Keen & Toms Holdings, parent to bed maker Hypnos and bed delivery company Keen & Able, cut its net loss in half in 2019–20, a year it described as challenging but with many sustainable accolades.

February saw Britain's furniture makers complete a 12th straight month of declining year-on-year manufacturing turnover, according to new official figures.

Furniture and furnishing industry failures dropped to a record low in the first quarter of 2021 according to official insolvency filings, we revealed last week. There are only three plausible explanations as to why.

Bed retailer Mattressman delivered on its forecast return to profit in the year leading up to the pandemic, buoyed by online sales and the performance of stores that remained opened following a 2018 restructure.

Fashion-to-furnishings retailer Next is said to have agreed to take on the John Lewis At Home store in Newbury after it was earmarked for closure by its current incumbent.

The spring of 2021 sees new stores and relocations for the BoConcept brand in the U.K., as franchisees expand or renew their operations in different locations.

The reopening of stores sees fast-growing retail chain Flooring Superstore pick up the expansion baton again as it looks to double in size through 2021.

Alistair McGeorge, whose departure as chairman at The Original Factory Shop was announced last summer, has rejoined the business in the same role. The retailer has concurrently set out plans for a significant store expansion programme.

Nobilia, Europe's largest kitchen manufacturer, has recapitalised its U.K. kitchen retail business Kutchenhaus via a seven-figure equity injection.

Park Furnishers, the Leekes-owned furniture retailer, yesterday opened its new Bristol store while across the city it restarted the £5 million relocation sale at the large Bedminster site it is vacating.

Monday will be a good day. Furniture and flooring retail stores in England and Wales reopen with demand, hopefully, as punchy as it was when previous restrictions were eased after prior lockdowns last spring and autumn.

The md of privately-owned furniture retailer Gillies of Broughty Ferry says the planned expansion of its destination store at Inverness will bring a number of benefits.

The biggest challenge for bed manufacturers is not demand, but how to fulfil it and make a profit in the process, according to new data from the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Emerging furniture retailer The Designer Rooms has opened a further Glasgow area showroom in a unit formerly occupied by Harveys, the no-longer-trading U.K. retail chain.

The easing of travel restrictions around the world is helping grease the wheels of Victoria's acquisition strategy, with the flooring conglomerate soon to announce new takeovers.

The U.K. is among nine European markets where IKEA will launch sofa covers made out of recycled denim for one of its iconic upholstery designs.

West Midlands sofa maker back in the black in 2019–20 after adjustments to raw material sourcing yielded margin improvements for the company.

A Midlands based flooring company that had traded under at least three different retail brand names has been placed into liquidation, owing millions to creditors.

Bed and bath textiles distributor and retailer Bedeck bolstered liquidity in the year to end September, mitigating the negative impact of the pandemic on its business.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and City of London livery company, is launching Step 2 It, the largest fundraising campaign in its 120-year history.

Italian sofa giant Natuzzi is in talks with a large Vietnamese furniture maker that could see it expand its operations in the Asia Pacific region. It follows a similar arrangement made with the owner of the Kuka brand in 2018.

Dunelm says its stores are well stocked and ready for reopening with the home and furniture chain anticipating a strong consumer response when restrictions are eased next week.

East Midlands furniture and furnishings retailer Toons is now delivering nationwide after the launch of a new transactional ecommerce website.

Bed manufacturer Burgess Bedding and pocket spring maker Wolf Components have joined the National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association has announced.

Room To Grow, the Yorkshire based children's bedroom specialist, has increased the size of its teen furniture offer in response to rising search volumes across its ecommerce store.

Routine monitoring of the way extended warranties on big-ticket items are sold has cost Argos well over £500,000 in goodwill payments and serves as a warning to other retailers.

Tony Ashwell, who died last month aged 73, was a legendary furniture industry figure who played a key role in building DFS into the largest and most successful sofa retailer in the country.

Furnishings-to-fashion retailer Next has launched into the emerging sofa-in-a-box category with an own-brand product at an entry-level price point.

High-end furniture brand Roche Bobois will boost its presence in the North of England with a second store and a first in Yorkshire.

Upholstery revenue from customers in Europe climbed double-dight last year for the business that once ran U.K. sofa chain Easy Living Furniture.

