coachHouseAlthamPrivately owned furniture and homewares wholesaler Coach House enjoyed another bumper year in 2013–14 with rising sales, profits and cash.

dunelmStoreEfforts to galvanise the furniture category paid off for Dunelm in the year to end June as the chain confirmed Keith Down as its new chief financial officer.

harveysBensonsCoUK trading margins improved 30 basis points in the first half of Steinhoff’s financial year, with the group saying its refurbishment programme is well advanced.

bentleyDesignsBedroom, living and dining furniture distributor Bentley Designs posted record profits as it returned strongly to growth in 2013–14.

General merchandise sales at Marks & Spencer were flat in the retailer’s first quarter despite a big improvement from its online business.

healsWestbourneGroveExtModern furniture and design retailer Heal’s has opened its new concept Westbourne Grove store in London.

neptuneShowroomNeptune has posted double-digit growth for a fifth consecutive year, with the cabinet and upholstery group now nearly four times as large as it was five years ago.

Rising demand helped Lincolnshire case goods wholesaler Classic Furniture to double profits in the year to end September.

Home retailer Taskers says its new superstore at Hunts Cross — in the planning for more than two years — will open late Autumn and be nearly twice as big as first thought.

Furniture and electricals retailer Harvey Norman is to take over the iconic former Fultons store at Balmoral Plaza off Belfast’s Boucher Road.

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.



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