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First half sales advanced 305% year-on-year, Emma said.
Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Emma says a three-fold rise in first half sales has put the bed-in-a-box business on target to hit full year U.K. sales of £45 million in 2019.

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Eve said it narrowed half-year losses, but sales also fell.
Mattress brand Eve Sleep has agreed retail partnerships with three of the biggest names in the sector as it adds to existing tie-ups and replaces exposure lost following the end of trading relations with Dreams.

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New advertising campaign goes live for Eve Sleep.
Eve Sleep has launched a new television advertising campaign and is following a well-trodden promotional path in the home goods industry, with the use of a fictional sloth.

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Optimism among bed makers has fallen according to new data from the National Bed Federation.
Like-for-like bed sales fell 5 percent in the first quarter of 2019 according to the National Bed Federation's latest State of Trade report, though the volume fall was less severe.

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Imports of foam and sprung mattresses climbed in May, new figures show.
An upshift in the value of mattresses arriving from Denmark, home to Tempur's European manufacturing unit, helped power imports to their biggest growth since December last year.

Profits climbed at West Midlands motion furniture manufacturer Furmanac in 2017–18 after margin improvement from taking its fleet inhouse and a tax credit countered the impact of lower sales.

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Baring its teeth: The NBF has been randomly purchasing and testing mattresses to expose and root out bad practice. This mattress didn't contain the advertised fillings.
16 of 49 mattresses, beds and headboards bought randomly and tested by the National Bed Federation (NBF) either failed flammability checks, or were borderline failures. Some didn't contain the fillings advertised.

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The Spinks Springs factory in Leeds.
The components arm of the Harrison Spinks mattress and bed technology group says its new spring system could redefine the beds sector in the same way bonnell springs and memory foam did years before.

Lieven Vandendriessche has been appointed CEO of Latexco Group, the family of Luc and Carole Maes and the board of directors have announced.

Follows transfer of stocks hitherto controlled by high-profile investment manager Neil Woodford.

Heritage bedding and soft furnishings supplier Bedeck returned to profit in 2017–18 after it recorded lower operating charges and an increase in revenue.

Mattress brand Casper Sleep has added a third mattress to its U.K. offer, a hybrid combining comfort foam with innersprings.

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The Three Sixty bed by Savoir has just gone into Harrods. The model pictured retails for £330,000.
Savoir, whose beds retail for an average of about £25,000 each, posted record sales and a high single-digit net margin in 2018 after it consolidated its presence in key international markets.

R.A. Irwin & Company, which produces mattress ticking and window blind fabrics, recorded a bigger loss in 2017–18 but maintained sales and boosted cash.

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Dreams has been owned by Sun Capital since 2013.
Sun Capital, the private equity company that owns Dreams, collected an eight-figure dividend last year after the debt-free national bed specialist generated more cash than it had in the previous year.

Board change for owner of Britain's biggest beds manufacturer.

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Matratzen Concord faces "liquidity constraints."
Dutch bedding group Beter Bed Holding says it will consider offers for the Matratzen Concord retail chain, its largest individual business unit operating hundreds of stores across several European markets.

New role for former Silentnight and Harrison Spinks executive.

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The Sleepeezee team presenting a cheque to the British Heart Foundation.
Strood bed maker Sleepeezee says it has given £250,000 to good causes over the past three years, supporting a range of local and national charities as part of its ongoing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.

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Dreams was bought by Sun European in 2013.
Bed specialist Dreams says sales and profits advanced again despite a difficult U.K. retail backdrop last year, a fifth straight improvement since it was bought by private equity company Sun Capital Partners in 2013.

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Tempur Sealy products will go back into 2,500 Mattress Firm stores during the final quarter of 2019.
Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bedding producer, says it has agreed a new supply agreement with Mattress Firm, the Steinhoff-owned retail giant, in a move that reverses the high-profile split between the parties two years ago.

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Arrivals from China are one of the exceptions, rising compared with 2018.
Bed imports into the U.K. are tracking lower in 2019 after four reported months of the year with April seeing a biggest fall yet in the value of sprung and foam mattress arriving from overseas.

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Brook + Wilde's Elite mattress.
Vacuum packed mattress pioneer Breasley has agreed to be the exclusive supplier of sleep startup Brook + Wilde's Elite mattress range for bricks and mortar retailers, it announced in a press release.

A British court has ruled that a Yorkshire bed maker that collapsed four years ago amid a human trafficking scandal be restored to the company register.

Parisian bed maker unites with historic lighting business in private equity backed merger.

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Silentnight's group HQ and (inset) Steve Freeman.
Steve Freeman is stepping down from day-to-day executive duties and leaving his post as managing director of Silentnight Group, Britain's biggest beds manufacturer.

The new managing director of the Silentnight Group joins from outside the beds industry but with years of high-level home sector experience at Farrow & Ball.

Direct-to-consumer mattress and ancillary products business Eve Sleep will announce new retail partnerships this summer.

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Dreams' new Sleepmotion bed frame.
National bed specialist Dreams has introduced two remote and app-controlled adjustable bed frames across its 195-store U.K. network and online.

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The Bettzeit management team has expanded to include Gastón Tourn, Christian Portz, Philipp Wagner and Vanessa Vollrath; Photograph: Hannes Keller
Bettzeit, the German company behind growing direct-to-consumer mattress brand Emma, says it will continue its recruitment drive as it looks to build on the appointment of a number of C-suite executives.

Mattress Firm, still the largest U.S. beds retailer despite downsizing following a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganisation, has appointed John Eck as its new chief executive.

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The entry-level Skye mattress retails* from £239.99 for a double.
National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has reimagined its own-brand compressed, rolled and folded mattress offer to include a simplified range, new-look and different merchandising.

Jim Gerety, md at high end Devon bed maker Vispring, has been elected to the executive board of the National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association whose members have a 70 percent U.K. market share.

The march of Chinese mattress maker Mlily continued at the start of 2019 with its parent company posting high first quarter revenue and profits growth.

Revenue jumped more than a fifth for the Yorkshire company behind guest bed maker Jay-Be in 2017–18, a year where margins widened and profits doubled.

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The NBF Code of Practice will go beyond product compliance
Britain's leading bed manufacturers have voted unanimously to further tighten the National Bed Federation's (NBF) membership criteria to raise standards and put more distance between themselves and rogue operators.

Bedding conglomerate Tempur Sealy International bolstered its European manufacturing credentials with the acquisition of a circa €10 million manufacturer producing out of the Baltic region earlier this spring.

Insolvency event is the latest in series of appointments for officials connected to the manufacturer and retailer.

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The Gala Dinner takes place at the Telford International Centre.
TV and radio star Gyles Brandreth is returning to host the National Bed Federation's Gala Dinner and Awards ceremony, this year featuring live musical entertainment for the first time.

Imports of foam and sprung mattresses into the U.K. declined year-on-year in March, the first annual drop across the category since May last year.



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