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.

The liquidator and lawyers chasing the former owner of Collins & Hayes for a portion of the seven-figure sum his company received for selling its intellectual property have scored a victory in the battle to recoup funds for creditors.

A glut of containers arriving at U.K. ports from China in December meant sofa imports passed all previous record-highs for the second straight month as the industry rushed to get Christmas orders delivered.

BFM Fabric Show London is to take place at Twickenham Stadium from June 8–9, 2021, subject to small indoor trade events being permitted at the time.

General merchandise retailer Next put more upholstery volume through its own Yorkshire sofa factory in the run up to the pandemic while expanding headcount by 35 percent.

Lectra, a major supplier of machinery, software and consultancy to U.K. and global sofa manufacturers, has agreed to acquire rival Gerber Technologies in a deal worth €300 million.

Timothy Oulton is taking its recently-acquired Sofa Workshop brand into international markets for the first time. Here in the U.K., it also plans to add a second London showroom for its Noble Souls brand.

Harvey Roberts has been appointed managing director at upholstery manufacturer and distributor Hydeline Furniture.

The Chinese furniture manufacturing conglomerate that bought HTL in 2016 says it will sustain a financial hit after writing down the value of its investment in the leather sofa maker.

Upholstery conglomerate Man Wah Holdings successfully raised HK$2.36 billion (£222m) from investors following the planned share placing it had earlier signposted mid-January.

The company that last summer bought the business and assets of one of the U.K.'s first vertically-integrated direct-to-consumer sofa brands has booked six-figure profits.

Half-year EBIT trebled as high-end upholstery manufacturer Kingcome Sofas found extra margin in the six months to end October.

Fashion and lifestyle brand Joules said licensing income has more than doubled citing the impact of its partnership with DFS, the upholstery market leader.

A strong bounce back out of the first two lockdowns has left upholstery and carpets chain ScS cautiously optimistic for the weeks and months ahead.

Sofa maker Tetrad has completed the remodel of its Preston showroom ahead of the launch of a series of new collections.

Arlo & Jacob, the upholstery retailer, is turning its stores into virtual showrooms using live video chat powered by Go Instore software.

British retailers and wholesalers imported more upholstery ahead of Christmas than in any other month since records began, new data compiled by The Furnishing Report shows.

Man Wah Holdings, the upholstery and recliner giant with manufacturing operations across the Far East and Eastern Europe, hopes to raise the equivalent of £224 million to fund expansion and modernisation activities.

A gain on the sale of freehold property softened the impact of a weaker trading for The Sofa & Chair Co. in the period leading up to the arrival of the pandemic.

Robert Mynett, son of Brian Mynett who passed away last week, shares a letter written by his father to his step-brother Scott Ramsay in August 2006 after he had endured a particularly difficult day.

Brian Mynett, the former Christie-Tyler executive who was later responsible for driving the U.K. expansion of Italian sofa giant Natuzzi, has died. He was 80 years old.

Vita Group has agreed to pay €6.1 million to acquire southern Italian flexible foam producer I.M.P.E from Natuzzi, the upholstery manufacturing giant.

Ekornes, the Norwegian recliner company behind the Stressless and IMG brands, recorded a loss at its U.K. and Ireland operation in 2019 during what was, it said, a year of consolidation.

The Incanto Group is planning a three-month show-van tour in the U.K. after a similar exercise by the sofa maker resulted in it picking up new accounts for its relaunched Digiò Leather Sofas by Sofitalia brand here this autumn.

Italian sofa maker Nicoletti Home says U.K. sales will end 2020 up in mid-single digits after it successfully navigated raw material challenges to deliver its order book to customers on time and in full.

Sofas & Stuff has lined up a first showroom in Hertfordshire as the upholstery retailer continues to expand its national footprint.

North West sofa covers and soft furnishings business Plumbs booked flat underlying profits last year, saying it had been a period of consolidation following earlier restructuring.

Upholstered furniture imports climbed at their fastest pace in over a year as global suppliers played catch-up in the wake of strong demand across U.K. retail stores and online.