The number of U.K. furniture, flooring and furnishings companies falling insolvent fell to record lows in the first three months of 2021, despite limited trade because of coronavirus restrictions.

Newly-filed figures are indicative of strongly positive trading for the company behind the Oakworld.co.uk and Sofaitalia.co.uk ecommerce furniture websites through 2019–20.

Most furniture and flooring stores in Scotland reopened their doors to the public for the first time this year yesterday following the widening of the definition of essential retail.

Rochdale manufacturer Penthouse Carpets said trading was steady ahead of the arrival of the pandemic with the final three months of its financial year hit by the first lockdown.

Nish Kankiwala, CEO at bakery giant Hovis, is to replace Laura Wade-Gery on the board of John Lewis Partnership, the department store and supermarket retailer.

Kent bed manufacturer Sleepeezee has launched a spring price promotion for National Health Service (NHS) staff running throughout April.

Major third-party furniture brands selling on the Next digital platform will pivot away from a drop ship model in the year ahead as the retailer looks for a cost and service improvement.

General merchandise retailer Next says furniture and home sales from third-party brands have climbed by more than half in the past year with another double-digit rise forecast for 2021–22.

Upstream cost pressures continue to create supply chain difficulties according to the managing director of Wade Spring, whose customers include many of the U.K.'s most important sofa manufacturers.

Sofa-in-a-box brand Snug has agreed a three-and-a-half year supply chain contract with Wincanton, the logistics giant that already partners a slew of U.K. home furnishings retailers.

Independent flooring retailer and contractor Mears Furnishers strengthened its financial position in the year leading up to the early weeks of the pandemic.

Direct-to-consumer mattress company Eve Sleep has named Mike Lloyd, the chief operating officer at former FTSE 250 business McCarthy & Stone, as its new chairman.

SKG Capital, a turnaround investor with extensive past experience in the home furnishings sector, says it plans to invest £20 million in retail and consumer businesses this year.

A small mattress business in West Yorkshire has changed its company name following an objection from Belgian bedding and components company Latexco NV.

One in every seven pounds owed to consumers creditors of former upholstery retailer Fabb Sofas has gone unclaimed despite the cash being fully-protected and available for refund.

Sales jumped double-digit despite challenging market conditions for lighting supplier Cascade in 2019–20, but profits declined on thinner margins.

Nestware Holdings, part of the Meditor Group that took Carpetright private early last year, has agreed to buy major flooring distributor Carpet & Flooring from its private equity backer Endless. It is its third acquisition in six months.

Both of upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff's latest stores will open April 12 when lockdown restrictions are eased, including one in a prominent former beds showroom.

Upmarket furniture, lighting and accessories company Porta Romana was impacted by the early weeks of the pandemic, but it said it bounced back after the first lockdown.

Carpetright will begin a recruitment process to find a successor to chief executive Wilf Walsh, who has become chairman at the retail chain's parent company Nestware Holdings.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has launched Associate Supplier Membership, a new category aimed at suppliers of component parts and services to bed manufacturers and retailers.

Fitted furniture vertical Hammonds preserved cash and remained profitable at the EBITDA line as a strong order book helped mitigate the impact of the first U.K. lockdown last year.

U.K. furniture retail sales declined double-digit year-on-year in February with the drop limited by rising ecommerce activity and the ability to continue unwinding existing orders taken across all channels.

The BFM Fabric Show, which had been due to take place at Twickenham in June, has been postponed and will now take place in February/March of next year.

Furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings retailers in England will able to keep stores open until 10pm from April 12 if they wish after the Government extended daily opening hours measures.

The company behind Ufurnish.com has appointed Pat McCann, the longtime CEO at Dalata Hotel Group, as its chairman.

OnlyHome, a U.K. based ecommerce marketplace selling a wide variety of furniture and home décor from well known suppliers, is under new ownership.

The ready-to-assemble cabinet furniture arm of diversified West Yorkshire manufacturing group Decorative Panels found growth in the lead up to the pandemic.

Ashley Ann, the fitted furniture vertical that operates its own showrooms in Scotland and sells to third party dealers in England and Wales, says profits will be smaller but still positive this year.

German bedroom furniture maker Rauch has aligned its product development and marketing functions and hired a new leader to run the merged unit.

North East bed manufacturer Palatine Beds enjoyed positive trading in 2019–20 after it completed the delivery of a large-scale contract.

