Home improvement chain Homebase grew like-for-like sales by 5.6 per cent in the half to end August with furniture and kitchens key growth drivers.

jarroldsStoreDiversified department and furniture store business Jarrold posted strong profits and a huge leap in the value of its investment property portfolio in the year to 1st February.

Underlying profits climbed 17 per cent at furniture and department store retailer Banburys despite tough trading conditions in the year to end January.

Department store retailer John Lewis said it was pleased with the early results of its new Oxford Street refurbishment as weekly sales across Home were propped up by furniture.

jyskCODanish value furniture chain JYSK has outlined an ambitious plan to increase its UK store footprint by the end of its 2015–16 financial year.

North West furniture and furnishings retailer Housing Units delivered strong growth in the year to end March with more to come in 2015–16.

Department store mutual John Lewis is planning to open a full-line store in Cheltenham, plugging a geographical gap that stretches from Bristol to Solihull.

Independent home furnishings specialist Roomes Furniture and Interiors enjoyed strong growth in the year to end January.

Furniture and homeware retailer West Elm has pledged that 40 per cent of its products will be Fair Trade certified within the next four years.

dfsCo 2Upholstery chain DFS delivered record sales in the year to 1st August as it launched new space in the UK and Ireland and prepared the ground for category expansion.

argosCoMattresses and flat-pack cabinet kits are among 20,000 product lines available for same-day order and delivery as part of a new initiative from general merchandise retailer Argos.

wrenLivingFurniture vertical Wren Living grabbed a bigger share of the kitchens, bedrooms and living room market in 2014 with sales closing in on £200m.

atkinsonsSheffieldUrban regeneration in the centre of Sheffield will bring benefits, according to heritage furniture and department store independent Atkinsons.

ahfStoreFrontFurniture chain AHF says its new and upgraded stores can help it build on improving 2014–15 sales and profits with another leap in performance this year.

The group behind the Habitat retail fascia outside the United Kingdom has refinanced and plans to use the cash to support its global expansion of the heritage British brand.

Upmarket furniture and interiors retailer OKA Direct plans to more than double store numbers over the next 36 months.

Fair-trade furniture and accessories retailer Myakka has top scored in the Good Shopping Guide, a consumer reference book compiled by the Ethical Company Organisation.

GardinerHaskinsBristolPrivately owned South West home department store retailer Gardiner Haskins returned strongly to growth in 2014 and boosted already high profit margins.

home24European consumers propelled Home24 and Westwing — two of the continents main home and living ecommerce retailers — to new heights in the first half of 2015.

DickinsonsFurnishersPrivately owned retailer Dickinsons Furnishers has grown sales by more than £3m in three years and plans to maintain its sales momentum.

scsFasciaExpanding its store footprint boosted sales for upholstery chain ScS in the year to end July, though profits were down as a result of its spring sales blip and concession costs.

Major independent retailer Forrest Furnishings says it is trading ahead in high single-digits in the first three quarters of 2015 as it looks to build on strong growth last year.

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John Lewis yesterday opened its new £35m Birmingham department store, which anchors the Grand Central retail development above New Street Station.

International furniture brand BoConcept has revised its 2015–16 profit forecasts on the back of better-than-expected sales and order growth over the summer.

National retailer Furniture Village has retained its bed retailer of the year crown, with Newbridge Street Bedding Centre winning the independent category.

Four-store furniture and home furnishings retailer Alan Ward has opened a new floorcoverings and interiors department at its Shrewsbury store.