A new list of the UK's highest rated retail workplaces in the eyes of employees has given a ringing endorsement to the furniture sector, with around half of those named operating in the category.

John Lewis & Partners posted lower sales across all three major product groupings last week, including a third straight decline in home merchandise revenue.

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Sports Direct owns nearly 30 percent of Debenhams but fears it will lose out from the chain's current refinancing proposals.
Major Debenhams shareholder Sports Direct International says it is considering an all-cash bid for the embattled department store chain fearing refinancing proposals will wipe out current owners' interests and benefit lenders only.

Privately-owned decorative lighting distributor Searchlight Electric capitalised on overseas growth in 2017–18 as the traditional retail sector in the UK bore the brunt of low consumer confidence and the effect of ecommerce.

Fenwick, the privately-owed heritage department store retailer, has appointed Sian Westerman to its board as a non-executive director.

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West Elm opened on Tottenham Court Road, London in 2015.
Urban furniture specialist West Elm believes it can grow its business nearly three-fold worldwide in the next five years, vowing to "get even more aggressive," and widen its customer appeal.

The company voluntary arrangement (CVA) enabling bedding and soft furnishings chain Yorkshire Linen Company to downsize its store estate will impact certain creditors only, its supervisor has said.

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Yorkshire Linen trades from 27 stores in the North of England.
Bedding and household textiles retail chain The Yorkshire Linen Company is to downsize its "unsustainable" UK store portfolio after agreeing a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with creditors.

Sales declined again for Willis & Gambier ahead of the decision by its Far East owner Samson Holding to draw a line under its UK furniture wholesale operation earlier this year.

The impact of Sino-U.S trade tensions occupied Hong Kong listed Samson Holding last year as the furniture manufacturing and wholesale conglomerate sought to counter the impact of the imposition of tariffs.

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Next wants to build a bigger furniture business.
Retail giant Next says it is taking the view that 'if you cannot beat them, join them' amid a process that will see its ecommerce business list more brands, including those operated by competitors as well as more furniture names.

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Brits filled up their warehouses with more Far East stock.
Shipments of Chinese and Malaysian furniture rose sharply in January with year-on-year imports of living, dining and bedroom cabinet into Britain climbing for the first time since October.

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Sales fell at the 296-store home improvement chain.
Weaker demand blunted sales of big-ticket showroom goods such as kitchens at B&Q in 2018–19 with revenue also diminished by its decision to discontinue its installation service.

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Wren opened more showrooms through 2018 and has continued to expand this year.
Sales and profits continued to climb at Wren Kitchens as the privately-owned cabinet maker and retailer took total investment beyond £200 million last year.

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The front windows have been opened up to provide more natural light.
Furniture retailer Loaf — which trades online and from seven stores — has refurbished its first showroom to bring it in line with the "look, feel and aesthetic" of more recently-opened units.

Home sales fell for the second straight week at John Lewis & Partners despite new furniture — including its recently launched collection in partnership with retailer Swoon — providing a tailwind.

Ecommerce group Buy It Direct has acquired the IP, stock and certain assets of BetterBathrooms, the circa £60 million turnover retailer that entered administration earlier this month.

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DFS plans to turn Sofology into a £300m business.
DFS, Britain's biggest sofa retailer and one of its largest manufacturers, is to leverage its vertical supply chain by producing upholstery for the Sofology chain it bought back in 2017 for the first time.

Beds specialist Dreams added to the National Bed Federation award it won last autumn by last night being named the country's leading Speciality Retailer.

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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Maisons du Monde cashflow weakened as it invested in stock.
International furniture and home accents retailer Maisons du Monde, which has substantial eight-figure UK sales, says it can grow another 10 percent this year as it builds out its store estate.

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Yorkshire insolvency outfit appointed Kingstown Furniture administrators.
The Kingstown Furniture group, one of the UK's largest remaining volume cabinet makers, has been placed into administration and ceased production. The business is to be wound down.

John Lewis & Partners' return to home sales growth was short-lived as it posted a double-digit decline across the broad-brush category in the seven days to March 9.

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AHF has a new head of ecommerce.
AHF, the furniture retail chain that was last year bought by Airsprung owner Andrew Perloff, has appointed experienced online retail executive Alex Broughton as its new head of ecommerce.

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Lorraine Kelly stars in new adverts with her border terrier, Angus.
Ecommerce home furnishings retailer Wayfair has launched its new UK television advertising campaign featuring ITV host and brand ambassador Lorraine Kelly.

Profits advanced at Julian Bowen, one of Britain's largest furniture importers and wholesalers, after overhead management helped counter the impact of lower revenue.

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Mimosa medium sofa, part of the new Orla Kiely upholstered furniture collection being launched at Barker and Stonehouse. Inset: Orla Kiely.
Privately-owned retailer Barker and Stonehouse is launching the first-ever upholstered furniture collection from Orla Kiely after agreeing an exclusive partnership with the renowned print designer.

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John Lewis & Partners profits declined in 2018–19
Department store chain John Lewis & Partners will overhaul its furniture offer in the next year after saying its best performing product categories in the past 12 months were those where it had invested the most.

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Sports Direct is a major shareholder in Debenhams.
Sports Direct International will try and oust all bar one of Debenhams' directors and install its chief executive Mike Ashley to the department store chain's board under incendiary plans to seize management control.

Designer kitchenware business Joseph Joseph enjoyed double-digit sales growth in 2017–18 after a spike in demand for its trendy products in overseas markets. Though margins narrowed, the company still cleared 14 percent net.

Wayfair customers in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will no longer have to pay to have furniture delivered after the fast-expanding ecommerce retailer extended its free delivery service to all parts of the UK.

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Monoqi.co.uk is the retailer's dedicated UK ecommerce asset.
Investors have snapped up the assets of Monoqi, the European furniture etailer that operates a dedicated UK sales channel and which bought selected parts of MyDeco four years ago.

Home merchandise returned to growth at John Lewis & Partners last week with the department store chain benefiting from better weather compared to the same period last year.

Former Aspinal, Mulberry and LVMH director Lisa Montague has been appointed CEO at luxury furnishings group Walker Greenbank. The post had been vacant since John Sachs' departure last autumn.

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As we reported February 22, House of Fraser is heading to Ireland for the first time. It will also open five other new concessions inside the department store chain nationwide. Image: HoF.
Upholstery vertical Sofa.com will take the number of concessions inside House of Fraser stores to 14 with the addition of a further six spaces in the weeks ahead.

SCP, the modern furniture maker and retailer founded by Sheridan Coakley back in 1985, is expanding with the opening of a second London retail store.

Findel, the circa £500 million turnover home shopping business, could become the latest addition to Mike Ashley's retail empire after Sports Direct International said it was bidding for the Manchester based company.

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Uncertainty hit spending in February according to the BRC.
Britain's leading retail membership group has delivered a bearish assessment of February trade, claiming furniture sales suffered amid uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

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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.

Top line growth returns for North West decorative lighting supplier.



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