A temporary moratorium on shareholder payouts and M&A activity is over for upholstery giant DFS after it agreed new extended debt terms with lenders.

Whitemeadow, Britain's biggest owner-run upholstery producer, maintained its growth story last year as it reached what is likely to be a revenue peak ahead of the pandemic and Brexit transition.

Ashley Manor, the West Midlands sofa maker, was the biggest growth driver for the Thai-owned TCM Living upholstery group as two of its four major business units outperformed the U.K. market last year.

The group behind the rise and recline chair and adjustable beds brands Middletons and Oak Tree found top line growth and positive cashflow as it built out its retail footprint following earlier investment.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow is to open up its Sutton-in-Ashfield HQ to showcase its new collections early next year.

Ecommerce upholstery startup Swyft Homes is this week introducing a rapid turnaround next-day delivery service for customers.

The West Midlands upholstery brands that form the largest part of the Thai-owned TCM Living group look to have outperformed the U.K. sofa market last year, new data shows.

TCM Corp, the majority owner of U.K. upholstery group TCM Living, has promoted a new group chief executive from within the Thailand based organisation.

Upholstery market leader DFS has expanded its presence in the North West with its already-signposted Barrow-in-Furness unit pulling up the shutters for the first time this weekend.

Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) at sofas, sofabeds and upholstered beds retailer that previously featured in Fast Track 100 list of Britain’s fastest-growing private companies.

Italian upholstery vertical Natuzzi will expand its retail footprint in the U.K. this Christmas amid strong demand so far this year for its Natuzzi Editions brand.

The British arm of upholstery producer La-Z-Boy has gifted three high-end recliners to the staff wellbeing area at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Upholstery retailer Sofology will take store numbers close to 50 with the opening of three more units this side of the New Year, starting tomorrow on the South Coast.

Revenue fell mid-single digits for Natuzzi in the third quarter but the Italian upholstery manufacturer and retailer said the order outlook is brighter.

ScS, Britain's number two upholstery retailer, has recruited a former Home Retail Group executive as the successor to David Knight, its longstanding CEO.

Upholstery group TCM Living posted high third-quarter growth on the back of a flood of post spring-lockdown orders but said demand has outstripped its capacity, impacting costs.

Orders placed after furniture retailers sprinted out of the first national lockdown resulted in upholstery imports into the U.K. climbing at their fastest pace in 12 months.

Half-year revenue and profits advanced for upholstery giant Man Wah Holdings in the six months to end September despite a big fall in sales across Europe.

Revenue jumped by a third for Jason Furniture Hangzhou Co. in the third quarter as demand skyrocketed for the Chinese upholstery conglomerate's products and brands.

Sofa market leader DFS has played down the impact of the new lockdown in England, saying its experience of earlier this year leaves it with a more sanguine outlook.

Upholstery producer Man Wah Holdings has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Feng Guohua as chief executive officer (CEO).

U.K. and Ireland revenue continued to recover for Norwegian upholstery giant Ekornes in the third quarter putting it close to even for the year so far.

Emerging upholstery startup Swyft Homes says it has already beaten its £2 million sales target for its launch year with it forecasting revenue of half that again by Christmas.

Furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow will move its upholstered bed frame production early in 2021 after taking a new facility that will also provide the scope to consolidate its manufacturing operations across fewer factories.

A first showroom in Oxfordshire will become upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff's fourth new space to open since the summer when it throws open its doors this December.

The U.K.'s first dedicated Noble Souls upholstery showroom, revealed by The Furnishing Report earlier this month (see related), will open November 27, it has been announced.

Direct-to-consumer upholstery source Swyft Home has chosen two-man delivery service provider Panther Warehousing as its sole delivery and warehousing partner.

Recliner giant Man Wah Holdings has not given up its attempt to take control of HTL despite the already-completed sale of the leather upholstery colossus back to its founder.

A key cog in the U.K. upholstery supply chain that lost out following the failures of QFC, Multiyork and Ultra more than recovered all that revenue and more in the year to March 31, 2020.

Insolvency practitioners say efforts to recover a seven-figure debtor balance from one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of upholstery after the failure of a major British sofa manufacturer are over.

