Sweet Dreams, the Lancashire beds and sofa maker celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has named Andrew Howe as sales agent.

Fourth generation furniture retailer Arighi Bianchi will supply an entire residential development after a striking a deal with a local developer.

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ScS operates 27 concessions inside House of Fraser stores
House of Fraser's planned CVA will likely lead to the closure of a number of concessions run by both ScS and Natuzzi if it gets the go-ahead from creditors later this month.

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Buying director Richard Ball, left, and md Paul Glasswell
Buying director Richard Ball is retiring after a 50-year career with Glasswells that saw him work at eight different stores and in 14 separate roles.

Variety retailer B&M Homestore has sold half its stake in an Irish bedding and curtains retail chain and has agreed a contract to sell the remainder at a later date.

Steinhoff International Holdings said the majority of creditors back a standstill agreement giving the group breathing space as it looks to restructure.

The group behind homeware importer and distributor Sabichi posted lower profits in 2016–17 as sales fell and margins narrowed.

Slips to five-figure deficit in 2016–17 but increases spending on assets.

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Elys of Wimbledon is Morleys' largest store
Privately-owned stores group Morleys posted rising sales in 2017–18 lifted by Elys of Wimbledon, the largest store in its retail estate.

Studio, the flagship retail brand of online and mail-order group Findel, says home merchandise was its fastest growing category in the year to end March.

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It is more than eight months since John Lewis last posted two consecutive weeks of home sales growth
Sales of home goods declined at John Lewis last week as the retailer failed to sustain its return to growth.

Privately-owned Welsh furniture chain Happy Home Furnishers is to relocate its Swansea store to the city's Phoenix Retail Park.

John Lewis has bought Opun, a home improvement business that helps consumers manage projects such as kitchen and bathroom remodels and loft extensions.

Variety retailer Boyes is planning new stores in the North East and Peak District as it builds out its store portfolio.

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Lombok's Tottenham Court Road showroom in Central London
Lombok has relaunched its London showroom with a re-engineered and expanded product roster and a B2B offer it believes can help it double sales within a year.

Electricals retailer hit the buffers in February.

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Wren added new stores in 2017
Sales jumped by a fifth and profits by half as Wren Kitchens continued to roll out new stores across the UK in 2017.

Danish furniture retailer JYSK is to enter the Irish market for the first time, targeting the opening of its first stores in the country in under a year from now.

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Last orders will be taken June 27, 2018
The Qatari owner of BHS.com, the ecommerce business that emerged from the embers of the one-time high street giant, has announced its impending closure.

Home24, the pan-European furniture etailer, says it will raise €150 million from its forthcoming initial public offering (IPO).

Value of two-store retailer on the up.

Export sales hit eight figures at office furniture maker Orangebox in 2017, though rising costs and narrower margins put pressure on profits.

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The rebrand has also brought a change of web domain, to hayche.com
H Furniture has rebranded as Hayche having recruited former Marks & Spencer furniture buyer Paul Tanner to lead the business as managing director.

Britain's financial watchdog says it is consulting on banning extended warranties in a move that could alter trading practices for furniture retailers in the rent-to-own sector.

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Consumers feel better about their personal finances
Big-ticket consumer confidence dipped in May despite an uptick in overall sentiment as UK residents felt better about their own personal finances.

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By next month, HomeSense will have added 15 new stores since Feb. 2017, bringing the total past 60
Homesense, the off-price furniture and homeware chain, is adding half a dozen new stores late spring/early summer as it builds out its UK retail network.

Home sales advanced for department store chain John Lewis last week, a first rise for the broad product grouping since the end of March.

Offers invited for stores in Huntly, Banff and Buckie.

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Alison Hill will report into Harveys md Kalwant Singh
Alison Hill is taking the newly-created creative director role at furniture chain Harveys with an additional brief to support its sister retailer Bensons.

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The new flood-resistant store opened over the Bank Holiday weekend
West Yorkshire furniture retailer Russell Dean has re-opened following an extensive rebuilding project designed to consign flood-water disruption to history.

Gillies, the major North and East of Scotland furniture retailer, returned to top line growth in the year to end August 2017.

A furniture retailer owned by a Turkish industrial giant has opened its first store in the North, adding to its two London shops.

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Very.co.uk will introduce IFC to boost furniture sales
Very owner Shop Direct says it will introduce interest free credit as a way to bridge the gap to rivals after seeing furniture sales fall sharply in the nine months to end March.

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Dunelm says the homewares market has been soft
Dunelm says profits will be lower than forecast after a downturn in trading that has been "materially more challenging than had been expected."

Bunnings owner Wesfarmers has offloaded the circa 250-store Homebase chain to turnaround outfit Hilco for a nominal sum.

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Loaf's Macclesfield Road store
Furniture retailer Loaf has opened its fifth store and its first in the North, with a 7,500sqft. unit at Wilmslow, Cheshire.

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Nick Garratt has been with Ercol for 13 years, and md since 2013
Nick Garratt is to leave his post as managing director at furniture maker Ercol, with a recruitment process underway to find a successor.

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Heal's is celebrating 200 years of trading on Tottenham Court Road
Heal's, the designer furniture retailer, says it slashed its underlying loss in half last year aided by higher sales and lower delivery costs.

Tesco is to stop selling furniture following the closure of its Tesco Direct operation, the retailer has told The Furnishing Report.

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UK sales were up double-digit for West Elm, whose UK stores include its TCR flagship
West Elm, which has three UK stores and sells on a wholesale basis through John Lewis, made revenue gains here in the first quarter of its 2018–19 financial year.

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