EBITDA was almost two thirds higher for Bentley Designs last year as the furniture importer deleveraged after it kept a tight rein on costs and revenue recovered, countering weaker gross margin.

Furniture retailer Hatfields says it remains focused on delivering an online trading platform before the end of March next year as the reopening of stores after the latest Covid lockdown helped it recover sales lost to enforced closure.

Construction is underway at distribution centres in Scotland and the Midlands as national flooring wholesaler Likewise Group looks to double its logistics capacity this year.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer Heal's has opened a new clearance unit on the King's Road, London in a space that was until late 2020 occupied by upholstery retailer Sofa Workshop.

Stock levels at Cleland McIver more than doubled by the end of its 2020/21 financial year as the soft furnishings supplier invested further in distribution capacity with a new 75,000sqft facility.

Lincolnshire cabinet importer and wholesaler Classic Furniture battled rising shipping costs and limited container slot availability as it booked its highest profits since 2014 last year.

Jarrold & Son, the historic department store and furniture retailer, has hired a new chief operating officer amid wider board change at the diversified East of England retail and services group.

The md of furniture components supplier Wade Spring says the combination of new export business and an expanded engineering offer were a major driver in increased profitability last year.

National retailer Bensons for Beds will this weekend open a new concept store in Didcot with a return to the Orchard Shopping Centre, a site it vacated two years ago.

Furniture Village, the U.K.'s largest majority family-owned furniture retailer, has been named winner in three categories of the 2022 Family Business of the Year Awards.

Russell Harte is now chief operating officer at upholstery market leader DFS after the retailer redistributed management duties across its senior leadership team.

Furniture and homeware retailer Loaf has appointed River Island director Theodore Sheppard as its new chief commercial officer (CCO) with a brief to drive sales and grow market share.

Wayfair launched its first ecommerce store in Ireland on Monday morning, following through on plans we first reported in the autumn of last year (see related).

The cost of living crisis and weaker-than-expected demand have upended the orderly close down of Furniture Loft's store-based business in Leicestershire but its owner says customers who've made advance payments should be able to get their money back.

Product availability across the U.K. furniture retail sector jumped in the first quarter driven largely by rising capacity among upholstery and bed makers, categories where domestic suppliers remain a major force.

Sterling Furniture Group will open its fifth store under its Sterling Home brand with the launch of its refurbished and reimagined Aberdeen branch after an investment north of £2 million.

U.K. furniture and lighting retail sales declined in May as new bookings began to dry up and companies worked their way through a backlog of outstanding orders taken earlier in the year.

A huge leap in sales after the spring lockdown and the introduction of ecommerce helped furniture retailer JYSK report a first ever profit at its U.K. subsidiary last year.

Consumer confidence fell to its lowest level on record in June on worries over personal finances amid the cost of living crisis. But the figures did at least arrest a long-running slide in big-ticket purchase sentiment.

Heal's will re-occupy the longtime Habitat store adjacent to its London flagship on Tottenham Court Road (TCR) as part of wide-ranging plans to improve one of the furniture trade's most iconic pieces of real estate. However, its overall footprint at the site may not increase.

Modern furniture retailer Cult registered higher profits last year as revenue climbed to record levels for at least for the fourth year straight after it elevated its focus on growing in the U.K.

Regulation of interest-free Buy-Now Pay-Later (BNPL) credit agreements will be further tightened under new Government proposals that will likely impact smaller stores and web based furniture retailers the most.

Bedeck returned to profit last year as the Northern Ireland based bedding company benefitted from a lower administrative cost burden of almost £2 million, including non-recurring exceptional items and a currency gain.

There were tentative signs that furniture retail price inflation may have peaked as consumer price rises in the category eased in May for the second straight month. The figures remain at sky high levels.

Furniture and home accents wholesaler Coach House smashed through a high ceiling to record largest-ever profits at its trading arm last year as it recovered strongly from the first year of the pandemic.

A prominent U.K. ecommerce sofa retailer is unaffected by the insolvency of the company that operated the brand for almost four years until the beginning of 2022.

Ecommerce giant Amazon has moved to strike out a number of newly-formed companies that it believes may have been looking to trade off the back of its universally-recognised brand name.

Ex-DFS executive Nick Collard has been promoted to CEO at Bensons for Beds with immediate effect, succeeding Mark Jackson, who is leaving the retail chain after three years at the helm. Group CFO John Sidebotham is also stepping down.

