Upholstery market analysis: the Far East market making UK headway.

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Fabb Sofas ceased trading in June, less than two years after it launched
Making sense of Fabb Sofas' closure is not an easy task.

Analysis of the UK's two leading sofa chains.

2017 sales, profits at Ashley Manor, AMX Design and Alexander and James, plus a look at Q1 2018.

The reasons we think Harveys makes for an unlikely disposal candidate.

Mattress startups can't wait too long before making proper money.

Consumer furniture price inflation eased in May after a period of sustained high levels, driven by currency movement and rising input costs.

The situation at Ultra Furniture underscores the fragility at the heart of the business of furniture making.

The headline figures suggest IKEA posted lower profits and higher sales last year. But that paints far from the full picture at the UK's largest home furnishings retailer.

Mattress upstarts are evolving, out of necessity.

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Argos, together with sister business Habitat, is owned by J Sainsbury
Argos and Habitat owner J Sainsbury today confirmed it plans to merge with Asda, creating a £51 billion retail group.

Three retailers picked up off the floor, three successful turnarounds. What's next?

The latest figures for Chinese sofa and wood furniture imports into Britain showed a first combined decline since records began. There are at least three plausible reasons why.

Big gains in selected stores for southern Italian sofa giant

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Dunelm stores; Delivering more of the retailer's growth than appears immediately obvious
Dunelm released a third quarter trading update last week that revealed 5.1 percent growth in total sales including a 4.6 percent like-for-like uplift.

Who is the number one sofa manufacturer and distributor?

But it does result in big changes in design.

No-one should feel too much sympathy for commercial landlords. There are others more worthy.

Similar strategy, different tactics for U.S and French furniture retailers with regard to the UK.

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New funding round put Made.com back in the limelight
In terms of press coverage, Made.com has in the past couple of years taken a back seat while upstart rivals such as the bed-in-a-box merchants have dominated headlines.

Many operators have not moved fast enough to take into account the structural changes affecting retail, says Livingstone's Harsha Wickremasinghe.

Property likely to be highly desirable to big-ticket players.

From £19 million loss in 2017 to profitability within two years. Is that achievable?

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Inside Bensons for Beds, the Steinhoff-owned beds specialist
Bensons for Beds store numbers have fallen since 2016 but average trading space has not, according to new data compiled by The Furnishing Report.

Few businesses divide opinion like Wayfair. Admirers cite its fast pace of growth and commitment to invest in the buying experience while naysayers point to widening losses and accuse it of buying revenue.

The market appeared not to like Dunelm's half-year results on Tuesday, with its shares sliding nearly 14 percent at one point compared with their value before its interims were made public.

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I'm a firm believer of — where possible — talking up trade and the industry. If there is a positive angle, we will endeavour to find it.

Sofa market leader's numbers suggest a difficult year ahead. But one clear winner has already emerged.

Customers might lose cash, but the industry loses a lot more as a result of the collapse of Contemporary Oak Furniture, the company behind the Oak Furniture Solutions brand.

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David Knight, centre, at last week's January Furniture Show
ScS chief executive David Knight was in an ebullient mood at the January Furniture Show, posing for photos as the chain celebrated achieving Certified Company status under FIRA's new Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture.

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The January Furniture Show takes place Jan. 21–24 at the NEC, Birmingham
Every major UK home furnishings retailer and a healthy proportion of British and overseas furniture suppliers will be in the Midlands over the next four days, writes The Furnishing Report editor Richard de Melim.

Interview: Mike Logue on plans for 2018 and current trading, and fields questions on Steinhoff, Mlily, unprofitable rivals and why Sun Capital didn't sell Dreams last year

Some of Britain's biggest furniture makers are operating white-label retail websites amid an increasingly desensitised environment for how manufacturers interact with consumers.

Department store retailer John Lewis and food and general merchandise retailer Marks & Spencer are two yardsticks by which the retail sector is often judged.

Too much debt is obviously a bad thing. But, sometimes, too little debt — or even none at all — can also be a bad or worrying sign.

History suggests there are four possible outcomes for the Multiyork brand.

Following Hilding Anders' acquisition of Feather & Black. We take a look at the past, present and future.

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Feather & Black was placed into administration through Duff & Phelps
Swedish beds conglomerate Hilding Anders would be a credible buyer for the embattled UK bedroom retailer Feather & Black. But were it to bid for the company, it would need to stave off the interest of others.

2017 has been a good year so far for British furniture and flooring exporters, but — until October — the mattress category had been the exception.

From new borrowing to the value of its Forrest takeover. What did we learn from Sterling's results?

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