A reduced level of promotional activity stymied sales growth at Argos in the run-up to Christmas and beyond but margins improved.

Furniture distributor TCS — The Complete Service — is launching into the carpets and flooring sector and has invested in machinery and product to enable fast delivery.

Retail giant IKEA said sales in the final four months of 2014 were up in double-digits with mattress sales a key growth driver.

mattressmanCoEastern counties beds specialist Mattressman is hoping an expansion programme will take its store portfolio past 20 shops by the end of 2015.

furnitureVillageStephenMcPartlandStephen McPartland MP has strengthened his ties to the furniture industry after joining the board at national retailer Furniture Village.

vokinsHoveCoThe owner of one of Southern England’s largest independent furniture retailers says its 22,000sqft showroom will close some time next month.

Department store retailer John Lewis said sales climbed 4.8 per cent to £777m over the five weeks to 27th December, driven largely by growth in web orders.

Midlands wholesaler Serene has expanded its warehousing again ahead of the launch of its new Living programme later this month.

ahfFasciaCoHigher like-for-like sales and lower costs helped employee owned cooperative AHF grow underlying profits in the year to end March.

nextInteriorHigh demand from online and catalogue shoppers lifted fashion-to-furnishings retailer Next in the two months to Christmas Eve.

seconiqueFurniture importer and wholesaler Seconique ended five years of falling sales at its main trading subsidiary in the year to end June.

Boxing Day sales were up by more than a quarter at Oak Furniture Land on a same-store basis, with new stores and its SofaStore rollout boosting total sales.

Case goods retailer Furniture Barn has opened a new store at an iconic Yorkshire site that had been derelict for more than five years.

Home achieved a record sales week in the seven days to 20th December at John Lewis, though overall revenues declined as Black Friday brought demand forward.

dfs-co-1Sofa chain DFS has posted strong double-digit growth in the three months to 1st November with underlying profits up by more than half.

North East distributor Baker Furniture says it expects profits to return to 2010–12 levels after it booked more orders in the year to end March and beyond.

Berlin, GER — Shareholders have invested another €15.9m in the Internet furniture retailer Home24, which operates across multiple European markets.

sofastoreThe national rollout of SofaStore — sister brand to Oak Furniture Land — has begun with the fascia to be visible across the entire store estate by Boxing Day.

Furniture Village will relaunch its enlarged Sussex store at Hove’s Old Shoreham Road on Boxing Day.

Fashion was the top seller as Home category sales flatlined at department store chain John Lewis last week.

Heritage Newark furniture retailer Holdens is to move to a purpose built out-of-town store next autumn and lease its existing town centre showrooms to one or more other retailers.

designers-guild-krProfits doubled at luxury home fashion brand Designers Guild ahead of its move into a new 80,000sqft West London DC this summer.

Heritage furniture and department store independent Randalls of Uxbridge is to close permanently after a clearance sale next month.

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.



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