Competing tableware makers Portmeirion and Churchill China have each upped their equity positions in a key local supplier to both businesses, giving them full control between them.

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Actona's Danish headquarters and (inset) one of its sofa ranges. It has upholstery production facilities in China and Ukraine which between them employ around 1,000 people.
Profits halved at the Actona Company after the European furniture supply giant's merger with sister company Interstil gave rise to a number of one-off integration expenses.

The chairman of Laura Ashley has rebuked Flacks Group for its "unsolicited and highly opportunistic" indicative offer, saying it is causing unnecessary volatility and is not welcome.

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Sales fell, but will almost certainly rise next week when its performance will compare with the 'Beast from the East' week.
John Lewis & Partners recorded a seventh straight sales decline for home merchandise last week, blaming "discounting and half-term offers at competitors."

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Steinhoff's UK HQ at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
The conglomerate that owns UK beds and furniture chains Bensons for Beds and Harveys has promoted experienced retail industry executive Mark Jackson to CEO of Steinhoff UK.

Flacks Group has confirmed its interest in Laura Ashley but says if it makes an offer it will be for no more than £20 million. Its comments come despite the owners of the business saying they do not wish to sell.

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UK sales believed to be in the hundreds of millions of pounds for Wayfair.
UK sales for home furnishings retailer Wayfair are estimated to have shot past £200 million in 2018 as the ecommerce conglomerate's heavy marketing investment delivered top-line payback.

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Laura Ashley is attracting interest from an investment group
Furniture-to-fashion retail chain Laura Ashley will be the subject of a takeover approach by a Miami based investment company with links to the UK, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

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Retail sales advanced for The Conran Shop.
Majority shareholder Sir Terence Conran has provided seven-figure debt funding to the Conran group, parent to furniture and design retailer The Conran Shop, for the second straight year.

More retailers than not are forecasting volume growth next month according to a new survey by major business group the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

A proposed tax designed to level the playing field between store-based and online retailers could disproportionately impact retailers of upholstery, cabinet, carpets and mattresses.

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How the Loom Loft is planned to look.
Loom Loft, a new purpose-built furniture and interiors superstore in the Ribble Valley, is slated to launch this summer.

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Sales of furniture were down double-digit between July 1–December 31, 2018.
Furniture-to-fashion chain Laura Ashley attributed a double-digit slump in big-ticket upholstery, cabinet and bed sales for it sinking to a half-year loss in the 26 weeks to December 31, 2018.

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Upholstery sales were up more than a third, John Lewis said.
Upholstery sales were strong in an otherwise bleak week for John Lewis & Partners home category goods, with the department store mutual posting a sixth straight year-on-year fall.

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(Left–right) Longtime branch manager Gary King with Glasswells, Haverhill colleagues Linda Rogers, Janet Pead and Rachel Phillips.
Privately-owned home furnishings retailer Glasswells has paid tribute to Gary King, manager of its Haverhill store, with an award for his 40 years of service.

Interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank is to begin a cost saving exercise as it looks to mitigate the impact of weakening UK brand sales on the business.

Ashford County Council has paid upwards of £2 million to acquire a property currently housing a large superstore operated by HomePlus Furniture, a four-store independent retailer.

Pan-European ecommerce furniture retailer Home24 said revenue gains outstripped the markets in which it operates in 2018 with it continuing to move closer to profit.

Scottish based business posts seven-figure deficit in latest accounts.

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Shipments from Vietnam and China fell over the full year in 2018: Image: Maersk
Wood furniture imports into the UK declined 2.2 percent in December confirming a year-long trend for weaker trade with three of the four biggest source markets for British buyers.

Sales of home merchandise have fallen for the fifth straight week at John Lewis & Partners despite the department store retailer gaining from what it called the 'Marie Kondo effect.'

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Dunelm paid £8.4 million for WorldStores in a 2016 prepack deal
Dunelm Group grew sales and profits and slashed debt in the six months to end December, declaring the challenges that came with its takeover of WorldStores a thing of the past.

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Amazon has launched two new home brands pitched at aspirational UK consumers
Amazon, the global retail giant, has taken two big steps into the UK furniture mid-market with the launch of dedicated brands selling a co-ordinated programme of upholstery and cabinet furniture.

Direct-to-consumer fitted and standalone bedroom furniture manufacturer and retailer Starplan grew profits in 2017–18, aided by an uptick in sales and lower distribution costs.

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New facility gives Debenhams greater "liquidity headroom"
Department store retailer Debenhams has agreed access to another £40 million of revolving credit with existing lenders which it says will buy it time to organise a more permanent refinancing of its business.

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Dunelm is to sponsor This Morning from March
National furniture and homewares chain Dunelm is to sponsor ITV's This Morning, one of the flagship programmes in the portfolio of Britain's largest commercial broadcaster.

Sales advanced for Manchester based bedding and curtains business Rectella in 2017–18. Profits declined because of higher costs and narrower gross margin.

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Customer orders are shipped from the distribution centre to a store of their choice.
Danish furniture retailer JYSK has added a pick-up in-store option for Internet customers as it seeks to drive cross-channel business in the UK and improve its delivery offer.

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Authentic Furniture, which has its own Long Eaton workshop and a showroom in the Peak District, Derbyshire, has added a second shop.
Derbyshire based furniture maker and retailer Authentic has opened its second retail showroom with a 3,000sqft space The Mailbox, Birmingham.

The Swedish conglomerate behind UK kitchen retail chain Magnet says it has taken steps to insulate itself from the impact of a no-deal Brexit, but warned that political uncertainty is impacting demand.

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More furniture and homeware brands are now available via Next, the general merchandise retailer
General merchandise retailer Next has added a net 147 furniture and homeware brands to its online product roster in the past two and a half years, aiding its performance and visibility in the category.

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IKEA Greenwich is now open
IKEA Greenwich opened its doors for the first time earlier today (Feb. 7), concluding a six-year wait since local residents were first shown plans for the Millennium Way Retail Park concept.

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The fire at Adlington, Chorley. Image: Lancashire Fire & Rescue
Designer furniture retailer Heal's says it has been left shocked by a major fire that destroyed its newly-leased warehouse and the stock stored inside, but relieved that no-one was hurt.

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Sales have continued to grow for Made.com Design
Furniture and home accents retailer Made.com Design sustained double-digit growth at home and abroad in 2018 as it reaped the top line benefit of a £40 million influx last spring.

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The changes affect employees at Shop Direct's Speke headquarters
The home shopping group behind the Very.co.uk and Littlewoods brands is realigning its retail team with proposals that will affect the makeup of its furniture buying and merchandising functions.

BrightHouse, the weekly payments furniture and electricals chain, is to close 30 of its stores. That represents around a tenth of its estate and means 350 jobs are at risk.

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How the planned Downtown at Home store will look
Oldrid & Co, the dual-format heritage furniture and department store retailer, yesterday (Feb. 5) won council backing for an ambitious Designer Outlet in Grantham incorporating a new Downtown at Home store.

Snow prompted the second lowest weekly sales total for John Lewis & Partners in more than two years with home revenue declining for the fourth straight week.

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The Potagerie Collection, part of a new line designed by Angel Strawbridge
Design Studio, the soft furnishings division of Belfield Group, has launched its first branded collection in partnership with designer and author Angel Strawbridge, star of TV series Escape to the Chateau.

Consumers and businesses will be able to lease, as well as buy, furniture under a new plan dreamed up by IKEA, the world's biggest furniture retailer.

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