British bed and mattress vertical The Original Bed Co. is to launch into mainland Europe with the introduction of a dedicated German sales channel.

Consumers were already minded to tighten the purse strings for high-value items like furniture ahead of the nationwide lockdown imposed by the Government a week ago, new data reveals.

Upholstery manufacturing giant La-Z-Boy has taken steps to conserve cash including salary cuts and the furloughing of thousands of employees worldwide.

National upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff celebrated a decade in business last year, expanding its showroom network and booking six-figure profits.

A serial investor in consumer brands has completed a buyout of high-end furniture and lifestyle retailer The Conran Shop, bringing an end to 47 years in charge for its founder.

Embattled weekly payments furniture and electricals retailer BrightHouse has been placed into administration, putting 240 stores and 2,400 jobs at risk.

Organisers of the U.K.'s leading summer trade furniture exhibition says they "fully support the need to prioritise the greater good" as the event venue was named a temporary NHS field hospital. Preparations for the July furniture event continue.

Lombok, the mid-high end East-inspired furniture retailer, has been placed into administration for the third time. Insolvency professionals hope to find a buyer for the brand and other intellectual property.

One of the U.K.'s largest retail park landlords says it has taken steps to support customers who are being hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has been urged not to forget furniture manufacturers when evaluating state support for U.K. industry amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The organiser of the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) has rescheduled the dates of its postponed spring exhibitions.

A Glasgow based upholstery, window-dressings and interior fabrics retailer has been placed into administration after closing its three stores and ceasing trading a week ago.

Organisers of the Milan furniture fair (Salone del Mobile) have cancelled the rescheduled exhibition. It will now not take place at all in 2020.

The number of retailers still delivering bulky furniture goods amid the coronavirus pandemic continues to fall, though some are sending delivery crews out to customers homes with heightened safety measures in place.

The Swedish beds manufacturing conglomerate that lists British bedroom chain Feather & Black among its interests has re-platformed some of its manufacturing operations to help battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Victoria, the diversified flooring producer and distributor with operations in multiple countries worldwide, says it can survive even the most severe scenarios presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Eve Sleep has doubled the length of time consumers have to return products free-of-charge to over six months.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) and the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) are working together to provide clarity to industry over the support package available to businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Sleep Council, the organisation that raises awareness of the importance of sleep and choosing the right mattress, has issued advice to families as they adjust to spending more time at home.

James Keen will this spring become the new chief executive officer at privately-owned bed manufacturer Hypnos, succeeding Stephen Ward who is retiring after 13 years in the role. His appointment was announced as 2018–19 figures became available.

Less than a third of all rent due from retailers at yesterday's Quarter Day dateline was paid, according to one of the U.K.'s largest retail landlords.

The manufacturer of Dunlopillo branded mattresses in France has a new owner after the Paris Commercial Court approved its sale following an insolvency process.

BFM, the association for British Furniture Manufacturers, wants members to make contact to highlight the biggest issues they face because of the coronavirus pandemic after a Government call to arms.

Headlam Group, Europe's largest floorcoverings distributor, says the opening of its new regional distribution centre has been delayed after European contractors were recalled due to travel restrictions.

Hard hit employees whose welfare is affected by the spread of coronavirus should contact The Furniture Makers’ Company for support, the City of London livery company and industry charity says.

DFS says it has put the brakes on almost all spending and has spelled out the cash impact of the enforced closure of its operations, saying it will cost the business millions of pounds each month.

No known major U.K. furniture or floorcoverings retailers have decided to keep their stores open amid the unfolding coronavirus pandemic, falling into line with Government advice.

Some of Britain's largest upholstery and mattress manufacturers have decided to close their factories and stop delivering following the lockdown announced Monday night as the country tries to stem the spread of coronavirus.

With furniture stores shut for at least three weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, taking payments online and the delivery of outstanding orders represent retailers' only opportunity to generate income.

Daily updates on the latest situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the furniture, flooring and furnishings trade.