Upholstery vertical DFS has joined the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) in a move that sees it become the largest single member of the national trade association.

A six-month stretch of falling upholstery imports into the U.K. has come to an end as orders from Eastern Europe and the Far East delivered growth for the category.

Three stores, all in the North of England, planned between now and next year, with the first opening on Saturday.

Upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus continued to build out revenue in the first full year following a management buyout and ahead of its move to a new West Yorkshire warehouse this year.

West Yorkshire upholstery source Scan-Thors (U.K.) says it has successfully secured new custom and pointed to signs of improving business confidence in the market.

One of the Sofa Workshop London stores acquired from DFS last month is to be repurposed for a first dedicated U.K. standalone showroom for Timothy Oulton's Noble Souls upholstery brand.

DFS, the U.K.'s largest upholstery retailer, has been building an arsenal of storied brands to attack the furniture market in recent years.

Mid-autumn launch as expanding sofa chain prepares to open its westernmost store on street dripping in British upholstery heritage.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS said business has rebounded strongly since lockdown to limit the impact on full-year results to July 25 and put it on track for growth in 2020–21.

The eponymous founder of Italian upholstery company Natuzzi says the U.K. is among its priority markets as it looks to bounce back after the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Italian sofa maker Natuzzi says it could outsource some of its production in Eastern Europe having completed a similar process in the Far East to combat tariffs.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS has signed a ten-year lease on a 32,000sqft warehouse in Liverpool.

The BFM Fabric Show London 2021 will take place as scheduled next year as long as indoor events are permitted, organisers have said.

Sofa.com has deepened its ties with its sister company after adding fabrics from a key House of Fraser in-house brand. It has also introduced lighting to its offer for the first time.

Lockdown hasn't shunted Lebus Upholstery off course as the Lincolnshire sofa maker looks to build on double-digit growth achieved last year. Order intake and volumes are currently ahead of 2019.

Upholstery market leader DFS has launched a new programme of leather sofas and chairs in collaboration with Halo Group, the multinational furniture business to whom it has just sold Sofa Workshop.

Man Wah Holdings, owner of the Cheers recliner brand, has built a mammoth new factory to bolster production in the Chinese market.

Prestige upholstery producer Kingcome Sofas says it was on track for mid single-digit sales growth when the virus hit the U.K. earlier this year.

Upholstery imports continued to decline at the height of summer, but the drop-off was the narrowest since the start of the year.

The Chinese furniture group that has owned HTL International since 2016 is planning legal action after the leather sofa maker was sold under its nose against its wishes.

The founder of Far East upholstery producer HTL International has bought back the business after agreeing a takeover deal that takes it out of judicial management and back into private hands.

A Bristol based upholstery and soft furnishings specialist opened its new-look showroom on Tuesday this week after it took advantage of lockdown to complete refurbishment works.

ScS, Britain's number two upholstery retailer, says its new financial year has started where the old one left off with orders up by more than half since the end of July.

Intellectual property disposal follows the collapse of the £1.6 million turnover Bedfordshire upholstery manufacturer earlier this year.

New consumer touch point for expanding upholstery retailer.

Upholstery manufacturer Nicoletti Home says it has boosted production capacity at its Italian base to ensure surging demand for products doesn't mean customers will have to compromise on pre-Christmas delivery timeframes.

The North West upholstery producer behind the Timeless Chesterfields brand is calling on other sofa makers to follow its lead so that traditional skills aren't lost to British industry.

Upholstery fabrics and soft furnishings show Proposte will take place in the north of Italy from April 19–21, 2021, exhibition organisers have announced.

Upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus is finalising its move to a new West Yorkshire warehouse HQ that effectively gives it twice the stock space and will deliver upgraded service levels for its customers.

The Norwegian owner of recliner brand Stressless reported revenue in the U.K. and Ireland down by almost 36 percent in the second quarter as mandated store closures impacted trade.

Demand has rocketed since the Buoyant Upholstery factory reopened but its md Mike Aramayo says the surge has brought with it fresh production headaches.

The acquisition of upholstery vertical Sofa.com can buttress Frasers Group's plan to trade up, the diversified retail giant said today.

