Heritage furniture and department store retailer Nasons is exploring ways to combat the tough trading climate and steer a path through structural change, hiring advisors to conduct a strategic review.

Scott Coggan and his team are joining Ashley Manor
Former DFS and Fabb Sofas design director Scott Coggan has been appointed to the same role at Ashley Manor, with his development team from Fabb joining him to bolster the Midlands sofa maker's creative output.

The retailer will open on Tottenham Court Road this autumn according to The Times
Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA will open its first high street store with a small-format unit on Tottenham Court Road planned to launch this autumn.

The chairman of franchise flooring and beds retailer United Carpets Group says work to streamline its store network has left it well placed to tackle the market downturn.

House of Fraser's Oxford St. store is among those affected by the CVA proposal
Landlords have made an eleventh hour bid to scupper House of Fraser's Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), filing a legal challenge in the Scottish courts.

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Bradbeers' Hedge End furniture store
Underlying profits advanced for South Coast independent retailer Bradbeers in a year that saw it invest heavily in property and consolidate borrowing.

Swedish kitchens conglomerate Nobia said its repositioned Magnet chain was the star performer for its British business in the second quarter.

Multiyork's now-empty flagship store on Tottenham Court Road, London
Duff & Phelps is exploring the possibility of taking action against Multiyork's foam suppliers in a bid to raise more cash for the company's creditors.

International furniture retailer Roche Bobois has raised about €20 million after offering around 10 percent of the business to investors via an IPO earlier this month.

Steinhoff International Holdings has taken another step on the path to recovery after it said the majority of creditors back proposals to restructure its debts.

Bed retail sales are marginally ahead so far in 2018, unlike upholstery, cabinet and carpets
Sales declines swept the board across all big-ticket furniture categories in June, leaving only beds and mattresses ahead on an annual basis in the year so far.

Shipments from China fell 21 percent year-on-year
Imports of wood living, dining and bedroom cabinet declined in May with across-the-board falls from leading Asia supply routes.

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Associated Independent Stores' Cranmore Park exhibition space
Julian Cox is rejoining Associated Independent Stores, the UK furniture industry's largest buying group, after a second spell with Furniture Village.

The retailer has promoted from within its stores
National retailer Furniture Village has promoted Anthony Cato to the newly-created role of head of product management.

Manufacturers' prices for mattresses declined 3.1 percent in the year to June
Mattress prices at the factory gate fell for a ninth straight month in June according to figures out yesterday from the Office for National Statistics.

Valley Carpets, one of the UK's largest privately-owned flooring wholesalers, grew sales again last year as it readied geographical expansion.

The furniture skills body set up last year to support the industry as the Apprenticeship Levy came into existence is introducing a new initiative to help companies find and manage the next generation of employees.

How British furniture imports might be impacted by new U.S tariffs on Chinese furniture. Photograph: Maersk
Apprehension among furniture makers was well-founded after fresh tariff proposals dragged the furniture industry into the developing trade war between China and the U.S. This could yet impact the UK.

Headlam, the largest flooring distributor in Europe, has made a third acquisition for the year amid a backdrop of falling like-for-like sales.

Falling Belgian imports were behind the drop
Imports of carpets declined in May on the back of weaker figures from Belgium, Britain's biggest source of foreign-made carpets.

Joybird has sales of $55m and specialises in mid-century modern upholstery
Furniture maker La-Z-Boy has agreed to buy Joybird, a fast-growing American Internet retailer specialised in mid-century modern upholstery.

Sales of home merchandise fell for a seventh straight week at John Lewis with the retailer citing the continued hot weather and the World Cup as drags on demand.

The Cotswold Company's Norwich showroom
Furniture retailer The Cotswold Company has acquired intellectual property belonging to failed cabinet furniture retailer Oak Furniture Solutions.

Upholstery vertical Arlo & Jacob will open its new Bristol store on August 14, doubling its physical store footprint.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into Britain declined according to new official figures, bringing an end to 19 straight months of year-on-year growth.

Creditors of West Yorkshire mattress maker Luxury Beds face a shortfall of nearly £1 million after the company entered insolvency proceedings last month.

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Shopping centre footfall fell sharply
Retail parks, home to many of the UK's largest furniture and floorcoverings retailers, near maintained footfall last month.

Upholstery imports into Britain from China are down sharply in the first five months of 2018
Market leader DFS blamed disruption to its Far East supply chain for a decline in delivered sales in recent weeks. It is unlikely to have been the only furniture retailer to suffer.

East of England department store retailer Palmers repaid debt and replenished cash balances after selling one of its properties last year.

Newspaper report suggests Debenhams' suppliers have had cover reduced
Suppliers to Debenhams, the department store chain, have seen credit insurance cover reduced in recent days and weeks, according to The Sunday Times.

PerfectHome has been transitioning to a web business model, closing dozens of stores in recent years
Weekly payments retailer PerfectHome has a new owner after the furniture and electricals business was sold out of administration.

Old Boot, a leather upholstery business specialised in the sale of Chesterfield style sofas online and from its London showroom, has been placed into liquidation.

Nobia, the Swedish kitchens conglomerate whose UK interests include the retail chain Magnet, has agreed to buy Dutch manufacturer Bribus Holding for €60 million.

The Oslo Stock Exchange has extended the acceptance deadline for Ekornes shareholders to back the takeover of the company by Chinese furniture group Qumei.

Tough trading conditions didn't prevent Stressless sales growing here in the first half of 2018
Half-year U.K. and Ireland revenues were up almost double-digit for Stressless brand owner Ekornes as the recliner and other furniture maker shrugged off weak market conditions here.

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Restructure will see creditors have an input into who runs Steinhoff's operating companies
Creditors will have a major input into Steinhoff OpCo boardroom hires and fires if they back new debt restructuring plans proposed by the embattled conglomerate.

Henry Tadros has been promoted to director at Ercol Furniture. He becomes the fourth generation of the founding family to join the manufacturer's board, with his appointment signposting its desire to expand exports.

DFS says delivered sales were impacted after delays in the arrival of imported product
Sofa market leader DFS says it expects to post lower profits after external factors impacted orders and delivered sales at the start of its fourth quarter.

Carpet production fell to its lowest level since 2013
Britain's flooring market expanded in 2017 as rising vinyl sales made up for a decline in the value of UK carpet production, which fell to its lowest level in five years.