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The Children's Furniture Company sells online and through third-party retail stockists including national operators
Youth bedroom specialist The Children's Furniture Company hopes to expand its product offer, marketing reach and enter new markets after securing external investment that brings with it a new high-profile chairman.

The company behind the six-store Habitat furniture retail chain in Germany has filed for insolvency, its France based parent said in a brief statement.

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Furniture Village has expanded with 12 new stores between August 2015 and December 2017
National retailer Furniture Village captured market share in 2017–18 but said price competition was intense and impacted margins. It said it has since identified cost savings that won't hinder growth.

John Lewis & Partners returned to growth last week on the back of higher clothing sales. Both of its other major categories, including home, failed to match year-earlier trade.

Charlies, the Wales-based home, garden and variety retailer, says it hopes to escalate its online business after completing its move to its new 109,000sqft head office and distribution centre.

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IKEA will open its latest large format store February 7, 2019
Home furnishings conglomerate IKEA has set the opening date for its latest big-box UK superstore, at Greenwich in London.

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Furniture sales fell in the year to June 30, 2018 and remain under pressure amid challenging conditions for big-ticket categories
Furniture-to-fashion retailer Laura Ashley will shed about a quarter of its stores as its new chairman eyes a UK estate comprising showrooms that are larger in size but fewer in number.

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The Futon Company operates stores across the UK
London headquartered furniture chain The Futon Company, which has stores nationwide, further bolstered its balance sheet as it near-maintained profits in 2017–18.

The George Henry Lee department store building in Liverpool city centre will become a luxury hotel if new plans are given the go-ahead.

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Britain imported more from both Vietnam and China
Imports of timber living, dining and bedroom cabinet furniture advanced for the first time since March as retailers and distributors stocked up at the beginning of the fourth quarter, new figures show.

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The Cotswold Company's Norwich showroom
Clicks-to-bricks furniture retailer The Cotswold Company says its business model of buying direct from factories leaves it better placed to weather cost inflation. It follows bumper sales growth but squeezed margins in 2017–18.

Welsh cabinet furniture manufacturer completed partial management buyout in 2017.

The Conran Shop will open its first stores in South Korea after agreeing a partnership with Lotte Department Store, a major retailer operating across the Korean Peninsula and Far East.

Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Peng, the prominent Malaysian businessman who has chaired furniture-to-fashion retailer Laura Ashley since 1999, is retiring from the role and the company's board.

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House of Fraser will be challenging to turn around, new owner Sports Direct says
Department store chain House of Fraser booked early trading losses under its new owner as sales were impacted by the temporary inability to trade online.

Home furnishings giant names second location for its new urban planning studio format.

The diversified group behind adjustable beds and chair maker Ashley Anderson posted lower profits despite rising sales in the year to February 28, 2018.

Big-ticket categories were absent from John Lewis & Partners list of weekly best-sellers with the retailer citing seasonal Christmas categories including Gift Food as home overall had another sticky week.

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Sterling Furniture's flagship Tillicoultry headquarters
Sterling Furniture Group maintained its upwards sales trajectory in 2017–18 with management saying the climb reflected a first full year's inclusion of the Glasgow retailer it bought two years ago.

Leekes says kitchens, bathrooms and conservatories have been winning categories for the home department store retailer in the first half of its 2018–19 financial year.

Steinhoff International Holdings says the outcome of PwC's forensic investigation into historic accounting irregularities will not be ready as soon as hoped, forcing it to delay releasing audited 2017 and 2018 accounts until spring next year.

Multi-million pound property deal preceded Beales lease assignment.

General merchandise giant Argos is scoping out the launch of an interest-free credit offer as it considers new ways of using finance to drive sales of higher-ticket furniture goods.

Heritage brand Nathan has moved all furniture production and finishing to the Indonesian factory that has been manufacturing its entire Shades collection since 2011.

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New non-executives join DFS board
Upholstery market leader DFS has appointed Travelodge CFO Jo Boydell and 20-year retail veteran Steve Johnson to its board as independent non-executive directors.

Sales growth disappeared for John Lewis & Partners in the week after Black Friday as the impact of launching offers earlier left it unable to match prior-year trade. Home was the worst-performing category.

Ecommerce giant Wayfair is planning to build a larger UK distribution centre in the East Midlands as it looks to keep pace with the rapid growth of its British operation.

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Cookes Furniture's Erdington, Birmingham store
Longstanding Midlands and Dorset furniture retailer Cookes says investments made over the past three years have impacted near-term profits but helped it to diversify and broaden its appeal for the next generation.

Pure CF has been restructured via a prepack administration process in a transaction that saves the jobs of all of the contract furniture maker's employees.

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Online sales helped boost November figures
Like-for-like retail sales dipped in November according to the British Retail Consortium with more spend transferring online as Black Friday promotions become "increasingly digital."

Premium kitchen makers Smallbone of Devizes and Mark Wilkinson Furniture have been sold to a high net worth American investor in a prepack deal that secures the near-term future of both heritage brands.

Contract furniture maker Godfrey Syrett has told employees that it could close one of its sites in the North East in order to secure the business' near to mid-term future.

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House of Fraser's Kendals store at Deansgate, Manchester
House of Fraser says its Kendals store in Manchester — slated to close because it couldn't agree new terms with the landlord — will now not shut after it belatedly struck an accord with the building owner.

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Beales, based at Bournemouth, now has 23 stores nationwide
Beales, the department store chain recently bought by its chief executive Tony Brown, has completed a buyout of two-store East of England retailer Palmers, a deal that had been in the pipeline since the summer.

Wayfair, the American ecommerce giant fast becoming one of the UK's largest furniture retailers, has raised $500 million (£391m) from bond investors through the issue of convertible notes.

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Peter Green's store at Chandler's Ford, Hampshire
Hampshire based Peter Green, one of the country's largest independent single-store furniture retailers, posted skinnier profits as sales declined in the year to March 31, 2018.

Global home furnishings retailer IKEA says it plans to absorb the cost of transforming its business over the next few years at the expense of the bottom line.

Seasoned retail executive Nigel Oddy is to leave his post as CEO of circa 150-store home and leisure chain The Range, according to trade journal Retail Week.

Strong mattress sales helped the home category return to growth as John Lewis & Partners posted the highest grossing week in its history in the seven days to November 24.

Canburg, the company behind high-end kitchen businesses Smallbone of Devizes and Mark Wilkinson, has filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators, according to Sky News. Corporate filings indicate a restructure may be imminent.

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