Sainsbury’s has been given an extension to decide whether or not to make a firm bid for Home Retail Group, owner of Argos, after Steinhoff made an approach Friday.

H.Dawson Sons & Company, a wool supplier based in Yorkshire, has acquired a majority stake in Axminster Carpets, the Devon manufacturer rescued from administration in 2013.

Harveys and Bensons for Beds owner Steinhoff has approached Home Retail Group with a possible cash offer that threatens to scupper Sainsbury’s takeover bid for the Argos owner.

Wesfarmers says it plans to use the 265 store Homebase chain as the vehicle to introduce its Bunnings Warehouses brand to the UK consumer.

homebaseHome Retail Group is close to selling home improvement chain Homebase to Australian retail group Wesfarmers in a cash deal worth £340m.

argosCoHome Retail Group turned down a £1bn autumn takeover approach from J Sainsbury, the supermarket chain, saying it undervalued the business.

FurnitureBarnAccentsCase goods retailer Furniture Barn is to close one of its eight stores as administrators continue to pursue a going concern sale of the business.

Furniture and home goods retailer Worldstores has bought a larger slice of the members-only flash sales market with the acquisition of lifestyle retailer Achica.

arnottsDepartment store operator Selfridges Group has acquired heritage Dublin retailer Arnotts from Fitzwilliam Finance Partners.

Home furnishings chain Dunelm has acquired the brand rights of filled bedding supplier Fogarty, one its key suppliers.

Clive Christian has sold his majority stake in his eponymous furnishings and fragrance company to a consortium of private investors.

Kent furniture and interiors distributor Gallery Direct has added UK made mattresses to its product roster with the acquisition of Wiltshire manufacturer Dreamworks Beds.

Carpets and floorcoverings group Victoria has agreed to buy flooring accessories supplier Interfloor in a deal worth around £65m.

Whirlpool has waded into the battle to acquire British premium stoves and furnishings group Aga Rangemaster, threatening to capsize a bid from one of its rivals.

morrisFactoryThe Morris Furniture Group has sold its G Plan Cabinets brand to Sofa Brands International and its Zone, Relaxateeze and Morris brands to the newly formed Nathan Group.

Carpets and flooring group Victoria has agreed to buy Australian carpet manufacturer Quest in a deal worth more than £16m.

Premium stoves and furnishings group Aga Rangemaster is to be sold to US kitchen equipment corporation Middleby in a deal worth £129m.

Italian furniture design company B&B Italia plans to built out its international sales base after agreeing to sell a majority stake to a European investment firm.

baltaBritish investment group Doughty Hanson has agreed to sell its stake in major European carpets and flooring group Balta to a US private equity firm.

kozeeSleepYorksBedding and fillings giant John Cotton Group has acquired properties belonging to the collapsed Yorkshire mattress manufacturer Kozee Sleep Beds.

lucasAylesburyPrivately owned furniture retailer Stokers is expanding its store network with the addition of one of Britain’s largest single-site furniture businesses.

firaTesting, calibration and advisory services provider Exova Group has acquired FIRA International owner BM Trada in a deal worth around £22m.

ukFurnitureManufacturingPrivately owned Alstons has been sold to a joint venture comprising the existing management team and Thailand Carpet Manufacturing.

actonaOwnersDanish furniture retail group Lars Larsen has acquired a majority stake in circa £100m furniture supplier Actona for an undisclosed sum.

cfsStoreCoFurniture retailer CFS — which trades from a number of former Land of Leather stores and lists its ex-CEO among its directors — has been sold as a going concern.