning.

Profits more than doubled at home department store retailer Leekes in 2020/21 and have made further double-digit gains since as revenue recovers.

Upholstered furniture shipments continued to rise strongly at the height of summer despite lapping robust figures recorded in the aftermath of the first Covid lockdown.

Bensons for Beds is looking to hire about 180 people across its nationwide retail, distribution and manufacturing network while its new store rollout continues this week with an opening in a former Laura Ashley unit.

National retailer Furniture Village will officially open the doors to its new store at Sheffield this weekend, returning its estate to 54 branches across England.

The value of carpets and rugs imported into the U.K. continued to rise in August according to new figures, but at a much shallower incline than in the preceding seven months.

The effects of late summer Covid-related factory shutdowns in Vietnam are yet to show in official data. Instead, they reveal the impact of huge living, dining and bedroom cabinet orders placed before those plants were mothballed.

Internet furniture and homeware retailer Cox & Cox has launched its first ever television advertising campaign against a backdrop of record financial performance for the ecommerce business.

The achievements of Harrison Spinks chairman Simon Spinks and West Yorkshire bed maker Duvalay were among those from the industry recognised at the Yorkshire Business Masters 2021 awards last week.

Shareholders in furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen have sold a qualified majority stake to Storskogen, a Swedish investment group that backs dozens of small and medium sized enterprises.

Mike Logue is stepping down as chief executive at Dreams, the U.K.'s largest beds retailer. He will be succeeded by Jonathan Hirst, its chief operating officer since 2017.

Revenue fell at all four of West Midlands and Essex upholstery group TCM Living's business units last year but three of them still managed to gain market share from their competitors.

New figures from upholstery group TCM Living show its two largest retail customers—both major furniture chains—were responsible for 61.4 percent of its £100 million plus turnover through 2020.

Carpetright, Britain's largest flooring retailer, has made its expert product knowledge the defining message of a new marketing campaign called No one knows more about floors.

The new owner of Carpet & Flooring (C&F) settled all outstanding debt as part of the buyout of the 11-depot floorcoverings distributor earlier this year.

The company behind the Sofatime chain of upholstery stores and Dreams bed shops in Northern Ireland posted higher profits as it managed to maintain sales through 2020/21.

Dreams last night launched its first new brand campaign since the introduction of its paradigm-shifting Replace Every 8 crusade as the bed specialist looks to build on a seventh straight growth in profits.

Furniture and homeware retailer Dunelm Group continued to find year-on-year sales growth in the 13 weeks to September 25 despite lapping strong comparatives from last year.

Profits climbed at Danish furniture designer, wholesaler and distributor Actona Group in 2020/21 as it enjoyed a revenue boost from ecommerce channels.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled a half-price TV mattress advert as misleading after a challenge from a single, unspecified complainant.

Sanderson Design Group (SDG) returned to profit in the six months to July 31 as it lapped weak comparatives for last year when its business had been more heavily impacted by the pandemic.

Clerkenwell Open, a showroom trail event that featured 62 companies across the furniture and furnishings sector, is to take place again in 2022 after the success of the inaugural edition this year.

Consumers pivoting online amid the early months of the pandemic provided a tailwind to the Midlands company behind the Beds.co.uk ecommerce operation.

Venture capital and private equity group LDC says it has made a growth investment in mobility products group Kingswood, the owner of the Willowbrook adjustable beds and riser recline chair brand.

Plumbs slipped to an overall loss last year but the sofa covers and reupholstery business said it enjoyed a very profitable fourth quarter after benefitting from pent-up demand post lockdown.

British furniture manufacturers' combined turnover rose by a quarter against strong comparatives at the height of summer as the industry battled to meet surging demand.

Leeds bed maker Harrison Spinks has been awarded Investors in People’s We Invest in People standard accreditation, recognition of its leadership and management practices and how it motivates and supports its employees. 