Former DFS head of buying takes newly-created role at the upholstery and flooring chain, which has also hired a new people director from the travel sector.

German kitchen manufacturing giant Nolte Küchen has acquired selected assets of a U.K. retail chain following a prepack administration deal.

Beales, the historic department store brand, will return to another of its old haunts as its adds to the store it opened in Poole when it relaunched last summer.

Early 2021 demand in key markets has given high-end furniture company Roche Bobois confidence that currently-closed markets like the U.K. can bounce back strongly when stores reopen.

John Lewis & Partners has confirmed the location of eight further stores that will remain permanently closed once restrictions are eased. They include four of its At Home units.

Direct-to-consumer brand Emma - The Mattress Company has added more bed industry knowhow to its UK. and Ireland sales force as it looks to build a larger wholesale presence on the shop floors of key retailers.

The md of Fabb Furniture, the home furnishings retailer formerly known as AHF, says it is on track to be EBITDA positive when it closes the book on its current financial year next week.

Consumer price inflation for furniture narrowed in February but the pressure on manufacturers continued to rise, according to official data out today.

Britain's home office furniture market shrank in 2020 despite the move to home-working according to a new report by AMA Research. It says that will reverse this year as consumers make more permanent home office arrangements.

A profitable online furniture retailer that claims to be among the largest of its type across Central and Eastern Europe has tapped bond investors for more funds as it targets further expansion.

A busy final quarter helped Stressless owner Ekornes achieve full year sales growth in the U.K. and Ireland last year, reversing earlier declines from the upholstery brand.

A new agreement with U.S. wholesale conglomerate Costco can pave the way for similar partnerships in other world markets, according to recliner maker IMG.

Gomersal mattress, bed and upholstered headboard maker MA Living has has acquired additional business space in nearby Leeds ahead of anticipated growth.

Higher demand from online retailers and DIY sheds helped diversified lighting and electricals supplier Luceco mitigate the impact of the pandemic last year.

B&Q owner Kingfisher says it will "rightsize" a number of its largest stores but expects total store numbers to climb as it looks to smaller compact formats to target urban areas.

The ecommerce group that acquired the IP of designer furniture and homeware retailer Houseology out of administration just over a year ago has seen its valuation fly following its latest equity issue.

Sweet Dreams says actions to mitigate the impact of reduced consumer confidence as a result of Brexit and the loss of sales to Bensons for Beds have yielded a positive impact. It has also helped it deal with the pandemic, it said.

Video sales interactivity between stores and consumers has snowballed during the past year and will be one of one of the innovations to outlive the pandemic, according to the head of the U.K.'s largest upholstery retailer.

Mattress and sleep brand Mammoth and the British Athletes Commission (BAC) have extended their long-running partnership for an additional year.

Modern furniture retailer and supplier Aram Designs has paid tribute to its founder and chairman Zeev Aram OBE, who died at home March 18, aged 89.

Plans to unlock the doors to non-essential retail have left consumers at their most ready to splash out on high-value goods such as furniture for a year, according to a closely-followed survey.

The conglomerate behind the West Elm retail fascia wants to double its international revenue by 2026 but has indicated it would not immediately look to add to its three dedicated U.K. showrooms.

Global furniture production fell sharply last year but the biggest market participants were hit less hard than their smaller contemporaries, according to a new report.

Higher sales helped profits rise sharply for the group behind gift and homeware wholesaler Lesser & Pavey in the run-up to the pandemic.

Burnley bed manufacturer Sweet Dreams has appointed Bradley Ravenscroft as its agent for the West Midlands.

Direct-to-consumer mattress and sleep company Eve Sleep cut losses and was cashflow neutral for the first time in its history as market tailwinds accelerated its turnaround last year.

DFS and ScS together with department store chain John Lewis all released financial statements in the past week and offered a reminder that accounts are not just a statutory document, but an exercise in public relations.

A flood of unforeseen claims will yield no change in outcome for the creditors of a now-long insolvent London furniture franchise as the company doesn't have enough assets to pay even the liquidator or professional advisors.

Structural cost savings and state support helped fitted furniture vertical John Lewis of Hungerford make inroads into losses in the six months to December 31, 2020.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is to talk to parents and professionals working with children and young people in the Lincolnshire area as part of an online conference organised by The Sleep Charity.

