North Yorkshire retailer Barkers of Northallerton is to create a dedicated contemporary furniture department as part of 20,000sqft extension of its edge-of-town furnishings store.

Furniture distributor Willis & Gambier shrugged off what remained tough market conditions to improve its top and bottom lines last year.

Marketplace retailer ( has named Tesco executive Simon Belsham as its CEO.

Glasgow independent Forrest Furnishings is to add 10,000sqft in shop floorspace at its South Street showrooms after accepting an offer for its Cathedral Street property.

EchoLuHomebaseMDHome Retail Group has named former Tesco UK board member Echo Lu as managing director for its Homebase retail chain.

Profits more than doubled at Corby furniture wholesaler Kettle Interiors in 2013–14 as the firm made the most of higher sales, quicker delivery and lower costs.

JohnLewisCorporateStrong growth returned for John Lewis last week with all bar five of its stores up on last year and online rising by nearly a quarter.

Fashion-to-furnishings retailer Next says new Home space is performing ahead of plan as group profits jumped 12.5 per cent in the year to end January.

neptuneShowroomUpmarket furniture and home accents brand Neptune opened a dedicated Bournemouth showroom this weekend as the business’ UK and European expansion continues.

European beds and mattress retail group Beter Bed posted higher sales and profits in 2014 despite downsizing its store portfolio by nearly 50 stores.

John Lewis sales fell last week with only three of its 40 stores open more than a year managing to beat year-earlier trading levels.

argosCoImproving margins at Argos — one of Britain’s largest furniture retailers — helped offset top line weakness in one of its most important product categories in early 2015 trading.

AISexhibitionThe furniture and flooring categories proved there is plenty of life left in the UK independents’ sector with strong trading through 2013–14.

Members of the Associated Independent Stores retail buying group shared an improved rebate last month with the total approaching record levels.

Higher fourth quarter sales helped catalogue and online retailer N Brown to flat full year sales, as it made strategic price investments.

Online sales were up by more than a quarter at John Lewis last week supported by price-matching activity.

bensonForBedsSteinhoff says upping the quality of its British store portfolio is paying off with stronger trading densities and market share gains.

Selling space reached around 700,000sqft at off-price furnishings retailer HomeSense in the year to end January as its store footprint increased.

bespOakVancouverFurniture supplier Besp-Oak posted strong 2013–14 earnings growth as it made the most of rising wholesale demand.

A three-fold rise in the Outdoor Living category helped John Lewis to growth in its Home directorate in the seven days to 21st February.

furniture123The ecommerce group behind Furniture123 took sales past £100m as it grew its top line for a second successive year in 2013–14.

Mail order and Internet furniture retailer Myakka will this weekend open its first dedicated retail showroom and says more could follow.

healsTCRHeal’s says it will place greater emphasis on ecommerce in the future following a strategic review that sees it scale back its store portfolio and write-down its value.

Upmarket furniture design brand Lema is to open its first UK showroom with a dedicated flagship store on London’s Kings Road.

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