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Peter Green's store at Chandler's Ford, Hampshire
Hampshire based Peter Green, one of the country's largest independent single-store furniture retailers, posted skinnier profits as sales declined in the year to March 31, 2018.

Global home furnishings retailer IKEA says it plans to absorb the cost of transforming its business over the next few years at the expense of the bottom line.

Seasoned retail executive Nigel Oddy is to leave his post as CEO of circa 150-store home and leisure chain The Range, according to trade journal Retail Week.

Strong mattress sales helped the home category return to growth as John Lewis & Partners posted the highest grossing week in its history in the seven days to November 24.

Canburg, the company behind high-end kitchen businesses Smallbone of Devizes and Mark Wilkinson, has filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators, according to Sky News. Corporate filings indicate a restructure may be imminent.

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Harry Corry trades from nearly 50 stores
Sales and profits jumped for furniture and furnishings chain Harry Corry Interiors in the first period since it finished its landlord-only Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) which it had seen it secure rent reductions.

Essex furniture and interiors retailer Roomes says it has taken steps to put the business on sound footing after a year where big-ticket sales were impacted by consumer uncertainty.

Retail footfall fell over the weekend taking in Black Friday promotions according to Springboard, a consultancy measuring shopper numbers in different types of retail destination.

Major independent invests in new assets and property arm delivers growth.

JYSK, the Danish value furniture retail conglomerate, says its planned opening in Ireland next year will mean it has stores in every major European country.

East Midlands independent retailer Swannacks Furnishers of Retford is to close after the fourth generation owner of the company decided to retire.

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The Nasons furniture store at Wincheap, Canterbury
Furniture and flooring chain AHF was one of several interested parties in taking over either the Nasons furniture store in Canterbury or its brand, according to administrator Kreston Reeves.

IKEA, the world's biggest home furnishings retailer, says it plans to restructure its business in order to adjust to "never seen before" changes that are rapidly transforming the global retail sector.

AO World, one of the country's largest electricals retailers, is looking to leverage its logistics network and expertise by building partnerships with external furniture businesses.

European home and living ecommerce retailer Westwing says it is now profitable as it balances revenue growth with cost control.

Home sales at John Lewis & Partners were down for the second straight week in the seven days to November 17, but it did write more furniture and flooring orders than the same period last year.

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B&Q's Cribbs Causeway store
The decision to pull away from kitchen fitting services was behind more than half of a fall in B&Q sales in the past three months, the home improvement giant said today.

Having introduced occasional furniture to its product roster this summer, fashion retail conglomerate H&M has taken another step into the home category with the launch of its first UK H&M Home store.

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Alan Ward is one of Britain's largest independent furniture retailers
Four-store furniture retailer Alan Ward said 2017–18 has proven to be "extremely challenging" but maintained that continuing improvements mean it is well placed to take advantage of any upturn.

Steinhoff International Holdings, parent to UK chains Harveys and Bensons for Beds, says commercial director Louis du Preez will become its new chief executive officer with effect from January 1, 2019.

Beaulieu International Group, the international textiles conglomerate, says it will increase prices worldwide at its Engineered Products division because of input cost pressures.

IKEA, the world's biggest furniture retailer, is betting on the enduring value and appeal of city centres and will invest billions on real estate developments over the next three years.

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Oak Furniture Land is hoping to make its U.S physical store debut early 2019
Oak Furniture Land, the circa 100-store UK hardwood furniture retailer, is close to opening its long desired first U.S showroom, and has chosen Boston as its launch city.

Home furnishings giant Williams-Sonoma will take its West Elm, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barns Kids retail brands to India for the first time after signing a franchise agreement with a local partner specialised in Western consumer brands.

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Loaf has been opening new showrooms including this one at St Albans
Expanding clicks-to-bricks retailer Loaf made further top line gains as it began its rollout of showrooms across the UK. Profits fell on narrower margins, investment costs and foreign exchange.

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More House of Fraser stores will close
House of Fraser is to close its stores at Norwich, Nottingham, Newcastle's Metro Centre and Lakeside Shopping Centre at Thurrock in early 2019 after rent talks with the property owned failed to yield an agreement.

IP lawyers representing Furniture Village will make the case for an online retailer's application to trademark the phrase HomeFurnitureLand to be quashed at a hearing next month.

Privately-owned furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies improved cash generation in a challenging year that saw sales lift but earnings fall on narrower margins.

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It has more than a year since John Lewis managed to string together two straight weeks of home growth
Negative year-on-year home sales returned for John Lewis & Partners in a tough overall week that saw total sales across the chain drop by just over £8 million.

Early export wins, dining ranges and higher sales with existing customers were behind Baker Furniture's top line growth in 2017–18, according to managing director Mark Callaghan.

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William & Sons' store at Merry Hill
Heritage West Midlands furniture retailer William & Sons has closed its doors for the final time after a long-in-the-planning orderly shutdown while it cleared stock.

N Brown, the home shopping retailer, says it faces higher marketing costs and a potential asset write-down as a result of a "mixed" draft verdict in its long-running legal battle with the tax man regarding VAT.

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The figures include approaching a full year of deliveries from Barker & Stonehouse's Hove store
Privately-owned furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse grew sales double-digit in 2017–18 with the impact of new stores and online combining to deliver a sixth straight top line gain.

Sales advanced again for fitted furniture maker and retailer Ashley Ann in the year to end March but the privately-owned company cautioned it was not expecting to grow at the same level in 2018–19.

Independent department store group Ulster Stores built on a return to growth in 2016–17 with rising sales and profits in the year to January 31, 2018.

Britain's three biggest overseas sources of living, dining and bedroom cabinet all exported less to the UK in September with the total for the combined categories slipping 5.0 percent.

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More Argos stores have been integrated into Sainsbury's supermarkets
General merchandise giant Argos, one of Britain's largest retailers of furniture, will have 280 stores inside Sainsbury's supermarkets by the end of its 2018–19 financial year with another 30 units planned over the next six months.

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Trendsetter says 2018–19 will show an improvement on an exceptionally difficult year
Bedding company Trendsetter Home Furnishings says it has addressed a number of challenges to reverse the impact of "an exceptionally difficult year" during which it booked a seven-figure net loss.

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Divests Scandinavian upholstery and cabinet business for nominal sum.

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Maisons du Monde, the circa €1bn retailer, trades from four Debenhams shop-in-shops in the UK
The CEO of Maisons du Monde says she is not concerned regarding potential store closures at UK department store chain Debenhams, where it has opened instore studios this year.

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