Direct-to-consumer mattress brand ensures "adequate coverage for the coming months."

Bricks-and-mortar furniture and floorcoverings retail will go into hibernation after the Prime Minister announced a U.K. lockdown as it grapples the coronavirus pandemic. But the Government has left the door open for those wishing to remain open.

Retailers and other commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction, the Government announced last night.

Soft furnishings supplier Colefax Group has decided to cancel its interim dividend payment as a result of the uncertainty surround the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fashion-to-furnishings retailer Laura Ashley is to be placed into administration later today with the closure of almost half of its U.K. store portfolio with near immediate effect.

Two of the largest privately-owned furniture and beds retailers in the South East have opted to close stores amid the unfolding coronavirus crisis, among the first major independents in England to do so.

John Lewis & Partners says online orders are ramping significantly but it will still need to buy less from suppliers as it adjusts to the impact of temporary store closures.

Andersons of Inverurie, one of the largest single-store furniture retailers in the U.K., last night closed its store to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Italian Government took further steps to try and slow the spread of coronavirus on Saturday night, ordering the closure of all non-essential factories.

Food and general merchandise retailer Marks and Spencer said it would pivot more resources to its food business as sales in other categories fall sharply because of the coronavirus.

John Lewis Partnership says it will temporarily close all of its John Lewis department stores because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The South West Beds Show, organised by the South West Furniture Manufacturers' Agents and Representatives Federation, has been cancelled.

Bed maker Harrison Spinks has planted 90 trees at a local primary school near its Leeds HQ and has committed to plant even more at the beginning of the new season later this year.

ScS, Britain's second largest upholstery specialist, has reiterated its readiness to cope with the coronavirus crisis but cautioned that many factors remain uncertain.

Few U.K. furniture retailers have yet closed their doors in response to the coronavirus pandemic but by now there cannot be a single one in the country that has not contemplated that prospect, enforced or otherwise.

One of Eastern Europe's largest furniture manufacturers has closed all its production plants for the next few weeks, and says it could extend the shutdown even longer.

The vast majority British furniture and department store retailers have so far resisted making wholesale store closures despite footfall collapsing as consumers follow Government guidance to increase social distancing to try and halt coronavirus contagion.

Carpetright, Britain's biggest floorcoverings retailer, is to sponsor Exeter City Football Club for three years starting from the beginning of next season.

General merchandise retailer Next has outlined how it would cope if the coronavirus pandemic leads to its annual turnover dropping by 25 percent over the next year.

The Guilford showroom of furniture retailer Loaf was last week named winner of the Store of the Year — Small Format category at the Retail Week Awards 2020.

Furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen, one of the largest companies of its type in Britain, recorded higher profits last year after it grew sales and achieved wider gross margin.

The final eleven Beales department stores will close tomorrow, two weeks earlier than scheduled after footfall collapsed.

The Long Eaton Guild of Furniture Manufacturers has cancelled the spring edition of its Long Point event, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

IKEA, the U.K.'s largest home merchandise goods retailer, is to close all instore cafés and restaurants following the Government advice for citizens to avoid social contact.

Laura Ashley yesterday announced it had filed a notice of its intent to appoint administrators, effectively putting a moratorium on creditors calling in their debts.

Sales at inexpensive Danish furniture chain JYSK grew nearly a fifth last year ahead of the retailer embarking on an ambitious expansion programme.

All U.K. retailers — irrespective of size or sector — will be given a year-long business rates holiday as part of a range of packages introduced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to combat the impact of coronavirus on the British economy.

Grand Designs Live, the consumer home show run by exhibition organiser Media 10, has been postponed until the summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fashion-to-furnishings retailer Laura Ashley says the coronavirus outbreak has prompted "an immediate and significant impact on trading" and will force it to file for administration.

Williams-Sonoma, the U.S. headquartered furniture and homeware conglomerate, has announced the temporary closure of its stores in North America.



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