Privately owned manufacturer and distributor Gallery Direct is one of the fastest emerging furniture and home furnishings groups operating in the UK.

The Furnishing Report charts Carpetright’s progress in downsizing its UK store portfolio over the past four and a half years.

There was a surprise summer drop in the amount of furniture imported from Poland and Vietnam, two of the fastest growing sources of goods for UK buyers in recent years.

fogartyPillowsDunelm said yesterday it was acquiring the rights to the Fogarty filled bedding brand. So where did that leave the £33m Lincolnshire manufacturer, its management and staff?

The new Consumer Rights Act — which came into effect yesterday — fundamentally affects the furniture retail sector’s relationship with its customers.

There are two key takeaways from the performance of two of Britain’s leading ecommerce furniture retailers. Sign in for more.

nickRadfordSmallThe acquisition of the Morris, Zone and Relaxateeze brands meets a strategic need, says Nathan Group chairman Nicholas Radford. He tells the Furnishing Report why.

Taking full control of the G Plan brand represents a powerful opportunity for the upholstery group Sofa Brands International.

Falling market demand and rising costs at Memory Foam Warehouse were compounded by a cyber-attack earlier this year.

camerichShowroomThree new showrooms this year is just the start for modern upholstery and furniture specialist Camerich. We look at how the retailer plans to take sales to £40m next year……

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.



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