Upholstery market leader DFS said it expects costs savings and margin expansion to help it maintain or grow 2023/24 profits despite it cutting sales guidance as a result of an industry-wide fall in demand.

The chief transformation officer at supermarket giant J Sainsbury is to pick up the general merchandise brief following Paula Nickolds' decision to leave for The White Company.

Paula Nickolds, the former managing director of John Lewis & Partners, is leaving her post as commercial director for general merchandise at J Sainsbury's to become chief executive at The White Company.

N Brown, the retail group behind ecommerce brands JD Williams and Home Essentials, is forecasting year-to-March 2024 adjusted profits within 6 percent of last year despite a near double-digit revenue decline.

Homewares retailer Dunelm Group said it expects to book mid-single digit profits growth for the year to end June 2024 as it closed its first half with higher sales and margin expansion.

Inflation all but disappeared in the furniture category in December while hitherto stubbornly-high flooring rises finally eased to something approaching the historic norm.

Losses widened at OKA on rising costs ahead of the high-end furniture retailer raising external debt finance last summer.

Kave Home, the pan-global Spanish retailer that has its own dedicated U.K. ecommerce channel, plans to step up its furniture manufacturing capability in a bid to become more vertically integrated.

Furniture and electricals retailer Harvey Norman is to open its first store in Great Britain after agreeing to take over part of the former Debenhams store at the Merry Hill shopping centre in the West Midlands.

Upholstery and beds brand Willow and Hall has a new managing director following its takeover earlier this month, with its new owner also revealing the size of its stake in the Frome-based business.

Rob Pierre, who founded and built digital marketing company Jellyfish into a global enterprise with annual sales north of £250 million, is investing £500,000 and becoming an advisor to ufurnish.com, the furniture and furnishings search website.

Upholstered furniture vertical Sofas & Stuff has fleshed out more details regarding its new central London store, which will open at the beginning of March.

Aosom Ecommerce's U.K. furniture and home business was heavily loss making ahead of a summer 2023 recapitalisation deployed by the Chinese conglomerate to retire debt associated with its earlier expansion.

The longtime partner of bed retailer Dreams in Northern Ireland plans to follow the launch of the brand in the Republic of Ireland last year with a second store.

Earning power declined at discount variety retailer The Original Factory Shop last year on lower revenue and higher distribution costs.

The Very Group, one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture among a diversified general merchandise offer, says home goods sales declined in the lead up to Christmas.

Dusk has emerged as one of the largest ecommerce retailers in the U.K. after it diversified from selling bedding and soft furnishings into the sale of furniture, spanning beds and mattresses through to upholstery and dining ranges.

Retail group John Lewis Partnership has appointed former Jigsaw CEO Peter Ruis as executive director to lead John Lewis, its department store business. Naomi Simcock, who was interim executive director, is now operations director.

Privately-owned upholstered furniture retailer Sofas & Stuff plans to expand its showroom network in 2024, including a fourth store inside the M25.

Designers Guild, the designer, wholesaler and retailer of diversified home products spanning furnishing fabrics to upholstery, booked a £2.04 million net loss in the year to March 31, 2023 on lower demand and higher costs.

General merchandise retailer Argos said its customers pulled their furniture purchases forward into November with the Christmas trading period proving more challenging.

The Winter Sale period made a bleak start for big-ticket retailers according to the CEO of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the retail membership body that lists a number of major retailers of furniture among its brethren.

The company behind ecommerce brand Oak Furniture House and two other furniture web properties has temporarily ceased taking new orders while it resolves a series of challenges that have beset the business.

Furniture123 owner Buy It Direct says the business is trading profitably now that it has realigned its cost base and completed a stock reduction programme.

The long-empty former Debenhams store in Stockport is to be used for furniture clearance after an emerging reverse logistics specialist tied up a deal for the Princes Street unit.

The shareholders of furniture, beds and home accents distributor Gallery Direct have acquired retailer Willow and Hall through a separately-held group that majors in the supply of lighting.

Ecommerce retailer Furniture Box has hired Laura Carter as head of buying.

Rising costs and the falling away of Covid-support schemes negated revenue growth at Tapi Carpets & Floors in 2022, accounts public over the weekend showed. It remained profitable at EBITDA level, and says it has made gains since.

The number of furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings companies filing for insolvency reached a record high for the second straight year in 2023, with each quarter of last year progressively worse than its predecessor.

Creditors have agreed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with Northern Ireland bedroom furniture vertical Sliderobes Group and two subsidiaries, including one based in the South East of England.

James Sturrock has taken a new post outside the home furnishings sector following his departure as chief executive of Tapi Carpets & Floors, which has been operating under new leadership for some time.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress and ancillary products company Simba Sleep has agreed a seven-figure, one year partnership with Channel 5 in what was described as the channel's largest-ever sponsorship deal.

Vertically-integrated cabinet maker and retailer Starplan Furniture booked lower profits last year on thinner margins and a decline in output.

Upholstery and beds retailer Hometime Group has achieved two marketing milestones for its Sofatime brand; the launch of a new website, and a first-ever television advertisement.

An end to the pandemic-era consumer furniture boom saw revenue slide for ecommerce retailer Furniture and Choice last year, but the Yorkshire company near-maintained profits as container costs eased.

Modern furniture and design retailer The Conran Shop ended last year as it began, with its owner providing additional funding through the issue of fresh equity.

A vendor of mattresses, divans, headboards and bed sets sold via the Amazon marketplace platform has ceased trading and been placed into liquidation.

Year-on-year orders rose 13 percent to £16.4 million at The Cotswold Company in the nine weeks to December 31, 2023, the furniture retailer said in a Christmas trading update.

Lesley Graham, the longtime Sterling Furniture Group buying director who was admired and respected throughout the furniture industry at home and abroad, has died after a long illness. She was 64.

The group behind the Sofa & Chair Company is pushing forward with its Larkbury London brand as it seeks to bounce back from a year that was below expectations and ended with a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed with its creditors.

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