Furniture retail sales may still be falling but the outlook is improving, with big-ticket spent intent at its best level since February 2022 according to a closely-followed poll.

Furniture and lighting retail sales in Great Britain declined for the ninth month in a row in June according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which also revised down May's figures. Flooring, by contrast, improved on last year.

Lawyers representing the U.K.'s tax authorities have filed winding up petitions against two dormant companies and one holdco that are all under the control of Carpetright. The last ditch attempt to recover tax comes with restructuring advisors said to be close to a deal for the embattled flooring retailer.

The head of flooring operations at ScS says he will leave the business following the retailer's exit from the flooring sector, a strategic move revealed by The Furnishing Report back in May.

Bed buyers are favouring foam-filled mattresses over those constructed with pocket spring units, according to new consumer research by the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Dunelm said it expects profits to better market expectations for the year to end June as Q4 sales growth outstripped earlier quarters. Margin also gained on net freight tailwinds.

The estate of the once-national upholstery chain Multiyork could see a further return after lawyers landed a second six-figure sum in relation to historic disputes.

Furniture retail prices were lower for the sixth consecutive month in June though deflation in the category decelerated to its shallowest rate since February.

JYSK, the inexpensive Danish furniture chain, is rejigging its U.K. store footprint with the opening of a relocated store in the eastern foothills of the Pennines.

Isle of Wight retailer Solent Beds and Furniture is to open a new, larger Newport store to replace two smaller units in the town whose leases are expiring.

Privately-owned furniture and department store retailer Barkers of Northallerton maintained upward revenue momentum in the past year amid a backdrop of rising costs.

The names of the restructuring advisors handling the insolvency of retail company Bedworld Factory Shop have now been confirmed in statutory filings.

Upholstery retailer Sofa Club will this weekend open its largest space yet with the launch of a new store in Liverpool.

The managing director of independent bed retailer Linthorpe Beds is now the majority owner following an adjustment in shares among the founding family.

The number of furniture, flooring and furnishings industry companies filing for insolvency fell to its lowest level since 2022 in the second quarter of this year.

Furniture and home department store retailer Leekes will next month pull down the shutters on its Cardiff store following the relaunch of its refurbished Llantrisant branch last year.

The company behind the circa £20 million turnover Bed Kingdom business has bolstered its leadership team and buying function with new key hires.

AP+, the provider of third-party logistics, storage and fulfilment for furniture and homeware clients, has appointed Darrell Loynes as sales manager.

Nabru, a pioneering ready-to-assemble sofa maker that has been selling upholstery direct to the consumer for over 20 years, has ceased trading with immediate effect.

Noa Home, the Canadian ecommerce upholstery and mattress vendor with operations in four markets including the U.K., is to be wound down.

Currys chief financial officer Bruce Marsh is to take a non-executive board role at upholstery market leader DFS next month. He arrives as Loraine Martins OBE steps down.

Flooring market leader Carpetright filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators on Friday in a move that protects the business while sale negotiations proceed.

Court filing on Wednesday signposts administration appointment at West Yorkshire based retail company.

After-tax profits returned to a seven-figure level for the first year in nine at large Scottish furniture retailer Andersons of Inverurie through 2022/23 as falling costs and margin expansion mitigated lower revenue.

The Cotswold Company, the ecommerce-led furniture retailer, will reach double-figure store numbers for the first time as it expands its retail footprint this autumn.

Carpetright, the U.K.'s largest flooring retailer and the longtime category market leader, is said to have hired PwC to run a formal sale process.

Ecommerce-led living, dining and bedroom cabinet retailer Top Furniture bolstered cash and profits as it enjoyed a stronger 2023/24 trading period.

An investment company that has over the past two decades run a slew of distressed furniture industry assets has been wound up after a successful petition by litigation funders.

A Chinese ecommerce home furnishings giant that has in the past described itself as the largest furniture vendor on Amazon in Europe has recapitalised its U.K. subsidiary.

Stephen Davies, who has been with national retailer Tapi Carpets & Floors since the business was founded in 2015, has joined the board of directors.

An ecommerce platform bought in a Hail Mary attempt to galvanise Made.com exactly two years ago has gone through an insolvent restructure of its own, hurting creditors.

Furniture, interior design and furnishings company Richard Grafton Interiors will this week relaunch its Harrogate flagship showroom following a refurbishment programme.

The General Election proved to be a disaster-class for the MPs who most recently made up the members of the All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group.

Tempur Sealy International (TSI), whose planned takeover of Mattress Firm has been challenged by the U.S. antitrust watchdog, has cited the buyout of other retailers such as Dreams as proof that competition will not be harmed by the $4 billion transaction.

New suffix for bedding, window dressings and household textiles supplier.

Poltrona Frau, the premium Italian designer furniture company that sells through a mix of own-brand stores and third-party dealers like Aram and Chaplins, booked record U.K. revenue last year.

Sofa.com, which has already seen two concessions close this year, faces the loss of a third with its West Country department store host to change hands.

Direct-to-consumer upholstery vertical Distinctive Chesterfields is trading through new ownership following the insolvency of the brand's prior operating company.

Irish retailer EZ Living Furniture has opened the first of two stores originally slated for the spring as it presses ahead with its largest expansion programme in three decades.

Tapi Carpets & Floors co-founder Martin Harris, who was the face of the national retailer when it launched a decade ago, has left to pursue other interests. Other Harris family members remain at the heart of the business.



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