Sports Direct International's bid to buy Manchester home shopping group Findel looks doomed to fail unless the House of Fraser and Sofa.com owner improves the terms of its offer.

Retailer Dunelm Group is to open in Yeovil after agreeing to take over the former BHS unit at the Quedam Centre.

Embattled department store chain Debenhams is said to be planning to close 20 stores at the turn of the year but needs the backing of creditors if it wants to follow through on the proposals.

Portadown furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies has taken on Damon Culley as its sales agent for southern and central England.

Furniture Brands International, a new wholesale arm formed by furniture and interiors company Pavilion Broadway, has become UK distributor for the Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture and Theodore Alexander Modern brands.

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Sergio Bucher (inset) has resigned as Debenhams chief executive.
Terry Duddy has become interim executive chairman at Debenhams after chief executive Sergio Bucher stepped down last week in the aftermath of its prepack sale to lenders.

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Hilco has reintroduced furniture to Homebase.
Underlying half-year losses narrowed at home improvement retailer Homebase as the Hilco-backed chain cut costs and reintroduced higher-margin furniture products.

Rent-to-own furniture and electricals chain BrightHouse has named Anth Mooney as successor to Hamish Paton, who resigned as chief executive earlier this year.

Sales of home merchandise climbed at John Lewis & Partners for the first time in six weeks with big-ticket furniture and floorcoverings leading the way.

A long hot summer in the UK wasn't enough for Gloster Furniture, the high-end outdoor furniture brand, to grow sales in the British market last year.

Privately-owned department store retailer Beales could exit the North East of England after announcing its remaining store there will close later this year.

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Cabinet imports advanced in February.
Imports of living, dining and bedroom cabinet climbed in February as UK wholesalers and retailers shipped in more from China.

Alexandre Nodale, the longtime Conforama CEO who additionally became deputy CEO of parent Steinhoff International Holdings at the back end of 2017, is stepping down from both posts.

The owner and operator of a discount warehouse in the North West selling all types of furniture has been sent to jail after pleading guilty to VAT fraud.

KPMG reveals what was and wasn't included in March sale of Lanarkshire soft furnishings supplier.

Modern furniture maker MDF Italia has acquired the brand and other assets of compatriot Acerbis in a move that further consolidates the high-end of the Italian furniture design market.

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Store numbers were unchanged at 169 but will increase by another two in the final quarter of Dunelm's financial year.
Home goods retailer Dunelm Group made further gains in the first three months of 2019 as it continued to transition sales from its now-shut Worldstores business and attract new custom.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told Harveys, the Steinhoff-owned furniture chain, to rethink advertising that made the claim of guaranteed Christmas delivery in a ruling that will likely be instructive to other retailers.

John Lewis & Partners posted lower sales last week as the employee-owned retailer continued to annualise the earlier fall of the Easter holidays in 2018.

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Debenhams has been sold in a prepack administration deal to its lenders.
Debenhams has been sold to a lender-controlled newco via a prepack deal that leaves all previous equity holders' interests in the retailer wiped out, including Mike Ashley's Sports Direct International business.

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Arighi Bianchi's Silk Road store in Macclesfield.
Privately-owned furniture retailer Arighi Bianchi booked lower profits in 2017–18, impacted by the board's decision to take a one-off hit in order to address its historic final salary pension scheme.

Furniture and flooring retailers struggled to match year-earlier trade in March according to stores group the British Retail Consortium, with overall retail sales also down on last year.

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Elys of Wimbledon is the largest store in the Morleys group.
Morleys, the southeast retail group behind the Elys and Camp Hopson department stores and several others, has named Nigel Blow as its new chief executive.

Independent furniture retailer R. Agar & Son, better known as Agars of Whitby, is clearing stock ahead of its planned permanent closure this week.

The Melksham-based UK arm of Herman Miller, the global workplace furniture maker, says it will get a three-fold benefit after it acquired two Engel injection moulding machines.

Department store chain Debenhams is expected to complete a prepack deal today that will give lenders control of the business.

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Hammonds manufactures its own furniture and sells through its showrooms nationwide, some of which are sited inside high-class independent partner stores.
Trading was tougher for fitted furniture maker and retailer Hammonds in the year leading up to its March 2019 management buyout, new accounts reveal.

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Its new TV campaign debuted last week.
General merchandise retailer Argos has introduced its new spring/summer furniture and home collection with a big supporting advertising push.

Privately-owned retailer Duncans of Banchory moved to larger 12,000sqft premises earlier this spring.

Minerva Furniture Group has hired Simon Davies as group merchandise manager with the buying group saying his appointment bolsters its existing team.

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The first UK Way Day is April 10.
Internet retail giant Wayfair will next week slash prices across 250,000 furniture and décor products as it debuts its Way Day promotional event among UK shoppers.

Fitted furniture vertical Starplan Furniture will open its fifth store in England and its eleventh in all by adding a new unit in Staffordshire later this month.

JB Global, the company behind Britain's biggest hardwood furniture retailer Oak Furnitureland, is to have its Swindon distribution centre expanded as part of a transaction that also sees the break clause removed.

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Freehold property was held by the holding company, which isn't insolvent.
Suppliers to the no-longer-trading Kingstown group of furniture companies will not recoup funds from the sale of the company's factory with owners having ceded control in the period leading up to the manufacturer entering administration.

Privately-owned rug distributor Flair Rugs will achieve ten straight years of growth if it builds sales again this year after it posted another rise in output in the 12 months to June 30, 2018.

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The retailer saw home sales decline again, though impacted by seasonal timing.
Home sales were down nearly a fifth at John Lewis & Partners last week as the department chain annualised a week containing Good Friday and Easter Saturday last year.

Wellemöbel, the already-insolvent bedroom, youth and office furniture manufacturer, has ceased production after failing to secure fresh investment.

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Hilding Anders bought Feather & Black late 2017.
Hilding Anders, the beds conglomerate that bought Feather & Black out of administration late 2017, has recapitalised the upmarket bedroom furniture specialist.

Roche Bobois, the high-end furniture vertical whose products are sold in 54 markets worldwide, grew profits as sales advanced in all regions bar one in 2018.

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Made.com's new Essex facility.
Furniture retailer Made.com Design has taken a 165,000sqft distribution centre at Stanford-le-Hope, Essex to meet its growing capacity needs as its builds out its UK sales base.



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