Losses widened at the group behind the rise and recline chair and adjustable beds brands Middletons and Oak Tree last year though it built increased liquidity through cash management.

Consumer spending grew at its fastest rate since the start of the pandemic last month as the impact of restrictions being eased helped retailers and the hospitality sector.

Premium-pitched bedding retailer Bedfolk has raised £1 million from the venture capital firm that has backed furniture retailer The Cotswold Company for the past five years.

National retailer Furniture Village says it has implemented workaround solutions and manual processes to limit disruption to the business and customer orders following a cybersecurity incident.

Committed purchasers are helping negate continued weak footfall as comparable store traffic continued to trend lower across U.K. retail destinations last month.

Revenue fell at the semi-national value retailer W Boyes & Co in the year to January 31 as a result of the impact of store closures during the first lockdown. It later remained open as subsequent restrictions were imposed.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has announced the categories for its 12th annual industry awards, including a new category — the NBF Retail Champion of the Year.

The owner of the M Line mattress wholesale brand that was once ubiquitous across British retail parks is launching a new bed subscription service in the hope of generating lifetime relationships with customers.

The pandemic has helped discount store retailer B&M push further into the furniture sector and attract wealthier customers in the process, pitching it against higher-end competition.

Habitat already had the wind in its sails by the time J Sainsbury announced plans for the iconic brand to become its core home and furniture label across its supermarket and Argos business.

Room To Grow, the Yorkshire based children's bedroom specialist, has launched its first nursery range as it takes its product offer to a new, younger age group for the first time.

Not Just Beds, a new privately-owned furniture and beds retailer, is completing fit-out ahead of opening its first showroom.

One of Britain's leading fitted bedroom furniture retailers has hired advisors to explore strategic options as it razors in on the management of soon-to-mature borrowing.

A marked channel shift to online meant fitted furniture retailer Sharps saw no negative impact on orders from its shops being shut in the first quarter. It said profits benefitted from lower store costs.

Surging online demand meant ecommerce represented about half of total revenue last year for Heal's, the designer furniture retailer.

The company behind the Stompa kids furniture brand in the U.K. made substantial six-figure gains in the year taking in the early weeks of the pandemic, building cash in the process.

Lars Larsen Group plans to follow up its takeover of Danish upholstery retailer SofaCompany with the acquisition of a 16-store Swedish mattress chain.

The acquisition of Arlo & Jacob by upholstery group TCM Living will see floorcoverings added to the retailer's product roster as it leverages wider group manufacturing assets and synergies.

TCM Living, the upholstery group that owns Alexander & James, Ashley Manor, AMX Design and Alstons, has acquired sofa retailer Arlo & Jacob. It becomes the group's first business-to-consumer brand.

Luxury furniture retailer RH has time-lined the first of its ten planned European galleries including revealing the location of its Paris emporium and cities in Germany where it has already secured properties.

Beds specialist Bensons for Beds has appointed Ian Shepherd as chairman, replacing ex-KPMG md Chris Howell who has stepped down after nearly two years with the retailer.

The value of furniture imports into the U.K. may have risen in the past decade but new data indicates that buyers are coalescing around fewer, larger manufacturers as a result of global consolidation.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has appointed Dunelm's digital director Steven Masterton to run its own ecommerce operation. He is among a slew of senior hires.

SATRA Technology Centre will host a Technical Forum for domestic furniture this summer where it will highlight proposed changes to industry standards and legislation and provide an opportunity for delegates to give feedback ahead of their implementation.

Dreams CEO Mike Logue says there remains plenty of business for the retailer to go after in the U.K. market following its proposed takeover by Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding company.

Dreams will next week open the first physical Feather & Black showroom since it acquired the brand and web operations of the high-end retail fascia last July.

Revenue poured in for multinational furniture and home accents retailer Maisons du Monde in the first quarter but it cautioned it had limited visibility for the second half of this year.

The Conran Shop, the furniture, design and lifestyle retailer, has appointed Peter Jenkins as its new chief executive officer.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bed company, has agreed to acquire U.K. bed specialist Dreams in a takeover worth an expected £340 million.

Lars Larsen Group has added to its roster of international furniture brands with the acquisition of SofaCompany, a €73 million turnover direct-to-consumer brand operating in multiple markets.

FIRA International is conducting a review of its furniture inspection and repair business but says no definite decision has been taken regarding the outcome, rendering closure talk premature.

A lower cost base helped Gardiner Haskins Interiors double underlying profits in 2020 despite the impact of the pandemic on the two-store business.

Homebase has fully walked back the plan to exit big-ticket furniture categories enacted by its former owner, with the category featuring heavily in its first major store opening in six years.

Home and garden retail giant IKEA is souping up its credit offer for U.K. consumers with finance now available for purchases up to £15,000.

Online home sales outperformed other categories at general merchandise and food retailer Marks & Spencer, but not enough to mitigate enforced store closures. It said the collapse of Debenhams represents an opportunity to find new stores.

An early spring prepack deal that saved seven showrooms trading as In-Toto Kitchens left creditors facing a multi-million shortfall.

Now is the time for the furniture industry to shine with consumers expected to pivot discretionary spend to other areas and activities before too long, according to the md of The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Sarah Bianchi has become managing director at Macclesfield based Arighi Bianchi, one of Europe's largest privately-owned single-store furniture retailers.

Furniture retailer Made.com has confirmed plans to launch an initial public offering (IPO), seeking to raise at least £100 million which it will use to expand in existing markets and cut lead times.

Sofology, Britain's third largest upholstery specialist, has teamed a new A-List celebrity for its latest television advertising campaign, which aired for the first time Monday night.



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