Man Wah Holdings, the upholstery and recliner giant with manufacturing operations across the Far East and Eastern Europe, hopes to raise the equivalent of £224 million to fund expansion and modernisation activities.

A downsized Ponden Home Interiors will live on after parts of the bedding and household textiles chain were rescued along with its larger sister business, Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM), out of administration.

Strong trading in the back half of last year enabled flooring retail chain Tapi Carpets & Floors to pay off short-term lending from key investors.

Home shopping group N Brown says a bigger proportion of revenue is coming from sales of home goods after customers pivoted spend away from other categories.

The circa 1,000 store Dänisches Bettenlager retail chain is to rebrand as JYSK later this year, parent company Lars Larsen Group has announced.

Leading minds from the across the industry will tackle topics ranging from innovation in manufacturing to sector survival and retail in a new series of webinars to be hosted by The Furniture Makers' Company.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has confirmed plans for its eleventh Bed Show, due to take place September 21–22, 2021 at the Telford International Centre.

Furniture retailer The Cotswold Company said its decision to invest in inventory ahead of the pandemic has aided strong growth in 2020–21, mitigating the impact of Far East factory closures and enabling it to meet demand and fulfil orders.

Major U.K. carpet and flooring distributor says it had seen little investment in three decades before it set about transforming its business under new ownership.

Dunelm Group, the out-of-town homeware and furniture retailer, said disruption shipping product from the Far East is beginning to normalise with delays shortening compared with before and the outlook improving.

Nigel Graham, the former co-owner of a Yorkshire carpet manufacturer bought by flooring conglomerate Victoria in 2019, has left the company.

Dunelm Group has appointed experienced retail executive Arja Taaveniku as a non-executive director. She will join the furniture and homeware retailer's board from the middle of February.

Furniture Show Birmingham at the NEC will return in a year's time after organisers rescheduled the April event to January 23–26, 2022 as a result of the current restrictions designed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The diversified furniture, mattress and home accents distribution group Gallery Direct built out revenue in 2019 including a 50 percent rise in U.K. sales. Profits fell on higher costs.

Bankers, employees and the mattress supply chain were owed most after the insolvency of Blackburn supplier Icon Designs, which folded late 2020 after seeing a substantial reduction in trade in the period leading up to its collapse.

Furniture retailer Loaf has appointed David Meredith, the former head of operations at John Lewis & Partners, as operations director.

Online retailer Very.co.uk booked near 50 percent growth in furniture and mattress sales in the run-up to Christmas as the ecommerce brand made the most of rivals' store closures and increased interest in home categories.

The Disciplinary Tribunal that heard The Financial Reporting Council's (FRC) complaint against a restructuring adviser accused of misconduct ahead of the sale of bed maker Silentnight a decade ago should deliver its verdict no later than early spring.

Mike Coupe, who retired as Sainsbury's CEO after six years last spring, has become chairman at Oak Furnitureland, the hardwood furniture chain has announced.

Designer furniture retailer Heal's slipped to a loss last year because of the impact of the pandemic along with one-time items. Online growth helped partially mitigate the impact of store closures on revenue.

Profits jumped five-fold for West Yorkshire bed maker Highgrove ahead of the pandemic despite the company's 15-year run of rising sales coming to an end.

Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) giant Karndean International says there are positive demand indictors with the sector so far resilient during the pandemic. Its comments came as it filed accounts showing record sales.

A gain on the sale of freehold property softened the impact of a weaker trading for The Sofa & Chair Co. in the period leading up to the arrival of the pandemic.

Danish furniture chain JYSK will take store numbers in Ireland to 12 with the addition of three more branches by the early summer.

Earnings climbed at major U.K. rug distributor Asiatic in 2019–20 after gross margin widened on lower cost of goods sold.

Danish furniture wholesale giant Actona has launched a programme of desks and chairs specially designed for gamers and the home office.

The md of home department store retailer Leekes says the business is in a strong position after navigating the challenges thrown at it through 2020 and as it prepares to reconfigure its store network.

The U.K. trading arm of IKEA booked a £22.6 million net loss in the year to August 31 as surging ecommerce sales declined to mitigate the impact of the enforced closure of its stores through much of the second half of its financial year.

Fishpools says the strength of its online presence was apparent during the first lockdown and facilitated an extremely strong start once deliveries and its store were able to recommence, with demand continuing through 2020.

