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.

JohnLewisMatMatching competitor activity helped big-ticket lines to strong sales at John Lewis last week with beds a healthy performer.

Children’s furniture specialist Aspace says it won’t be profitable before next year after it made significant board changes and losses escalated in 2013–14.

worldstoresAn affiliate of global finance giant Goldman Sachs has taken a share in the furniture and home retailer Worldstores after making an eight-figure investment.

johnLewisFusionDepartment store chain John Lewis says customers are taking to its new Fusion collection as Home sales lifted 6.6 per cent last week.

hslDewsburyYorkshire based furniture vertical HSL has taken its store total past 40 and hired a former partner at one of the world’s largest private equity groups to its board.

dunelmCoDunelm says expanding its furniture category is at the heart of ambitious plans to grow sales across the home furnishings chain.

magnaParkJohn Lewis is to open a dedicated distribution centre for furniture, furnishings and electricals at its Magna Park logistics hub in Buckinghamshire.

home24Revenue rocketed past €100m in the first nine months of 2014 for mainland Europe based online furniture retailer Home24.

Home sales were up 7 per cent at John Lewis as md Andy Street lauded high-ticket categories in the final few days of January.



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