Retailers leasing stores owned by one of the country's largest landlords in the home merchandise sector saved cash by either not paying rent or cutting a deal to kick the can down the road following the lockdown order.

Mark Smith, CEO of upholstery group DM Midlands Holdings, has together with his wife Julie bought sofa retailer Arlo & Jacob out of administration, expanding the couple's personal interests in the sector.

Big-four grocer Morrisons will expand its general merchandise footprint with the opening of a first standalone home and clothing unit on the site of an existing store in Derbyshire.

Revenue growth accelerated for online furniture and homewares retailer Cox & Cox after the Government mandated the closure of stores and instructed people to stay at home.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and industry charity, has increased the support package available to employees and sole traders struggling financially because of Covid-19, and urged people to spread its message.

Furniture retailer Made.com has agreed a new term loan and renewed an existing credit line as it looks to capitalise on growth opportunities and shield itself from risk.

Underlying profits returned for the company behind regional home retailer Gardiner Haskins in a year that saw it reduce the scope of its Bristol operations by selling its Grade II listed Soapworks store building.

Retailer utilising former Bathstore shops, acquired last year, for new pilot format.

Any hopes U.K. and international carpet makers had for a flood of new orders from Headlam may be dashed as Europe's largest wholesaler said it would use existing inventory in the short-term.

Early May saw a second straight uptick in consumer confidence for major purchases according to a closely-followed survey, but progress is painfully slow.

Furniture retailers have been told they can reopen their stores June 15 provided they have adequate Covid-19 measures in place. By then, hundreds of furniture shops across the country will have already been open for weeks.

Three-store retailer Indigo Furniture ceased trading earlier this spring after the lockdown prevented it delivering hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of stock, prompting it to run out of money.

Furniture and lighting sales tanked in April as all bar a handful of stores selling across the combined categories were closed, leaving online as the only viable sales channel.

Upholstery and carpets retailer ScS reopened its English store estate over the weekend and says it is now unwinding its order book after recommencing deliveries.

The coronavirus crisis has prompted Italian sofa maker Natuzzi to revise its ongoing transformation plan with the introduction of significant new cost-reduction and cash-saving measures.

Administrators have disclosed the detail behind the prepack sale of Burgess Beds to a U.S. investor, which we first reported early April.

Higher asset values and lower payables in newly-amended accounts from northern upholstery manufacturer.

Steinhoff International Holdings, part owner of Conforama and Mattress Firm, has appointed Moira Moses as the new chair of its supervisory board.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse will reopen its stores June 1 with a campaign message — Let's Get Going Britain — aimed at supporting home-grown furniture manufacturers.

The pace of furniture store reopenings across England will gather momentum with upholstery market leader DFS to pull up the shutters on most of its store portfolio next week. Three stores will open today.

When the JDP Furniture Group filed for insolvency at the beginning of April the outlook always looked brightest at one of the group's businesses.

Diversified East Midlands upholstery group JDP Furniture Group was among the first business casualties of the current crisis after Laura Ashley filed for administration.

Jay-Be, a market leader in the guest bed sector, says sales are already rebounding despite the Covid-19 enforced lockdown, and that longer term it now has the capacity to double in size after investment last year.

Nelson sofa maker Buoyant Upholstery has been at the forefront of the U.K. furniture trade's response to the coronavirus outbreak, producing personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line workers.

Project restart continues with more retailers of furniture products now reopening some or all of their stores across England, where restrictions have been eased compared with other parts of the U.K.

One of the U.K.'s biggest wholesalers of bedroom products has pivoted towards sourcing personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic and has now found a solution for retailers who are worried consumers may be reticent to try out mattresses instore once shops reopen.

High-end furniture and lighting brand Gabriel Scott is expanding its U.K. and European distribution after it agreed a partnership with designer furniture retailer Nest to sell its products online.

Marks and Spencer Group (M&S), the general merchandise and food retailer, is to open up its business to third-party brands in a bid to boost its customer appeal and sales.

Store closures didn't stop furniture price inflation advancing last month, according to the Office for National Statistics, but eases at the factory gate and the need to generate sales means it will likely not last.

The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) has published the recommendations to emerge from a Parliamentary Inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on the U.K. furniture industry.

