G Plan cabinet ranges will hit British retail shop floors this summer for the first time since Sofa Brands International reacquired the brand rights to case goods back in 2015.

Home goods were down for the second straight week at John Lewis & Partners as the department store chain relied on fashion lines to inch ahead of last year overall.

Furniture wholesaler Content by Terence Conran swung back to profit in 2017–18 as wider gross margin offset the impact of falling sales.

British case goods importers shipped in fewer goods ahead of peak Christmas trading with falls from all bar one of the leading source nations.

John Lewis & Partners operations director Dino Rocos is to leave after 43 years with the department store retailer. He will retire at the end of May 2019.

Embattled department store retailer Debenhams has begun talks with landlords with a view to cutting its rent bill, according to the Financial Times.

European furniture etailer Home24 said a record Black Friday event meant it hit full year order targets in 2018 but revenue will be lower than forecast after some deliveries were delayed until January.

Third quarter product sales fell for the company behind the home shopping retailers JD Williams, Simply Be and Jacamo, but the overall revenue fall was lower because of extra income from financial services.

John Lewis & Partners sold more big-ticket goods like furniture and floorcoverings last week as overall sales across the department store chain inched forward on an annual basis.

Ercol, the British furniture maker that celebrates its centenary next year, has added a second international showroom with a permanent display at Design Post in Cologne, Germany.

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Marks & Spencer is closing stores, envisaging more of its clothing and home business being conducted online in the future.
Retail giant Marks & Spencer has disclosed a further 17 towns and cities where stores are earmarked for closure, part of its ongoing programme to downsize its physical shop presence.

Ecommerce home furnishings giant Wayfair will add around 200 new jobs in Lutterworth with its move to a larger distribution centre on the edge of the Leicestershire town.

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Shop Direct's corporate HQ in Liverpool
Shop Direct, the ecommerce giant behind the Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com brands, said its furniture and homeware category returned to growth over the festive season.

Department store retailer House of Fraser has closed its store at Shrewsbury for the final time as new owners continue to reconfigure the retailer's portfolio.

Fewer shoppers ventured into UK stores in December — a thirteenth straight year-on-year slide — but the fall was softer than feared, according to new figures.

Independent furniture retailer NCF Furnishings says it will return to growth in 2018–19, after reconfiguring its store network and investing heavily in stock depleted sales and cash last year.

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Godfrey Syrett majors in supplying contract furniture to clients such as Nottingham University
Godfrey Syrett, the circa £29 million North East furniture maker specialised in serving contract clients, has been placed into administration and ceased trading.

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Management change at the Bideford manufacturer and distributor
Devonshire, one of Britain's largest remaining freestanding cabinet furniture makers and importers, has promoted Andy Waddell to md, replacing its founder and co-owner.

Chief executive Hamish Paton is to leave rent-to-own furniture and electricals retailer BrightHouse for a new role, sparking a search for a successor.

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Debenhams' two most senior officials have been voted off the board
Debenhams' chairman Sir Ian Cheshire and CEO Sergio Bucher were today (Jan. 10) voted off the board by shareholders in a move that could impact existing plans for a solvent turnaround of the business.

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Stevenage was Debenhams' top performing store
Debenhams said it "reinstated some tactical promotional activity in order to be competitive" as it narrowed the pace of sales decline over the Christmas period.

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DFS says it benefitted from latent consumer demand towards the end of 2018
DFS said sales advanced as all its brands delivered growth in the five months to December 30, with the sofa market leader adding that history suggests it will take advantage of any market turmoil.

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Clothing and home sales declined in M&S' third quarter
Clothing and home sales declined mid-single digits for Marks and Spencer in the retailer's third quarter as it upped the pace of store closures and reconfigured its non-food strategy.

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Hayche is launching an equity crowdfunding campaign
Hayche, the furniture company led by a well-known former Made.com and Marks & Spencer buyer, is equity crowdfunding and is encouraging people from across the trade to take part.

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Willis & Gambier's Peterborough home until 2016
Samson Holding would consider selling either the Willis & Gambier brand or the entire UK warehousing operation, its finance director has said.

Dwell founder Aamir Ahmad says he decided to step down as CEO to focus on new group projects, with the furniture retailer's parent DFS hiring from outside the sector for his successor.

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Argos added more units inside Sainsbury's stores
J Sainsbury, parent to Argos and Habitat, claims it has made market share gains across general merchandise categories despite a fall in sales in the run-up and immediate aftermath of Christmas.

John Lewis & Partners kicked off 2019 with double-digit sales growth on the back of rising sales across all three of its main categories. Home returned to growth after five straight declines.

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Willis & Gambier is one of Britain's most storied furniture brands
Far East furniture conglomerate Samson Holding has announced the planned closure of its Peterborough based case goods division Willis & Gambier, citing "challenging market conditions with little sign of clarity."

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Sales advanced again for The Conran Shop's UK retail operation, which takes in its fast-growing ecommerce business as well as stores at Chelsea, Marylebone High Street and Selfridges.
Higher costs offset rising output at The Conran Shop as the furniture and design retailer booked a wider loss on higher sales in 2017–18.

The main trading arm of Seconique, one of the UK's biggest furniture importers, made revenue gains as it moved to its new West Midlands home.

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Dunelm managed to transition sales from its now-closed Worldstores business to its main dot com website while store sales benefitted from reserve and collect orders.
Sales growth accelerated for Dunelm in the retailer's second quarter as it managed to transition sales from its now-closed Worldstores brands to its main website. It also said the failure of the main Fogarty licensee will impact profits.

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

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JYSK has named the locations of its first four Irish stores, all of which will be open by the summer of this year.
Danish value furniture retailer JYSK, which last year announced plans to launch in Ireland, has named the locations of its first four stores in the country, three of which will be opening in the spring.

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The White Company sells mattresses, sofas and case goods as part a diversified interiors offer
Bedroom, home and fashion retailer The White Company built out sales last year but profits fell because of upfront costs expanding two of its international businesses.

Profits at the diversified interiors group Designers Guild Corporation fell in 2017–18 as higher costs negated the impacted of an increase in output driven by international revenue growth.

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Parlane has been delivering home accessories and gifts to trade buyers for nearly 50 years. Inset: Parlane co-directors Mike and Caroline Burgess.
Kent furniture and interiors group Gallery Direct has agreed to buy Parlane International in a deal that combines two of the UK's biggest home accents supply brands.

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AHF changed hands in July last year
Sales fell, margins narrowed and losses widened at retailer Anglia Home Furnishings (AHF) ahead of the change of ownership that secured its future last summer.

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Full price sales advanced for Next pre-Christmas despite lower instore activity
Rising online sales countered lower store activity at general retailer Next with its Christmas trading update underlining the widening channel shift at the furniture-to-fashion chain.

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John Lewis sales were just over £144 million last week
John Lewis & Partners' home categories ended 2018 on a low note while fashion and electrical items meant the retailer's overall business closed the year out on a high.

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