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Wesley Barrell changed hands in 2014
The Birmingham showroom of premium upholstery maker and retailer Wesley Barrell has closed a little over a year after it opened, while others in its network are to shut and reopen in nearby units.

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In 2018, Chinese upholstery imports have been in decline. Until now
Retailers upped stocks of foreign-made upholstery at the beginning of the peak trading quarter with a first rise in sofa shipments from China in the entire year so far.

Furniture distributor La-Z-Boy UK will add occasional furniture and dining sets as it diversifies its product offer further at next month's January Furniture Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

New facility for Hong Kong listed Man Wah.

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Sofa.com's Edinburgh showroom
Upholstery vertical Sofa.com booked a consolidated net loss of £38.4 million in the period leading up its change of ownership this summer, largely the result of management writing down the carrying value of its assets.

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Natuzzi is adding new retail space while rationalising its concessions
Italian sofa maker Natuzzi has chosen Cardiff for its first Natuzzi Editions showroom in Europe. It will open alongside a number of new Natuzzi Italia branded stores across the UK within the next few weeks.

North West upholstery fabrics supplier Fryett's said it sees 'significant opportunities' for exports as overseas sales comparatives outperformed its much larger UK revenue base in 2017–18.

Malcolm Nix, the former Sleepeezee, Wood Bros and Michael Tyler Upholstery executive, has been appointed UK main agent for Tuscan sofa maker Gradi Living.

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UK sofa market becoming more concentrated
Britain's three largest supply groups increased their share of a declining upholstery market last year and were responsible for more than one in every six sofas sold in the UK by value.

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DFS has a new store at Westfield White City
DFS has opened a new store at Westfield White City in London, one of only a handful of stores based in shopping centres for the UK upholstery market leader.

Premium upholstery retailer Wesley Barrell has temporarily closed one of its showrooms while it resolves property maintenance concerns with the store landlord.

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ScS' 16-week comp has weakened compared with 12-week figure given last month
ScS, the UK's number two sofa retailer, will tell shareholders at its AGM later today that core written orders remain ahead of year-earlier trade but that growth has slowed in the past month.

A hoped-for rescue of adjustable furniture maker AJ Way & Co has fallen through leaving the High Wycombe business facing an end to more than 80 years of trading. It was placed into administration last Thursday.

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TCM Corp acquired Alexander & James owner DM Midlands in 2016, having bought Alstons the year before. Its Q3 figures include all its UK sofa businesses combined.
The Thai owner of sofa makers Alstons and Ashley Manor has reported lower third quarter sales for its combined UK sofa business unit but wider margins, leading to improved profits.

Far East upholstery giant Man Wah Holdings says its summer acquisition of one of Vietnam's largest furniture manufacturers shields the business from the impact of tariffs.

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Italian sofa imports have grown strongly since April
The turnaround in Italian sofa imports gathered pace in September with the value of goods from the country rising by a third, countering weak figures from elsewhere including China.

Follows agreement with rival department store chain.

The Branded Furniture Company — a collaboration between Britain's largest management-owned sofa maker and designers who have imagined furniture for the likes of Next and Argos — is bringing Orla Kiely furniture to market in January.

Italian sofa company Natuzzi has won an Innovation Award for new virtual reality technology that allows consumers to better-visualise how products will look in their homes.

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Sofa.com has opened concessions in House of Fraser stores
Upholstery retailer Sofa.com has opened concessions in a handful of House of Fraser stores as part of a plan to expand its retail footprint. Its arrival comes as ScS, which operates 27 HoF concessions, departs.

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The concessions will close early next year
ScS is to end its partnership with House of Fraser and close all 27 of the concessions it operates within the department store chain with CEO David Knight saying the tie-up is "no longer beneficial."

Revenue declined in line with the upholstery market for Kidderminster sofa maker Wyvern Furniture last year with higher input costs also negatively impacting earnings.

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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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