Beaulieu International Group, the international textiles conglomerate, says it will increase prices worldwide at its Engineered Products division because of input cost pressures.

IKEA, the world's biggest furniture retailer, is betting on the enduring value and appeal of city centres and will invest billions on real estate developments over the next three years.

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Oak Furniture Land is hoping to make its U.S physical store debut early 2019
Oak Furniture Land, the circa 100-store UK hardwood furniture retailer, is close to opening its long desired first U.S showroom, and has chosen Boston as its launch city.

Home furnishings giant Williams-Sonoma will take its West Elm, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barns Kids retail brands to India for the first time after signing a franchise agreement with a local partner specialised in Western consumer brands.

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Loaf has been opening new showrooms including this one at St Albans
Expanding clicks-to-bricks retailer Loaf made further top line gains as it began its rollout of showrooms across the UK. Profits fell on narrower margins, investment costs and foreign exchange.

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More House of Fraser stores will close
House of Fraser is to close its stores at Norwich, Nottingham, Newcastle's Metro Centre and Lakeside Shopping Centre at Thurrock in early 2019 after rent talks with the property owned failed to yield an agreement.

IP lawyers representing Furniture Village will make the case for an online retailer's application to trademark the phrase HomeFurnitureLand to be quashed at a hearing next month.

Privately-owned furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies improved cash generation in a challenging year that saw sales lift but earnings fall on narrower margins.

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It has more than a year since John Lewis managed to string together two straight weeks of home growth
Negative year-on-year home sales returned for John Lewis & Partners in a tough overall week that saw total sales across the chain drop by just over £8 million.

Early export wins, dining ranges and higher sales with existing customers were behind Baker Furniture's top line growth in 2017–18, according to managing director Mark Callaghan.

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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.

N Brown, the home shopping retailer, says it faces higher marketing costs and a potential asset write-down as a result of a "mixed" draft verdict in its long-running legal battle with the tax man regarding VAT.

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The figures include approaching a full year of deliveries from Barker & Stonehouse's Hove store
Privately-owned furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse grew sales double-digit in 2017–18 with the impact of new stores and online combining to deliver a sixth straight top line gain.

Sales advanced again for fitted furniture maker and retailer Ashley Ann in the year to end March but the privately-owned company cautioned it was not expecting to grow at the same level in 2018–19.

Independent department store group Ulster Stores built on a return to growth in 2016–17 with rising sales and profits in the year to January 31, 2018.

Britain's three biggest overseas sources of living, dining and bedroom cabinet all exported less to the UK in September with the total for the combined categories slipping 5.0 percent.

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More Argos stores have been integrated into Sainsbury's supermarkets
General merchandise giant Argos, one of Britain's largest retailers of furniture, will have 280 stores inside Sainsbury's supermarkets by the end of its 2018–19 financial year with another 30 units planned over the next six months.

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Trendsetter says 2018–19 will show an improvement on an exceptionally difficult year
Bedding company Trendsetter Home Furnishings says it has addressed a number of challenges to reverse the impact of "an exceptionally difficult year" during which it booked a seven-figure net loss.

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Divests Scandinavian upholstery and cabinet business for nominal sum.

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Maisons du Monde, the circa €1bn retailer, trades from four Debenhams shop-in-shops in the UK
The CEO of Maisons du Monde says she is not concerned regarding potential store closures at UK department store chain Debenhams, where it has opened instore studios this year.

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The retailer has invested in its store network
Investment brought instant payback for South East furniture and department store retailer Collingwood Batchellor with rising sales and profits ahead of a warehouse refurbishment project that finished this summer.

The Hong Kong investment company that bought into British discount department store chain TJ Hughes last year has increased its stake in the company.

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It plans to leverage the IT, expertise and logistics of Modani for its Maisons du Monde test
Maisons du Monde, the French furniture and home accents retailer, is to pilot its core retail brand in the United States with a test store, tapping into the infrastructure of the Modani business it bought in the spring.

Big-ticket sales dwindled at privately-owned stores group Oldrid & Co. in the year to January 27, 2018 as the department, furniture, home and garden store business continued to implement its turnaround plan.

Furniture retailer The Cotswold Company is continuing to build out its bricks and mortar presence, stretching its footprint north and south with a Yorkshire unit to follow its just-opened Surrey showroom.

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Home sales advanced for John Lewis & Partners last week
Home sales climbed for John Lewis & Partners last week as the department store mutual booked its highest total sales figure for 2018 so far, passing £100 million for the first time this year.

Half-year profits at Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) advanced 6.1 percent with the food and general merchandise retailer continuing to transition more of its business from bricks to clicks.

Ena Shaw, the diversified North West soft furnishings business, says it has made significant progress turning its Montgomery unit around with restructuring work to complete by the end of 2018.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the upscale fitted furniture maker and retailer, says the success of its push into the bedroom category opens the door to the division developing a 'whole home' offer.

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Dunelm acquired the Fogarty IP in 2015, and struck a licensing deal with the legacy manufacturer
Dunelm's multi-million pound investment in the historic Fogarty brand is secure despite the collapse of the legacy Lincolnshire manufacturer that produced filled bedding under the label for the national retail chain.

Profits fell at expanding home and leisure retailer The Range with the circa 150-store chain blaming the decline on the weakness of the pound against the dollar. New stores helped sales to climb.

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Rodgers of York's new-look Monks Cross store
Independent furniture and furnishings retailer Rodgers of York has completed a three-year £2 million refurbishment project that has transformed its Monks Cross store inside and out.

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Stores represent the bulk of IKEA business but online is gaining traction
IKEA, the world's largest home furnishings retailer, says it grew UK sales in the year to August 31 driven by double-digit growth in its ecommerce business and new stores.

Losses widened for Internet home furnishings retailer Wayfair in the third quarter despite another big increase in sales, both in Europe and North America.

UK sales declined for Roche Bobois in the first six months of 2018 but the upscale French furniture business said the territory held up well overall because of high average shopping basket values.

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Daniel of Ealing, one of two home furnishings stores for the retailer
Revenue inched forward for WJ Daniel & Company in 2017–18 with the three-store beds, furniture and department store retailer maintaining seven-figure profits thank to asset disposals and rental income from its investment property portfolio.

John Lewis & Partners registered its biggest sales figure for 2018 last week with sales just above £99 million in the seven days to October 27. Home sales fell for the eighth week straight.

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Stores are down, online is up for Next
General merchandise retailer Next said full-price sales advanced in its third quarter though both its stores and ecommerce channels performed below year-to-date levels.

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Business rates are one of the biggest costs for large retailers
The High Street can't be saved in its current form but there are measures that can ease the pain, Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond said yesterday as he announced a series of ideas designed to support the transition.

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House of Fraser tie-up is part of new concession journey, says Sofa.com
Upholstery vertical Sofa.com has fleshed out details regarding its concession partnership with House of Fraser, revealed by The Furnishing Report last week, and says sales across its network are beating expectations.

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