More people frequented retail parks in April in a sign big box furniture and floorcoverings retailers made the most of the Easter holiday period despite the hot and sunny weather.

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Maisons du Monde opened concessions in Debenhams last year.
Revenue climbed nearly 10 percent for Maisons du Monde in the first quarter with the French furniture and home décor retailer saying it expects to match that until the end of the year and deliver double-digit profit margins.

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Swoon posted high double-digit sales growth.
Furniture retailer Swoon said it continued to invest in marketing and technology in a year that saw sales climb sharply but the company book a larger deficit.

Dwell, the modern furniture and homeware retailer, was close to break even before non-cash costs as the chain enjoyed a fourth straight year of growth under the ownership of DFS.

Plans to close 22 Debenhams stores and secure rent cuts on 100 others were given the go-ahead after creditors backed its proposed company voluntary arrangement at a meeting in Central London yesterday.

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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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Brompton Cross showroom is first monobrand U.K. store for De Padova.
De Padova, one of Italy's most storied furniture design brands and part of the Boffi Group for the past four years, has opened a flagship retail showroom at Chelsea, London.

Online and catalogue retailer Studio looks to have expanded its share of the value furniture and homewares market after issuing a bullish trading statement following the close of its financial year.

John Lewis & Partners said home sales fell for the second straight week but were on the rise going into the bank holiday weekend.

British soft-seating manufacturer Bazaar Group has appointed Jen Hannant as business development manager to help grow its business-to-business (B2B) arm.

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Nest's new-look website and logo.
Privately-owned modern furniture and design retailer Nest has refashioned its corporate identity, website and showroom in a relaunch of the brand.

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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.

Hampshire lighting company Elstead Group continued to build sales in a year that saw it acquire a British manufacturer and establish a bigger foothold overseas.

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N Brown runs websites including JD Williams, Simply Be, Jacamo and House of Bath.
Home and gift product sales fell in high single-digit percentages for the home shopping group behind the JD Williams brand in the year to March 2 after a sharper decline over the past six months.

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UK sales continue to rise for Wayfair. TV presenter Lorraine Kelly is a brand ambassador here.
Wayfair's top line focus continued in the first three months of 2019 with the company's chief financial officer citing an outsized growth rate in Britain and Germany.

IKEA has appointed Peter Jelkeby as country retail manager for its UK and Ireland division, replacing Javier Quiñones who left to run its USA operation.

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.

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Next is ramping up the number of trade and consumer brands available via its web marketplace.
General merchandise retail giant Next added big-name mattress brands to its marketplace offer in the past quarter as it listed another 40 new home brands in all.

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JYSK launched a new format last summer.
Value furniture and homewares chain JYSK has reported another seven-figure UK loss after weaker gross margin and higher costs countered the impact of a leap in sales.

Kitchen giant Howden Joinery Group said it grew revenue in the early weeks of 2019 after opening new depots and raising its prices back at the beginning of the year.

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Heal's has been trading for over 200 years on Tottenham Court Road, London.
Designer furniture and home retailer Heal's will be profitable before non-cash costs and writedowns, numbers for 2017–18 are expected to show. It follows an outsized increase in revenue last year.

General merchandise sales were flat for J Sainsbury as the supermarket giant completed its integration of the Argos and Habitat businesses bought in 2016.

Consumer confidence for major purchases such as furniture and floorcoverings slipped to a negative score after a second straight monthly decline in April, according to a closely-followed survey.

John Lewis & Partners again cited the later fall of Easter as sales across the chain slipped as a result of a six-day week and low footfall on Bank Holiday Monday.

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.

South East furniture maker and retailer Spacemaker Group posted lower profits in 2017–18 after costs climbed and sales fell.

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Maisons du Monde, the French furniture and home décor retailer, has Debenhams concessions.
Just one of the 22 Debenhams stores slated for closure by the chain as part of its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) is occupied by its principal furniture and homeware concession partners.

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Most of the stores to close will be in the south of England. Image is a Debenhams corporate photo, not depicting a threatened store.
Debenhams, the department store retailer, has confirmed plans to launch a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that will see 22 of its shops close early next year and rent reductions secured elsewhere.

Debenhams has pinned part of a slowdown in sales in the past six months on weak furniture sales, saying its decision to exit own-bought lines impacted revenue online.

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Greiner wants to buy Recticel's Flexible Foams unit.
The owner of the Eurofoam business supplying comfort fillings to the Central and Eastern European markets wants to buy the Flexible Foams division of Recticel in a move that will prick the ears of many UK furniture makers.

Laura Chiddey, who joined AHF in the newly-created head of commercial role last year, has been promoted to commercial director and appointed to the retailer's board.

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The retailer was loss-making in the first half of its financial year.
Furniture-to-fashion retailer Laura Ashley has revised down its profit forecast for 2018–19, saying it expects its results to "be significantly below market expectations."

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Two straight weeks of home growth for department store mutual.
The later arrival of Easter this year helped John Lewis & Partners break a negative home growth record stretching back to the autumn of 2017, with revenue climbing again last week.

Sports Direct International's bid to buy Manchester home shopping group Findel looks doomed to fail unless the House of Fraser and Sofa.com owner improves the terms of its offer.

Retailer Dunelm Group is to open in Yeovil after agreeing to take over the former BHS unit at the Quedam Centre.

Embattled department store chain Debenhams is said to be planning to close 20 stores at the turn of the year but needs the backing of creditors if it wants to follow through on the proposals.

Portadown furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies has taken on Damon Culley as its sales agent for southern and central England.

Furniture Brands International, a new wholesale arm formed by furniture and interiors company Pavilion Broadway, has become UK distributor for the Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture and Theodore Alexander Modern brands.

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Sergio Bucher (inset) has resigned as Debenhams chief executive.
Terry Duddy has become interim executive chairman at Debenhams after chief executive Sergio Bucher stepped down last week in the aftermath of its prepack sale to lenders.



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