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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