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The changes affect employees at Shop Direct's Speke headquarters
The home shopping group behind the Very.co.uk and Littlewoods brands is realigning its retail team with proposals that will affect the makeup of its furniture buying and merchandising functions.

BrightHouse, the weekly payments furniture and electricals chain, is to close 30 of its stores. That represents around a tenth of its estate and means 350 jobs are at risk.

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How the planned Downtown at Home store will look
Oldrid & Co, the dual-format heritage furniture and department store retailer, yesterday (Feb. 5) won council backing for an ambitious Designer Outlet in Grantham incorporating a new Downtown at Home store.

Snow prompted the second lowest weekly sales total for John Lewis & Partners in more than two years with home revenue declining for the fourth straight week.

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The Potagerie Collection, part of a new line designed by Angel Strawbridge
Design Studio, the soft furnishings division of Belfield Group, has launched its first branded collection in partnership with designer and author Angel Strawbridge, star of TV series Escape to the Chateau.

Consumers and businesses will be able to lease, as well as buy, furniture under a new plan dreamed up by IKEA, the world's biggest furniture retailer.

Value furniture and homewares chain JYSK will take its UK store network to nearly 20 sites with new units primed to open in Yorkshire and Merseyside.

Administrators have been appointed to the North West company set up last year to acquire the business and assets of one-time £10 million home furnishings importer and distributor Global Textiles (UK).

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Glasswells' new-look carpet department at Bury St Edmunds.
Glasswells, one of Britain's largest independent home furnishings retailers, has opened its remodelled carpet department as it continues its Bury St Edmunds store refurbishment.

Wayfair, the fast-expanding home furnishings etailer, has launched its first major television advertising campaign in Germany as it looks to scale its business there.

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Fogarty Filled Products' Lincolnshire HQ
The legacy Lincolnshire manufacturer of Fogarty filled bedding owed creditors more than £10 million when it filed for insolvency and ceased trading last year, with HM Revenue & Customs and Far East suppliers among those owed most.

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Lars Larsen (inset), the eponymous owner of the group that owns retailers including JYSK and ILVA, two furniture chains with differing UK fortunes.
Lars Larsen Group, parent to Scandinavian furniture chains JYSK and ILVA, booked record profits of 3.6 billion Danish kroner (£421m) in 2017–18.

Maisons du Monde, the French furniture and home accents retailer with a growing UK multichannel business, said sales continued to march late last year despite anti-Government protests hitting consumer expenditure.

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Ena Shaw will launch its Tru Living brand at next month's Spring Fair event (Feb. 3–7, 2019)
Privately-owned window dressings manufacturer Ena Shaw will next month introduce Tru Living, a new home furnishings brand for its independent retail customers.

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Home sales were down in eight of the past nine weeks.
John Lewis & Partners approached the end of its 2018–19 financial year with a third straight weekly home sales decline, with only fashion of its main product categories lifting against year-earlier trade.

The privately-owned UK distributor of Stompa, the heritage Scandinavian kids furniture brand, booked sizeable profits and cash gains in 2017–18.

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Upholstery and beds throughput was up but the overall furniture category declined.
The value of furniture supplier invoices processed through Associated Independent Stores' Cenpac paying agent — a barometer for the health of big-ticket sales among elite privately-owned retailers — declined last year.

Furniture, flooring and department store retailers belonging to the Associated Independent Stores group shared a new record rebate in 2017–18.

Javier Quiñones, appointed IKEA UK and Ireland country manager last summer, has been named as the successor to the head of the global retailer's operation in the USA in a move that has implications for its British-based business.

Challenging market conditions prompted a double-digit fall in sales for Asiatic Carpets, one of Britain's largest rug distributors, in the year to March 31, 2018.

Decorative Panels Furniture, the West Yorkshire ready-to-assemble furniture kit maker, returned to sales growth in 2017–18 after a decline the previous year.

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Household goods sales topped £110m last year
Ecommerce and mail-order retailer Studio posted double-digit sales growth in the final three months of 2018 while home goods have gained traction in the early weeks of this year.

IKEA, the world's biggest furniture retailer, will this spring open a first city-centre store in the French capital as it continues to experiment with reimagined store formats.

John Lewis & Partners has announced the planned closure of Knight & Lee in Southsea, the smallest full line shop in the department store chain's estate.

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David Payling has joined Furniture Village
David Payling, the longtime DFS executive who joined Furniture Village this week, says sales are his main strength and he can help the 52-store national retailer drive top line growth.

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Hartman has launched into the indoor sector
Hartman UK, known for its outdoor furniture ranges, has entered the indoor furniture category for the first time with launches made at the January Furniture Show this week.

G Plan cabinet ranges will hit British retail shop floors this summer for the first time since Sofa Brands International reacquired the brand rights to case goods back in 2015.

Home goods were down for the second straight week at John Lewis & Partners as the department store chain relied on fashion lines to inch ahead of last year overall.

Furniture wholesaler Content by Terence Conran swung back to profit in 2017–18 as wider gross margin offset the impact of falling sales.

British case goods importers shipped in fewer goods ahead of peak Christmas trading with falls from all bar one of the leading source nations.

John Lewis & Partners operations director Dino Rocos is to leave after 43 years with the department store retailer. He will retire at the end of May 2019.

Embattled department store retailer Debenhams has begun talks with landlords with a view to cutting its rent bill, according to the Financial Times.

European furniture etailer Home24 said a record Black Friday event meant it hit full year order targets in 2018 but revenue will be lower than forecast after some deliveries were delayed until January.

Third quarter product sales fell for the company behind the home shopping retailers JD Williams, Simply Be and Jacamo, but the overall revenue fall was lower because of extra income from financial services.

John Lewis & Partners sold more big-ticket goods like furniture and floorcoverings last week as overall sales across the department store chain inched forward on an annual basis.

Ercol, the British furniture maker that celebrates its centenary next year, has added a second international showroom with a permanent display at Design Post in Cologne, Germany.

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Marks & Spencer is closing stores, envisaging more of its clothing and home business being conducted online in the future.
Retail giant Marks & Spencer has disclosed a further 17 towns and cities where stores are earmarked for closure, part of its ongoing programme to downsize its physical shop presence.

Ecommerce home furnishings giant Wayfair will add around 200 new jobs in Lutterworth with its move to a larger distribution centre on the edge of the Leicestershire town.

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Shop Direct's corporate HQ in Liverpool
Shop Direct, the ecommerce giant behind the Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com brands, said its furniture and homeware category returned to growth over the festive season.

Department store retailer House of Fraser has closed its store at Shrewsbury for the final time as new owners continue to reconfigure the retailer's portfolio.



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