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Shop Direct's corporate HQ in Liverpool
Shop Direct, the ecommerce giant behind the Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com brands, said its furniture and homeware category returned to growth over the festive season.

Department store retailer House of Fraser has closed its store at Shrewsbury for the final time as new owners continue to reconfigure the retailer's portfolio.

Fewer shoppers ventured into UK stores in December — a thirteenth straight year-on-year slide — but the fall was softer than feared, according to new figures.

Independent furniture retailer NCF Furnishings says it will return to growth in 2018–19, after reconfiguring its store network and investing heavily in stock depleted sales and cash last year.

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Godfrey Syrett majors in supplying contract furniture to clients such as Nottingham University
Godfrey Syrett, the circa £29 million North East furniture maker specialised in serving contract clients, has been placed into administration and ceased trading.

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Management change at the Bideford manufacturer and distributor
Devonshire, one of Britain's largest remaining freestanding cabinet furniture makers and importers, has promoted Andy Waddell to md, replacing its founder and co-owner.

Chief executive Hamish Paton is to leave rent-to-own furniture and electricals retailer BrightHouse for a new role, sparking a search for a successor.

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Debenhams' two most senior officials have been voted off the board
Debenhams' chairman Sir Ian Cheshire and CEO Sergio Bucher were today (Jan. 10) voted off the board by shareholders in a move that could impact existing plans for a solvent turnaround of the business.

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Stevenage was Debenhams' top performing store
Debenhams said it "reinstated some tactical promotional activity in order to be competitive" as it narrowed the pace of sales decline over the Christmas period.

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DFS says it benefitted from latent consumer demand towards the end of 2018
DFS said sales advanced as all its brands delivered growth in the five months to December 30, with the sofa market leader adding that history suggests it will take advantage of any market turmoil.

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Clothing and home sales declined in M&S' third quarter
Clothing and home sales declined mid-single digits for Marks and Spencer in the retailer's third quarter as it upped the pace of store closures and reconfigured its non-food strategy.

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Hayche is launching an equity crowdfunding campaign
Hayche, the furniture company led by a well-known former Made.com and Marks & Spencer buyer, is equity crowdfunding and is encouraging people from across the trade to take part.

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Willis & Gambier's Peterborough home until 2016
Samson Holding would consider selling either the Willis & Gambier brand or the entire UK warehousing operation, its finance director has said.

Dwell founder Aamir Ahmad says he decided to step down as CEO to focus on new group projects, with the furniture retailer's parent DFS hiring from outside the sector for his successor.

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Argos added more units inside Sainsbury's stores
J Sainsbury, parent to Argos and Habitat, claims it has made market share gains across general merchandise categories despite a fall in sales in the run-up and immediate aftermath of Christmas.

John Lewis & Partners kicked off 2019 with double-digit sales growth on the back of rising sales across all three of its main categories. Home returned to growth after five straight declines.

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Willis & Gambier is one of Britain's most storied furniture brands
Far East furniture conglomerate Samson Holding has announced the planned closure of its Peterborough based case goods division Willis & Gambier, citing "challenging market conditions with little sign of clarity."

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Sales advanced again for The Conran Shop's UK retail operation, which takes in its fast-growing ecommerce business as well as stores at Chelsea, Marylebone High Street and Selfridges.
Higher costs offset rising output at The Conran Shop as the furniture and design retailer booked a wider loss on higher sales in 2017–18.

The main trading arm of Seconique, one of the UK's biggest furniture importers, made revenue gains as it moved to its new West Midlands home.

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Dunelm managed to transition sales from its now-closed Worldstores business to its main dot com website while store sales benefitted from reserve and collect orders.
Sales growth accelerated for Dunelm in the retailer's second quarter as it managed to transition sales from its now-closed Worldstores brands to its main website. It also said the failure of the main Fogarty licensee will impact profits.

Annie Mo's, the longstanding Aberdeen headquartered furniture retailer, has opted not to renew the lease on its second store, at Glasgow.

