arighi-bianchi-coIconic North West furniture independent Arighi Bianchi posted its highest earnings in seven years as sales climbed again in 2013–14.

Its new click and collect service is a focus for JYSK in the UK as sales worldwide jumped 10 per cent to €2.8bn in the year to end August.

Half year sales across Leekes’ retail stores were up 8 per cent thanks to strong demand for goods linked to the housing market, including furniture.

The cold snap helped John Lewis shift more of its winter fashion stock as total sales climbed 10.8 per cent last week.

futon-company-storeNational furniture chain the Futon Company said revenues have continued to build out following a slow start to 2013–14.

Harveys and Bensons for Beds owner Steinhoff has named Alexandre Nodale as Chief Executive at Conforama, its French based pan-European furniture and electricals chain.

BoConcept-fasciaInternational contemporary furniture specialist BoConcept is to overhaul its worst performing stores worldwide by targeting closures or installing new franchisees.

Upholstery retailer Sofa.com generated more cash, more sales and almost twice as much profit in the year to end February.

sterling-tillicoultrySales jumped sharply for Sterling Furniture as the stores group expanded into new product segments and pitched itself as a complete home furnishings solution for shoppers.

Shoppers went gadget crazy at John Lewis last week as customers made the most of the department store retailer’s Black Friday deals.

alan-white-agentWest Midlands distributor Serene Furnishings has appointed Alan White to represent its Serene Beds and Serene Living brands in Scotland.

harry-corry-co-fasciaStronger gross margin and higher sales helped 48-store furniture and furnishings chain Harry Corry return to profit at EBITDA level in 2013–14.

vida-living-dundalk-extIreland’s largest furniture wholesale and distribution business is relaunching as VIDA Living and making a seven-figure investment in its UK operation.

The heritage Allders of Croydon department store has reopened under new ownership and is now trading as Zervo.

Oak-Furniture-LandAt least three more Oak Furniture Land stores are earmarked to open before the end of 2014 as brand owner JB Global continues to expand its store footprint.

National beds specialist Dreams will open a new format store in Romford tomorrow morning (28th Nov).

The Home directorate was top of the tree as Christmas gifts and decorations drove sales at John Lewis in the seven days to 22nd November.

Home improvement retailer B&Q said sales of showroom merchandise — its kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms offer — declined in its third quarter.

Cookes Furniture Two-store independent Cookes Furniture said it built sales momentum in 2013–14 and has seen top and bottom line improvement in the first six months of its new financial year.

sofas-stuff-edinburghUpmarket retail chain Sofas & Stuff — the brainchild of Sofa Workshop founder Andrew Cussins — is on the march with new smart showrooms opening across Britain.

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