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Brits filled up their warehouses with more Far East stock.
Shipments of Chinese and Malaysian furniture rose sharply in January with year-on-year imports of living, dining and bedroom cabinet into Britain climbing for the first time since October.

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Yorkshire insolvency outfit appointed Kingstown Furniture administrators.
The Kingstown Furniture group, one of the UK's largest remaining volume cabinet makers, has been placed into administration and ceased production. The business is to be wound down.

Profits advanced at Julian Bowen, one of Britain's largest furniture importers and wholesalers, after overhead management helped counter the impact of lower revenue.

Designer kitchenware business Joseph Joseph enjoyed double-digit sales growth in 2017–18 after a spike in demand for its trendy products in overseas markets. Though margins narrowed, the company still cleared 14 percent net.

Former Aspinal, Mulberry and LVMH director Lisa Montague has been appointed CEO at luxury furnishings group Walker Greenbank. The post had been vacant since John Sachs' departure last autumn.

Top line growth returns for North West decorative lighting supplier.

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Historically, Howdens depots have been about 10,000sqft in size.
Howdens, the trade kitchens supplier, says there is scope for more than 150 new UK depots after it developed a new smaller format that will take the business into both rural areas and big cities.

Competing tableware makers Portmeirion and Churchill China have each upped their equity positions in a key local supplier to both businesses, giving them full control between them.

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Actona's Danish headquarters and (inset) one of its sofa ranges. It has upholstery production facilities in China and Ukraine which between them employ around 1,000 people.
Profits halved at the Actona Company after the European furniture supply giant's merger with sister company Interstil gave rise to a number of one-off integration expenses.

Interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank is to begin a cost saving exercise as it looks to mitigate the impact of weakening UK brand sales on the business.

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Shipments from Vietnam and China fell over the full year in 2018: Image: Maersk
Wood furniture imports into the UK declined 2.2 percent in December confirming a year-long trend for weaker trade with three of the four biggest source markets for British buyers.

Direct-to-consumer fitted and standalone bedroom furniture manufacturer and retailer Starplan grew profits in 2017–18, aided by an uptick in sales and lower distribution costs.

Sales advanced for Manchester based bedding and curtains business Rectella in 2017–18. Profits declined because of higher costs and narrower gross margin.

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The Potagerie Collection, part of a new line designed by Angel Strawbridge
Design Studio, the soft furnishings division of Belfield Group, has launched its first branded collection in partnership with designer and author Angel Strawbridge, star of TV series Escape to the Chateau.

Administrators have been appointed to the North West company set up last year to acquire the business and assets of one-time £10 million home furnishings importer and distributor Global Textiles (UK).

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Fogarty Filled Products' Lincolnshire HQ
The legacy Lincolnshire manufacturer of Fogarty filled bedding owed creditors more than £10 million when it filed for insolvency and ceased trading last year, with HM Revenue & Customs and Far East suppliers among those owed most.

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Ena Shaw will launch its Tru Living brand at next month's Spring Fair event (Feb. 3–7, 2019)
Privately-owned window dressings manufacturer Ena Shaw will next month introduce Tru Living, a new home furnishings brand for its independent retail customers.

The privately-owned UK distributor of Stompa, the heritage Scandinavian kids furniture brand, booked sizeable profits and cash gains in 2017–18.

Challenging market conditions prompted a double-digit fall in sales for Asiatic Carpets, one of Britain's largest rug distributors, in the year to March 31, 2018.

Decorative Panels Furniture, the West Yorkshire ready-to-assemble furniture kit maker, returned to sales growth in 2017–18 after a decline the previous year.

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Hartman has launched into the indoor sector
Hartman UK, known for its outdoor furniture ranges, has entered the indoor furniture category for the first time with launches made at the January Furniture Show this week.

G Plan cabinet ranges will hit British retail shop floors this summer for the first time since Sofa Brands International reacquired the brand rights to case goods back in 2015.

Furniture wholesaler Content by Terence Conran swung back to profit in 2017–18 as wider gross margin offset the impact of falling sales.

British case goods importers shipped in fewer goods ahead of peak Christmas trading with falls from all bar one of the leading source nations.

Ercol, the British furniture maker that celebrates its centenary next year, has added a second international showroom with a permanent display at Design Post in Cologne, Germany.

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Godfrey Syrett majors in supplying contract furniture to clients such as Nottingham University
Godfrey Syrett, the circa £29 million North East furniture maker specialised in serving contract clients, has been placed into administration and ceased trading.

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Management change at the Bideford manufacturer and distributor
Devonshire, one of Britain's largest remaining freestanding cabinet furniture makers and importers, has promoted Andy Waddell to md, replacing its founder and co-owner.

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Hayche is launching an equity crowdfunding campaign
Hayche, the furniture company led by a well-known former Made.com and Marks & Spencer buyer, is equity crowdfunding and is encouraging people from across the trade to take part.

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Willis & Gambier's Peterborough home until 2016
Samson Holding would consider selling either the Willis & Gambier brand or the entire UK warehousing operation, its finance director has said.

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Willis & Gambier is one of Britain's most storied furniture brands
Far East furniture conglomerate Samson Holding has announced the planned closure of its Peterborough based case goods division Willis & Gambier, citing "challenging market conditions with little sign of clarity."

The main trading arm of Seconique, one of the UK's biggest furniture importers, made revenue gains as it moved to its new West Midlands home.

Profits at the diversified interiors group Designers Guild Corporation fell in 2017–18 as higher costs negated the impacted of an increase in output driven by international revenue growth.

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Parlane has been delivering home accessories and gifts to trade buyers for nearly 50 years. Inset: Parlane co-directors Mike and Caroline Burgess.
Kent furniture and interiors group Gallery Direct has agreed to buy Parlane International in a deal that combines two of the UK's biggest home accents supply brands.

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Sales were up by a fifth at Kingstown Furniture (pictured) but fell at the group's larger Consort division
Bedroom and living room cabinet maker and distributor Kingstown slipped to a 2017–18 loss after sales fell sharply at its largest business unit Consort Furniture, which supplies major UK retailers.

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Britain imported more from both Vietnam and China
Imports of timber living, dining and bedroom cabinet furniture advanced for the first time since March as retailers and distributors stocked up at the beginning of the fourth quarter, new figures show.

Welsh cabinet furniture manufacturer completed partial management buyout in 2017.

Heritage brand Nathan has moved all furniture production and finishing to the Indonesian factory that has been manufacturing its entire Shades collection since 2011.

Pure CF has been restructured via a prepack administration process in a transaction that saves the jobs of all of the contract furniture maker's employees.

Premium kitchen makers Smallbone of Devizes and Mark Wilkinson Furniture have been sold to a high net worth American investor in a prepack deal that secures the near-term future of both heritage brands.

Contract furniture maker Godfrey Syrett has told employees that it could close one of its sites in the North East in order to secure the business' near to mid-term future.

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