Dreams, the U.K.'s largest beds retailer, has added the Sleep and Snooze brand to an expanding roster that already includes its core offer and the premium-pitched Feather & Black business.

Clockwork Components, a key supplier of components and accessories to U.K. upholstery and bedding manufacturers, has acquired Motionmex, a longtime distributor of Leggett & Platt recliner mechanisms.

Imports and exports of furniture and flooring fared worse than other goods and commodities in the first month since the end of the Brexit transition, initial Government data shows.

Privately-owned furniture, furnishings and giftware retailer Baytree Interiors will open an eleventh store when restrictions are eased, strengthening its presence in Yorkshire.

Furniture, flooring and homeware retailers in Scotland will be able to open a week ahead of their counterparts in England and Wales after the Scottish Government released its timetable for unlocking the economy.

ScS enjoyed a record first half as it delivered orders taken last year but the sofa and carpets retailer has seen a sharp fall in written business through lockdown despite customers pivoting online.

Living, dining and bedroom cabinet imports reached record levels in January with retailers and wholesalers bringing in never-before seen levels from both China and Vietnam.

The renascent Laura Ashley brand returned online yesterday and will have its own flagship space inside one of partner retailer Next's landmark stores when non-essential stores are allowed to reopen.

Rises from both inside the E.U. and out powered an increase in foam and sprung mattress imports in January, according to new figures.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has donated £34,810 to Mind, the mental health charity, as a result of sales of the Rollo by Slumberland rollup mattress over the winter period.

The CEOs of both DFS and Furniture Village say the structural shift-to-digital will lead to larger, destination-style furniture stores rather than retailers operating from small-sized formats.

Upholstery shipments fell back in January on weaker figures from both China and Poland, the two largest sources of foreign-made sofas sold in the U.K.

The chief commercial officer at U.K. Flooring Direct has become chief digital officer in a move that reflects the major flooring retailer's upscaled plans for digital technology investment.

The slog for Belgium's carpet makers continued at the start of 2021 with Britain's biggest trading partner for the category sustaining another sharp fall in the value of product arriving here.

The National Lighting Company, one of Europe's largest suppliers of lighting to the retail market, found improvement last year despite the non-linear nature of trading through the pandemic.

Retail chain John Lewis is bullish for strong home furnishings demand once lockdown eases as it looks to recover sales lost across the wide-ranging category through 2020–21.

The value of furniture output from U.K. furniture factories fell for the eleventh straight month on an annual basis in January according to official data out this morning.

Laura Ashley home ranges to be sold through the Next brand network will feature soft furnishings sourced through Ashley Wilde, the Hertfordshire headquartered fabrics group.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding producer, plans to extend the maturity profile of its long term debt with a new $800 million (£572m) senior notes offering.

Much of the consumer shift online is permanent according to John Lewis, which says a pre-pandemic 60/40 sales split in favour of stores has been completely reversed and is expected to remain so in the future.

Tenants will be given three more months to generate cash and pay unpaid rent or renegotiate terms before landlords can legally try to oust them after the Government yesterday extended the ban on commercial evictions.

The Chancellor's decision to extend business rates relief will have been welcomed by retailers the length and breadth of the country. But in England, only independents are likely to benefit in a meaningful fashion.

Adjusted profits fell high single digits on a near €110 million sales drop for flooring giant Balta last year, with it slipping to a net loss overall after finance costs and non-cash write-downs.

International interior furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group has relaunched websites for all its individual brands along with refreshing its corporate presence online.

Higher online sales in the U.K. and other markets worldwide helped Maisons du Monde partly mitigate the impact of store closures across the globe last year.

Furniture retailer Loaf, the poster child for an adroitly-executed clicks-to-bricks strategy, has reorganised its corporate structure in readiness for the next chapter in its development.

Furniture maker Sherborne Upholstery remained profitable and generated cash last year despite sales falling sharply on the back of Covid-induced factory and customer shutdowns.

Headlam, Europe's largest flooring wholesaler, says it will add almost 40 new trade counters over the next four years in response to rising demand from retailers and fitters for click-and-collect.

A new nylon yarn aimed at residential carpet makers contains 75 percent recycled material and is itself "endlessly recyclable" according to its Belgian proponent.

Retail sales inched ahead year-on-year in February despite the mandatory closure of non-essential stores, according to a closely-followed trade survey.