Retail giant IKEA is to expand its city centre footprint with a new London store later this year.

Organisers of the Online Furniture Show have issued another call to potential exhibitors ahead of the launch of the inaugural event.

Robert Mynett, son of Brian Mynett who passed away last week, shares a letter written by his father to his step-brother Scott Ramsay in August 2006 after he had endured a particularly difficult day.

Brian Mynett, the former Christie-Tyler executive who was later responsible for driving the U.K. expansion of Italian sofa giant Natuzzi, has died. He was 80 years old.

Vita Group has agreed to pay €6.1 million to acquire southern Italian flexible foam producer I.M.P.E from Natuzzi, the upholstery manufacturing giant.

Newly-created role sees experienced retailer join Kent bed maker, which has also renewed Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill as its brand ambassador for another year.

Sleepeezee remained profitable at the EBITDA line in 2020 and would have achieved a second straight year of double-digit top line growth but for the pandemic, the company says.

A multi-billion pound investment fund that supports the work and mission of the Church of England has disclosed a significant stake in ScS, Britain's number two upholstery specialist.

Food and general merchandise retailer Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) described trading as robust in the third quarter of its fiscal year given the one-off restrictions and distortions caused by the pandemic.

The owner of the Trago Mills out-of-town shopping destinations wrote down the value of investment property ahead of the pandemic last year, resulting in a vast accounting loss.

The CEO of Simba Sleep says sales growth accelerated profitably in the second half of last year as the direct-to-consumer mattress company looked to build on a year of consolidation in 2019 that saw it cut losses and cash burn.

Argos found sales growth in the period leading up to and through Christmas despite its standalone stores being unable to trade for long periods.

There will be no physical Domotex exhibition in Germany this year after organisers postponed the rescheduled floorcoverings event.

A management reorganisation helped speed up decision-making and boost profitability at household textiles giant Turner Bianca in 2019–20.

Bensons for Beds, the national beds retailer, has written to legislators across Great Britain offering up all its stores as vaccination centres.

44 fewer U.K. furniture, floorcoverings and furnishings companies filed for insolvency in 2020 despite the pandemic hitting businesses across the country since the early spring of last year.

The company behind the Balmoral Furniture operation in Northern Ireland says it should break even in the year to March 2021 despite sales being hit by the pandemic.

Sales and profits climbed at fashion-to-furniture chain Oliver Bonas ahead of the pandemic but the company said numbers pale into insignificance given the subsequent impact of the virus on its community.

The liquidation of an East Midlands furniture company is the third business failure inside two years for its directors and leaves £1.6 million owing to the French VAT man.

Retailers will be able to access one-off lockdown grants of up to £9,000 per store as part of a £4.6 billion package of measures announced by the Chancellor.

The onset of the pandemic eroded the benefits of stronger earlier trading at Airsprung as the beds and upholstery group reported a bigger loss on lower revenue last year. It said it had found cost savings and improvement in the period since.

Full price sales were fractionally down at general merchandise retailer Next in the run-up to Boxing Day on the back of strong online demand and high home category sales.

The restructuring advisor handling the liquidation of mattress maker Icon Designs says the North West company's problems mounted over an extended period of time. Across the Pennines, another small bed manufacturer has filed for insolvency.

The U.K. arm of the Belgian manufacturer behind the Invictus and Vivendi carpet brands posted a double-digit sales fall in 2019 and incurred higher costs launching new products here.

Every furniture and flooring store in the U.K. will again be closed from today (Jan. 5) after the Government last night announced a new lockdown to last until at least the middle of February.

Freight rates in the latter half of 2020 climbed at a frightening pace and leave two stakeholder groups at particular risk: the mid-sized furniture retailer, and the end consumer.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds is increasing its capacity for virtual customer appointments after more of its stores were forced to close as a result of anti-Covid restrictions.

Kitchens, bedroom and bathroom furniture maker and retailer Avanti is to bolster its presence in the West Midlands with a ninth retail showroom as the company paves the way for a return to growth.

Business-to-business transactions supported by trade credit insurance will be guaranteed by the British state for another six months, the Government has announced.

Ekornes, the Norwegian recliner company behind the Stressless and IMG brands, recorded a loss at its U.K. and Ireland operation in 2019 during what was, it said, a year of consolidation.

