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How British furniture imports might be impacted by new U.S tariffs on Chinese furniture. Photograph: Maersk
Apprehension among furniture makers was well-founded after fresh tariff proposals dragged the furniture industry into the developing trade war between China and the U.S. This could yet impact the UK.

Headlam, the largest flooring distributor in Europe, has made a third acquisition for the year amid a backdrop of falling like-for-like sales.

Henry Tadros has been promoted to director at Ercol Furniture. He becomes the fourth generation of the founding family to join the manufacturer's board, with his appointment signposting its desire to expand exports.

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Lorraine Selby (left) is retiring
Beds and living room furniture wholesaler Serene has appointed two new sales agents including a successor to Lorraine Selby, who is retiring after a 30-year industry career.

French designer furniture brand Ligne Roset says it will do more to push its UK ecommerce business after lamenting its performance in 2016–17.

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The wholesaler is based at Binbrook Technical Park, Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire case goods distributor Classic Furniture recorded a net loss in 2016–17 as it battled the effects of adverse exchange rates following the Brexit vote.

Soft furnishings supplier Cleland McIver grew sales and profits last year amid investment in a new freehold distribution centre.

Revenue trended up in high single digits for North West fabrics business SMD group in 2016–17 with the company looking to expand sales abroad.

Coach House, the North West furniture and accents wholesaler, maintained double-digit net margin last year against a backdrop of rising costs.

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Bentley Designs moved from Greenford, London to Bicester, Oxfordshire
Furniture importer Bentley Designs (UK) incurred exceptional costs as its slipped to a loss ahead of moving to its new state-of-the-art Oxfordshire HQ.

Grass, which supplies movement systems used by furniture manufacturers around the world, has begun work on a new central warehouse that represents the single biggest investment in the company's history.

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The company behind Home & Retail entered administration in April
The collapse of furniture courier Home & Retail earlier this year was down to it being unable to get insurance cover after "less skilful" drivers crashed too often.

Italian designer furniture group Poltrona Frau has boosted the book value of its UK arm following a multi-million pound debt for equity swap.

Contract furniture and interiors fitout group Havelock Europa has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators. It follows the business suspending its shares earlier this week.

Creditors of contract furniture and interiors fitout group Havelock Europa face an anxious wait after the company today announced it was suspending its shares.

Luxury interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank will today deliver a bullish statement to shareholders, saying UK demand is picking up after early year falls.

Wardrobe door maker KA Interiør sold in secondary buyout.

Beaulieu International Group, the Belgian based flooring and textiles conglomerate, says a decision to cut its truck transport dependency has yielded huge environmental benefits.

The Bradford distributor behind the Homemaker Rug Collection says it will this year build on the launch of its third-party logistics and online fulfilment service.

TJ Hughes, the inexpensive North West department store retailer that majors in home categories, has returned to its former distribution centre, consolidating its warehousing in the process.

Sweet Dreams, the Lancashire beds and sofa maker celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has named Andrew Howe as sales agent.

The group behind homeware importer and distributor Sabichi posted lower profits in 2016–17 as sales fell and margins narrowed.

Slips to five-figure deficit in 2016–17 but increases spending on assets.

Export sales hit eight figures at office furniture maker Orangebox in 2017, though rising costs and narrower margins put pressure on profits.

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The rebrand has also brought a change of web domain, to hayche.com
H Furniture has rebranded as Hayche having recruited former Marks & Spencer furniture buyer Paul Tanner to lead the business as managing director.

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Nick Garratt has been with Ercol for 13 years, and md since 2013
Nick Garratt is to leave his post as managing director at furniture maker Ercol, with a recruitment process underway to find a successor.

Kitchen maker and distributor Howdens shrugged off tough market conditions to grow revenue double-digit in the 16 weeks to April 21.

Follows investigation regarding the use of misleading and aggressive sales

Shipments of wood furniture for living, dining and bedrooms declined in February from all three of the UK's biggest trading partners.

Return to profit short-lived for multi-store bedroom business.

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The Children's Bedroom Company has restructured following an administration process
One of the directors of The Children's Bedroom Company says the manufacturer is now on sound financial footing after undergoing a restructuring and downsizing exercise.

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Oak Furniture Solutions' website, where the company is thought to have generated the bulk of its sales
Margin pressures and rising online marketing costs were behind the failure of cabinet furniture retailer Oak Furniture Solutions, according to a new report into the collapse of the business.

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Devonshire Pine & Oak is among Britain's largest remaining cabinet makers of note
Pretax earnings declined on lower sales and narrower margins at privately-owned cabinet maker and distributor Devonshire Pine & Oak in 2016–17.

Senator International has moved its Central London showroom to Clerkenwell and added owned warehousing near its Lancashire HQ.

Flair Rugs, one of Europe's largest privately-owned rug distributors, posted a leap in sales in 2016–17. Profits fell as margin narrowed.

More than a quarter of a century of home sector enterprises backed by a popular peer-to-peer network have failed within the past three years following the liquidation of a South East retailer.

Italian furniture maker Calligaris will further diversify its product roster as it makes its largest-yet exhibition launch later this month.

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Photograph: Neptune's showroom at The Broadway, Wimbledon in London
Revenue at furniture and lifestyle brand Neptune jumped double-digit last year though earnings declined because of a legal dispute.

West Yorkshire furniture supplier Andy Thornton said the decision to expand its contract customer base to include retailers continues to pay dividends.

Profits fell at Kettle Interiors UK as the furniture retailer and wholesaler incurred higher costs as it invested in expanding its business.



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