A North West wholesale and retail furniture company that traded direct but also sold through major online platform businesses has gone the way of a predecessor operation.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS says Andy Kemp will join its board as non-executive director next year ahead of the planned departure of one of its existing officers.

Lee Longlands delivered on its pledge to record near seven-figure profits as it fleshed out details from it what it called an extremely positive performance off the back of lockdowns and ahead of it completing a major refinancing solution last June.

Expedient fit-out of high-profile London showroom followed Sofa Workshop ceasing to trade back at the end of March.

Investment helped the soft furnishings group behind the Iliv brand find further margin gains in a strong trading period during which it grew profits and repaid debt.

Ecommerce shopping group N Brown said the shift away from home goods seen since the turn of the year is continuing and showing no signs of abating.

Furniture, home and department store retailer Barkers of Northallerton saw revenue recover to pre-pandemic levels last year with its dedicated Barkers Home store among the standout performers. Gross margin widened by 380 basis points.

The first phase of a major refurbishment of the former Clarkes Furnishers store in Maidstone is complete with it now open again to customers and trading as Lenleys Home.

The value of U.K. furniture production remained at a historic high level in April but fell below revised record figures for the end for the first quarter.

The company that completed an insolvent buyout of a prominent North London furniture wholesaler whose products were sold on platforms such as Wayfair has a new name.

But higher costs mean 23-store South East retail chain fails to make material gains to the bottom line despite surging sales.

North West ecommerce and store retailer Furniture in Fashion, which has been profitable every year since its inception in 2007, recorded seven-figure earnings as it traded strongly through the pandemic.

A North West independent retailer with ties to the once-national Durham Pine brand has ceased trading after filing for insolvency late last month following its planned closure.

A John Lewis warehouse in Reading is to become one of the first buildings to be knocked down and replaced by housing under previously-announced plans by parent John Lewis Partnership (JLP) to move into property.

Upholstery market leader DFS has cut its full year profit expectations as a result of continuing supply chain disruption and a slowdown in order intake. It said it still expects to take market share.

High-end furniture brand B&B Italia, whose products are sold through third party dealers in the U.K., has launched an ecommerce store in one of its key international markets.

Privately-owned Kent furniture retailer Gerald Lukehurst & Son (Lukehurst) made its largest gain on public record in the past year after accelerating a store expansion programme.

Follows launch of 6,000sqft Chelsea showroom offering its full furniture range in the capital last year.

The take-off of furniture and homeware brand Loaf's physical retail business in Scotland, plans for which we first reported last year, is moving a step closer.

Ministry of Furniture (MoF), the contract manufacturer that emerged from Remploy in 2014, has moved to a new head office and showroom facility in Neath, South Wales.

Costco levered the power of brands such as Natuzzi, Thomasville, Bentley Designs and Silentnight on the way to strong growth in the U.K. which it has followed up with further gains in the period since.

Independent surveyors have revised upwards the value of IKEA's U.K. real estate interests, even after the disposal of millions of pounds worth of property last year.

Ecommerce retailer Furniture Box traded strongly through the pandemic as it recorded seven-figure profits ahead of an investment in a new purpose-built stock holding facility and expansion into new geographies.

Fresh valuation for the company behind the Houseology and Olivia's ecommerce furniture and interiors brands up-rates the previous figure by nearly £18 million.

Direct-to-consumer mattress and ancillary products retailer and wholesaler Eve Sleep has launched a review and formal sale process, saying it wants to explore its strategic and financing options.

Wealthy shoppers eagerly awaiting the U.K. arrival of RH in the Cotswolds this summer may have to wait a few weeks longer than anticipated as the upmarket U.S. retailer satisfies the nuances of the British planning system.

Furniture retailer SoloMiya has left consumers facing a battle to recover down payments after it collapsed into liquidation. Its failure was confirmed in what was the industry's worst week since the start of the pandemic.

Gillies of Broughty Ferry has strengthened its presence in the North of Scotland with the takeover of independent retailer Grampian Furnishers.

Ecommerce giant The Very Group (TVG) plans to offer consumer loans of up to £15,000 as part of a strategy designed to give its customers access to a greater number of products.

B&M sold its last remaining shares in an Irish bedding retail business at the height of the pandemic in a transaction planned years in advance.

Furniture exports out of the U.K. continued their recovery in the first quarter of 2022 but still have some distance to travel to return to historic highs.

