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Chateau d"Ax sells through hundreds of monobrand franchised stores worldwide
Chateau d'Ax, the storied Italian sofa brand with a global footprint, is planning to restructure through an insolvency process that gives it time to reorganise its liabilities in agreement with creditors.

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DFS said it expects suppliers to increase the near-shore supply of raw materials ahead of Brexit
British sofa makers are weighing whether to increase raw material inventories to avoid potential production delays when the UK leaves the European Union next March.

Longtime CEO to launch new business, but outside the upholstery sector.

A large drop-off in the value of sofas arriving from Poland was the main driver behind weak upholstery imports in August, new Government data reveals.

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Its Vietnamese plant will be more than double its existing size
Man Wah Holdings has begun constructing a huge extension at its newly-acquired Vietnamese upholstery subsidiary that will see recliner production snowball by the end of next year.

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Clarke & Clarke has diversified into furniture and other home categories
Entering the finished furniture sector boosted sales for Clarke & Clarke, best known for its furnishings fabrics and wallpapers, in the six months to end July.

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Experienced furniture agent Matthew Kutas is bringing the Releazz product line to the UK
Dutch motion chair supplier Releazz is launching into the British and Irish markets and has enlisted Matthew Kutas, well known across the trade, as head of sales.

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Grantham-based QFC will close later this week
Lincolnshire sofa manufacturer QFC, which was placed into administration through KPMG earlier this summer, is to cease trading this week (Friday, October 12).

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Steve Hampton retires as CEO December 31, 2018
How big can Belfield—parent to Tetrad, Westbridge and a burgeoning mattress division—become? "How long is a piece of string," says group CEO Steve Hampton, who will step down at the end of 2018.

Upholstery chain Sofology will this week open its 42nd store and its first in the South West of England as it continues its national expansion.

Steve Hampton will stand down as chief executive of Belfield, the £200 million turnover upholstery and mattress group, at the end of 2018. His replacement is group commercial director Gary Lasham.

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Accounts are now due by the end of the year
Wesley Barrell, the high-end Oxfordshire sofa maker which trades from its own-brand stores nationwide, has shortened its year-end for the second straight year.

Sales and profits fell at HSL last year as the national specialist furniture maker and retailer adjusted its marketing strategy and encountered market headwinds.

Natuzzi says its House of Fraser concessions were its poorest-performing UK customer touch-points last year as its standalone brand stores here delivered high growth.

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DFS plans to test the Sofology format inside core brand stores
DFS will install mezzanines in existing single-storey core-brand stores where it will trial the introduction of its Sofology format. It also plans new-build Sofology stores on land housing DFS units.

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Jason Tyldesley is leaving the business started by his family in the 1970s
Sofology CEO Jason Tyldesley is to leave the business less than a year after the sale of the upholstery chain to DFS. His replacement is former Pets at Home CEO Sally Hopson.

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Profits fell at DFS in 2017–18
Profits dropped by half at sofa market leader DFS in 2017–18 with the retailer blaming worsening trading conditions including "exceptionally hot weather" in the fourth quarter.

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The Nottinghamshire company has grown each year since 2012
Whitemeadow, the UK's largest management-owned sofa maker, maintained profits in 2017 as rising input costs were counter balanced by a fifth straight year of top line growth.

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New stores and higher flooring sales boosted ScS revenue
Profits climbed at ScS in 2017–18 as growth in the sofa and carpets chain's core business helped negate weaker trading at its 27-store House of Fraser concession operation.

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Westbridge has doubled turnover since 2012
Westbridge, Britain's biggest sofa maker, posted a sixth straight year of growth in 2017 and has now doubled revenue in the past five years. Rising costs proved a drag on profits.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld two complaints against a Northern Ireland specialist chair maker.

Upholstery supplier La-Z-Boy UK has adopted a new packaging product that has enabled it to eliminate all plastic wrapping from goods arriving from the Far East.

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The BFC trade alliance is concerned regarding guidance over rise and recline chairs
Guidance suggesting motorised furniture can bypass UK flammability regulations to be legally sold here should be reconsidered, according to the British Furniture Confederation (BFC), which has carried out tests to show the dangers.

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Sales rose, profits fell in the UK for Ekornes
Bad debt and higher costs meant UK profits declined for upholstery supplier Ekornes last year despite top line growth including standout performances in the South East and Scotland.

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Second quarter losses widened at Natuzzi
Soft demand and a strong euro, particularly against the dollar, harmed Natuzzi in the second quarter as the upholstery giant recorded a bigger loss on lower sales.

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Old Boot Sofas is back up and running under new ownership
Leather and velvet upholstery brand Old Boot has been acquired off liquidators by the owner of Derbyshire based manufacturer and retailer Authentic Furniture.

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Stronger Italian imports offset falls from China and Poland
Year-on-year upholstery imports climbed for the first time since January at the start of the second half despite continued weakness from China, the largest single overseas source nation.

Upholstery producer Whiteameadow Furniture has opened a new design and development centre at its Nottinghamshire HQ.

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New design director for G Plan, part of Sofa Brands International
Former Ashley Manager design and development manager returns to Sofa Brands International.

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The retailer's Harrogate store follows its recent launch at Bristol, above
Emerging upholstery business Arlo & Jacob will follow up its summer showroom launch at Bristol with a new store at Harrogate, its first in the North of England.

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ScS has made two key senior boardroom hires
ScS has strengthened its senior management team, hiring a former Fabb Sofas and DFS executive as HR director and a commercial director following Kevin Royal's retirement.

Upholstery suppliers Nicoletti Home and Man Wah Holdings have agreed a strategic partnership that will see the latter expand the former's brand presence across China.

Lincolnshire sofa maker Lebus Upholstery has become the latest business to achieve 'Certified Company' status, underscoring its commitment to producing safe products.

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Love Sofas is trading via the LoveSofas.co.uk and has exited its Huddersfield showroom
Yorkshire upholstery retailer Love Sofas has restructured the business in order to exit a large retail property and warehouse. It says customers are unaffected.

A global investment fund management firm has upped its position in DFS, with funds under its control now holding 10 percent of the UK sofa market leader's shares.

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Alstons taking bigger share of sofa market in 2018
Sofa maker Alstons Upholstery built on mid single-digit sales gains last year with even higher growth in the first half of 2018, according to new figures from its Far East owner.

Half-year 2018 figures for DM Midlands, owner of upholstery brands Ashley Manor and Alexander & James.

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Natuzzi's new Reading, Berkshire store
Sofa giant Natuzzi opened a new Berkshire showroom this Bank Holiday weekend, the second of four new units planned for the second half of 2018.

Sofology, the DFS-owned upholstery chain, has launched a £22 million television and digital advertising campaign featuring a voiceover by X-Files star David Duchovny.

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