Furniture was the top performer within John Lewis’ Home directorate last week, rising 11.2 per cent on the same week a year ago.

bensonsCOBensons for Beds expanded its retail footprint to 268 stores as Steinhoff’s UK retail business grew sales by 11 per cent in the six months to end December.

wayfairFurniture and home goods retailer Wayfair is ramping up UK advertising spend as it looks to build on its prior investment in job creation here and across Europe.

Sharps has relaunched its flagship London showroom with a new store format described as a ”huge jump forward” by the national furniture chain’s marketing director Tim Moore.

AISexhibitionBig-ticket furniture sales trended up in high single-digits for members of buying group Associated Independent Stores in 2014–15, building on 4.2 per cent growth the year before.

Upholstery retailer Sofology is planning to open six new stores this year, bringing the chain to almost 40 shops by the end of 2016.

Italian furniture and design brand Kartell has opened its first UK monobrand showroom with a store in the Knightsbridge area of London.

achicaEcommerce group Worldstores is to merge its flash sales businesses under the Achica brand with the Casafina label to be dropped and customers migrated over.

Big-ticket furniture lines made the most year-on-year sales headway within the Home directorate at department store chain John Lewis last week.

hslBurnleyAdjustable furniture vertical HSL will take nationwide showroom numbers to 57 with the opening of further stores in the next fortnight.

MEPs claim furniture retailer IKEA has avoided €1bn in taxes over the past six years and €11.6m in the UK alone in its latest reported year.

Home goods retailer Dunelm is looking to expand its store footprint in the capital as it builds on double-digit revenue growth in the six months to 2nd January.

Quieter furniture demand contributed to a dip in Home category goods sales at John Lewis last week. Total sales still climbed 2.5 per cent to £70.6m.

Northallerton retailer Barkers will cut the ribbon on its expanded home furnishings store before Easter and will rename it as Barkers Home.

JohnLewisCorporateDepartment store retailer John Lewis lifted weekly sales by 0.6 per cent to £70m year-on-year as it closed out its 2015–16 financial year and heralded a new era in sales data disclosure.

Upholstery chain DFS says it has appointed Andy Vaughan-Jones as sole buying director following the departure of Gary Pitchford last month. It also said FD Bill Barnes is to retire.

Direct container and wholesale supplier Kettle Interiors boosted output by over a quarter as the number of retailers stocking its goods jumped by nearly a third last year.

Gillies has paid tribute to its marketing director Mike Wells, who has decided to take early retirement after 17 years with the Scottish independent and 45 years in the furniture industry.

nextUpholsteryProductionGeneral merchandise retailer Next will start manufacturing sofas in Yorkshire later this year and is currently recruiting for upholstery production management.

Cabinet furniture and accents supplier Besp-Oak will show overseas for the first time this year as it looks to build on revenue growth in 2014–15.

aramStoreExtModern furniture and lighting retailer Aram has remodelled part of its 20,000sqft Central London store with an eye on developing its business with the specifier market.

Electricals and Home Technology categories were up double-digit for department store mutual John Lewis as it entered the final week of its 2015–16 financial year.

The CEO of furniture supplier VIDA Living says uptake for its container programme has escalated after it added a new warehouse that takes worldwide stocks to over 325,000sqft.

Barker and Stonehouse has acquired brownfield land in Guildford and submitted a planning application to redevelop the site into a state-of-the-art store.