May footfall was stronger than April, but still down on last year
The decline in footfall across Britain's retail destinations eased in May thanks to improved out-of-town shopper numbers and the evening economy.

Sarah and Nick Bianchi of Arighi Bianchi with the award
Bed maker Harrison Spinks and retailer Arighi Bianchi were furniture industry winners at the Family Business of the Year Awards 2018, announced last week.

Sweet Dreams, the Lancashire beds and sofa maker celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has named Andrew Howe as sales agent.

Fourth generation furniture retailer Arighi Bianchi will supply an entire residential development after a striking a deal with a local developer.

John Pye will hold nationwide auctions to clear display stock
Officials at PwC — installed as administrators at upholstery retailer Fabb Sofas Thursday — have enlisted auctioneers John Pye to clear store stock of the failed chain.

Mark Smith, (left) and David Lee
David Lee is stepping down as CEO at DM Midlands Group, the supplier behind sofa brands Ashley Manor, AMX and Alexander & James, after 25 years.

ScS operates 27 concessions inside House of Fraser stores
House of Fraser's planned CVA will likely lead to the closure of a number of concessions run by both ScS and Natuzzi if it gets the go-ahead from creditors later this month.

Thursday was not great for the upholstery industry in the UK.

Buying director Richard Ball, left, and md Paul Glasswell
Buying director Richard Ball is retiring after a 50-year career with Glasswells that saw him work at eight different stores and in 14 separate roles.

Fabb Sofas traded from nine stores
Fabb Sofas, the nine-store sofa chain advised by the founder of DFS and run by a number of its former management team, has been placed into administration.

West Midlands sofa maker Ultra Furniture has been placed into administration through Duff & Phelps, putting 160 jobs at risk.

Retailer Beds 'R' Us generates multi-million turnover
The company behind predominantly online mattress brand Bedz 'R' Us is to be liquidated after problems migrating its web platform led to a fall in its search rankings.

Variety retailer B&M Homestore has sold half its stake in an Irish bedding and curtains retail chain and has agreed a contract to sell the remainder at a later date.

Steinhoff International Holdings said the majority of creditors back a standstill agreement giving the group breathing space as it looks to restructure.

The group behind homeware importer and distributor Sabichi posted lower profits in 2016–17 as sales fell and margins narrowed.

Slips to five-figure deficit in 2016–17 but increases spending on assets.

Elys of Wimbledon is Morleys' largest store
Privately-owned stores group Morleys posted rising sales in 2017–18 lifted by Elys of Wimbledon, the largest store in its retail estate.

Studio, the flagship retail brand of online and mail-order group Findel, says home merchandise was its fastest growing category in the year to end March.

Turnaround plans at Carpetright have progressed with the flooring market leader saying shareholders are supporting its fundraising proposal.

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It is more than eight months since John Lewis last posted two consecutive weeks of home sales growth
Sales of home goods declined at John Lewis last week as the retailer failed to sustain its return to growth.

The situation at Ultra Furniture underscores the fragility at the heart of the business of furniture making.

Privately-owned Welsh furniture chain Happy Home Furnishers is to relocate its Swansea store to the city's Phoenix Retail Park.

Ultra Furniture's factory in Kingswinford
Ultra Furniture says speculation the sofa maker has ceased trading is inaccurate. It is, however, examining its options after Tesco, Ultra's largest customer, said it plans to close its Direct business.

UK retailers enjoyed strong May trading on the back of the warmer weather though the sun scorched the hopes of many big-ticket traders.

John Lewis has bought Opun, a home improvement business that helps consumers manage projects such as kitchen and bathroom remodels and loft extensions.

Variety retailer Boyes is planning new stores in the North East and Peak District as it builds out its store portfolio.

Bed wholesaler and retailer Simba Sleep has secured an exclusive distribution partnership with Sleep Country, Canada's largest bedding specialist.

Lombok's Tottenham Court Road showroom in Central London
Lombok has relaunched its London showroom with a re-engineered and expanded product roster and a B2B offer it believes can help it double sales within a year.

Electricals retailer hit the buffers in February.

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Wren added new stores in 2017
Sales jumped by a fifth and profits by half as Wren Kitchens continued to roll out new stores across the UK in 2017.

Feather & Black's new Bath store; Photo: Feather & Black
Premium bedroom retailer Feather & Black is back on the expansion trail, opening its first store since the takeover by Swedish beds conglomerate Hilding Anders six months ago.

Danish furniture retailer JYSK is to enter the Irish market for the first time, targeting the opening of its first stores in the country in under a year from now.

Last orders will be taken June 27, 2018
The Qatari owner of, the ecommerce business that emerged from the embers of the one-time high street giant, has announced its impending closure.

Home24, the pan-European furniture etailer, says it will raise €150 million from its forthcoming initial public offering (IPO).

Value of two-store retailer on the up.

Organisers are calling for entries for this year's Sealy Cup, a five-a-side football tournament that raises cash for industry charity The Furniture Makers' Company.

Export sales hit eight figures at office furniture maker Orangebox in 2017, though rising costs and narrower margins put pressure on profits.

The rebrand has also brought a change of web domain, to
H Furniture has rebranded as Hayche having recruited former Marks & Spencer furniture buyer Paul Tanner to lead the business as managing director.

Britain's financial watchdog says it is consulting on banning extended warranties in a move that could alter trading practices for furniture retailers in the rent-to-own sector.

Consumers feel better about their personal finances
Big-ticket consumer confidence dipped in May despite an uptick in overall sentiment as UK residents felt better about their own personal finances.