DFS, already the largest upholstery producer in the country, is mulling further investment in U.K. sofa manufacturing as the pandemic and Brexit have highlighted global supply chain complexities.

Peter Harrison and Tim Stacey, the CEOs of Furniture Village and DFS respectively, are the two panellists in the final webinar in the Innovation in Times of Crisis series from The Furniture Makers' Company.

Shareholders at Lancashire fitted furniture manufacturer J&J Ormerod (JJO) have decided to sell two thirds of the business to the company's employees, ending a long period of family ownership.

The South West Furniture and Bed Show has announced late May dates for its spring exhibition following the planned easing of restrictions surrounding indoor events.

Carpetright is testing two separate mattress and beds formats across 20 of its stores nationwide and online. It includes a revamped Sleepright proposition and a new retail brand concept called MattressStoreU.K.

The giants of British upholstery retail are pushing deeper into the growing sofa-in-a-box market segment to compete with emerging challenger brands and entry-level incumbents such as IKEA.

Furniture and flooring retailers in Wales will not pay business rates until 2022–23 at the earliest after the Welsh Government followed their counterparts in Scotland by extending relief for most retailers.

Furniture and lighting sales fell sharply in Ireland in January with the country's retailers only able to take new orders online with stores closed.

A West Yorkshire rug supplier has invested in new machinery that will boost capacity and take it into new markets with the aim of growing sales by a third.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee has donated £18,000 to The Children's Hospital Charity in Sheffield, part of its commitment to share a cut of all sales from its Jessica mattress.

Planning documents reveal how RH, the U.S. furniture giant formerly known as Restoration Hardware, plans to reconfigure the London store that currently houses fashion brand Abercrombie & Fitch into its first London gallery.

The West Yorkshire wool supplier that owned heritage carpet maker Axminster until early last year has completed a restructuring process it initiated nearly two years ago to improve its finances.

The £2 million cap on business rates relief announced in the Budget on Wednesday is a "near worthless support package for large retailers," according to the store group behind Sofa.com and House of Fraser.

The diversified makeup of the privately-owned group behind Holt furniture, home and department store retailer Bakers & Larners meant it was able to carry on trading through the pandemic.

The 15th Scottish Interiors Showcase will rebrand for its first-ever digital event, which has been designed to be the first of many that will run alongside future in-person editions of the exhibition.

Ecommerce retailer MattressOnline recorded double-digit revenue growth and higher profits last year and said its inventory strategy helped it navigate the supply chain challenges thrown at it by the pandemic.

Italian mattress and sleep brand Dormeo continued to build momentum at its U.K. business last year saying the Covid situation has worked in its favour.

The franchisee behind BoConcept stores in London and large parts of southern England says Covid has made everyone realise "the primordial importance of a good home environment."

H.I.G., the U.S. headquartered investment group that bought Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight a decade ago, has agreed a £25 million settlement with The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

The Chancellor has extended business rates relief for home furnishings retailers across England but stopped short of completely waiving the tax through the 2021–22 year.

Sterling Furniture Group, one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned retailers, said it is confident demand for home furnishings will continue to be strong once stores reopen.

Danish furniture design brand BoConcept and U.S. furnishings conglomerate Haworth have announced a strategic partnership they say will open up access to global markets for both entities.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published a guide to alternative materials and the pressures from specific consumer groups which might accelerate their adoption across the furniture trade.

The just-launched Cloud Sundae is the third upholstery programme from sofa-in-a-box brand Snug and stretches the company's price architecture into a more premium segment underpinned by new patent-pending technology.

Revenue was flat for the second straight year at Manchester based converter of curtain and upholstery fabrics Fryett's, according to new figures for the period leading up to the pandemic.

Lockdowns meant revenue fell in high single-digits for the group behind the Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James brands last year but high demand outside those periods prompted it to expand its production capability.

Recticel, the Belgian foam conglomerate, has begun plans to offload its dedicated finished bedding manufacturing business following a strategic review.

Demand for furniture and other key homemaker product categories delivered high double-digit growth for retailer Harvey Norman across all of the island of Ireland in the six months to end December.

Brockway Carpets slipped to a loss last year as a result one-off restructuring costs and the end of its financial year being hit by lockdown and customers such as John Lewis halting carpet operations.



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