Shareholders in furniture retailer OKA Direct provided millions of pounds of new funding this year amid a recapitalisation of the upmarket British company.

The company behind the multichannel U.S. furniture retailer Wisteria, bought by OKA Direct in 2018, is to be liquidated after its stores and website closed in the autumn.

The overwhelming majority of furniture and flooring stores in England will be closed from today (Dec. 31) after the Government announced new anti-Covid restrictions across the country.

The Incanto Group is planning a three-month show-van tour in the U.K. after a similar exercise by the sofa maker resulted in it picking up new accounts for its relaunched Digiò Leather Sofas by Sofitalia brand here this autumn.

Furniture retailer Made.com Design invested heavily in growth and distribution as both its top and bottom lines usurped historic records in 2019.

British furniture manufacturing output continued to accelerate deep into the autumn but total production levels remain well down on last year as a result of the pandemic.

Company behind U.K.'s number two carpet franchise network slips to loss on narrower margins, higher costs.

North West wholesaler recovers sales following a I.T. virus attack in the spring of 2019.

Sales grew for a fourth straight year at northeast distributor Baker Furniture despite the first lockdown clipping the final weeks of its financial year. Profits also climbed.

Italian sofa maker Nicoletti Home says U.K. sales will end 2020 up in mid-single digits after it successfully navigated raw material challenges to deliver its order book to customers on time and in full.

Sofas & Stuff has lined up a first showroom in Hertfordshire as the upholstery retailer continues to expand its national footprint.

North West sofa covers and soft furnishings business Plumbs booked flat underlying profits last year, saying it had been a period of consolidation following earlier restructuring.

More counties in southern and eastern England will be placed into furniture purgatory from Saturday, putting paid to many retailers hopes to a strong start to the Winter Sale.

British consumers and importers are on track to buy up more China-made mattresses than ever before in 2020 despite the pandemic holding back goods from almost all other countries.

The md of two-store independent furniture retailer Cookes says the business is trading ahead of plan despite the obstacles thrown at it through 2020.

Cabinet imports climbed at their fastest pace in 18 months as distributors and wholesalers rushed to build inventory according to the latest Government figures.

Häfele, the furniture fittings and hardware conglomerate, is to acquire Moebelplus, an ecommerce business majoring in white goods and small appliances.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse returned to profit growth in the year to end March though delivered sales were lower as the end of its financial year coincided with the early weeks of the spring lockdown.

Upholstered furniture imports climbed at their fastest pace in over a year as global suppliers played catch-up in the wake of strong demand across U.K. retail stores and online.

Furniture and floorcoverings retailers in Scotland will be mandated to close from Boxing Day after the First Minister announced a tighter definition of non-essential retail for areas under the most severe anti-Covid restrictions.

Mansion House Bedding Group, the Suffolk based bed manufacturer, entered the pandemic with no bank debt after robust cashflow enabled it to deleverage.

Imports of carpets and rugs fell at their steepest rate since the summer on weaker growth figures from emerging partners. Arrivals from established source nations such as Belgium and the Netherlands remained feeble.

Market leader DFS said 2020–21 profits will likely be at the upper end of forecasts even though its business is being hit by continuing showroom closures, port disruption and a shortage of raw materials.

A temporary moratorium on shareholder payouts and M&A activity is over for upholstery giant DFS after it agreed new extended debt terms with lenders.

Revenue advanced in mid-single digits for Coventry based luxury vinyl tile (LVT) giant Amtico last year but margins were thinner as a result of higher costs.

The chief executive of Bensons for Beds says there is no discernible logic to the decision to treat all non-food retailers the same way as the bed specialist and many of its contemporaries grapple with enforced store closures.

Clarion Events has expanded and reorganised the management of its Retail portfolio, which includes its furniture shows at both the NEC, Birmingham and Manchester Central.

Retailers with stores in London and the South East of England have joined those in Wales and Northern Ireland facing the near total loss of Boxing Day and early Winter Sales revenue after new coronavirus restrictions were imposed.

Data compiled by The Furnishing Report reveals the expected near-term order impact of the new restrictions on furniture and flooring retailers in the immediate aftermath of Christmas.