Online vendors offering the goods of a North Yorkshire based wholesaler of occasional furniture and rattan home and garden goods which collapsed earlier this year are clearing the last remaining items from their platforms.

Two furniture brands, one long established and the other new to Ireland, are expanding their retail footprint in the country as trade begins to return closer to historic levels.

Furniture, a category jettisoned under its previous ownership, is at the heart of home improvement chain Homebase's new Chester store, which is now open.

Revenue jumped by more than a quarter and profits increased for Gillies of Broughty Ferry in 2020/21 as the six-store retailer responded quickly to external factors amid the height of the pandemic.

Neptune reinvested strong cashflow back into the business amid rising sales and profits last year, but the furniture, home and garden brand says it has since encountered supply chain constraints.

Furniture industry buying group and event organiser Minerva Furniture Group may in time look to hire following the departure of a key official last month but there are no immediate plans to recruit and no decision has been taken.

Off-price furniture and homeware retailer Homesense plans to rebuild U.K. store numbers with the opening of a new store north of London, its first since the pandemic started.

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is to further expand the scope of its H&M Home store concept in the U.K. with the launch of a two-storey unit in Gateshead.

French multinational Maisons du Monde (MDM) has issued a profits warning after saying any hopes for sales growth this year can be largely forgotten.

Ecommerce-led furniture and homeware company Swoon Editions has become the latest direct-to-consumer business in the home sector to get backing from fashion-to-furnishings giant Next.

IKEA shrugged off the impact of raw material price inflation to find wider gross margin and cost savings elsewhere in the business on the way to its first U.K. operating profit in four years.

High six-figure profits for the second straight year at privately-owned Leicester furniture retailer.

Home and garden ecommerce giant Wayfair opened the first retail store under its AllModern fascia on Tuesday as it embarks on what its CEO has called the next stage in the retailer's omnichannel journey.

Marks and Spencer's store network is delivering 25 percent less revenue across clothing and home categories compared to four years ago. Online is making up the shortfall, it says, along with a move away from urban high streets.

Henry Tadros will take over as chairman at heritage furniture maker Ercol [ercol] this summer, the Princes Risborough manufacturer has announced. He succeeds his father, Edward Tadros.

Fallen upholstery retailer Sofa Workshop sustained losses of £5.5 million last year and would have needed even more than that in funding to see out the remainder of 2022, had the plug not been pulled.

Former Debenhams and New Look executive holds shares in direct-to-consumer bedding brand following spring 2022 transaction that uprates the company valuation.

More than 7,000 Klarna employees worldwide have been told that 10 percent of them are to be impacted by a programme of redundancies as the fintech company grapples with worsening consumer demand impacting its retail customers.

Shares in home and furniture retailer Dunelm closed at their lowest level in over two years on Tuesday on what proved the busiest day of trading in the stock for more than a year.

Kitchen retailer Wren is planning to ramp up its activity in the U.S. with the opening of a second large factory and the rollout of new showrooms this year.

Rising costs for both consumers and businesses along with the structural shift to online will result in further gains for retail parks in the brick-and-mortar segment, one of the U.K's largest furniture retail landlords has forecast.

Majority position in East Midlands furniture wholesaler was sold to the Swedish investor Storskogen Group last year.

A two-store South West home and gift retailer that ceased trading earlier this spring leaves a major Dutch interior décor wholesaler facing the non payment of a six-figure debt.

Kingfisher, parent to U.K. home improvement chain B&Q, is to start a second £300 million share buyback programme inside a year as part of plans to return excess capital to shareholders.

The value of furniture and lighting retail sales climbed in April according to new figures released Friday morning but at the lowest rate so far this year and below inflation in the category.

Danish furniture chain JYSK will open its 26th U.K. store early next month while Lars Larsen Group, the owner of the global brand, is expanding further its growing roster of retail formats.

The U.K.'s largest flooring wholesale group believes ecommerce and a growing cohort of multiple retail customers can help it counter a weaker market this year.

Internet furniture sales declined in the U.K. during the first quarter while store-based sales climbed as they lapped a period when brick-and-mortar retailers could only deliver, and not take orders because of restrictions.

Shareholders have provided new equity funding for The Conran Shop, the London based furniture, design and homeware retailer sold to a new investor at the outset of the pandemic.

Home shopping retailer N Brown said pandemic-driven demand for home and gift categories has tempered but not before it had capitalised on the homeware boom through the past two years.

