Sofa importers failed to make it three straight months of growth in May as shipments declined on weaker trade with Italy and China — two of the big three source nations.

Upholstery retailer Sofa Club will this weekend open its largest space yet with the launch of a new store in Liverpool.

Nabru, a pioneering ready-to-assemble sofa maker that has been selling upholstery direct to the consumer for over 20 years, has ceased trading with immediate effect.

Chris Everist, commercial director at upholstery manufacturer Parker Knoll and a furniture industry stalwart of more than 35 years, is to retire.

Insolvency practitioners have fleshed out details of the restructuring of upholstery company Conker, which we first reported earlier in July.

The South Yorkshire upholstery factory set up by general merchandise retail giant Next has in the past year returned its best-performance in the eight years since it began trading.

Direct-to-consumer upholstery vertical Distinctive Chesterfields is trading through new ownership following the insolvency of the brand's prior operating company.

Upholstered furniture maker Conker plans to rebuild from its roots in Long Eaton amid a restructuring process that will see the privately-owned business downsize.

The largest U.K. franchisee for the Natuzzi brand maintained a near double-digit net margin through 2022/23 as revenue growth mitigated weaker margins.

An East Midlands sofa maker that expanded rapidly through the pandemic is looking to restructure its operations against a backdrop of challenging trading conditions.

The founders of direct-to-consumer upholstery manufacturer Saxon Furniture have sold the company to its 79 employees ahead of their planned retirement.

The parent company to East Midlands upholstery producer Celebrity Motion Furniture deleveraged last year, cutting outstanding debt by nearly a third.

North West upholstery vertical Fleming & Howland paid down debt as it recorded a third straight year of six-figure profits through its 2022/23 period.

The North West furnishing fabrics supplier behind the ILiv brand generated more than £3 million of operating cashflow last year, helping it pay down debt in a period when profitability was stronger.

Upholstery vertical Natuzzi narrowed its first quarter net loss as the Italian conglomerate found further cost savings and reduced the rate at which sales have been falling.

The upholstered furniture manufacturer behind The English Sofa Company, The English Bed Company and The Chesterfield Company brands booked strong six-figure profits last year.

Upholstery retailer ScS has launched a long-planned sofa collection in partnership with Stacey Solomon, the television personality, presenter and singer.

The Italian upholstery retailer that completed a take-private deal for ScS earlier this year is keen to pilot its flagship Poltronesofà brand in the U.K.

Upholstery imports into the U.K. climbed for the second month in a row on an annual basis in April, according to HM Revenue & Customs figures released Wednesday morning.

Sofa market leader DFS says profits will be about half the level of previous guidance as a consequence of a tough market and delays to deliveries because of Red Sea shipping disruption.

Man Wah, the world's largest recliner company, has revealed it made a vast increase in sales in the combined U.K., Irish and German markets in the past year as it ramped up its business with key customers.

Buoyant Upholstery and Bentincks, the company behind the Sofa Factory brand, have a settled a conflict of interest regarding the latter's Dorset sofa.

Upholstery retailer Sofology has appointed a new creative agency to spearhead parts of its above and below the line marketing activities.

The Sofa & Chair Company will have to write off a significant six-figure debt owed to it following the insolvency of a sister business that previously traded a high-end ecommerce furniture operation.

The issue of tens of millions of pounds worth of shares vaporised past losses and transformed the balance sheet of sofa and furniture brand Swyft in the year prior to its takeover by Sleep Brands.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com is to open its first outlet store with a unit at the Junction 32 shopping destination in Castleford.

The worldwide upholstery market is forecast to return to growth in 2025 after a hard time this year, according to a new report into the sector.

Steve Carson, chief executive at the U.K.'s number two sofa retailer ScS for the past three years, is to leave the company later this summer.

Five major manufacturing and wholesale groups were responsible for a quarter of the U.K. upholstery market five years ago, but that has been whittled down to less than a fifth through the post-Brexit and pandemic period.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Westbridge has started work on a new design and development hub at one of its North Wales factories.

Heritage furniture brand Parker Knoll has partnered in-the-home retailer Oak Tree Mobility for the launch of an exclusive line of made-to-measure rise and recline chairs.

Upholstered furniture conglomerate giant Man Wah Holding has resolved its longstanding dispute with a U.S. component supplier regarding an alleged intellectual property infringement.

