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Bentley Designs moved from Greenford, London to Bicester, Oxfordshire
Furniture importer Bentley Designs (UK) incurred exceptional costs as its slipped to a loss ahead of moving to its new state-of-the-art Oxfordshire HQ.

General merchandise trended up for J Sainsbury in the past quarter as Argos continued to build a bigger presence inside the group's supermarkets and deliver online growth.

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John Lewis home sales were lower for the fifth straight week
The sun scorched a hole in John Lewis' sales figures last week as the weather kept big-ticket shoppers away.

Grass, which supplies movement systems used by furniture manufacturers around the world, has begun work on a new central warehouse that represents the single biggest investment in the company's history.

The company behind Home & Retail entered administration in April
The collapse of furniture courier Home & Retail earlier this year was down to it being unable to get insurance cover after "less skilful" drivers crashed too often.

Bensons performed well while Harveys was loss-making
Half-year operating losses widened for Steinhoff's UK household goods division ahead of it implementing a new plan to improve the fortunes of its underperforming Harveys chain.

Italian designer furniture group Poltrona Frau has boosted the book value of its UK arm following a multi-million pound debt for equity swap.

Steinhoff International Holdings has restated nearly €11 billion of equity as the furniture and general merchandise conglomerate reconciles historic accounting irregularities.

Contract furniture and interiors fitout group Havelock Europa has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators. It follows the business suspending its shares earlier this week.

Homebase will cut jobs at its Buckinghamshire head office and is considering shedding up to a third of its retail store portfolio.

Matalan Direct was closed last summer, with home goods now sold via the retailer's core business.

The likelihood Steinhoff International Holdings will flesh out the bones of its restructuring plan alongside the release of interim results have lessened after it asked for more time for talks.

Department store retailer John Lewis says differentiation is key to its future success after it laid out plans to put house brands ahead of those of third-parties.

Retailer proposes closure of one in every seven stores
Discount department store chain The Original Factory will cut costs and reduce store numbers if it can get creditors to support a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

Creditors of contract furniture and interiors fitout group Havelock Europa face an anxious wait after the company today announced it was suspending its shares.

One of two new showrooms planned for summer/autumn as retailer continues to build out portfolio.

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Offer-driven upholstery orders have risen more than a third
A bump in orders driven by upholstery special buys will reverse the recent negative home sales trend, says department store chain John Lewis.

Luxury interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank will today deliver a bullish statement to shareholders, saying UK demand is picking up after early year falls.

Wardrobe door maker KA Interiør sold in secondary buyout.

Vale Furnishers, the Surrey retailer in the past named the UK's top independent furniture retailer, enjoyed a balance sheet boost in 2016–17.

Home24 trades in eight countries and owns UK web properties
Home24, the pan-European furniture retailer that listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange earlier this month, is not yet present in Britain's effervescent ecommerce market.

31 House of Fraser stores will close under CVA plan
House of Fraser will close 31 stores including a number that house furniture concessions after its planned CVA gained enough creditor support.

Beaulieu International Group, the Belgian based flooring and textiles conglomerate, says a decision to cut its truck transport dependency has yielded huge environmental benefits.

2017–18 was the first full year of operation for the larger, rebranded store
Expanding and remodelling its Barkers Home store delivered instant payback for the privately-owned Northallerton retailer in 2017–18.

A currency-driven improvement in gross margin helped pare back the effect of lower sales at four-store furniture retailer Fairway in 2017–18.

The Bradford distributor behind the Homemaker Rug Collection says it will this year build on the launch of its third-party logistics and online fulfilment service.

Buying group Minerva Furnishers Guild has changed its name to Minerva Furniture Guild, believing the former moniker to be old-fashioned.

Hatfields will modernise the look of its c.50,000sqft. store
Major South East furniture retailer Hatfields is progressing its long-in-the-planning external frontage works to modernise its Colchester store.

Home market leader IKEA will discover if its South Coast store near Brighton will get the go-ahead at a keenly-anticipated planning meeting next month.

Sales of home-related merchandise fell for a third straight week at John Lewis but the chain saw bumper demand for fashion lines.

Debenhams said trading failed to meet its expectations in spring and early summer despite weak comparatives. However, its CEO says the business is well-equipped to deal with market turbulence.

TJ Hughes, the inexpensive North West department store retailer that majors in home categories, has returned to its former distribution centre, consolidating its warehousing in the process.

Steinhoff International Holdings has agreed to sell its loss-making Kika/Leiner furniture chain, saving 5,000 jobs and improving the prospects for the group's other businesses worldwide.

An artist's impression of Habitat's new Brighton city centre store, slated for October opening
Furniture and accents retailer Habitat will open its first new standalone stores in more than a decade as part of a £1.5 million investment by parent company Sainsbury's.

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The RH gallery in Toronto, Canada. It is planning its first European gallery in London
RH, the upmarket furniture retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, says it has pinpointed the location for its first store outside North America, planned for London.

Furniture sales go well but N Brown considers jettisoning its 20 physical stores.

Revenue advanced for a seventh straight year at Northern Ireland based multi-fascia department store retailer SD Kells in the year to January 19, 2018.

Britain's advertising watchdog has rebuked Oak Furniture Land for a TV advert, saying the representative APR was not given enough prominence.

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Home sales fell despite demand for big-ticket lines rising
Big-ticket lines gained on last year for John Lewis despite more peripheral sub-categories dragging down its overall home directorate.

IKEA's property arm invested heavily again last year
Further acquisitions of British land and buildings have taken IKEA's total property investment here above £300 million over the past three years alone.

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