hslDewsburyInterview with HSL CFO Ian Jones on where the firm goes next — including which towns — as the upholstery vertical continues its rapid, self-funded growth path.

Silentnight is a bellwether for the UK furniture industry’s journey through recession.

corndellThis weekend marks a year since Corndell changed hands. A look at the ownership structure of the heritage Oxfordshire case goods manufacturer and distributor.

sofaworksJasonTSofaworks CEO Jason Tyldesley on the timeframe and costs regarding a rebrand, possible new names, new store plans and his view on trade brands. Sign in for more..

wesleyBarrellGuildfordPremium British furniture manufacturer and retailer Wesley Barrell says it is investing in and expanding its routes to market following its takeover last autumn.

ikeaSweetBriarRetailParkIKEA agreeing to take over a retail park store from the Dixons Carphone group in Norwich marks a sea change for the retail giant in the UK.

Investors bring cash but they also bring knowledge, contacts and experience.

retail sales thumbSales volumes in the furniture industry were up double-digits for a third successive month in April and you have to go back to May last year for the last year-on-year decline.

dreamsInterview2Interview: CEO Mike Logue shares his thoughts on production, his relationship with other Sun-backed retailers, store pilots, expansion plans and product strategy.

alstonsFactoryAlstons — which is to be sold to management and a Thai carpet business in a deal effectively valuing it at £32m — becomes the latest in a long line of sofa company transactions this year.

dfs co 1Sofa group DFS’ return to the stock market will have a transformational impact on its bottom line, the retailer has confirmed.

nextHomeMaidstoneCommentary: Next is committed to investing even more in its growing Home and furniture operation, though 2014–15 wasn’t without its challenges, including taking a hefty upholstery recall hit.

dfsThumbCommentary: If you ignore the cost of servicing debt then DFS is unquestionably one of Britain’s most profitable furniture businesses.

dunelmStoreFurniture represented only a small proportion of retail chain Dunelm’s revenue in the second half of 2014, but the pace of growth for the category highlighted its potential.

dfsCo 2DFS acquired the Sofa Workshop and Dwell furniture businesses for not far off one tenth of its 2013–14 interest and finance expense. Both can be key growth drivers.

irishUpholsteryManufacturingFurniture exports were up strongly in 2014 though Ireland — which represents UK producers' biggest market — proved an exception despite what was clearly a strong year for Irish furniture retail sales.

Commentary: Shareholders in the Whitestone group of carpet distribution companies have much to gain from the sale of the business to Victoria.

Commentary: Mattress and beds have been among the best-selling furniture categories online since the ecommerce explosion.

Analysis: High class independent furniture store retailer Vokins is closing with the lack of a suitable replacement location among the reasons.

discounting-1The red sale tickets are ready as furniture and floorcoverings retailers look to see out 2014 in style and top the £4.6bn spent by consumers in the final quarter of last year.

Commentary: First numbers since the Horatio Myer & Co beds business was sold to Steinhoff highlight how external retail customers have remained at the heart of its sales strategy.

sofa-com-polandCommentary: Sofa.com’s pre-tax margin climbed 390 basis points to 13 per cent in 2013–14 and the retailer can do even better having invested in its Eastern European factory.

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