DFS gross sales advanced 7 per cent in the 26 weeks to 30th January, which it said reflected a “healthy furniture market environment and the success of strategic initiatives.”

The UK’s largest sofa specialist said its higher sales continued the trend reported in previous periods, with gross sales in the 12 months to 30 January 2016 up 5 per cent relative to the prior year.

DFS said its Sofa Workshop, Dwell and DFS Netherlands divisions had all contributed encouragingly to overall group sales growth.

“Given this progress, we have continued to invest operationally to support the future growth of these businesses, resulting in an increase in operating costs in line with our expectations,” DFS said.

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