The upholstery group behind the AMX Design, Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James brands booked a first quarter net loss as it grappled with a challenging trading backdrop.

Upholstery volume growth helped revenue and profits advance at recliner giant Man Wah in the past year.

Revenue bounced back for northern and eastern European upholstery conglomerate Home Group in the past year as the market recovered from Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The owners of upholstered furniture manufacturer Tamarisk Designs have created a new corporate structure following ownership adjustments and management change last year.

First quarter sofa and sofabed imports were marginally higher than year-earlier levels on much stronger shipments from both China and Poland, the two largest source nations. Volumes were up high single-digits.

The entrepreneurs that last year saved the Dormeo mattress brand have acquired sofa-in-a-box business Swyft Home in a transaction that further consolidates the U.K. direct-to-consumer sector.

Long Eaton manufacturer Conker Furniture has acquired John Sankey, Habbio and Eco Benchmade (EBL) in a strategic move it says will further its position as a premier player in the U.K. upholstery market.

The managing director of Buoyant Upholstery says demand across the industry has fallen but the sofa manufacturer is retaining its share of the market.

Embattled £14.5 million supplier behind riser recline furniture brand due high six-figure sum in previously-suffered customs duties.

Profits climbed by half for Celebrity Motion Furniture through 2022/23 on continued strong demand for riser recliner chairs and margin expansion.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Ekornes is to streamline its senior leadership team in a move that will save costs and speed up decision-making.

The upholstery conglomerate behind multiple brands including Kuka Home has reported higher profits for the third consecutive year, as revenue returned to growth.

Storied sofa brand John Sankey and sofa-in-a-box vendor Habbio have a new production arrangement in place after the latest insolvency afflicting a manufacturing licensing partner.

But Bacup trade foam and fibre fillings supplier maintains profits on lower sales costs and margin expansion.

U.K. consumers are trading down according to the owner of upholstered furniture brands Stressless and IMG, handing comparatively more business to larger retailers.

A London based sofa-in-a-box brand founded in 2021 has raised more cash from investors via an equity issue that values the business at close to £6 million.

Terms of the restructuring process at historic sofa maker and retailer Evans of High Wycombe are public for the first time, a year after the event.

Italian brand has new look in popular West Yorkshire destination.

A second Sofa.com concession is closing inside the first four months of this year as parent company Frasers Group pulls the shutters down on one of its historic department store sites.

Halo Group now owns 100 percent of London-based upholstered furniture manufacturer Dudgeon Sofas after its former owner's retirement triggered an increase in its stake.

Sofa maker Tetrad featured extensively on Channel 4's Remarkable Renovations programme last week with host George Clarke given a behind the scenes tour of its Preston factory.

Upholstered furniture market leader DFS temporarily reinstated its four-year interest free credit (IFC) offer this spring, a year after it was cut to three years to mitigate the rising cost of the proposition.

Sofa imports into the U.K. climbed for the second straight month in February as goods trucked in from Poland helped make up for weaker trade with both China and Italy.

Tough trading conditions for the U.K. upholstered furniture industry last year hit the top and bottom lines at Wade Spring, a key supplier to many leading manufacturers in the sector.

Sofa design and manufacturing group TCM Living has appointed PJ Chippendale as its new chief financial officer.

Profits fell sharply for the Mobus group last year as the Clarkson Coatings business the upholstery fabrics supplier acquired in 2022 was faced with a series of challenges.

Renascent upholstery brand Maker & Son has opened a showroom in Los Angeles, the first of several planned for the U.S. market.

Warwick Fabrics says it has been operating in a sales environment that hasn't been conducive to increasing its selling prices to the furniture industry, which has had an impact on its own profits.

Underlying earnings doubled at the upholstery group behind the Parker Knoll, G Plan, Duresta, Collins and Hayes and Lounge Co brands last year after restructuring work yielded further progress.

Furniture wholesaler Qualita is to launch one of Lithuania's largest upholstery producers in the U.K. and Irish markets after agreeing an exclusive distribution agreement.

Demand declined from record highs for upholstery vertical Saxon Furniture last year ahead of the sofa maker and retailer expanding its geographic reach and investing in new product development.

Upholstery retailer Sofology booked a slightly shallower half-year revenue decline than its larger sister brand DFS, but was unable to match its market share gains.

