Luxury French furniture brand Roche Bobois enjoyed strong UK growth last year buoyed by an increase in underlying demand and the impact of its newest showroom.

The group behind the Habitat retail fascia outside the United Kingdom has refinanced and plans to use the cash to support its global expansion of the heritage British brand.

International furniture brand BoConcept has revised its 2015–16 profit forecasts on the back of better-than-expected sales and order growth over the summer.

Half of B&Q’s planned store downsizing programme — announced in the spring of this year — will be completed by the end of its 2015–16 trading period, owner Kingfisher says.

Fast growth in economies including China and Russia helped IKEA global sales reach €32bn in 2014–15.

A fall in sales in the third quarter proved a setback for the owner of the Habitat furniture retail brand outside the United Kingdom.

US furniture retailer West Elm is to open concession-style spaces in John Lewis stores starting with the department store chain’s big Oxford Street revamp, which officially opens next week.

IKEA says it will become the first major retailer in the world to offer a fully LED lighting range as part of a global investment that could reach €100m.

Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Søn says the UK was instrumental as it grew sales for a fifth successive year in 2014.

The name of iconic Dublin department store retailer Clerys may live on with liquidators seeking to sell the now defunct retailer’s IP.

Furniture and electricals retailer Harvey Norman is to take over the iconic former Fultons store at Balmoral Plaza off Belfast’s Boucher Road.

Value furniture and homewares retailer JYSK will have grown its UK footprint by a third with the opening of its fourth store in a year.

Coop Danmark group retail director Michael Loeve has been appointed CEO of B&Q’s UK and Ireland operation, parent company Kingfisher has announced.

IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture and home retailer, says the opening of a new wind farm in Sweden has made it energy independent in the Nordic region.

BoConcept, the international contemporary furniture retailer, has revised upwards its sales and profits forecast for 2014–15 because of stronger demand and lower-than-expected costs.

Furniture and home retailer IKEA wants to raise its multichannel profile by highlighting the different ways in which consumers can buy its merchandise.

Value retailer JYSK is entering the Singaporean market in partnership with a name synonymous with UK furniture retailing.

ligneRosetFrench furniture brand Ligne Roset’s UK arm moved back into profit after enjoying strong growth in the year to end September.

freemansUS furniture chain Crate & Barrel and UK catalogue and online business Freeman Grattan Holdings were key growth drivers for the Otto group in 2014–15.



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