The latest industry news and analysis—across all categories—listed in chronological order, with the most recent articles first.

Swedish beds conglomerate Hilding Anders is in advanced talks to divest its U.K. retail operation Feather & Black according to Sky News.

The German business behind the Emma direct-to-consumer mattress business wants to acquire the Dunlopillo brand rights in France after its current owner was placed into an insolvency process late last year.

The West Yorkshire company behind the kids furniture brand Stompa in the U.K. market recorded high six-figure cash and profit yields in 2018–19.

Joseph Joseph Group, the parent company to one of Britain's most successful housewares brands, posted profits up more than a third last year as revenue growth accelerated.

Emerging designers have until this Friday (Feb. 28) to get their entries in for the inaugural 2020 Vision Design competition — the new contest organised by The Furniture Industry Research Association in partnership with Clerkenwell Design Week.

Profits almost doubled at online beds retailer MattressOnline last year as the company returned to top line growth and achieved wider margins.

Higher prices helped retailers find value growth in January as sales volumes across furniture and lighting flatlined compared with the same month a year ago.

Furniture and flooring retailers nationwide will have new landlords after major retail property owner Hammerson sold nine retail parks for a combined £455 million.

There is no doubting the news maker of the week in the U.K. home furnishings sector: Laura Ashley.

Howdens Joinery, Britain's largest kitchens manufacturer, has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark by The Furniture Makers' Company.

Former Habitat head of trading Katharine Poulter has taken up her new post as CEO at fashion-to-furnishings chain Laura Ashley earlier than planned, the retailer said today.

Axminster Carpets has been placed into administration for the second time in seven years as efforts to find a solvent solution for the heritage carpet brand failed.

Italian sofa manufacturer Natuzzi has launched a first-ever ecommerce platform in the U.K. for its flagship Natuzzi Italia brand.

The price of sofas leaving U.K. factories declined in January according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Luxury furniture and interiors platform LuxDeco said it grew sales by more than a third during the final three months of 2019 as it bucked the malaise afflicting rivals.

Bust furniture, furnishings and flooring companies left creditors facing an average shortfall of £3.25 million per week through 2019 as the number of businesses falling insolvent spiked year-on-year.

Administrators handling the insolvency of Beales say the department store chain's remaining 11 stores are also now earmarked for closure.

Fast-expanding kitchen maker and retailer Wren will this spring open a 252,000sqft U.S. factory ahead of launching its first overseas showrooms this summer.

Experienced soft furnishings industry executive Rob Surtees has joined West Yorkshire based fabrics supplier Prestigious Textiles as U.K. sales director.

South East homewares distributor Sabichi enjoyed bumper sales growth last year as investment in new product paid dividends.

Inaugural group accounts for the new holding company of fitted furniture specialist Hammonds disclose the deal value for its 2019 management buyout.

Ekornes, the Norwegian company behind the Stressless recliner brand, has named Roger Lunde as its new chief executive.

Adjustable beds and upholstery producer Furmanac has refinanced, agreeing a new loan that will lower its overall borrowing costs.

The impact of the coronavirus on Far East trade shows has spread beyond China with the organiser of the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) postponing its spring event until the summer.

Pan-European Internet retailer Home24 said it was profitable by one earnings measure in the fourth quarter as it began to reap the benefit of efficiency initiatives.

A decline in furniture sales have sparked a liquidity crunch at Laura Ashley, which says it is in talks with lender Wells Fargo regarding its funding requirements.

High-end German bed maker Ruf Betten has acquired the company behind ecommerce mattress-in-a-box brand Bruno Sleep.

Ashford retailer Ashbury Furniture will close for good today (Feb. 17) after the privately-owned company suffered a downturn because of extended roadworks.

Sussex Beds will take store numbers into double figures with the opening of its tenth store next month.

The furniture ecommerce operation is unaffected by the department store retailer's insolvency.

Ena Shaw, the Potter-family owned soft furnishings supplier and home retailer, has ceased trading and been placed into administration.

The company behind the Yeoman Upholstery business has been placed into administration, the second time the show-wood sofa maker has fallen insolvent in a little over six years.

High-end sofa maker Delcor has a fifth showroom after it opened at the new Derwent House Living furniture and interiors store in Oxfordshire.

Home furnishings ecommerce giant Wayfair is to lay off 550 people worldwide, representing about 3 percent of its global workforce, according to the Boston Globe.

Tempur Sealy International said worldwide sales climbed in the fourth quarter of 2019 as its direct channel countered flat wholesale revenues.

As British furniture retailers and wholesalers brace for production delays because of the coronavirus outbreak, investors in major Chinese furniture equities are already feeling the pinch: in their pockets.

BFM says it will make the case for Britain's furniture industry as the sector digests new proposals from the independent body advising the Government on post-Brexit migration.

Foam and sprung mattress imports fell for the first time in seven years in 2019 after a third straight monthly decline in December.

Floorcoverings and beds retailer United Carpets Group said profits will be lower than expected after consumers failed to loosen the purse strings following "the decisive result in the General Election."

Inter Ikea, the company that controls the IKEA brand and franchise concept, has named Jon Abrahamsson Ring as its new chief executive.

Dunelm plans to further crank up the pressure on rivals in the furniture sector after growth in the category exploded in the past six months.

Weak December trade wasn't enough to stop upholstery shipments climbing to record levels through 2019, new figures show.

Wider gross margin helped Aberdare upholstery manufacturer Ashwood Designs counter the impact of falling sales last year.

December brought a third straight double-digit percentage drop in Belgian carpet imports as U.K. buyers looked elsewhere for soft flooring.

Executive departs Lincolnshire independent for St. Helier department store.

An affiliate of Sun European Partners, the investment firm that bought sofa and carpets retailer ScS out of administration in 2008, said yesterday it planned to sell its remaining 26 percent stake in the company.

The owners of swish furniture and homewares retailer Heal's have hired advisers to conduct a strategic review that could result in the business being sold.

Retail park footfall climbed for the first time since September last month while the number of consumers entering shopping centres returned to growth after a three-year hiatus. Retail sales also inched forwards.

High-end interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank cited weakness in its two largest markets for a decline in sales in the year to January 31, 2020.

Final planning permission has been granted for the New Monks Farm development at Lancing, which will become home to a new full-line IKEA superstore.

High-end sofa maker Duresta will transfer production from Long Eaton to its owner's state-of-the-art factory at Castlewood if proposals put forward by Sofa Brands International go ahead.

Beales, the department store chain placed into administration through KPMG last month, says it will close 12 of its 23 stores.

Heritage carpet maker Axminster Carpets will be placed into administration if eleventh hour rescue talks with investors fail to yield a deal.

Whitemeadow, the Nottinghamshire upholstery manufacturer, has marked National Apprenticeship Week (Feb. 3–9, 2020) with the introduction of an Apprentice of the Year award.

Sleepeezee has announced Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Olympic and three-time world champion heptathlete, as its brand ambassador.

Financial terms regarding the takeover of the company behind Manchester based soft furnishings brands Curtina, Dreams & Drapes and Appletree have been disclosed for the first time.

The company behind the mattress brand Mlily said profits almost doubled last year as it grew sales and benefited from input cost tailwinds.

In-store retail sales climbed 5.7 percent last month according to BDO's High Street Sales Tracker, the best January reading since 2014.

Cafom, the international rights holder of the Habitat brand, says the division made a smaller loss last year as it readied its sale to a new owner.

Curated design show 100% Design has been rebranded and relocated for 2020. Now called Design London, it will take place across the city at North Greenwich.