The md of Savoir Beds, the ultra high-end manufacturer and retailer, says its dealers in the Far East delivered an improved performance this year but sales have fallen overall as footfall declined in the world's great metropolitan cities because of the pandemic.

High-end furniture and home retailer Amara says it has benefitted from the accelerated move by consumers to online shopping in 2020 after a period in which it recalibrated its business via debt refinancing and restructuring.

Whitemeadow, Britain's biggest owner-run upholstery producer, maintained its growth story last year as it reached what is likely to be a revenue peak ahead of the pandemic and Brexit transition.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the body representing U.K. bed manufacturers, has launched The Suppliers Council, which will focus on the interests of the association's component supplier and support services membership.

Consumer confidence climbed in the U.K. in December on the back of the first Covid-19 vaccines being administered across the country.

The rebrand of the AHF estate to Fabb Furniture is gathering pace while the company has agreed a deal to take a former Harveys store on a retail park occupied by most of the U.K.'s major home goods chains.

The co-founders and majority shareholders of United Carpets and Beds have offered to buy out remaining stockholders in a deal that would see the flooring retail franchise delisted from the Alternative Investors Market (AIM) and return to private ownership.

Furniture retailers with stores in Wales and Northern Ireland face the loss of millions of pounds of income with more severe coronavirus restrictions to come into force ahead of Christmas.

Continuing deliveries and high demand meant furniture and lighting sales continued their year-on-year ascent in November, despite stores in England closing for most of the month.

Privately-owned Aberdare retailer Farrells Furniture has seen its large warehouse-style retail showroom destroyed by fire following a suspected arson attack.

Organisers of the Online Furniture Show are to allow exhibitors to the inaugural event to display their products for free when it goes live for the first time next month.

Mattress and pillow company Tempur is to sponsor women’s road cycling team DROPS Le Col for the 2021 season.

There will be no immediate end to foam supply issues for U.K. sofa and mattress makers, with rising prices and product allocation continuing to bedevil the industry. The credibility of of PU materials is at risk, according to a leading trade body.

The four-week lockdown in England skewed furniture price inflation last month with an easing in the November rate reflecting a greater proportion of data drawn from ecommerce.

The company behind the Nectar Sleep and DreamCloud direct-to-consumer (DTC) mattress brands is to diversify into bedding with a new brand and product launch planned here for next month.

SATRA, the testing and technical services provider, has appointed standards and testing expert Phil Reynolds to lead and expand its furniture and floorcoverings division.

Home and gift wholesaler Ancient Wisdom has agreed a ten-year lease on a recently refurbished distribution centre in Yorkshire.

Neil Robinson, the longtime Sealy U.K. sales and marketing director, has joined Emma - The Sleep Company with a brief to strengthen the mattress brand's store presence with third-party retailers.

Ashley Manor, the West Midlands sofa maker, was the biggest growth driver for the Thai-owned TCM Living upholstery group as two of its four major business units outperformed the U.K. market last year.

Another of the legacy Harveys furniture stores has been claimed with a predominantly Midlands based chain expanding and reconfiguring its network.

Carpet producers, distributors and retailers as well as their customers could see extended lead times after the insolvency of a major specialist haulier put product out of sync.

The group behind the rise and recline chair and adjustable beds brands Middletons and Oak Tree found top line growth and positive cashflow as it built out its retail footprint following earlier investment.

Blithfield, the long-established fabric and wallpaper company, has partnered Wicklewood, the high-end artisanal home décor business, to co-launch a debut flagship retail showroom.

Furniture retailer Made.com grew sales by more than a fifth last year and is tracking ahead again in 2020. The company has rewarded staff by handing out share options.

Millbrook Beds and Eclipse International have agreed a joint venture that will see products from the British company's brand rolled out across the U.S. as well as a new mattress programme sold in the U.K.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow is to open up its Sutton-in-Ashfield HQ to showcase its new collections early next year.

Listed ecommerce furniture retailer Home24 has successfully raised €46.4 million from the issue and sale of new equity in the business in a move designed to bolster its balance sheet.

North West carpet and flooring wholesaler Rolfe Carpets has agreed a multi-million deal for a new distribution centre in Accrington, a short distance from its current base.

Bed retail group Beter Bed Holding has extended its distribution agreement with Emma - The Mattress Company for a further three years, agreeing continued in-store exclusivity across selected territories.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has helped raise more than £370,000 to support Mind, the mental health charity.