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JYSK has named the locations of its first four Irish stores, all of which will be open by the summer of this year.
Danish value furniture retailer JYSK, which last year announced plans to launch in Ireland, has named the locations of its first four stores in the country, three of which will be opening in the spring.

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The White Company sells mattresses, sofas and case goods as part a diversified interiors offer
Bedroom, home and fashion retailer The White Company built out sales last year but profits fell because of upfront costs expanding two of its international businesses.

Profits at the diversified interiors group Designers Guild Corporation fell in 2017–18 as higher costs negated the impacted of an increase in output driven by international revenue growth.

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Parlane has been delivering home accessories and gifts to trade buyers for nearly 50 years. Inset: Parlane co-directors Mike and Caroline Burgess.
Kent furniture and interiors group Gallery Direct has agreed to buy Parlane International in a deal that combines two of the UK's biggest home accents supply brands.

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AHF changed hands in July last year
Sales fell, margins narrowed and losses widened at retailer Anglia Home Furnishings (AHF) ahead of the change of ownership that secured its future last summer.

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Full price sales advanced for Next pre-Christmas despite lower instore activity
Rising online sales countered lower store activity at general retailer Next with its Christmas trading update underlining the widening channel shift at the furniture-to-fashion chain.

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John Lewis sales were just over £144 million last week
John Lewis & Partners' home categories ended 2018 on a low note while fashion and electrical items meant the retailer's overall business closed the year out on a high.

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Sales were up by a fifth at Kingstown Furniture (pictured) but fell at the group's larger Consort division
Bedroom and living room cabinet maker and distributor Kingstown slipped to a 2017–18 loss after sales fell sharply at its largest business unit Consort Furniture, which supplies major UK retailers.

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Leekes bought furniture retail business Coles of Bilston back in November 2009 with the tax treatment of accumulated losses remaining the source of a legal disagreement.
A long-running tax dispute between Leekes and HM Revenue & Customs looks set to continue after the home department store retailer said it hopes to be able to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Glasswells, one of Britain's largest independent furniture retailers, has donated cash to the East Anglian Air Ambulance after staff members raised money during its twelfth annual quiz night.

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House of Fraser, which recently struck a deal for Sofa.com concessions to open in selected stores, has been trying to agree new terms with store landlords across its estate.
House of Fraser has walked back plans to close its Hull store after striking a late-in-the-day deal with the property owner and Hull City Council.

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As has been the case all year, bed and mattress sales outperformed other big-ticket retail categories in November, but the wider trend among other goods such as sofas, cabinets and carpets was weak
Ad-fuelled mattress retail sales remained fractionally up year-on-year in November though growth was behind the year-to-date trend. Upholstery, carpet and cabinet retail sales were all down.

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The Children's Furniture Company sells online and through third-party retail stockists including national operators
Youth bedroom specialist The Children's Furniture Company hopes to expand its product offer, marketing reach and enter new markets after securing external investment that brings with it a new high-profile chairman.

The company behind the six-store Habitat furniture retail chain in Germany has filed for insolvency, its France based parent said in a brief statement.

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Furniture Village has expanded with 12 new stores between August 2015 and December 2017
National retailer Furniture Village captured market share in 2017–18 but said price competition was intense and impacted margins. It said it has since identified cost savings that won't hinder growth.

John Lewis & Partners returned to growth last week on the back of higher clothing sales. Both of its other major categories, including home, failed to match year-earlier trade.

Charlies, the Wales-based home, garden and variety retailer, says it hopes to escalate its online business after completing its move to its new 109,000sqft head office and distribution centre.

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IKEA will open its latest large format store February 7, 2019
Home furnishings conglomerate IKEA has set the opening date for its latest big-box UK superstore, at Greenwich in London.

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Furniture sales fell in the year to June 30, 2018 and remain under pressure amid challenging conditions for big-ticket categories
Furniture-to-fashion retailer Laura Ashley will shed about a quarter of its stores as its new chairman eyes a UK estate comprising showrooms that are larger in size but fewer in number.



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