Upholstered furniture imports trended mid single digits higher in January on the back of growth with all three of the U.K.'s major trading partners. Volumes climbed at an even faster rate.

Upholstered furniture giant Man Wah Holdings, the largest recliner manufacturer in the world, has further incentivised hundreds of employees with the launch of a share option programme.

Upholstered furniture vertical Arlo & Jacob will take store numbers into double figures this year after announcing it has two new stores in the near-term pipeline.

Upholstery and furnishings group Belfield has announced the receipt of a £7.5 million investment from its two principal stakeholders: NorthEdge Capital and Virgin Money.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will no longer include sofabeds in the basket of goods used to calculate furniture retail price inflation every month.

Sofa market leader DFS has added to its branded upholstery collection with a launch in collaboration with Sophie Robinson, the interior stylist, designer and journalist known as the colour queen.

Responsibility for the Belfield Group's Tetrad sofa manufacturing division and its Clinchplain furnishings components business has passed to two senior executives following the departure of Stuart Masson.

A court heard a winding up petition against Wessex Bristol Investments late last week as litigation funders try to recoup funds for creditors of a long-defunct sofa manufacturing company.

A factory closure together with costs landing lower than forecast helped the group behind upholstery brands Ashley Manor, Alstons and Alexander & James mitigate the impact of falling revenue last year.

Upholstered furniture vertical Sofa.com has launched a capsule collection of sofas covered in fabrics borne out of a collaboration with the William Morris At Home brand.

Upholstery manufacturer Whitemeadow Furniture has again become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the industry charity and livery company.

Litigation funders are preparing a winding up petition against the private furniture investment company of one-time Wesley Barrell and Collins and Hayes (C&H) owner Ayiaz Ahmed.

Classic recliners were a "major success" for upholstery brand Stressless as its U.K. and Ireland business recovered in the fourth quarter of last year, parent company Ekornes said on Monday.

Imports of sofas and sofabeds declined for the first time in three years in 2023 but still remained at the second-highest ever level. Volumes were only fractionally lower than the previous year.

Upholstered furniture fabrics supplier Mobus has promoted Sam Thornber from sales manager to sales director.

Kellie Oliver has become managing director of import/export at upholstery group TCM Living in an expanded role that now also includes responsibility for its Alexander & James and James Alexander business units.

Upholstery market leader DFS has revealed it had more than £96 million of available liquidity heading into the final days of winter after positive cashflow in the past four months.

Dudgeon Sofas, the high-end London upholstered furniture manufacturer, recorded a small loss in the period that saw it sell a further stake in the company to the Halo/Timothy Oulton group.

The high-end upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer that took over the former Heal's store in Brighton hopes it will have a galvanising effect on both revenue and potential investment.

Profits declined for upholstery vertical Sofa.com last year as demand for its products abated amid a tough macro-economic backdrop and the cost-of-living crisis.

Vertically-integrated upholstered furniture manufacturer Andrew Paul has posted its first full-disclosure accounts, confirming its status as Long Eaton's largest remaining independent sofa maker supplying the retail market.

Fibreline, the privately-owned upholstery fillings and cushion manufacturer, has begun work on its long-awaited warehouse expansion as it responds to elevated demand from U.K. sofa makers.

Pan-European upholstered furniture retailer and wholesaler Sofacompany said a loss of earnings and revenue last year was partially the result of the collapse of Made.com, its largest B2B customer.

The new owner of ScS is to cut a cheque for each of the last remaining exiting shareholders after the take-private deal for the U.K.'s second largest upholstered furniture retailer cleared another administrative hurdle on Tuesday.

Upholstery and cabinet wholesale and manufacturing group Actona says furniture sales volumes across Europe fell sharply last year, putting its own revenue and profits under elevated pressure.

Andrew Martin International, the London based retail and wholesale company, has relaunched its designer sofas and chairs programme and invested in increased production capacity at its U.K. upholstery factory.

Man Wah Holdings, the world's largest recliner manufacturer, has resumed its share buyback programme in a bid to improve returns for shareholders.

Upholstered furniture conglomerate La-Z-Boy Incorporated has appointed ADA, Austria's largest sofa producer, as its licensee for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia and Serbia.

A legal row over who owned the intellectual property rights and brand of Maker&Son following its pandemic-era travails was last year settled, staving off an expensive High Court battle.

Upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff has reaffirmed its manufacturing commitment by becoming a member of British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the trade association.

October saw a first rise in sofa imports in 11 months but it was quickly followed by a return of the negative trend in November, according to new figures.

Sales and profits reached all-time highs for the third straight year at sofa maker Ashwood Designs ahead of the South Wales company being sold to outside investors last summer.

A Chinese upholstery producer with sales equivalent to £79 million that sells into furniture markets worldwide including the U.K. and Ireland is planning to build a new factory in Vietnam.

Ekornes, the upholstery, furniture and beds group behind the Stressless, Svane and IMG brands, is to make a series of temporary redundancies in its native Norway in response to challenging market conditions.

Ashwood Designs has promoted Darren Baird to managing director in a move that co-founder Richard Smart described as the next chapter in building a new executive management team following the sale of the business last year.

Motion upholstery giant La-Z-Boy plans to reorganise the corporate structure of its U.K.-based activities in a move that will streamline its operations here and further improve its trading results.

Inaugural full-disclosure accounts confirm West Midlands based Alpha Designs Upholstery to be among the largest owner-operated sofa manufacturers in the country.

Italian upholstered furniture giant Natuzzi plans to remain master tenant of its High Point property despite plans to sell the iconic building, senior executives have said.

The leadership team at Long Eaton sofa supplier Siren Furniture have taken a step closer to paying off the outstanding takeover consideration following its management buyout two and a half years ago.

West Yorkshire upholstered furniture manufacturer Sherborne says it is budgeting for a further decline in sales through 2023/24 with expectations for future trading levels to be lower than in its just-reported financial year.

Upholstered furniture imports into the U.K. climbed for the first time in 11 months in October, propelled by trade with Italian and Chinese producers. Imports from Poland continued to lag year-earlier levels.

The decision to absorb rising raw material and labour costs saw La-Z-Boy's wholly-owned U.K. manufacturing company slip to a loss last year, but cash generation was strong and underlying sales were up double-digit.

Ross Fabrics, a key cog in the U.K. sofa manufacturing supply chain, said volumes returned to pre-Covid levels in the year to end March, adding that the cost-of-living crisis was starting to have an impact towards the end of the period.

The West Midlands manufacturing group behind contract seating brands Boss Design, Jack Cartwright and Lyndon Design booked higher profits through 2022/23 but says repeating the feat will be trickier in the new financial year.

Upholstery and curtain fabrics wholesaler Fryetts said it continued to perform well through 2022/23 despite the recent economic uncertainty, with net margins remaining in double-digit percentages.

Polish sofa manufacturer Tessa Group has taken a significant minority stake in Sofa Club, the fast-expanding upholstered furniture retailer that sells online and through lounges in major U.K. shopping centres.

Experienced furniture industry executive Bo Simonsen has become group sales director at The Sofa & Chair Company, the London based upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer.

The carve-up of the adjustable furniture retail group that until earlier this year traded as Middletons and Oak Tree Mobility has led to improved profitability and a better-equipped platform for growth, its owner has said.

A Worcester company incorporated at the turn of the year has been formally told to change its name at the behest of La-Z-Boy Manufacturing U.K., the Lancashire manufacturing arm of U.S. upholstered furniture brand La-Z-Boy.

The chief executive of Natuzzi has detailed other assets that the Italian sofa maker and retailer might consider selling to raise cash, in addition to its iconic High Point building.

Incanto Group, once one of the largest upholstery suppliers to the U.K. market, will bring its Sofitalia brand back to these shores for the first time in ten years in early 2024.

Natuzzi said it did not deliver enough revenue to break even in the third quarter as it lapped an exceptional period last year and endured weak macro economic conditions in markets worldwide.

Output declined double-digit through 2022/23 for Flameproofings, a market leader in the supply of flame retardant fabric coatings for the upholstered furniture industry.

A small West Yorkshire manufacturer of modular sofas and upholstered bed frames has been placed into liquidation within eight months of an ownership change.

JPL Upholstery, a circa £5 million turnover recliner and sofa maker that was producing three models for one of the country's largest furniture retailers, has been placed into liquidation.

Flexlux, the modern chair and sofa brand from Danish upholstery producer Theca, will enjoy its largest U.K. retail trade audience yet when its makes its January Furniture Show debut early next year.

