Yorkshire cabinet furniture manufacturer Ellis returned to profit in 2018–19 after it grew sales and transformed margins following a series of investments and business improvements.

Cabinet furniture imports rose mid single-digits in September led by rising shipments from key Far East markets including China, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Made-to-measure cabinet maker and retailer Neville Johnson grew revenue and claimed a bigger share of a challenged market in the year to April 30, but profits declined on narrower margins.

Two senior managers at Clive Christian Furniture Co. have led a management buyout of the luxury cabinet maker, supported by David Dare, the former owner and md at high-end interiors company Shaws of Darwen.

Fitted furniture vertical Hammonds has extended the lease of its Leicestershire manufacturing facility, securing the long-term future of its production in Hinckley.

The phoenix company that bought the four-store kitchen maker and retailer Earle & Ginger out of administration earlier this year has itself filed for insolvency.

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Wood cabinet imports were up 10 percent. Image: Maersk
Imports of wood living, dining and bedroom cabinet advanced double-digit in July after rises from each of the three largest Far East case goods exporters.

High end furniture maker and retailer Linley recorded a bigger a loss in 2017–18 because of project delays and a strategy pivot but said the future remains bright for the company.

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Rising shipments from Asia powered the increase.
Living, dining and bedroom cabinet imports to the U.K. have trended up in mid single-digits in the first half of 2019 driven by shipments from the Far East.

Fast-expanding cabinet furniture vertical Wren Kitchens has reached 80 stores nationwide with the opening of a new unit in Exeter.

Expanding kitchen maker and retailer Wren has gained various globally-known International Standards Organisation (ISO) accreditations for its factories in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

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Shipments from China were a fifth higher.
Chinese, Malaysian and Vietnamese cabinet imports climbed sharply as the latest HMRC data dump annualised against issues with container ships arriving from Asia.

Danzer, the €202 million turnover decorative hardwood supplier that lists manufacturers of floorcoverings and furniture among its clientele, is to close one of its European factories.

Expanding kitchens vertical Wren is planning a Midlands recruitment event, where it hopes to offer an instant route back into work for staff impacted by the insolvency of retailer Bathstore.

Revenue fell and losses widened ahead of the prepack sale of the business and assets of bedroom cabinet manufacturer Harrison Brothers (Furniture), administrators have disclosed.

Privately-owned kitchen furniture producer Burbidge slipped to a 2017–18 deficit after revenue fell and its cost of sales increased. A pension gain boosted its book value.

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Sigma 3's Moda modern bedroom range.
Kitchen, bedroom and home office furniture maker and retailer Sigma 3 posted sales growth in 2017–18 but profits declined as higher costs impacted margins.

Revenue fell and losses widened at the West Sussex kitchen manufacturer behind the Paula Rosa and Manhattan brands in 2018. Its outlook for this year improved after a surge in new business orders in the final quarter.

The sale of North West furniture maker Harrison Brothers last month provides a fresh start for the bedroom producer and its new management team.

Year-on-year imports of living, dining and bedroom wood furniture grew at their fastest rate since February 2018 at the beginning of the second quarter.

Kitchen maker and retailer Wren is planning to make the biggest single investment in its decade-long history with a proposed additional factory at its Barton-upon-Humber base that could create 1,200 new jobs.

New md at southeast England kitchen maker has rich history with U.K. big-ticket retailing.

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Kingstown Furniture's circa 191,000sqft Hull premises.
Kingstown Furniture's Hull factory has been put up for sale with a £5 million asking price but trade suppliers to the collapsed trading arms of the manufacturing and supply divisions won't see a penny of it.

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Malaysian furniture imports to Britain are growing.
Living, dining and bedroom furniture producers in Malaysia continued to build momentum in March as their U.K. shipments made the country the only riser among the top six source nations.

Sales jumped double-digit at Yorkshire kitchen maker Symphony after the company said it benefitted from growth in the private developer market.

Cabinet furniture maker and retailer John Lewis of Hungerford has issued a profits warning after blaming uncertainty for it failing to convert deposits into full orders.

Higher sales and overhead management weren't enough to prevent Yorkshire kitchen, bedroom and bathroom cabinet maker Ellis Furniture slipping to a loss last year.

West Yorkshire furniture manufacturer Strachan — maker of high-end fitted bedrooms, home offices and dressing rooms — matched year-earlier trade in 2017–18 but profits fell on higher costs.

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From left: Richard Newman (regional debt financing at HSBC), Mark Jones (partner of Jasmin Advisory LLP, who advised Hammonds), Mark Hammonds (group director at Hammonds), Richard Hammonds (group CEO at Hammonds) and Graham Mold (head of growth capital at Frontier Development Capital)
Hammonds Furniture chairman Richard Hammonds has become group CEO after leading a long-planned management buyout at the £85 million turnover fitted furniture vertical.

Creditors of kitchen furniture maker Richmond Cabinet Company will take a hefty haircut on outstanding debts unless KPMG can procure a substantial bid for the company or its assets.

Wellemöbel, the one-time €100 million turnover bedroom furniture maker with a rich history of supplying the British retail market, is on the brink of permanent closure if new investment is not found soon.

Retail giant Wren Kitchens, which makes its own products out of vast factories across Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, has become an approved member of BFM, the British Furniture Manufacturers association.

Case goods manufacturer Forte Furniture says it expects to post lower profits for the second straight year, despite modest sales growth in 2018.

The future of longtime kitchen furniture maker Richmond Cabinet Company is uncertain after the company was placed into administration before Christmas. A newco has been granted a licence to complete orders.

Kitchen maker Uform has become the latest beneficiary of the prolific bank-backed investor BGF, which has bought a minority stake in the Northern Ireland based company.

Forte, one of Europe's largest makers of ready-to-assemble furniture, recorded lower revenue in the third quarter despite higher sales in Western and Northern Europe and in its domestic market.



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