National retailer Bensons for Beds has brought all eve mattress production in house as part of the biggest product launch for the brand since its acquisition two years ago.

The owners of expanding South West manufacturer Enchanted House Beds have created a new corporate structure to hold their combined business interests.

The success of bedroom products sold and shipped by third party vendors has catapulted furniture into one of the best-selling ecommerce categories for B&Q, the retail giant best known for DIY and home improvement.

General merchandise and food retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to cut the number of furniture products it sells, leading to a reduction in hitherto key product categories such as sofas and beds.

Former Steinhoff chief executive Markus Jooste has died, a day after being handed a record fine by regulators following the accounting scandal that led to the break up of the one-time furniture conglomerate.

Nearly a dozen members of the leadership team now have skin in the game at Bensons for Beds following changes in the U.K.'s second-largest beds specialist's share structure late last year.

Duxiana, a premium-pitched Swedish bed manufacturer operating own-brand stores and supplying third-party distributors across Europe, is opening its second brand store in the U.K.

Beds and furniture retailer Barnes of Ipswich, better known as The Bed Factory, is to call time on nearly 100 years of trading next month after announcing its planned permanent closure.

Ashley Home has acquired Resident, owner of Nectar Sleep, the direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand with a multi-million pound U.K. business.

The former Recticel-owned East Midlands business that pours foam used to make fillings for beds and mattresses has formalised its corporate name change.

Kent bed manufacturer Sleepeezee has provided an all-new uniform to its employees as part a continuing commemorations of its 100-year anniversary.

National retailer Bensons for Beds says it traded positively at the EBITDA line through 2022/23 after an expanded store footprint and self-help measures contributed to an improved performance.

The quantity of mattresses imported into the U.K. climbed for the ninth straight month as January saw a double-digit rise in volumes arriving into the country.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' output declined for the third straight time in January, but the rate of decline was shallower than in each of the two preceding months.

The U.K. beds market declined but still outperformed all of the upholstery, cabinet and carpet markets last year according to provisional 2023 data that combines production for domestic consumption with goods brought in from abroad.

Clicks-to-bricks beds retailer Mattress Online will later this month open its fourth store and its third in its South Yorkshire heartland.

Happy Beds, one of the U.K.'s largest ecommerce beds retailers, continued to book strong profits last year but gains receded from the Covid-era highs of nearly £2 million.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand Emma Sleep booked double-digit revenue growth in 2023 but said it was a year of disruption as it encountered challenges implementing new systems.

Flair Furniture, the fast-growing retail and wholesale company behind the Bed Kingdom brand, has acquired certain assets of Cuckooland, an ecommerce furniture retailer that ran into problems in post-Covid era trading.

East of England beds retailer Mattressman is to spend £50,000 upgrading its store in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Hypnos, the U.K.'s largest family-owned bed manufacturer, is to consolidate all production at its wholly-owned Buckinghamshire headquarters, leading to the closure of its leased East Midlands factory.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has revealed a new online parody-style video for its National Bed Month campaign that it hopes will support retailers looking to drive sales of beds this spring.

The CEO of Mattress Online says the beds retailer addressed unprofitable marketing expense in a period where it kept hold of market share amid changing consumer spending patterns.

Independent retailer M6 Bed Warehouse is to open a second store after taking possession of a purpose-built unit in Northwich.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) was named winner of the ESG* Initiative of the Year at the Trade Association Awards 2024 on Thursday evening.

Revenue continued to climb for beds specialist Archers Sleepcentre in the first complete 12-month period since its managing director led a buyout of the business in late 2021.

High-end Cotswold-based bedding retailer Bedfolk narrowed its deficit last year as it continued to enjoy fresh backing from equity stakeholders.

A fall in the final two months of last year was not enough to prevent mattress imports from reaching an all-time high in 2023 — the tenth consecutive year they have increased on a value basis.

The National Bed Federation has announced Anton Du Beke, star of BBC light entertainment programme Strictly Come Dancing, as the host of its 2024 Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

The Lancashire company run by the family who resurrected the direct-to-consumer (DTC) mattress brand Brook + Wilde last year maintained 2022/23 profits, despite falling sales.

Dreams founder Mike Clare says it is great to be back in the bedding industry following the launch of two ecommerce websites as part of a new venture alongside former Dreams directors Greg Suthern and Nick Worthington.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' combined turnover fell in double-digit percentages in December as weaker volumes combined with a falling away of price inflation in the category to hold back sales.

Vertically-integrated furniture maker and retailer HSL will feature on Inside The Factory this weekend, becoming the latest industry company to be showcased, and the second this series.

Sealy U.K., the bed manufacturing joint venture between Tempur Sealy International and Dyer Holdings, has become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and livery company.

A West Yorkshire-based investment company with holdings in both mattress manufacturing and bed retailing booked high Covid-era profits according to its first full-disclosure financial statements.

U.S. headquartered conglomerate has provided more details about the restructuring of its operations that was first announced in January.

Vispring, the Devon bed maker whose products sell at the top end of the mass market, will open its previously-signposted second London showroom next month.

Category demand for beds is stabilising according to the CEO of Tempur Sealy International (TSI), the world's largest bedding company and owner of U.K. retailer Dreams.

Aspire Furniture, a growing supplier to the ecommerce mattress sector in the U.K., is planning to build its international business after agreeing new trade finance.

The owner of Bensons for Beds has now received almost the entirety of the amount it was owed at the time of the prepack transaction that divorced the bed retailer from Harveys, its hitherto sister furniture chain.



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