Amara operates websites for all the markets it operates including the UK where its offer also comprises furniture
Premium lifestyle, furniture and home accents etailer Amara Living expanded here and abroad in 2017 in a year that saw it attract new equity funding and agree bigger debt facilities.

Home merchandise fell for John Lewis last week but the retailer lifted overall sales thanks to a stronger performance from its fashion and electricals categories.

Ideal Shopping Direct has its own TV studios at its Cambridgeshire HQ
General merchandise retailer Ideal Shopping Direct has a third investment firm owner in three years after Blackstone Private Equity agreed to sell the business to Aurelius, a pan-European mid-market investor.

Tapi Carpets now trades from nearly 100 stores
Floorcoverings retailer Tapi Carpets & Floors has taken total shareholder funding since its 2015 launch to about £35 million after a new equity funding exercise this summer.

IDdesign's first UK showroom; Photograph: IDdesign
Scandinavian premium furniture and accents franchise retailer IDdesign, part of the same group that owns ILVA, has launched its first UK showroom.

Heritage furniture and department store retailer Nasons is exploring ways to combat the tough trading climate and steer a path through structural change, hiring advisors to conduct a strategic review.

The retailer will open on Tottenham Court Road this autumn according to The Times
Swedish home furnishings giant IKEA will open its first high street store with a small-format unit on Tottenham Court Road planned to launch this autumn.

The chairman of franchise flooring and beds retailer United Carpets Group says work to streamline its store network has left it well placed to tackle the market downturn.

House of Fraser's Oxford St. store is among those affected by the CVA proposal
Landlords have made an eleventh hour bid to scupper House of Fraser's Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), filing a legal challenge in the Scottish courts.

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Bradbeers' Hedge End furniture store
Underlying profits advanced for South Coast independent retailer Bradbeers in a year that saw it invest heavily in property and consolidate borrowing.

Swedish kitchens conglomerate Nobia said its repositioned Magnet chain was the star performer for its British business in the second quarter.

Multiyork's now-empty flagship store on Tottenham Court Road, London
Duff & Phelps is exploring the possibility of taking action against Multiyork's foam suppliers in a bid to raise more cash for the company's creditors.

International furniture retailer Roche Bobois has raised about €20 million after offering around 10 percent of the business to investors via an IPO earlier this month.

Steinhoff International Holdings has taken another step on the path to recovery after it said the majority of creditors back proposals to restructure its debts.

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Associated Independent Stores' Cranmore Park exhibition space
Julian Cox is rejoining Associated Independent Stores, the UK furniture industry's largest buying group, after a second spell with Furniture Village.

The retailer has promoted from within its stores
National retailer Furniture Village has promoted Anthony Cato to the newly-created role of head of product management.

Valley Carpets, one of the UK's largest privately-owned flooring wholesalers, grew sales again last year as it readied geographical expansion.

How British furniture imports might be impacted by new U.S tariffs on Chinese furniture. Photograph: Maersk
Apprehension among furniture makers was well-founded after fresh tariff proposals dragged the furniture industry into the developing trade war between China and the U.S. This could yet impact the UK.

Headlam, the largest flooring distributor in Europe, has made a third acquisition for the year amid a backdrop of falling like-for-like sales.

Sales of home merchandise fell for a seventh straight week at John Lewis with the retailer citing the continued hot weather and the World Cup as drags on demand.

The Cotswold Company's Norwich showroom
Furniture retailer The Cotswold Company has acquired intellectual property belonging to failed cabinet furniture retailer Oak Furniture Solutions.

East of England department store retailer Palmers repaid debt and replenished cash balances after selling one of its properties last year.

Newspaper report suggests Debenhams' suppliers have had cover reduced
Suppliers to Debenhams, the department store chain, have seen credit insurance cover reduced in recent days and weeks, according to The Sunday Times.

PerfectHome has been transitioning to a web business model, closing dozens of stores in recent years
Weekly payments retailer PerfectHome has a new owner after the furniture and electricals business was sold out of administration.

Restructure will see creditors have an input into who runs Steinhoff's operating companies
Creditors will have a major input into Steinhoff OpCo boardroom hires and fires if they back new debt restructuring plans proposed by the embattled conglomerate.

Henry Tadros has been promoted to director at Ercol Furniture. He becomes the fourth generation of the founding family to join the manufacturer's board, with his appointment signposting its desire to expand exports.

DFS says delivered sales were impacted after delays in the arrival of imported product
Sofa market leader DFS says it expects to post lower profits after external factors impacted orders and delivered sales at the start of its fourth quarter.

Dunelm is to close the Kiddicare website next year while it will soon complete the transition of product from to its main website
Home retailer Dunelm plans to drop the Kiddicare website, though says the baby and kids market remains a core category for the group.

Lorraine Selby (left) is retiring
Beds and living room furniture wholesaler Serene has appointed two new sales agents including a successor to Lorraine Selby, who is retiring after a 30-year industry career.

John Lewis home sales fell for a sixth consecutive week as the department store chain relied on fashion and electricals to come close to matching last year's top line total.

JYSK has traded in Bournemouth, Dorset, since 2013
Danish value furniture chain JYSK has closed its sole store in the South but will replenish store numbers next month with a new concept unit launching in Doncaster.

French designer furniture brand Ligne Roset says it will do more to push its UK ecommerce business after lamenting its performance in 2016–17.

Oak Furniture Land EBITDA advanced by a fifth but net income declined
Profits fell at Oak Furniture Land as it incurred finance costs and professional fees which undermined the top line gains generated from new store openings.

Commentary on the 2016–17 results of JB Global, the company behind the Oak Furniture Land business.

Half-year net losses widened for Habitat outside the UK as rights-holder Cafom wrote down the value of its now-closed Norwegian arm.

The wholesaler is based at Binbrook Technical Park, Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire case goods distributor Classic Furniture recorded a net loss in 2016–17 as it battled the effects of adverse exchange rates following the Brexit vote.

UK numbers for 2016–17 now due in three months
Stakeholders and observers of Steinhoff's British businesses will have a longer wait to pore over 2016–17 figures after it enacted an across-the-board year-end change for its operating companies here.

Soft furnishings supplier Cleland McIver grew sales and profits last year amid investment in a new freehold distribution centre.

Revenue trended up in high single digits for North West fabrics business SMD group in 2016–17 with the company looking to expand sales abroad.

Coach House, the North West furniture and accents wholesaler, maintained double-digit net margin last year against a backdrop of rising costs.

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