Furniture and furnishings price inflation eased for the first time in over a year in April but remained at a very high level.

Rollie Attard, chief operating officer at fabrics supplier Panaz, is to become chief executive in place of his father and company founder Tony Attard, who will become chairman.

Cabinet imports from China fell at the end of the first quarter on a volume basis with only higher prices lifting the value of shipments arriving at British ports.

Privately-owned furniture and department store retailer Browns enjoyed a £1.6 million bottom-line turnaround in the past year as it emerged strongly from lockdown.

The value of shares in furniture and homeware retailer Made.com fell to a new low by Monday evening after it warned that sales would be lower than previously forecast and losses wider.

Former John Lewis chief financial officer Patrick Lewis is to take the same post at furniture retailer Made.com, the retailer announced Monday morning alongside downgraded guidance for the year.

Kitchen maker and retailer Wren grew sales and profits by almost a third as it shrugged off the impact of three months of store closures at the beginning of the year — a period when rival DIY sheds continued to trade.

Scandinavian dining and lounge furniture source issues clarion call for new partners.

National retailer ScS has hired a former Allied Carpets, MFI and Habitat executive to the newly created role of flooring director as it looks to bolster its proposition in the category, The Furnishing Report can reveal.

Italian furniture conglomerate Calligaris Group is to launch a third ecommerce platform with the introduction of a direct-to-consumer website for its Connubia brand.

The combined turnover of U.K. furniture manufacturers reached a ten-figure total in a month for the first time in history as factories continued to be busy fulfilling outstanding orders taken late 2021 and into the early weeks of this year.

The investment arm of the sovereign wealth fund that owns Harrods, the prestige London department store retailer, has adjusted the make up of its holding company board.

Restructuring advisors offer bullish outlook for creditors of East Midlands supplier after co-owner's death prompted eventual closure last year.

The biggest operator of IKEA stores worldwide has earmarked London as a test bed for new formats and a repurposing of its wider superstore network.

The home and lifestyle ecommerce retailer behind brands such as Vonhaus and Spinningfield found profit growth last year in what it described as another period of "unprecedented challenge."

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com is to make a quick return to Yorkshire after plans by a former landlord prompted the closure of its hitherto sole standalone store in the North of England earlier this spring.

Family-owned bricks-to-clicks retailer Bedstar bolstered its balance sheet in 2020/21, building cash to highest-ever recorded levels.

Deliveries in the U.K. and Ireland grew at a faster pace for Stressless in the first quarter of 2022 than in any other of its main reporting geographies, with the value of sales reaching almost half of the total for the entirety of last year.

The historic building housing the Beales department store in Peterborough is to be transformed if proposals soon to be put in front of town planners are given the green light.

Nascent lifestyle brand Jasper Conran London is to expand an existing agreement with general merchandise retail giant Next into furniture and homeware for the first time.

Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an inquiry into the planned takeover of Recticel's engineered foam unit by Carpenter Co., the U.S. conglomerate. Both are key cogs in the U.K. furniture supply chain.

International sales dropped by almost a third for Wayfair in the first quarter as the ecommerce giant lapped exceptional comparators and weathered weaker trading in Europe, where Russia's invasion of Ukraine has spooked consumers.

Made.com, the ecommerce-led furniture, lighting and home accents retailer, has appointed tech leader Claire Valoti as an independent non-executive director.

Supply chain provider Wincanton is to hire 175 of lifestyle retailer The White Company's employees across fulfilment and warehousing roles as part of a new five-year partnership between the companies.

Bensons for Beds managing director for retail Alan Williams is to leave the business this autumn in a move that will see chief commercial and digital officer Nick Collard take on greater responsibilities. The company has also hired a new retail director.

General merchandise giant Next, one of the largest retailers of furniture in the U.K., found revenue growth in the three months to end April as sales rebalanced towards its store network.

One of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned retailers of furniture and flooring sold on a weekly instalment basis has expanded its sofa manufacturing facility.

Furniture, homeware, outdoor and lighting goods retailer Garden Trading has seen consumer demand soften since Easter as shoppers tightened their belts amid rising costs.

Ecommerce retailer MattressNextDay will move into a new purpose-built warehouse, showroom and head office facility later this year.

The owners of designer furniture and homeware retailer Heal's have written off a huge chunk of interest due on intercompany borrowings.