One of the largest house-builders in southern England bought the Park Furnishers site at Bristol in a property deal that completed in the spring. Leekes, owner of the furniture retailer, announced plans to relocate Park earlier this month.

Privately-owned retailer Archers Sleepcentre is to expand its store footprint with a new unit on "one of Scotland's leading retail parks" this Christmas.

Liquidators were appointed to the trading arm of foam mattress production company Icon Designs late last month.

South Coast furniture retailer Marriotts Furnishers has begun a stock clearance sale ahead of its planned, permanent closure next month.

Designer furniture retailer Heal's says ecommerce sales have doubled since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic as customers pivoted online with stores shut for long period.

The locations of the planned first U.K. retail galleries for RH, the luxury home furnishings retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, have been disclosed for the first time.

Britain's largest bed manufacturer Silentnight Group has given two of its directors an expanded brief following the departure of key executives.

Revenue climbed double-digit for a second straight year at ready-assembled cabinet maker Welcome Furniture in 2019–20. Profits declined on cost headwinds.

Brian Ahern is the new chair of the Furniture Industry Research Association. He is succeeding Charles Vernon, whose four-year tenure came to an end in September.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has begun a trial delivering goods with all-electric vehicles as it sets in motion more of its plan to become a net zero emissions retailer by 2040.

RH, the prestige U.S. home furnishings retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has pushed back its eagerly anticipated first U.K. store, citing travel challenges.

Pete Walker, who co-founded Breasley Pillows and was instrumental in building it into one of the largest suppliers in the U.K. bedding industry, has died.

The moratorium preventing commercial landlords from evicting non-paying tenants has been extended until the end of March next year. It is not good news for all furniture retailers.

Large independent retailer says it found an extra £5.3 million of sales online to make up for 54 days of lost retail turnover earlier this year.

Furniture stores in parts of Scotland where Level 4 restrictions had been imposed will be able to reopen from Friday. Most had remained open anyway.

David Amery has joined five-store privately-owned furniture retailer Gillies of Broughty Ferry as bedroom category buyer.

Robust trading through the first wave of the pandemic helped furniture importer Seconique record sales growth and strong cash generation in 2019–20. Adjusted profits were also up on the previous year.

Imperilled retailers unable to pay their rent have been given more time after a moratorium on evictions was extended. The new deadline, however, will be final.

Ecommerce upholstery startup Swyft Homes is this week introducing a rapid turnaround next-day delivery service for customers.

Glasswells, one of the U.K.'s largest independent home furnishers, has completed the remodel of its atrium entrance at its Bury St. Edmunds store.

Listed ecommerce retailer Studio Retail Group (SRG) has launched a formal sale process as part of a planned comprehensive review of options to maximise value for shareholders.

This Friday (Dec. 11, 2020) is the last day to enter The Furniture Makers' Christmas Raffle. The industry charity is calling on companies to help spread the message and encourage entries.

U.K. furniture companies are being quoted sky high prices to ship containers while inbound product is being delayed. Data compiled by The Furnishing Report already shows the strain on upholstery and cabinet at ports such as Felixstowe.

The West Midlands upholstery brands that form the largest part of the Thai-owned TCM Living group look to have outperformed the U.K. sofa market last year, new data shows.

Company voluntary arrangement (CVA) at kitchen cabinet manufacturer, designer and installer.

Britain's bed makers have a big opportunity ahead of them in the rush to develop sustainable products but have been warned consumers will see through non-science based claims.

TCM Corp, the majority owner of U.K. upholstery group TCM Living, has promoted a new group chief executive from within the Thailand based organisation.

U.S. mattress industry veterans Mark Kinsley and Mark Quinn have launched a new book that offers strategies and principles to differentiate a brand, form lasting customer relationships, and drive foot traffic into stores.

Furniture, home department store and leisure group Leekes is to relocate its Park Furnishers business at Bedminster to a retail park site in Bristol early next year.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published a guide to the new UKCA Mark ahead of it coming into force on January 1, 2021.

A Government minister says he will engage with the U.K. furniture industry as it grapples with the issue of foam shortages.

Beds market leader Dreams is closing in on 220 U.K. stores having just opened two new units and as many as five more to launch in the weeks ahead including one this Friday.



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