Carpenter Co, the U.S. headquartered industrial conglomerate, has made a binding offer for Recticel's Engineered Foam division, which includes its comfort foam business serving U.K. upholstery and bedding customers.

The next phase in an intellectual property disagreement between two sofa companies, one in the U.K. and another in Ireland, is scheduled to take place this week.

Primark, one of the U.K.'s largest apparel retailers, has launched a capsule collection of inexpensive furniture products in response to elevated consumer interest in home goods.

Home, gift and furniture wholesaler SIL generated cash and returned to profit last year as lower costs negated the impact of a fall in turnover.

Geert Geerkens, sales and marketing director at Belgium's Veldeman Group, has been named the new president of the European Bedding Industry Association (EBIA).

Customers pivoting away from the web and back to stores along with the collapse of Greensill Capital exacerbated an already perilous situation at Kidderminster sofa maker Wyvern Furniture.

Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown has kickstarted a brand building campaign for its fast-emerging Home Essentials business as it looks to capitalise on sales trebling over the past six months.

The British arm of the Danish solid wood floor maker Junckers posted lower sales last year but expects to begin recovering business lost to the pandemic through 2021.

Retail giant IKEA plans to shift production of some goods from the Far East to Turkey in order to counter the impact of rising container costs, according to a company official.

Construction is underway at Tempur Sealy International's 700,000sqft factory at Crawfordsville, Indiana — plans for which were first disclosed this summer.

Hypnos and The Eden Project, the educational charity and social enterprise, are to work together on charity, community and sustainability initiatives that focus on the importance of the environment and creating sustainable sleep solutions.

The company behind Kidderminster sofa maker Wyvern Furniture has ceased trading and been placed into administration. All of its employees have been made redundant.

Bensons for Beds will become Bensons for Heads across its social media channels this Sunday to mark World Mental Health Day and celebrate its raising of £500,000 for Mind, the mental health charity.

The principal U.K. arms of Carpenter and Vita, two of the big three comfort foam suppliers to Britain's bed and sofa manufacturing sectors, saw output and earnings fall amid the early months of the pandemic.

Experienced furniture industry executive Emma Rackley has been appointed director of furniture and home at Associated Independent Stores (AIS). She is taking over from Julian Cox, who leaves at the end of the year.

Direct-to-consumer brand Swyft Home is to launch into the non-upholstered living room furniture category with its first cabinet products.

International furniture company Roche Bobois has announced the death of François Roche, its co-founder, on October 6. He was 85 years old.

Bensons for Beds returns to Farnborough on Friday with the opening of a 5,400sqft store to replace the nearby unit it previously shared with Harveys.

Britain's biggest hardwood furniture retailer Oak Furnitureland generated cash and was profitable before one-time items in its first period since the business was restructured following a prepack buyout last June.

RH, the luxury furniture and home goods retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has revealed nine-figure London lease commitments in new filings with the U.K. registrar.

Floorcoverings supply giant Headlam is on the hunt for a new chief executive after it announced the departure of Steve Wilson after 30 years with the company.

The former Oldrids department store in Boston, which closed last year after 216 years, has reopened under a new fascia and with a different owner.

Interiors brand Morris & Co. will deepen ties with general merchandise fashion-to-furnishings retailer Next with an expanded licensing agreement, parent company Sanderson Design Group (SDG) announced Thursday morning.

A recapitalisation by the backers of high-end interiors lifestyle brand OKA Direct last year eliminated a balance sheet deficit and cut borrowings by £24.7 million.

Seven-figure exceptional costs impacted profits at diversified furniture, mattress and home accessories designer, manufacturer and distributor Gallery Direct last year.

North West home textiles group Turner Bianca booked lower profits in 2020/21 as rising costs and narrower margins countered the impact of higher sales.

The previously-signposted addition of second and third showrooms in the U.S. will further boost the international aspirations of British furniture and lifestyle retailer OKA after a big jump in online demand last year.

The director of sustainability and innovation at Leeds bed and mattress manufacturer Harrison Spinks has joined the roster of experts speaking at The Furniture Makers’ Company’s webinar on sustainability next week.

