Clipper, the specialist in retail and high-value logistics which lists John Lewis among its customers, says it has received a preliminary takeover approach from private equity group Sun European Partners.

Difficult market conditions in the interior design sector made life tougher for furniture, lighting and home accents company Porta Romana in 2018–19, but cash climbed and EBITDA remained north of £2.3 million.

Margins widened at soft furnishings company Gordon John Textiles in the year to March 31, 2019 after it made the decision to reduce low margin turnover and seek more profitable customers.

Walker Greenbank announces four senior appointments including former Amtico, Tesco, LVMH and Roberto Cavalli executives.

There is no shortage of consumers or retailers wanting to buy furniture designed, made and sold by Ercol, the Buckinghamshire company that will celebrate its 100th year in 2020.

Litmus Furniture has been appointed principal agent for England, Wales and Ireland by Recor, the Belgian furniture maker that once listed the U.K. among its biggest markets.

A dozen new workers have joined Blackburn cabinet maker Fuse Furniture after the company received funding and business support from Boost, Lancashire's Business Growth Hub.

Interim earnings fell 15 percent at soft furnishings company Walker Greenbank after it incurred restructuring costs following a site closure.

Furniture conglomerate Herman Miller has more than doubled its shareholding in Hay, the Danish contemporary furniture company, in a deal worth the equivalent of £54 million.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the premium cabinet furniture vertical, says current customer behaviour suggests clarity over the current political environment will unlock pent up demand.

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Gallery's Sittingbourne headquarters.
Furniture, beds and home accents distributor Gallery Direct recorded bigger profits in 2018, shrugging off the impact of a dip in group-wide U.K. sales.

Office seating, desking and storage manufacturer Triumph Furniture has collapsed with the loss of about 250 jobs.

Buyout of North Carolina manufacturer supports existing wholesale infrastructure in the U.S. for Far East conglomerate, while since-divested U.K. case goods arm saw double-digit decline in 2018.

Wider margins helped counter the impact of lower sales at Portadown furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies in the year to December 31.

The Senator Group, one of Britain's biggest furniture manufacturers, posted mid single-digit revenue growth in 2018 after selling more to customers in overseas markets.

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The W.S. Dennison family, from left to right: James, Nikki, Maureen, William and Pamela showing off the new 40th anniversary logo that has been added to some of the fleet.
W.S. Dennison, the Antrim based furniture logistics company, has celebrated 40 years in business with an event attended by 150 of its friends, family and other associates.

Sales and profits will climb in 2019 after East of England furniture company Warings secured new business last year, prompting it to hire and train new staff.

The London based company behind the Artisan Furniture brand has acquired selected assets of PD Global, the furniture importer and distributor which ceased trading earlier this summer.

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Scartop Pine's Heywood store. Image: Google
Furniture wholesaler PD Global and its co-owned retail fascia Scartop Pine recorded a seven-figure loss almost two years before its eventual closure, administrators have said in a new report.

Office furniture manufacturer Frem Group has added a new factory in Suffolk after a bumper year in 2018 that saw revenue grow double digit and profits transformed.

Underlying sales grew for Northamptonshire cabinet furniture retailer and wholesaler Kettle Interiors in 2017–18 despite a backdrop of trading headwinds.

One of the U.K.'s biggest rug and floormat suppliers said the downsizing of home improvement chain Homebase had a negative impact on sales last year.

Melrose Interiors, one of the country's largest independent rug suppliers, closed out a seven-figure property sale this summer after earlier completing a "landmark relocation."

Fast-expanding lighting supplier Astro posted another top line sales record in 2018–19 but cautioned that growth was harder to come by, especially in the U.K.

One of Europe's largest living, dining and bedroom cabinet furniture makers is to diversify into upholstery, building a new multi-million factory in Poland.

Privately-owned soft furnishings group Ashley Wilde grew sales and profits last year ahead of the spring 2019 buyout of a Scottish fabrics wholesaler.

Adverse currency movements and trading conditions impacted profits at Hertfordshire furniture, home goods and giftware importer Sifcon International last year.

A five-fold increase in exports softened the impact of lower U.K. revenue and higher costs for bedding and soft furnishings maker and distributor Rapport Home last year.

Bankers and other creditors face a shortfall following the prepack sale of ecommerce lighting retailer LED Hut to a major North West importer, which was announced earlier this summer.

Headlam, Europe's largest floorcoverings distributor, is this week hosting a sod-cutting ceremony at its long-planned 190,000sqft distribution centre in Suffolk.

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The company's stores across northern England are to close. Image: Google.
A three-store furniture retailer and its sister import and wholesale business that at one time generated approaching £10 million a year in sales, are to close within days.

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Birlea Furniture's Castle Donington base.
Privately-owned importer and distributor Birlea Furniture posted a third straight double-digit sales climb last year with it saying further gains on the way. Profits also rose.

Diversified Far East furniture manufacturing giant Green River Group is divesting another of its furniture factories after agreeing the sale of a majority stake in a case goods plant to Samson Holding.

A new-look space within Harrods and the development of its sales within other multi-brand stores outside the capital can lift revenue for Ligne Roset, the French furniture brand said in just-filed accounts.

Homewares manufacturer and distributor Portmeiron Group has agreed to buy U.S. company Nambé LLC for $12 million (£9.5m) in a cash deal that extends its reach into the North American market.

A one-off voluntary settlement with HM Revenue & Customs meant reported profits were lower at furniture and home accents wholesale giant Coach House in 2017–18. Its underlying performance continued to improve.

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The importer's home at Binbrook Technical Park, Lincolnshire.
Case goods distributor Classic Furniture narrowed its trading deficit in 2017–18 after efforts to address margin and strengthen its supply chain yielded improvements.

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New product design is already underway, Birlea said.
Birlea Furniture has confirmed the acquisition of the Willis & Gambier brand and intellectual property rights, saying the deal sparks the beginning of an exciting new chapter.

Revenue jumped by more than a fifth for North West soft furnishings supplier Cleland McIver in 2017–18 as the privately-owned company built on its investment in new warehousing.

East Midlands based furniture distributor Birlea has acquired bedroom and dining cabinet brand Willis & Gambier from Far East conglomerate Samson Holding.



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