Dreams will this week open the first of six stores in the North East of England with plans to open 30 overall across Britain over the next year.

BoConcept fasciaThe British furniture retail market is going from strength-to-strength according to urban furniture retail franchise operation BoConcept.

Pep & Co, the discount retailer run by the former boss of Asda and backed by a South African billionaire, will commence a quick-fire store launch programme this week.

Value furniture and homewares retailer JYSK will have grown its UK footprint by a third with the opening of its fourth store in a year.

dunelmCoJoBrowFormer Apple, Dixons and Monsoon executive John Browett is to become chief executive at furniture and homewares retailer Dunelm.

johnLewisBedroomHome traded double-digit ahead in the past week for John Lewis as it opened its new At Home shop in Horsham, Sussex.

Modern furniture and design retailer Heal’s has added a co-working café to its flagship London store on Tottenham Court Road.

barkersNorthallertonFurniture and department store retailer Barkers of Northallerton enjoyed organic growth in the year to end January ahead of its planned expansion.

featherAndBlackNew FD at Feather & Black, while Wade Group writes off intra-group debt. Director Oliver Spark — also joint md at Multiyork — provides a steer on trading. Sign in for more.

fairwayStAustellThe trading climate remained weak in 2014–15 according to regional chain Fairway Furniture, one of the strongest independents in southern England.

Retail giant Marks & Spencer has restated its reported online sales total because it originally didn’t reveal the breakdown on returns between products bought online and instore.

BoConcept fasciaUnderlying profits doubled as revenue continued to trend up for one of premium furniture design brand BoConcept’s largest franchisees in 2013–14.

Coop Danmark group retail director Michael Loeve has been appointed CEO of B&Q’s UK and Ireland operation, parent company Kingfisher has announced.

Value variety retail chain Boyes posted strong top and bottom line growth as it took its store network past the half century mark in the year to end January.

Furniture retailer MADE has put together an interiors collection in partnership with home interest magazine Livingetc.

rodgersYorkRodgers of York, one of the largest independents in the North of England, says major refurbishment and rebrand plans are scheduled for an autumn completion.

healsWestbourneGroveImpairment charges pushed designer furniture retailer Heal’s to a bigger deficit in 2013–14 ahead of its announced store closure and opening programme.

Argos said like-for-likes declined 3.9 per cent in the three months to end May with sales adversely impacted by market declines in key electrical and seasonal product categories.

Houseology — the premium ecommerce design store that rebranded from Occa-Home in April — has unveiled its new-look website.

ikeaSweetBriarSmRetail giant IKEA is to open a small-format store on a prominent retail park in the East of England, the Furnishing Report understands.

Oak Furniture Land fascia coRising sales and a 350 basis point gross margin improvement helped profits jump 55 per cent at Oak Furniture Land in the year to end September.

home24European online furniture retailer Home24 has raised another €120m in a funding round led by a leading Scottish based investment group.



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