A fourth West Midlands upholstery company managed by former suppliers to Walmsley's has entered insolvency, leaving creditors owed the thick end of £1 million.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Man Wah Holdings has confirmed it plans to appeal a judge's ruling in the U.S. that it should pay damages to a former supplier after an intellectual property (I.P.) dispute.

U.K. and Ireland revenue almost halved for the owner of the Stressless and IMG upholstered furniture brands in what proved a challenging third quarter.

Upholstered furniture imports into the U.K. continued to trend down in September as they lapped record levels of trade last year.

Near £1 million gain for the Cradley Heath supplier to U.K. upholstered furniture manufacturers and re-upholsterers.

Man Wah Holdings, the Hong Kong listed upholstered furniture conglomerate, booked higher first half profits despite revenue continuing to slide on the back of weaker trade with its biggest export market.

A summer softening in demand impacted third quarter revenue at the upholstered furniture group behind Alstons, Ashley Manor, AMX Design and Alexander & James, but margin expansion mitigated the effect on earnings.

The Manchester upholstered furniture manufacturer behind brands including The English Sofa Company and The Chesterfield Company paid down debt last year as it continued to register six-figure profits.

Upholstery market leader DFS is expanding its store footprint in the capital after agreeing to take over a former Argos unit.

The scion of a Chinese domestic appliance conglomerate is to acquire a controlling stake in Jason Furniture (Hangzhou) Co, one of the world's largest upholstery producers and a major white-label sofa source for large U.K. retailers.

London based upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer The Sofa & Chair Co has so far kept to the terms of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed with HM Revenue & Customs and other creditors a year ago. It follows the finding of cost savings and space consolidation.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Buoyant has bolstered its design and development team with two key hires arriving from rival sofa companies.

Next's wholly-owned South Yorkshire sofa factory has registered its highest output since the general merchandise giant first started the endeavour seven years ago.

Upholstery and furnishings group Belfield said strong credit control helped narrow its operating cash burn last year in a period where the industry-wide chronic shortage of foam led to production disruption and inefficiencies.

Westbridge says the closure of one of its North Wales factories earlier this summer will bring operational benefits as the Belfield-owned sofa maker looks to bounce back from a challenging 2022.

Revenue reached its highest level since the credit crunch for Tetrad last year, but rising costs weighed on the bottom line.

Raft will officially open the doors to its first designer furniture outlet on Saturday morning (Nov. 4, 2023), the upholstery vertical and cabinet retailer has announced.

Expanding upholstery brand Swyft reversed seven-figure losses to wash its face through 2022/23 as it benefitted from sales growth, a debt-for-equity swap, and a restructured cost base.

Upholstery manufacturer and distributor TCM Living has appointed Andy Kennaugh as group chief executive with immediate effect.

Market leader DFS has added to its branded upholstery programme with the launch of a new line of sofas and chairs under the iconic Ted Baker label across selected stores and online.

The chairman of TCM Corporation, majority owner of U.K. upholstery group TCM Living, says the company remains in the market for more takeovers, including from outside the sofa sector.

Pimol Srivikorn, chairman and major shareholder in TCM Living, says it is time the industry heard about the takeovers of two of the U.K.'s largest sofa makers "from the horse's mouth." As well as telling us what is coming next.....

Asset disposal specialists have begun a six-day sell-off of manufacturing equipment following the planned closure of the smallest production facility of a major upholstery vertical.

Rachael Nevins has decided to leave Belfield due to personal circumstances after a year as chief executive at the upholstery and furnishings group. Chief operating officer Tom Prestwich has become group md with immediate effect.

Jonathan Fearn has left his post as chief executive of TCM Living, the upholstery group behind the Alexander & James, Alstons, AMX Design and Ashley Manor businesses.

Upholstery manufacturer and distributor La-Z-Boy U.K. has promoted Tristan Pyke from sales director to managing director.

Sofas & Stuff established its own manufacturing facility last year in a period in which the upholstery retailer booked record revenue and made seven-figure investments.

The management-owned rise and recline chair manufacturer behind the Recliners brand bolstered its balance sheet with high six-figure profits last year.

Revenue climbed to record levels for the second straight year at Colchester upholstered furniture manufacturer Alstons in 2022.

Stressless owner Ekornes delivered record revenue in the U.K. and Ireland last year, breaking a landmark that had stood for the upholstery giant since 2011.



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