Sales advanced for the second straight year at the privately-owned group behind three heritage department stores and the Slumber Slumber ecommerce beds website.

Sales climbed at Sussex and Surrey retailer Collingwood Batchellor in the year to January 27, 2019 with the furniture and department store operator having since gone on to find additional ways to deploy its assets.

The company behind the Elphicks of Farnham department store business and a separate bed shop in Dorking cut its net loss in half in the period preceding the closure of its New Malden store this summer.

A return to sales growth helped 2018–19 profits inch forward for Yorkshire and Teesside based floorcoverings retailer Calverts Carpets.

Shallower margins hit profits at South Coast furniture and department store retailer Bradbeers in 2018–19 despite continued top line growth. A property revaluation impacted reported net income.

Oldrid & Co., the privately-owned company behind the furniture and department store fascia Oldrids and Downtown in Lincolnshire, said the acquisition last year of additional land ahead of a major new development protects the asset.

But margin swing and higher tax charge contributes to profits halving for the three-store business.

Privately-owned store group Oldrid & Co. cut its deficit by two thirds and slowed the rate of sales decline for high value items such as furniture in 2018–19.

Wider margins and higher like-for-like sales order intake helped North West furniture and home department store retailer Housing Units book profits up by more than a third in 2018–19.

A judge has sentenced Pascal Blasio, owner of furniture store Homes In Style, to 20 years in prison after he was found guilty of causing an explosion likely to endanger life and of fraud in relation to an insurance claim.

Cash and asset rich independent further shores up balance sheet in year that saw it book a wider deficit on lower sales.

Underlying profits declined at East of England retail, property and business services group Jarrold & Son in 2018–19 on the back of narrower gross margin.

Figures weaken at two-store retailer.

Fitted furniture maker and retailer bolstered balance sheet in more challenging trading year.

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How the store will look from the nearby Aylesbury Vale Parkway Railway Station.
Stokers' plans to "future proof" the Lucas of Aylesbury business it acquired four years ago have stepped up after it began work on its new 75,000sqft store in the Buckinghamshire town.

Long-established southern furniture and home retailer discloses value of property deal following decision to restructure operations and relocate.

Hatters Fine Furnishings, one of the U.K.'s largest single-store furniture retailers, is close to completing a six-figure extension project at its South East England store.

Norfolk retailer Better Furniture is to consolidate its business at a single shop and online after announcing the planned shutdown of one of its two stores.

Furniture and carpets retailer Coytes, which operates three stores in Burton-on-Trent, has consolidated at two of the sites in the town after closing a longstanding unit.

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Glasswells is one of Britain's largest independent retailers.
East of England retailer Glasswells, one of the U.K.'s biggest independent furniture store operators, booked lower sales and profits in 2018–19 because of lower demand and a weaker housing market. Cash generation was stronger.

Howard Sudall, store director at renowned Yorkshire furniture store Christopher Pratts, retired earlier this summer after nearly 50 years with the retailer.

Large Norfolk furniture and department store retailer Bakers & Larners relaunched its ecommerce website in a year that saw sales across the diversified group that owns it decline.

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The old and new at Hatfields of Colchester.
Heritage furniture independent Hatfields of Colchester will unveil its refurbished store front next month after a major investment at its Peartree Road site.

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The retailer operates one of the biggest destination furniture stores in Britain.
Gross margin widened and a seven-figure chunk of debt was eliminated in 2017–18 at Andersons of Inverurie, one of the U.K.'s marquee independent furniture retailers.

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Ely's of Wimbledon is one of the flagship stores in the Morleys portfolio.
Profits jumped three-fold for independent department store group Morleys in 2018–19 after the retailer made big gains from property sales.

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Barkers invested heavily improving its dedicated Home store.
The North Yorkshire company behind the Barkers Home furnishings superstore enjoyed a seventh straight year of top line growth in 2018–19.

Balance sheet boost for privately-owned Kent furniture retailer.

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Aldiss' Norfolk stores at Norwich and (inset) Fakenham.
Profits climbed at Norwich and Fakenham furniture retailer W.J. Aldiss after a strong order book going into the period helped deliver a return to top line growth.

Privately-owned retailer Fairway Furniture, which operates stores across southwest England, said depressed consumer demand resulted in intense price-led competitive pressures in 2018–19.

North West kitchen furniture maker, retailer and installer Earle & Ginger has completed a prepack restructure that secures the future of the brand, customer orders and jobs but leaves creditors facing a six-figure shortfall.

Stollers, one of the largest independent furniture stores in the U.K., returned to growth in 2017–18 with the retailer recording its highest sales on public record.

Independent home furnishings retailer Futters of Great Yarmouth is leaving The Conge area of the town after 70 years, but hopes to find new premises from which to continue trading.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Gillies of Broughty Ferry, which next year marks its 125th anniversary, built out sales for the second straight year in 2017–18, during which it invested in staff training and store refurbishment.

10-store independent retailer grows sales and clears external bank debt, but profits fall.

Proposals to build a new full line IKEA store in Lancing, West Sussex will not be squashed by Central Government intervention, local officials have been told.

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Tudor Williams' New Malden store.
Department store retailer and bed shop owner Tudor Williams has begun the last throes at its historic New Malden store as it prepares to draw the curtain on over 100 years of trade. Its other stores are unaffected.

The company behind the Kettering Bedding Centre has suffered a serious fire that has damaged its Regents Street premises in the Northamptonshire town.

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Vale Furnishers' store in Ash Vale; Image: Google
The first full public disclosure from Surrey independent Vale Furnishers for seven years reveals it remains one of Europe's most profitable and well capitalised privately-owned furniture retailers.

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BoConcept's Kingston store, one of eight run by the brand largest U.K. franchisee.
The size of the modern furniture specialist BoConcept's franchise network will grow in the U.K. with more stores planned by the brand owner's biggest partner in the British market.

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Skandium’s iconic store on Brompton Road, one of several locations the London retailer has traded from, closed in 2017.
London based furniture and design retailer Skandium has closed its retail stores and ecommerce channel with the company poised to enter administration.



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