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Dunelm bought WorldStores for £8.5m back in 2016
Dunelm is trading online from a single web platform having closed the WorldStores website it bought late 2016 as part of a move to "simplify the business."

The negative home trend returned at department store chain John Lewis & Partners last week despite a record week for its contemporary own-brand House.

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Browns' Davygate store in York
The company behind the Browns of York department store and others nearby has lowered its near-term debt servicing costs after consolidating borrowings.

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Debenhams has substantial long-term lease commitments
Department store retailer Debenhams last night moved to reassure suppliers, staff and investors following weekend newspaper reports that sparked a sharp fall in its share price yesterday.

North West furniture and home improvement retailer Taskers reported a £1.1 million net loss last year as it incurred one-off costs associated with its planned restructure.

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New furniture launch from Homebase
Embattled home improvement retailer Homebase has taken baby steps back into the furniture product sector with a new line of dining, living and occasional cabinets.

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As The Furnishing Report suggested earlier this week, Harveys has partnered with Louise Redknapp
Furniture chain Harveys has confirmed it has partnered singer and style blogger Louise Redknapp for a new upholstery collection under the Bold by Louise brand.

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Loaf's new St Albans store
Furniture retailer Loaf's physical store expansion took another step yesterday as the retailer opened its seventh showroom, in St Albans.

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Stokers' purpose-built Russell Dean store opened in May this year
Stokers, one of Europe's largest independent furniture retailers, says underlying sales across most of its stores climbed in 2017–18, with overall figures impacted while it rebuilt its flood-hit Russell Dean store.

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Markus Jooste, former CEO of Steinhoff International Holdings
Markus Jooste, the longtime CEO of Steinhoff International Holdings who resigned as the company revealed the existence of accounting irregularities late last year, says he had no knowledge of alleged impropriety.

John Lewis' negative home streak is over, with the department store chain posting rising sales in the Bank Holiday week that preceded yesterday's formal introduction of its new name.

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Harveys' bold plans
Steinhoff-owned furniture chain Harveys is expected to unveil a major celebrity tie-up tonight as it looks to instil fresh impetus into its business.

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Poco trades from more than 100 stores, most of which are in Germany
Steinhoff International Holdings has moved a step closer to ridding itself of Poco, the circa €1 billion German furniture discount chain, but faces a legal battle to bank the proceeds.

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AHF trades from 19 stores across the UK
Furniture and flooring retailer AHF has appointed former DFS and Fabb Sofas executive Laura Chiddey to the newly-created head of commercial role.

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JYSK's new format and (inset) its existing Lincoln unit, from where it will relocate in 2019
Danish value furniture chain JYSK will continue rolling out its new-format stores in 2019, confirming another two locations in the East Midlands.

Pubs and food shops enjoyed the benefit of higher consumer spending in August as non-food retailers missed out, according to new data from the BRC and Barclaycard.

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Steinhoff's UK household goods business includes Harveys and Bensons for Beds
Furniture chain Harveys bore the brunt of market headwinds as parent Steinhoff International Holdings reported a high single-digit decline in nine-month UK household goods revenue.

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Ian Topping, inset, is joining clicks-to-bricks furniture retailer The Cotswold Company
Seasoned furniture and bed industry executive Ian Topping is returning to the sector after being installed as chairman at private-equity backed retailer The Cotswold Company.

John Lewis home sales have fallen for a thirteenth consecutive week though its new-look House brand and sofas were categories that made gains on year-earlier trade.

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Profits jumped by nearly a third for Atlantic
Online furniture retailer Atlantic Shopping, which majors in dining furniture including bar stools, chairs and tables, made nearly 20 percent net as sales advanced double-digit last year.

Maisons du Monde announced deal for modern retail chain back in May this year.

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Dunelm has begun the search for a new non-executive director
Rachel Osborne, the new CFO at department store chain Debenhams, has resigned as a non-executive director of Dunelm, the furniture and homewares retailer.

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The retailer's Bury store and an investment property in Norwich (inset), which it sold last June
Glasswells recorded higher profits during a year where it incurred significant disruption to trade as it began a major refurbishment of its flagship store.

Ecommerce retailer Oak Furniture Direct has opened a first physical showroom, taking a unit on a busy Lincolnshire arterial road.

Retailer Maisons du Monde, which sells here online and via newly-opened galleries inside three Debenhams stores, grew half-year profits by a nearly third as its sales march continued.

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Samson wants to reduce its exposure to China
Samson Holding, parent to UK furniture supplier Willis & Gambier and scores of U.S furniture wholesale brands, says it is working "aggressively" to reduce its exposure to production in China.

Ecommerce retailer NotOnTheHighStreet Enterprises (Noths) narrowed losses as it made the decision to reallocate marketing spend and focus on existing customers.

Major European flatpack furniture maker ceased trading in June.

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More investment is on the way at Fishpools
Fishpools, one of the largest single-store furniture retailers in Europe, built out sales and profits again last year as it made further investment and bolstered its balance sheet.

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Dunelm acquired the Dorma brand rights back in 2008
Heritage bedlinen brand Dorma has diversified into new product categories including bulky furniture goods and mattresses as part of a wide-ranging brand elevation by Dunelm, its owner.

Department store chain Debenhams has hired former John Lewis strategy chief Rachel Osborne as chief financial officer, replacing Matt Smith, whose planned departure was announced earlier this year.

Furniture-to-fashion retailer Laura Ashley Holdings is walking back its proposal to open a regional headquarters in Asia, and plans to sell the property to pay off debt.

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Furniture sales fell high single-digits for Laura Ashley in 2016–17
Laura Ashley is to introduce more keenly-priced upholstery and beds to its product offer as full year sales were hit by soft demand and ongoing retail space consolidation.

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John Lewis home sales fell, but the decline was the narrowest since June
Home sales fell for a twelfth straight week at John Lewis though the category still enjoyed its best week for the department store mutual since the middle of June.

Stressless owner Ekornes will delist from the Oslo Stock Exchange after Qumei, its Chinese suitor, nears the completion of the takeover of the Norwegian furniture giant.

The new owner of the Kika/Leiner furniture retail group in Central Europe is to cut around a fifth of its workforce as it looks to restructure the business.

Fitted and freestanding cabinet maker Utopia Furniture says revenues are tracking target, with the speed at which it brings new products to market a continued strategic focus.

Apparel retailer River Island says it hopes to transfer its signature style from the wardrobe to the home with the introduction of its first ever furniture and homeware collection.

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ScS operates its own dedicated website for House of Fraser
House of Fraser has cancelled online orders and temporarily mothballed its website but ScS — its furniture concession partner — says online sofa, furniture and carpet sales are unaffected.

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Antony Maskrey succeeds Nick Garratt, joining Ercol next month
Heritage furniture maker Ercol has appointed Dr Martens' business transformation director Antony Maskrey to the newly-created role of chief operating officer.

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