Pubs and food shops enjoyed the benefit of higher consumer spending in August as non-food retailers missed out, according to new data from the BRC and Barclaycard.

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Steinhoff's UK household goods business includes Harveys and Bensons for Beds
Furniture chain Harveys bore the brunt of market headwinds as parent Steinhoff International Holdings reported a high single-digit decline in nine-month UK household goods revenue.

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Ian Topping, inset, is joining clicks-to-bricks furniture retailer The Cotswold Company
Seasoned furniture and bed industry executive Ian Topping is returning to the sector after being installed as chairman at private-equity backed retailer The Cotswold Company.

John Lewis home sales have fallen for a thirteenth consecutive week though its new-look House brand and sofas were categories that made gains on year-earlier trade.

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Profits jumped by nearly a third for Atlantic
Online furniture retailer Atlantic Shopping, which majors in dining furniture including bar stools, chairs and tables, made nearly 20 percent net as sales advanced double-digit last year.

Maisons du Monde announced deal for modern retail chain back in May this year.

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Dunelm has begun the search for a new non-executive director
Rachel Osborne, the new CFO at department store chain Debenhams, has resigned as a non-executive director of Dunelm, the furniture and homewares retailer.

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The retailer's Bury store and an investment property in Norwich (inset), which it sold last June
Glasswells recorded higher profits during a year where it incurred significant disruption to trade as it began a major refurbishment of its flagship store.

Ecommerce retailer Oak Furniture Direct has opened a first physical showroom, taking a unit on a busy Lincolnshire arterial road.

Retailer Maisons du Monde, which sells here online and via newly-opened galleries inside three Debenhams stores, grew half-year profits by a nearly third as its sales march continued.

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Samson wants to reduce its exposure to China
Samson Holding, parent to UK furniture supplier Willis & Gambier and scores of U.S furniture wholesale brands, says it is working "aggressively" to reduce its exposure to production in China.

Ecommerce retailer NotOnTheHighStreet Enterprises (Noths) narrowed losses as it made the decision to reallocate marketing spend and focus on existing customers.

Major European flatpack furniture maker ceased trading in June.

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More investment is on the way at Fishpools
Fishpools, one of the largest single-store furniture retailers in Europe, built out sales and profits again last year as it made further investment and bolstered its balance sheet.

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Dunelm acquired the Dorma brand rights back in 2008
Heritage bedlinen brand Dorma has diversified into new product categories including bulky furniture goods and mattresses as part of a wide-ranging brand elevation by Dunelm, its owner.

Department store chain Debenhams has hired former John Lewis strategy chief Rachel Osborne as chief financial officer, replacing Matt Smith, whose planned departure was announced earlier this year.

Furniture-to-fashion retailer Laura Ashley Holdings is walking back its proposal to open a regional headquarters in Asia, and plans to sell the property to pay off debt.

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Furniture sales fell high single-digits for Laura Ashley in 2016–17
Laura Ashley is to introduce more keenly-priced upholstery and beds to its product offer as full year sales were hit by soft demand and ongoing retail space consolidation.

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John Lewis home sales fell, but the decline was the narrowest since June
Home sales fell for a twelfth straight week at John Lewis though the category still enjoyed its best week for the department store mutual since the middle of June.

Stressless owner Ekornes will delist from the Oslo Stock Exchange after Qumei, its Chinese suitor, nears the completion of the takeover of the Norwegian furniture giant.

The new owner of the Kika/Leiner furniture retail group in Central Europe is to cut around a fifth of its workforce as it looks to restructure the business.

Fitted and freestanding cabinet maker Utopia Furniture says revenues are tracking target, with the speed at which it brings new products to market a continued strategic focus.

Apparel retailer River Island says it hopes to transfer its signature style from the wardrobe to the home with the introduction of its first ever furniture and homeware collection.

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ScS operates its own dedicated website for House of Fraser
House of Fraser has cancelled online orders and temporarily mothballed its website but ScS — its furniture concession partner — says online sofa, furniture and carpet sales are unaffected.

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Antony Maskrey succeeds Nick Garratt, joining Ercol next month
Heritage furniture maker Ercol has appointed Dr Martens' business transformation director Antony Maskrey to the newly-created role of chief operating officer.

Harrods has merged the directorships of its food and home divisions and hired an experienced grocery executive to lead the expanded business unit.

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Nasons will close for good in September
Nasons of Canterbury, once one of the foremost independent furniture retailers in the UK, is to close both of its stores on a permanent basis next month.

Glasswells has completed another phase of its ongoing refurbishment project, opening its new smooths flooring studio at its Bury St Edmunds store.

Half-year sales inched forward for home improvement giant B&Q as sunny-weather product lines helped eliminate weak first quarter demand.

East Midlands furniture distributor Birlea racked up 10 percent sales growth in 2016–17 and said it expected to make further top and bottom line gains this year.

Home sales fell 6.7 percent at John Lewis last week as the wide-ranging category trended lower than year-earlier trade for the eleventh consecutive period.

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Concept Living is BoConcept's largest UK store operator
Profits doubled for the biggest operator of upmarket furniture stores under the BoConcept brand last year after it enjoyed a high single-digit percentage uplift in sales.

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A change of delivery provider has caused delays for Feather & Black
Upmarket beds and bedroom furniture retailer Feather & Black has apologised to customers after a switch to a new logistics provider caused delays fulfilling orders.

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House of Fraser has been sold to Sports Direct International
Department store chain House of Fraser has been sold to Sports Direct International in a prepack cash deal worth £90 million that includes all 59 of its stores, its stock and its IP.

Upholstery market leader DFS has become the latest big-name retailer to sell the Emma mattress brand after it struck a distribution agreement with the direct-to-consumer business.

MA Platt, a small contract leisure and office furniture maker serving corporate clients, has been sold back to its owner in a prepack deal that provides continuity and saves jobs.

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Heal's, celebrating 200 years on TCR this year, has a new national distribution centre
Design retailer Heal's has taken on a former logistics facility in the North that will become its national furniture distribution centre, serving customers across the UK.

Home furnishings importer and distributor Global Textiles (UK) has been sold as a going concern after being placed into administration last month.

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Sales of home goods haven't risen since May
Year-on-year home sales fell for the tenth straight week for John Lewis as the chain continued its long-running struggle to match last year's sales efforts.

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Calligaris will look to grow its international presence following the takeover
The founding family of Italian designer furniture company Calligaris has sold a majority stake to private equity in a move that will help the business make strategic acquisitions of its own and grow bigger internationally.

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