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.

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?

Everything is clear with the benefit of hindsight even if, sometimes, the facts get in the way of the truth.

It is often said that the furniture industry is the first into a recession, and the first one out.

The thinking behind the Sleepology launch.

Is the physical store expansion programme of the upholstery vertical working?

Factory gate price inflation — for most sectors — points to positive outlook on future pricing.

Own-brand collections and approaches to important UK furniture suppliers are indicative of Internet giant's intentions.

If and when Loaf opens its doors on the edge of Wilmslow, it will need little introduction to the affluent patrons of Cheshire East and South Manchester.

Fifteen years ago, Christie-Tyler claimed UK sofa market share of about 25 percent with sales north of £300 million. Today, three new upholstery supergroups are emerging.

Furniture retailers face delivery delays for UK-made goods and need reassurance regarding the status of product that has been produced by factories in mainland Europe.

There was one standout metric released by both retailers as they filed full year results to end July this week.

A LOOK at the DFS takeover of Sofology and the hurdles it will need to jump through in order to get approval from the competition regulator.

HAVING sold his stake in two pocket-spring companies, Charles Wade has begun the process of divesting his two high-profile retail businesses. Here, he explains why.

THOUGH it feels longer, it is actually under a year since the doors opened to the first Fabb Sofas store, on the Hedge End Retail Park last October.

THE GROUP behind case goods furniture maker and retailer Neville Johnson refinanced during the 2016–17 year in a move that should lower its borrowing costs.

GOVERNMENT data released Friday brings the latest set of import/export data and more positive figures regarding the value of goods shipped and trucked into Britain.

BACK in early 2014, the clicks-to-bricks furniture retailer Loaf announced investment into the business by Peter Simon, the founder of Monsoon and Accessorize.

A LOOK at how rising profits helped Alstons continue the process of paying down the debt taken on as part of its 2015 takeover.

HALF-year export numbers for furniture show significant increase on last year.

RETAILER'S strategy plugs American suppliers into UK network.

THERE is one major benefit for DFS in buying Sofology. It means no-one else can.

iOliverPKINTERVIEW with Sofa Brands International CEO Ian Oliver following Collins & Hayes IPR acquisition

INTERVIEW with Janus Cooper, managing director at Tetrad and former principal shareholder before its sale to Westbridge owner Belfield.


IN JUST four years, 14 major ownership changes—of companies controlling nearly half of British sofa production—have transformed the UK upholstery market.

STEINHOFF bed making revenues reached £91 million in 2015–16. Who's driving the increase?

LITTLE precedent in the furniture sector in past decade for HMRC voting against CVAs.

hknudThSUSSEX sofa maker's new Danish owner has enjoyed relentless growth in recent years and has control over its own supply chain.

BREAKDOWN of sales by manufacturer, and why the British sofa makers are so important to Thai owner