Administrators say they have closed upholstery manufacturing unit Welbeck House and its sister business JDP Frames after they were unable to find buyers. The prospect for other group businesses is better.

Sofa sales trended down for the Thai owner of British upholstery brands Alexander & James, Ashley Manor and Alstons in the first quarter of 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic impacting its business here and in the Far East.

Parlane International, the home accents and décor wholesaler bought by Gallery Direct early last year, is for sale after being placed into administration.

The board departure of the senior-most finance official at Sofa.com leaves the upholstery vertical's director roster occupied entirely by senior figures from other parts of the Frasers Group.

Furmanac, the adjustable furniture manufacturer behind the MiBed, MiChair and Hestia brands, maintained underlying profits in 2018–19 despite a fall in sales.

The W Exhibition, the furniture manufacturing and joinery trade fair held every other year in Birmingham, has been postponed until September next year.

The British Furniture Manufacturers' (BFM) trade association is canvassing the opinion of stakeholders as it prepares a new push to encourage consumers to buy U.K. made furniture.

Having opened six stores over the weekend as part of a 'safety trial', Furniture Village CEO Peter Harrison says he hopes all 52 of its nationwide network will be open by the coming Bank Holiday weekend.

N Brown, the home shopping group, says the launch of a standalone furniture and homewares business has provided a sales fillip amid a challenging backdrop.

Comply with social distancing guidelines and gain approval from your legal brief and you can open your store immediately, a state official has told one of the U.K. home furnishing industry's leading trade associations.

Heather Sonn, who has led the supervisory board of Steinhoff International Holdings since soon after accounting irregularities came to light late 2017, has resigned as chairperson.

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

National retailer Furniture Village is reopening a handful of its stores across the country having implemented new measures to safeguard both customers and employees.

At least 42 entrepreneurs and families with ties to the U.K. furniture and furnishings industry are among the 1,000 richest people in the country, according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2020.

ChrisKnightKeenAbleThe role logistics businesses play in ensuring goods are transported around the country and get to where they are needed has never been more important, writes Chris Knight, director at specialist two-person furniture delivery company Keen & Able.

Recliner giant Man Wah cited Brexit, labour strikes and high Government burdens as it recorded a decline in upholstery sales across Europe through its 2019–20 financial year.

French furniture and home accents retailer Maisons du Monde has given up plans to build a network of stores for its core brand in the U.S., and will instead focus on the Modani business it bought in 2018.

Two-man furniture delivery crews are back on the road as U.K. furniture retailers unwind their order books ahead of a hoped-for June store re-opening.

Imports of foam and sprung constructed mattresses declined again in March, meaning they have fallen every month on an annual basis since September last year.

French furniture and home accents retailer Maisons du Monde said online orders in April skyrocketed, but it didn't list the U.K. among its top performing markets.

Having declined by a third in February, the value of carpets arriving on British shores diminished further at the end of the first quarter.

Marks & Spencer has brought forward the arrival of its new Clothing and Home managing director in a move that will free up more time for Steve Rowe, its chief executive.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding manufacturer, has agreed incremental borrowing to improve its liquidity position.

Upholstery shipments from China plumbed new depths at the end of the first quarter as the impact of early-year factory closures in the Far East took their toll.

The U.K. Government is to guarantee business-to-business transactions currently supported by Trade Credit Insurance, a decision that could prevent some furniture retailers from toppling over.

Chris Woodcock is to retire as managing director at Wade Spring, a key supplier to the U.K.'s sofa and bedding industry, after 33 years with the business.

Wayfair was not alone in seeing demand almost double in April with one of its biggest pan-European rivals seeing a similar upswing in demand as more customers stayed home and shopped online.

Large pan-European furniture retailer Beliani — whose operations include a dedicated U.K. storefront — has become one of the first major home ecommerce businesses to accept cryptocurrency payments.

With stores shut and warehouses full-to-the-brim with stock from orders taken in the first two months of the year, a leap in cancellations has been among furniture retailers' biggest fears amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Floorcoverings and furnishings distributor Designer Contracts, a major supplier to the housebuilder industry, doubled profits last year after a large spike in output.



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