Adjusted profits were up by half at ScS through 2020/21 as the upholstery and flooring retailer began unwinding its big order book resulting in a leap in delivered sales.

The md of furniture importer and distributor Bentley Designs says the business continues to keep a very tight rein on costs in the face of unprecedented supply side and shipping inflationary pressures.

The opening of a new East Midlands showroom has taken the footprint of emerging floorcoverings retailer Flooring Superstore to 40 stores nationwide.

The insolvency and subsequent prepack sale of certain assets of the company behind the JTF Mega Discount Warehouse retail chain leaves creditors owed north of £11.4 million.

Ireland and U.K. furniture wholesaler VIDA Living has appointed Karl Bickerstaffe as area sales manager with responsibility for northern England and north Wales.

Management actions buttressed liquidity and profits at national furniture retailer HSL in 2020 as its customer base was impacted by Covid-19 to a greater extent than other demographics.

Accounts for Dreams will show a bigger jump in profits than that originally signposted by Tempur Sealy International when the world's largest bedding company announced it was buying the national bed specialist earlier this year.

Revenue climbed for soft furnishings supplier Ashley Wilde Group last year as its customer base ramped up activity in the aftermath of the first lockdown.

Home and garden retail giant IKEA is exploring expanding its retail footprint in Ireland, with its first new store in the country since 2016.

The Young Furniture Makers exhibition, a product showcase from the next generation of innovators organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company, is this year taking place as a month-long virtual event.

Existing local managers will oversee the business of iconic sofa brand Tetrad after the departure of its longtime md and former owner Janus Cooper, its parent company Belfield has said.

Walking away from tens of millions of pounds worth of business with IKEA was a bold move but Westbridge is finding new custom elsewhere, with both emerging and longstanding customers.

Belfield Group's upholstery businesses were more impacted by lockdown periods last year as its just-divested mattress unit delivered higher revenue amid the backdrop of the pandemic.

Fast-expanding outdoor furniture retailer Moda has agreed a £17 million funding package with Secure Trust Bank as the Manchester company looks to capitalise on high demand for alfresco living.

Monty Kutas, who represented a number of furniture companies with distinction over a long career, died peacefully at Northampton General Hospital on September 27. He was 98.

The group behind the Adjustamatic brand returned to profit and generated cash last year as lower costs helped mitigate the impact of a decline in delivered sales.

Furniture and bedding are among the categories being targeted by Next as the general merchandise retailer looks to builds a bigger licensing business.

International supply chains are steadily improving according to general merchandise retailer Next, one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture, but it said big-ticket goods were the categories most impacted by a rise in shipping costs.

Department store retailer Fenwick more than doubled the value of its revolving credit facility and separately raised millions from the sale of property as it boosted liquidity headroom amid the pandemic.

Robbie Feather, the former CEO at Fenwick and co-founder of bedroom retailer Feather & Black, is joining The Very Group as retail managing director and executive board member.

Market leader DFS is expanding the number of upholstery ranges it carries in its stores, paving a path for it to onboard new suppliers to the sofa chain.

Furniture manufacturing activity in Vietnam is expected to increase after the Government signalled its intent to ease restrictions amid an intention to move away from its zero-Covid strategy.

Fast-emerging flooring distributor Likewise Group is planning to pay dividends to shareholders for the first time as it looks to build on a profitability milestone achieved in the first half of 2021.

National retailer Bensons for Beds will return to Huddersfield this weekend, with a two-storey unit on the Leeds Road Retail Park in the West Yorkshire town.

High end interior design and furnishings distributor Sanderson Design Group has appointed Mike Woodcock as its chief financial officer, replacing Michael Williamson who leaves next month.

Vita Group has acquired Belfield's Usleep business unit from NorthEdge Capital in a deal that makes the diversified foam conglomerate one of the country's largest manufacturers of finished mattresses.

