Design company Tom Dixon has appointed Alessandro Vergano, the former chief marketing officer at Swarovski, as its new chief executive. He replaces Jamie Mitchell.

Bargain Crazy is part of the standalone Littlewoods Clearance business
Shop Direct says it plans to close its standalone Littlewoods Clearance business unit after concluding bulk disposal represents a better alternative for clearance stock.

Gallery Direct is headquartered at Sittingbourne
The Gallery Direct group recorded a loss last year as top and bottom line improvement at its core brand were countered by negative results from the Dreamworks business it bought in 2015.

Northern Scotland furniture retailer Grampian Furnishers has closed its Lossiemouth store for the final time ahead of its relocation to a larger, purpose-built unit this coming weekend.

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The Frasers store in Glasgow; Photograph; House of Fraser
Sports Direct International, which bought House of Fraser out of administration this summer, has acquired the building housing the department store chain's Glasgow store.

The design concept for Wayfair's holiday pop-up shops. Photograph: Business Wire
Ecommerce furniture and furnishings retailer Wayfair will this autumn experiment with pop-up stores in its domestic U.S market as it explores new ways to interact offline with customers.

Online and offline sales advanced for Dunelm in its first quarter
First quarter revenue inched ahead for Dunelm Group, the national furniture and homeware retailer, as growth in its core dot com brand made up for the closure of its Worldstores website.

Home sales—ahead at the end of the first quarter—were down mid single-digits for N Brown Group by the half-year stage as market headwinds checked demand.

The conversion of preference shares into ordinary stock helped boost the net worth of department store chain Beales in 2017–18, a year that saw it make further cost savings as it transitions to profit.

Walker Greenbank, the premium soft furnishings group, has begun the search for a new CEO after announcing that John Sach is stepping down following 15 years in the post.

John Lewis & Partners said it saw more customers commit to future purchases of upholstery and beds last week, but still posted a fifth successive decline in sales across its home category.

Hülsta Furniture owner to close component factories in move it says will strengthen operations at its German HQ.

Furniture retailer was cash generative for the first time in its history in 2017 while a tax credit meant it recorded its best net result on public record.

Former Furniture Village director Ian Gray has been installed as executive chairman at Canburg, owner of high-end kitchen brands Mark Wilkinson and Smallbone of Devizes.

The BHS format is returning to British retail centres after its owner struck a deal with department store retailer Beales, the Financial Times reported.

Plans to build a full line large format IKEA store on the South Coast near Brighton have been approved, with developers penciling in early 2021 as a potential opening date.

Rackhams is based at Highhams Park, London
Headlam Group, Europe's largest floorcoverings wholesaler, has agreed to buy East London distributor Rackhams in a deal that expands its presence in the capital.

Homesense shares a co-owner with TK Maxx
Furniture and interiors retailer Homesense put another £33 million on its top line in 2017–18 with new openings hauling it up the list of the UK's biggest home merchandise operators.

Home merchandise comparables continued to lag other categories for John Lewis & Partners last week, registering a 5.4 percent year-over-year sales decline.

Steinhoff's British subsidiaries have more time to file 2016–17 accounts with the UK Companies Registrar after altering their year-end, for a second time.

OKA Direct was sold back in January this year
The price paid by Italian buyout company Investindustrial to acquire British furniture retailer OKA Direct has been disclosed publicly for the first time. It is lower than has previously been reported.

ScS says it its talking to House of Fraser's new owner with a view to keeping as many of its 27 furniture concessions in the department store chain open as it can.

Clicks-to-bricks furniture and home accents retailer Swoon is adding another ten instore concessions in a major escalation of its tie-up with department store chain Debenhams.

New UK accounts for French furniture and home accents retailer Maisons du Monde put flesh on the bone regarding its claims Britain is among its fastest-growing markets.

OKA Direct, the mid-high end furniture and interiors retailer bought by an Italian investment company earlier this year, has appointed Emilio Foa as its new CEO.

In 24 months, Next's third-party homeware brand offer has increased four-fold
General retailer Next has added more than 100 new furniture and homeware brands to its product offer in the past 12 months as part of a major escalation of its third-party brand offer.

The value of mattress retail sales inched forward in August compared with last year as the category continued to outperform other bulky goods furniture lines.

Home sales fell for a third straight week at John Lewis
Sales of new iPhones and Apple Watches helped electricals to power John Lewis & Partners sales growth last week. Though home goods sales didn't crumble, they still fell for the third straight period.

Stores represent a decreasing proportion of Next sales
Fashion-to-furnishings giant Next says it expects its stores to generate less than half of all sales and under a third of profits this year as its customers continue to migrate to the web.

Former BHS lighting shoppers consider home improvement giant B&Q their favourite alternative now that BHS is no longer trading, according to new research.

House of Fraser's Oxford Street store is among those for whom the new owner has agreed terms with the landlord
House of Fraser stores containing ScS concessions previously threatened by its former owner's CVA proposal have now been saved, new owner Mike Ashley has announced.

Workplace furniture maker Orangebox has been sold to U.S conglomerate Steelcase in a deal that will catapult the Welsh company on to the world stage.

OKA trades from 14 UK stores plus two outlets
OKA Direct, the premium British furniture and interiors retailer, has made its first ever acquisition, buying a controlling stake in a family-owned Texan furniture business.

Shop Direct cited a "challenged furniture and homewares market," as it recorded a steep fall in sales at Littlewoods in 2017–18. Growth elsewhere made up the shortfall.

Year-on-year home merchandise sales declined for a second straight week at John Lewis & Partners and have now climbed just once in the past 16 weeks.

HomeSense is escalating its co-located store network
Homesense, the off-price furniture and homeware retailer, is opening at least nine stores this autumn including a major escalation of co-located units with sister company TK Maxx.

Tony Judge will leave after "an orderly transition"
Chief operating officer Tony Judge is leaving Headlam, Europe's largest floorcoverings distributor, sparking a search for a replacement in a reconfigured role.

Furniture Barn Doncaster is closing following the earlier shuttering of units at Sheffield and Grantham
The last of the Furniture Barn stores acquired by Lee Longlands in 2016 is closing amid a business model adjustment that sees the brand shift its focus towards its Internet operation.

Walker Greenbank has signed a licensing agreement with global retail business H&M that will see its Morris & Co brand next month diversify into the fashion sector.

Cabinet shipments from China are falling: Image: Maersk
The second half began as the first half ended for China's case goods producers, with a decline in the value of goods shipped to the UK.

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