Factory and customer closures meant revenue was down sharply for TCM Living, owner of the Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James brands, in the second quarter of 2020.

Harvey Ellis, who for decades ran what became one of Europe's largest sofa manufacturing operations as production director for DFS, formally left the business earlier this summer.

Employees at Formation Furniture, historically one of the country's largest upholstery factories, face redundancy after a successful sale out of administration failed to materialise.

A fifth straight decline in upholstery imports means the value of goods shipped to the U.K. is down by a third in the first half of 2020. But June figures were an improvement.

The owner of furniture brands including Cassina and Cappellini, has signed a letter of intent with a U.K. listed nano tech materials company as it looks to develop and commercialise an enhanced leather product.

A U.S.-owned West Yorkshire healthcare business whose products include riser recline chairs and adjustable beds enjoyed a big balance sheet boost last year.

Upholstery market leader DFS has taken the opportunity to maximise spare showroom space with the launch of a test DFS Bed Centre concept at one of its stores in the North East.

Third-party interest remains in South Wales sofa maker Formation Furniture but the former Blue Group business unit — in administration since the end of June — is now entering last-chance saloon.

Man Wah Holdings, the Far East upholstery conglomerate, has sought and received more time to prepare its potential takeover approach for leather sofa maker HTL International.

Privately-owned upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff is to relocate its Midlands presence with the opening of a new and larger store, replacing its Birmingham showroom.

Britain's number two upholstery retailer ScS said order intake has almost doubled since the lockdown ended, reflecting pent-up demand.

Higher revenue and wider gross margin helped boost earnings at Furnico, one of the largest upholstery producers in the U.K., last year.

Incanto Group, once one of the largest European suppliers of leather upholstery to British furniture retailers, is relaunching in the U.K. market this autumn with its Digiò Leather Sofas by Sofitalia brand.

Himolla, the German upholstery manufacturer, has announced the death of Karl Sommermeyer, its former managing director. He died July 16, aged 71.

Losses increased on lower turnover for the combined Harveys and Bensons for Beds retail chains last year. But the Blue Group, as it became known, continued to make money from its manufacturing operations.

Upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff is to bolster its presence in the North West of England with a first showroom in Cheshire and its 14th at all.

Natuzzi's new chief commercial officer for Western Europe says the pandemic has not quelled its interest in the U.K. market with two stores opening in the autumn and more planned in the medium term alongside investment in wholesale.

HTL International has opened the doors to its permanent U.K. showroom in Staffordshire where the sofa maker is presenting its new 2020 collection.

A going concern sale of what was Steinhoff's South Wales upholstery factory will need to be tied up within weeks with staff close to completing all outstanding orders.

China's furniture industry was first into the coronavirus crisis and looks to be the first out, with upholstery imports into the U.K. showing signs of recovery after deep declines earlier this year.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com has followed the closure of its Edinburgh store by paring back its physical presence in the English capital too. A second shop will remain permanently shut.

The proposed acquisition of a controlling stake in leather sofa maker HTL International by Man Wah Holdings, if it goes ahead, would transform the recliner giant's U.K. business.

Sofology, the DFS-owned upholstery retailer, has parked plans to open five new stores as it looks to take advantage of opportunities that may emerge in commercial property.

Italian sofa maker and retailer Natuzzi is presenting its new 2020 collection at a dedicated Cardiff at Home Congress for U.K. dealers and partners.

The prepack buyout of a pioneering U.K. self-assembly sofa manufacturer and retailer leaves creditors facing a shortfall on their debts.

The former chief financial officer at footwear retailer Shoe Zone has been appointed to the same post at TCM Living, the upholstery group behind the Ashley Manor, AMX Designs, Alstons and Alexander & James brands.

Growing direct-to-consumer upholstery brand Snug is to add a sofa bed option, which will also ship in a box like the company's existing product roster.

A Long Eaton upholstery manufacturing group with 28 employees has filed for insolvency after it failed to replace orders lost last year.

The reopening of furniture stores has unfurled latent demand among consumers with DFS orders spiking by more than half since the beginning of June.

