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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.

Privately-owned heritage furniture retailer Greens Furnishers & Bed Centre, which has been trading for over 100 years, is to close after the owners' decision to retire.

Privately-owned retailer QLM has relaunched its Yorkshire business as a quality furniture specialist after years spent serving customers in Leeds with entry-level variety home goods.

Privately-owned department store retailer Beales could exit the North East of England after announcing its remaining store there will close later this year.

The owner and operator of a discount warehouse in the North West selling all types of furniture has been sent to jail after pleading guilty to VAT fraud.

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Arighi Bianchi's Silk Road store in Macclesfield.
Privately-owned furniture retailer Arighi Bianchi booked lower profits in 2017–18, impacted by the board's decision to take a one-off hit in order to address its historic final salary pension scheme.

Independent furniture retailer R. Agar & Son, better known as Agars of Whitby, is clearing stock ahead of its planned permanent closure this week.

Privately-owned retailer Duncans of Banchory moved to larger 12,000sqft premises earlier this spring.

Kerrys Home Furnishings, the home department store retailer which shares common ownership with bed specialist Mattressman, is to close.

2017–18 profits declined sharply at Ponsford, one of the UK's largest single-store furniture retailers, after it booked lower revenue on thinner margins.

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Hourstons was once part of the House of Fraser estate.
Hourstons, a Scottish department store with a furniture department selling upholstery, cabinet and beds, has ceased trading and been placed into liquidation.

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How the Loom Loft is planned to look.
Loom Loft, a new purpose-built furniture and interiors superstore in the Ribble Valley, is slated to launch this summer.

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(Left–right) Longtime branch manager Gary King with Glasswells, Haverhill colleagues Linda Rogers, Janet Pead and Rachel Phillips.
Privately-owned home furnishings retailer Glasswells has paid tribute to Gary King, manager of its Haverhill store, with an award for his 40 years of service.

Ashford County Council has paid upwards of £2 million to acquire a property currently housing a large superstore operated by HomePlus Furniture, a four-store independent retailer.

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Authentic Furniture, which has its own Long Eaton workshop and a showroom in the Peak District, Derbyshire, has added a second shop.
Derbyshire based furniture maker and retailer Authentic has opened its second retail showroom with a 3,000sqft space The Mailbox, Birmingham.

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How the planned Downtown at Home store will look
Oldrid & Co, the dual-format heritage furniture and department store retailer, yesterday (Feb. 5) won council backing for an ambitious Designer Outlet in Grantham incorporating a new Downtown at Home store.

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Glasswells' new-look carpet department at Bury St Edmunds.
Glasswells, one of Britain's largest independent home furnishings retailers, has opened its remodelled carpet department as it continues its Bury St Edmunds store refurbishment.

Annie Mo's, the longstanding Aberdeen headquartered furniture retailer, has opted not to renew the lease on its second store, at Glasgow.

Glasswells, one of Britain's largest independent furniture retailers, has donated cash to the East Anglian Air Ambulance after staff members raised money during its twelfth annual quiz night.

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Cookes Furniture's Erdington, Birmingham store
Longstanding Midlands and Dorset furniture retailer Cookes says investments made over the past three years have impacted near-term profits but helped it to diversify and broaden its appeal for the next generation.

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Peter Green's store at Chandler's Ford, Hampshire
Hampshire based Peter Green, one of the country's largest independent single-store furniture retailers, posted skinnier profits as sales declined in the year to March 31, 2018.

Essex furniture and interiors retailer Roomes says it has taken steps to put the business on sound footing after a year where big-ticket sales were impacted by consumer uncertainty.

Major independent invests in new assets and property arm delivers growth.

East Midlands independent retailer Swannacks Furnishers of Retford is to close after the fourth generation owner of the company decided to retire.

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Alan Ward is one of Britain's largest independent furniture retailers
Four-store furniture retailer Alan Ward said 2017–18 has proven to be "extremely challenging" but maintained that continuing improvements mean it is well placed to take advantage of any upturn.

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William & Sons' store at Merry Hill
Heritage West Midlands furniture retailer William & Sons has closed its doors for the final time after a long-in-the-planning orderly shutdown while it cleared stock.



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