John Lewis & Partners again cited the later fall of Easter as sales across the chain slipped as a result of a six-day week and low footfall on Bank Holiday Monday.

Privately-owned retailer QLM has relaunched its Yorkshire business as a quality furniture specialist after years spent serving customers in Leeds with entry-level variety home goods.

South East furniture maker and retailer Spacemaker Group posted lower profits in 2017–18 after costs climbed and sales fell.

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Maisons du Monde, the French furniture and home décor retailer, has Debenhams concessions.
Just one of the 22 Debenhams stores slated for closure by the chain as part of its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) is occupied by its principal furniture and homeware concession partners.

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Most of the stores to close will be in the south of England. Image is a Debenhams corporate photo, not depicting a threatened store.
Debenhams, the department store retailer, has confirmed plans to launch a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that will see 22 of its shops close early next year and rent reductions secured elsewhere.

Debenhams has pinned part of a slowdown in sales in the past six months on weak furniture sales, saying its decision to exit own-bought lines impacted revenue online.

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Greiner wants to buy Recticel's Flexible Foams unit.
The owner of the Eurofoam business supplying comfort fillings to the Central and Eastern European markets wants to buy the Flexible Foams division of Recticel in a move that will prick the ears of many UK furniture makers.

Laura Chiddey, who joined AHF in the newly-created head of commercial role last year, has been promoted to commercial director and appointed to the retailer's board.

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The retailer was loss-making in the first half of its financial year.
Furniture-to-fashion retailer Laura Ashley has revised down its profit forecast for 2018–19, saying it expects its results to "be significantly below market expectations."

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Two straight weeks of home growth for department store mutual.
The later arrival of Easter this year helped John Lewis & Partners break a negative home growth record stretching back to the autumn of 2017, with revenue climbing again last week.

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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