Fabb Furniture, the retailer formerly known as AHF, will add a new Hampshire store before Christmas with the business also closing in on the completion of its rebranding programme.

Midlands based ecommerce dining furniture retailer achieves net margin north of 20 percent.

A rosier outlook for flooring conglomerate Victoria has prompted S&P Global Ratings to reaffirm its BB rating in a move that may boost bond investor confidence.

Wallcoverings and home accents supplier Graham & Brown enjoyed a big jump in profits as customers "rediscovered their homes" last year, investing in and re-inventing the environments they live in.

All parts of the Cookes Furniture group business have enjoyed growth in the past six months with md James Pike saying a major focus for the second half will be on order fulfilment after consistent high demand.

Sofa giant Natuzzi continues to write new orders faster than it can manufacture existing ones according to its incoming CEO, who says the global supplier is prioritising ways to cut lead times.

Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton has been granted planning permission to remodel the interior of the listed former Lombok furniture store in central London.

First half profits recovered for high-end French furniture company Roche Bobois with its U.K. arm a positive force after a strong reopening.

Consumer confidence has weakened in September across every available measure according to a closely-followed poll, as people weigh the impact of potential rises in the cost of living.

The CEO of DFS says pushing further into the online bed market is the early focus of a wider plan to diversify the group's revenue base beyond the upholstery category.

55-store upholstery chain Sofology could follows its sister DFS brand into Ireland or add more smaller stores once its current new store pipeline has been fully unwound.

Rising freight rates have prompted independent retailers to switch buying strategies according to DFS, which has been shielded from the effects thanks to the structural advantage of scale.

Silentnight Beds has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark (MGM) by The Furniture Makers' Company, the furnishings industry charity and City of London livery company.

Retail conglomerate Beter Bed Holding will next month open a large new warehouse dedicated to ecommerce, part of a plan to hit at least €100 million in web revenues by 2025.

First half losses widened at mattress and ancillary products brand Eve Sleep as it front-loaded marketing investment in the U.K. and spent more upfront abroad.

Profits declined at Oliver Bonas through 2020 with the furniture and lifestyle retailer describing the pandemic-impacted year as like no other before it.

VIDA Living, the Ireland and U.K. furniture importer and distributor, has recruited Victoria Bellerby to the role of senior business development director.

DFS returned a high single-digit net margin in 2020/21 as it reversed a prior-year deficit that had been negatively impacted by the first Covid-lockdown.

A new plant that will recycle the foam from as many as 200,000 end-of-life mattresses per year has opened in France, chemicals giant Dow and its partners including foam producer Vita Group have announced.

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.

Shire Beds won Bed Product of the Year at the National Bed Federation (NBF) Industry Awards last night while Hypnos and John Cotton Non-Wovens were successful in the Sustainability and Component Product categories.

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.

Sales more than doubled for manufacturer and retailer Get Laid Beds in 2020/21, making it one of the largest ecommerce players in the sector. Profits also jumped sharply.

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.

The Furniture Makers’ Company’s (TFMC) industry webinar series returns this autumn with three more episodes, the first of which will explore what the trade is doing to combat climate change.

Harrison Spinks has appointed Scott Hollis as its first-ever U.S. sales manager with a brief to drive the bed maker's business in North America.

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.

Disruption from the pandemic ended a seven-year run of sales growth for upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow last year, but the decline looks likely to be short-lived.

The md of Savoir Beds says the luxury brand is back in investment mode and trading at never-before-seen levels after what proved a tough 2020 amid the disruption of the pandemic.

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.

Imports of foam and sprung mattresses declined at the start of the second half despite arrivals from Denmark—home to the factory making Tempur products for the U.K. market—rising to a nine-month high.

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.

Upholstery shipments jumped by half at the beginning of the second period of 2021 as the sofa sector continued to grab an outsized share of container availability.

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.

Gains in textile floorcoverings imports were pared back at the start to the second half of 2021 as the carpet trade annualised the resumption of trade after the first lockdown last year.

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.



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