Tim Powell has formally joined the board of Porta Romana, the circa £14 million supplier of luxury furniture and home accents to the interior design market.

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The trial will launch at three of John Lewis' stores in southern and eastern England in late June.
Customers of John Lewis & Partners will be able to get an immersive pre-purchase experience of how new upholstery, cabinet or beds will look in their home with the chain to pilot virtual reality at three of its stores.

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Ponden Home Interiors has about 130 stores.
The company behind the Ponden Home Interiors chain of bedding, window dressings and soft furnishings stores slipped to a loss in 2017–18, new prolonged company accounts reveal.

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Sharon White replaces Sir Charlie Mayfield.
Sharon White, chief executive of Ofcom and a former high-ranking civil servant, will be the next chairman at John Lewis Partnership, parent to department store retailer John Lewis and supermarket chain Waitrose.

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The Skandium.com website is to be relaunched.
Skandium, the London based designer furniture retailer that earlier this year entered insolvency proceedings and ceased trading, is to be resurrected after the backers of a third-party Danish retailer stepped in to buy its IP.

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.

Findel, the listed home shopping retailer and educational equipment provider, plans to rebrand its corporate name as Studio Retail Group, reflecting the name of its core ecommerce business.

Home sales declined for a sixth straight week at John Lewis & Partners but big-ticket furniture and flooring ranges were among the exceptions, delivering growth for the chain.

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An artist's impression of the new Loaf unit.
Loaf's planned Bristol showroom, the existence of which we revealed two weeks ago, will be at Cribbs Causeway, the furniture retailer has disclosed.

A Midlands furniture wholesaler has written off a seven-figure sum due to it after three co-controlled recipients of loans were placed into liquidation, rendering the debt unrecoverable.

Stax Trade Centres, the multi-branch wholesaler of goods ranging from kitchens to garden furniture and homeware, grew sales and profits in the year to September 1, 2018.

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Home24 trades across mainland Europe as well as operating a furniture ecommerce business in Brazil.
Home24, the Germany based Internet furniture retailer that operates across mainland Europe, pinned a bigger first quarter deficit on investment in property including a major new warehouse and clearance store.

Independent valuers wrote down the worth of IKEA's U.K. property empire in 2017–18 though a nine-figure outlay by the retail giant acquiring more during the period meant its overall value still climbed.

A home furnishings retail and wholesale business that sold goods through online deal websites has been placed into liquidation leaving creditors facing a seven-figure shortfall.

Former Parker Knoll and Gloster Furniture director Charles Vernon has become a non-executive director at Alexander Rose, the Burgess Hill based garden furniture business.

West Elm, the American owned furniture retailer with an expanding U.K. business, enjoyed double-digit sales growth in the first quarter, parent Williams-Sonoma said last night.

A key European bedroom furniture supplier to the U.K. market has drastically reduced the number of planned job cuts at its factories after talks with unions and industrial action by employees.

The daughters of the founders of bedroom furniture manufacturer Harrison Brothers (Furniture) have completed a buyout that saves jobs and ensures the business survives.

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IKEA opened two new U.K. full-line stores in 2017–18, but says a rising proportion of online sales impacted distribution costs.
The U.K. trading arm of home furnishings retail giant IKEA has posted its worst net result here in a quarter of a century despite it continuing to build out its market share.

Home sales fell for a fifth straight week at department store retailer John Lewis & Partners but its performance in the upholstery category did offer some comfort.

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Oak Furnitureland has 100 stores in the U.K.
Hardwood furniture chain Oak Furnitureland, the largest retailer of its type in the country, continues to build its U.K. network with new stores in both the North and South of England.

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The Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough.
John Lewis & Partners is to refurbish its full-line store at the Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough, introducing new features and giving all departments a makeover.

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.

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Furniture Village Guildford now hosts a Carpetright concession.
Carpetright and Furniture Village have agreed a concession pilot with the former opening a 1,500sqft concession inside the latter's Guildford store.

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.

Discount store chain goes after bigger share of homewares market.

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JYSK will focus on the North and Midlands. Its sole southern store to date, at Bournemouth, closed in 2018.
Danish value furniture chain JYSK has again reiterated plans to ramp up store openings with the aim of trebling its existing U.K. estate over the next half-decade.

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Loaf currently has seven stores across England. Its Battersea showroom is pictured.
Expanding upholstery, cabinet and beds retailer Loaf is to continue its new store rollout with a first showroom in the South West of England.

Upscale Scandinavian furniture brand Hay has recruited the former chief executive at designer chair maker Varier Furniture to oversee its own international business.

Retail stalwart Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) says it is taking steps "to bring back the voice of the stores" with it to decentralise decision-making and accountability as part of its ongoing transformation programme.

Ingka Investments, the venture capital arm of IKEA parent Ingka Group, has acquired a minority stake in Livspace, an India-based furniture and interiors startup.

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Last week marked a fourth straight home sales decline
John Lewis & Partners narrowly missed ending a four-week run of falling home merchandise sales as the broad-brush category declined 0.3 percent in the seven days to May 18, 2019.

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Skandium's former store on Brompton Road.
The future of the Scandinavian design and furniture retail brand Skandium, whose stores closed earlier this month, could be resolved this week with administrators negotiating a sale of assets.

Knowsley furniture maker and wholesaler Dams posted double-digit profits growth on higher sales in 2017–18, a year that saw it start building a new upholstery facility.

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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.

One of Malaysia's largest furniture suppliers says it has seen a surge in demand from U.S. companies seeking to avoid the impact of tariffs imposed on Chinese furniture. U.K. sales were down.

Made.com Design has opened its first Scandinavian showroom as the build out of its international brand presence sees it push into Nordic markets for the first time.

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Cost savings helped Heal's post positive EBITDA.
Designer furniture and homeware retailer Heal's has fleshed out details of its 2017–18 profits turnaround, which shows it found a number of cost savings in addition to posting higher sales.



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