Sold stake in major Chinese operation at the turn of the year.

Testing, testing. While the world's biggest furniture retailer tries new things, perhaps the answer lies in acquisitions?

A balance sheet analysis of Britain's top bed companies would place Vispring relatively low in the list of Britain's most valuable mattress companies. How very misleading.

A look into the department store chain's big-ticket plans.

A look at the upholstery category shows why these tariffs matter.

Unboxing the cash situation at the emerging direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand?

It seems fitting that in the same month that WorldStores is phased out as a brand by Dunelm that Argos has been named Large Online Bed Retailer of the Year.

The Co-op was once one of the UK's largest retailers of furniture, running dedicated stores and large departments in multi-category shops.

Rising input costs have been a recurring theme over the past two years.

Taskers reported a seven-figure loss in 2017–18 but there are positive signs coming from the North West business, whose ongoing restructure will complete next year.

More on UK furniture, bedding performance at Steinhoff.

Right at the very beginning of the current vogue for rolling, folding and boxing mattresses, one of the new direct-to-consumer market entrants had an interesting marketing strapline.

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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