ikeaAberdeenMockupThe second of IKEA’s smaller format store pilots is planned for the North East of Scotland with the retailer hoping to open in time for the key Christmas trading period.

Modern furniture specialist BoConcept enjoyed a strong first quarter in the UK, where its largest franchisee has taken control of all London stores.

JohnLewisCorporateDepartment store mutual John Lewis’ slow start to the year continued as revenue within its Home category trended downwards for a third successive week.

Furniture Village opens its 41st store this August Bank Holiday weekend as part of its plan to open 20 new sites over the next five years.

furnitureVillageFasciaNational retailer Furniture Village grew 2014–15 profits by 43 per cent as orders increased and margins returned to historically high levels.

US furniture retailer West Elm is to open concession-style spaces in John Lewis stores starting with the department store chain’s big Oxford Street revamp, which officially opens next week.

wedoWebHomeOnline beds retailer Wedo Beds has ceased trading and will be placed into liquidation later today.

Tough comps and changeable weather were blamed as John Lewis’ sales in the second week of its new financial year continued in the same vein as the first.

IKEA says it will become the first major retailer in the world to offer a fully LED lighting range as part of a global investment that could reach €100m.

Furniture and home retailer Sterling has invested more than £500,000 at its new-look Mill Café at its flagship Tillicoultry showroom.

IKEA has confirmed its long-awaited store along the M4 corridor will open in a year’s time in the summer of 2016.

Home merchandise sales declined as John Lewis failed to match year-earlier trade in the first week of its new financial year.

downtownExtFurniture and department store retail group Oldrids said big-ticket merchandise delivered in a year that saw it undertake a “painful but necessary” change of strategy.

dwellFurniture retailer Dwell is to open two new pilot stores in former warehouses of DFS, the brand’s owner.

Forrest Furnishings launches its new continental recliner gallery this weekend, part of its plan to transition the best of its former Macdonald brand to its South Street showrooms.

Modern upholstery and furniture retailer Camerich will this weekend open its third showroom so far this year and its eighth in all.

glasswellsBurySEdEast of England furniture and home department store giant Glasswells posted its highest sales since 2010 and its strongest profits since 2007 in the year to end February.

barkerStonehouseStocktonSales trended up in double-digits for a second successive year at Barker and Stonehouse in the period leading up to the opening of its new Stockton HQ and flagship store.