Upholstery market leader DFS has spelled out the forecast impact of the Covid-19 crisis on its 2019–20 results, and says it will incur further costs as a result of restructuring.

Man Wah Holdings could ride to the rescue of leather sofa giant HTL International, one of the largest suppliers of upholstery to the U.K. market, after it struck a framework agreement to acquire a controlling stake.

British upholstery production dropped to its weakest level since 2014 last year as volumes fell almost double-digit on the back of weaker demand.

Wayne Hollis, md at rise and recline upholstery producer Celebrity Motion Furniture, says the long-term aim is to lead a management buyout (MBO) and has reaffirmed the company's intent to refocus as a single-brand business.

Upholstery market leader DFS plans to move into a vacant unit adjacent to its existing Preston store in a move that will reduce its footprint in the city.

Rise and recline chair maker Celebrity Motion Furniture has, as was widely expected, secured the backing of creditors for its company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

The prospect of Natuzzi's shares being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has diminished after the Italian sofa maker regained compliance with listing rules.

A Staffordshire cushion manufacturer with 50 employees and partnerships with prestige fabrics brands has folded as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

First quarter revenue declined more than a fifth for Italian sofa giant Natuzzi with almost all its markets worldwide impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The shutdown of the leisure and hospitality industry will have a major impact on revenue says one of the sector's largest suppliers of furniture and custom-made furnishings. But lower sales didn't stop it growing profits last year.

Nicoletti Home says there will be no summer cutoff for orders this year while the southern Italian sofa maker is to bring new products planned for the spring Salone del Mobile show to the U.K. next month for an exclusive event for its retail partners.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com has permanently closed one of the first stores it opened after it began a national rollout of shops five years ago.

One of the pioneers of British flatpack upholstery production and retail has completed an insolvent buyout following an earlier company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

Dan Oscroft has been promoted to sales director at upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow following the decision of longtime incumbent Paul Wesson to retire.

The Thai majority shareholder of four of Britain's largest upholstery businesses has further integrated and reorganised its sofa interests as it works towards a planned U.K. stock market listing.

Two of Britain's heritage upholstery brands, including Wade Upholstery, could return to fight new battles despite the collapse of their former owner.

The not-for-profit organisation administering the issue of grant funding for projects that provide innovative ways for textile waste to be recycled or re-used has streamlined the application process.

Paul Islip, joint managing director and co-founder of Westbridge Furniture, has left after 16 years with the North Wales upholstery manufacturer.

The pandemic will poke a hole in the profits of major soft furnishings supplier SMD Group in 2020 but will not lead to it recording a deficit, the company said.

The future of HTL International, the Far East producer responsible for manufacturing one in every 150 sofas estimated to be sold in Britain each year, has moved a step closer to a positive resolution.

The managing director of sofa maker Buoyant Upholstery has praised retailers for helping money flow through the supply chain as the Lancashire company prepares to resume production.

Recliner giant La-Z-Boy said it will reduce its global workforce by 10 percent including the closure of its Newton, Mississippi upholstery factory as part of plans to realign its resources for the post Covid-19 era.

The biggest factory in the JDP Furniture Group was deprived of a seven-figure sum by the collapse of retailer Laura Ashley, precipitating its own demise just a few days later.

Rise and recline chair maker Celebrity Motion Furniture will reopen its factory today (June 1) after work behind the scenes to make the facility safe, and to restructure the business.

Mark Smith, CEO of upholstery group DM Midlands Holdings, has together with his wife Julie bought sofa retailer Arlo & Jacob out of administration, expanding the couple's personal interests in the sector.

Upholstery and carpets retailer ScS reopened its English store estate over the weekend and says it is now unwinding its order book after recommencing deliveries.

The coronavirus crisis has prompted Italian sofa maker Natuzzi to revise its ongoing transformation plan with the introduction of significant new cost-reduction and cash-saving measures.

Higher asset values and lower payables in newly-amended accounts from northern upholstery manufacturer.

The pace of furniture store reopenings across England will gather momentum with upholstery market leader DFS to pull up the shutters on most of its store portfolio next week. Three stores will open today.



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