Clicks-to-bricks furniture and home accents retailer The Cotswold Company has strengthened its presence in the South East with the launch of a third new store inside six months.

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) is to hire 150 new technology workers as it makes a major investment in its digital capability across its flagship department store and supermarket brands.

Higher volumes helped The White Company, the national retailer that lists beds and upholstery among a wide-ranging home and lifestyle product offer, to book bigger profits last year.

The Conran Shop is to launch a programme of furniture and homewares as part of a collaboration with Collagerie, a lifestyle website founded by two former senior executives at British Vogue.

Revenue at Roche Bobois' U.K. business trended up sharply in the first quarter of 2022 thanks to a strong order book and lapping a period when its stores here were closed last year.

Department store chain John Lewis said the benefit it received from business rates relief last year was fully offset by other costs related to the pandemic.

Lapping tough comparatives and exiting unprofitable categories hit Argos sales in the past year but the retailer still found gains across key home merchandise such as furniture.

National beds specialist Bensons for Beds will next week take its new store concept to Wiltshire in a first-floor unit co-located with a privately-owned floorcoverings retailer.

A creditor-backed restructuring process and strong trading helped transform the balance sheet of upholstered furniture and beds retailer Willow and Hall last year.

High-end furniture company Timothy Oulton has strengthened its U.K. board with two senior appointments from within.

Home and garden retail giant IKEA has converted a North East warehouse unit into a multi-purpose facility that now allows customers to collect orders placed online.

Home and garden ecommerce giant Wayfair will repeat its annual Way Day promotion in the U.K. this week, offering deep discounts across its home furnishings offer.

The value of furniture retail sales topped any other month in history in March as the industry continued to unwind order books built up in the second half of last year, official data shows.

Nestware Holdings, parent to retailers Carpetright, Flooring Supplies and Flooring Megastore along with wholesaler Carpet & Flooring, has appointed the former strategy chief at Sainsbury's as its new chief executive.

Concerns over the cost of living means consumers are reluctant to spend on higher value goods such as furniture according to new figures from polling company GfK.

Furniture wholesaler Birlea has agreed a deal that will see it become the U.K. and Ireland distributor of Disney branded furniture and home accessory products.

Strong demand indicates a tailwind for home-related spending remains, according to Colefax Group, owner of high-end soft furnishings brands and a prestige British sofa maker.

High-end tiles, wood flooring, bathroom and decorating retailer Fired Earth ended 2021 in stronger shape after its CVA enabled it to almost cut its showroom network in half.

Eyres of Chesterfield, one of the U.K.'s most storied privately-owned furniture retailers, has ceased trading three years shy of its 150th anniversary. It had already been closed since January pending a planned store refurbishment and relaunch.

The U.K. arm of contract furniture maker KI saw revenue jump by almost a third here last year as it rebounded strongly from the early part of the pandemic.

Ecommerce furniture and homeware retailer Shabby is back trading again after its stock, IP and other assets were bought out of administration by an ambitious rival that was until recently focussed solely on rugs.

South West furniture and home improvement retailer Gardiner Haskins booked larger profits last year as it recovered some of the business lost in the early part of the pandemic.

Furniture retailer Made.com will focus on taking market share as it adjusts to changes in the demand environment, according to Susanne Given, who has chaired the company's board since 2015.

W.J. Aldiss, one of the largest privately-owned furniture retailers in the country, says it is well placed after emerging in stronger shape following almost two years of Covid-impacted trading.

Further sales growth helped upmarket beds and bedroom furniture retailer And So To Bed build momentum in 2021 after it had returned to profit the previous year.

Furniture and homeware retail giant Dunelm Group says sales were more than two-thirds higher than last year in the first three months of 2022 as it lapped a period when its stores were closed and it traded solely online.

The company behind modern furniture brand West Elm's U.K. retail and wholesale business said increased activity across all channels has helped it reverse a 2020/21 slide in sales.

Furniture and home retailer Heal's said gross underlying sales were the highest the business has ever recorded last year despite the disruption of the pandemic.

Plans to build on a circa 10,000sqft car park behind Lee Longlands' Broad Street furniture store in Birmingham have been given the go-ahead by the local council.

Sofa Club, the upholstered furniture retailer that sells online and through seven sites across U.K. shopping centres, has reimagined its brand image and product offer.

The group behind Furniture123, widely considered the U.K.'s first dedicated ecommerce furniture retailer, enjoyed bumper growth last year and a near four-fold rise in profits.

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