Chris Muir, chief financial officer at ScS for the past six years, is to leave the sofa and carpets retailer, sparking a search for a successor.

Upholstery and curtain fabrics wholesaler Fryett's booked larger profits through 2021/22 as the easing of Covid restrictions aided demand for its products.

Quick-ship sofa-in-a-box brand Snug has launched The Maverick, its first fully modular and customisable upholstery programme.

The South Wales sofa manufacturer that sold a majority stake to Halo Group's Andrew Martin International business last autumn rebuilt employee numbers to pre-pandemic levels in the past year.

Top line growth and the benefits of earlier restructuring helped the Sweet Dreams beds and upholstery group record its smallest deficit in three years through 2021/22, new accounts show.

Italian sofa conglomerate Natuzzi has hired a 20-year furniture executive with an architecture and retail design background with a brief to drive improvement across its own-run and third-party showroom network.

Shaun Cook has left his role as director of retail at DFS-owned upholstered furniture chain Sofology. An interim successor is already in place at the Warrington based retailer.

Upholstered furniture giant Natuzzi enjoyed a €9.2 million bottom line swing in the third quarter, but it cautioned of tougher times to come with shoppers worldwide rethinking their spending plans.

What's done can't be undone, for direct-to-consumer Stratford-upon-Avon sofa manufacturer.

Upholstery and flooring chain ScS says it is trading resiliently through a challenging period with order intake growth having returned through the autumn.

United Furniture Industries, the company behind Lane, one of the most storied furniture brands in the U.S., has closed down without warning, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Direct-to-consumer upholstery brand Abakus Direct booked a second straight year of six-figure profits in 2021 as it continued to bounce back from a restructure four years ago.

Man Wah Holdings, the world's largest recliner company, booked higher profits in the six months to end September despite geopolitics impacting its manufacturing business in Europe.

U.K. sofa and bed makers will continue to be able to buy foam from three major sources after the regulator here agreed Carpenter could buy Recticel's engineered foam unit, but only if the bulk of the British business is sold.

Soaring inflation on overseas-made goods wasn't enough to prevent a first slide in the value of sofa imports in 20 months at the end of the first quarter. It followed weaker demand, with China bearing the brunt.

The upholstery group that owns Ashley Manor, Alstons, AMX Design and Alexander & James slipped to a third quarter net loss on lower demand, higher costs and the weaker pound.

The group behind the Stressless and IMG furniture brands booked lower revenue in the U.K. and Ireland in the third quarter as demand softened. Year-to-date numbers remain well ahead.

U.K. furniture production volumes declined at the end of the third quarter as manufacturers grappled weaker order books amid rising costs.

The Halo Creative & Design group acquired a stake in a second British sofa maker last year as it bolstered its U.K. upholstery manufacturing credentials, new filings reveal.

Furniture conglomerate Actona Group says it has given the vast showroom at its Danish headquarters an extreme makeover as part of plans to make every visit by trade customers an experience.

Sofa market leader DFS has appointed John Fallon as its new chief financial officer (CFO), succeeding Mike Schmidt, who left last month to join value retailer B&M.

A survey of leading British furniture manufacturers has laid bare the impact of rising production costs on their businesses, with many now struggling to turn a profit.

Sofa market leader DFS has added Laura Ashley to its roster of third-party brands with a collection of upholstered furniture.

There were seven bidders in the frame for the historic Sofa Workshop brand ahead of its sale earlier this year, restructuring advisors have said in a new report.

Upholstery market leader DFS said customer demand outperformed its own expectations in the past six weeks as a positive order trend returned.

High post-lockdown demand helped small-space living specialist The Futon Company maintain positive momentum as it again recorded highest-ever sales and profits in the past year.

The next edition of upholstery, mattress and furnishing fabrics exhibition The London Fabric Show will feature an expanded international footprint, organisers have announced.

Upholstery fabrics group Mobus has acquired Clarkson Textiles, a key processor and supplier of flame retardant treatments to the furnishing and allied markets.

A central London property that has been home to myriad upholstery brands over the years has housed its last furniture industry tenant, if new plans for the six-storey building are approved.

Danish upholstery brand Sofacompany added new showrooms and absorbed input price pressures as it prioritised the top line over profits growth in the past year.

The upholstery manufacturing unit of retail giant Next recorded its highest ever output in the six years since it started production through the post-lockdown period.

Nottinghamshire upholstered furniture producer Whitemeadow has promoted Alan Price in a move that also gives him a seat on the board of directors.

Cabinet and upholstery supplier Mark Webster Designs sold the vast majority of its stock to its largest customer two weeks ahead of the formal appointment of administrators as it sought a managed wind down of the business.

Actona Group found top line gains as the Danish furniture conglomerate expanded its global activities through acquisitions in 2021/22.

Nichola Hornby Bell, one of the highest-profile sales directors in the U.K. sofa industry, has decided to leave upholstered furniture manufacturer Westbridge.

Renewed upstream supply chain price pressures will result in further rises being passed on to retailers, as new inflation figures out Wednesday showed continued stubbornly high rates across the industry.

The private equity backer of sofa makers Westbridge and Tetrad has appointed a new group chief executive at parent company Belfield.

The sale of the Usleep mattress division to the Vita Group helped Westbridge owner Belfield to deleverage last year with it eliminating all outstanding bank debt and shareholder loans.

Chinese upholstery volumes almost halved at the end of the summer as some buyers looked elsewhere and others waited for goods held up by production delays because of Covid.

Profits returned despite one-off costs for sister sofa makers Westbridge Furniture and Tetrad as they recovered some of the revenue lost to the impact of the pandemic last year.

The rate of British furniture manufacturing growth climbed for the first time in three months in August, according to official data released Wednesday morning.

The chairman and founder of a Chinese upholstery manufacturing group that used to own a 22-store U.K. furniture retail chain has a new chief executive after the current incumbent stepped down.

Order intake is down double-digit in the past ten weeks but ScS says it is well placed to ride out the tightening economic backdrop with it having built a huge cash pile and no debt.

Adjusted profits jumped by a third at upholstery and soft furnishings fabrics group Romo last year as the company found growth in the U.K. and abroad.

U.K. listed textiles group says part of its German-based operations has struggled as a result of weak consumer confidence.

Upholstery brand Maker&Son says it was fully committed to fulfilling all creditors obligations ahead of it being forced into an insolvent restructure after a single creditor didn't support its plans following its summer buyout.

Restructuring advisors are trying to unpick the situation at £25 million sofa brand Maker&Son after the trading company behind the business was placed into administration earlier this week.

The U.K. arm of foam conglomerate Carpenter says input cost pressure led to "inevitable and necessary adjustments to selling prices" but they still weren't enough to stop profits here falling to £14.1 million.

Plumbs traded strongly post lockdown as the sofa covers, re-upholstery and curtains company narrowed its net loss and generated positive cashflow last year.

La-Z-Boy U.K. has promoted Richard Greenwood to managing director with current incumbent Mark Draper also seeing his status elevated. He has become vice president, International.

A slide in gross margin impacted the bottom line last year at upholstery group TCM Living, parent to Ashley Manor, AMX Design, Alstons and Alexander & James.

Southern Italian sofa conglomerate Natuzzi has bolstered its senior leadership team with three new hires, including two who join from luxury brands Versace and Louis Vuitton.

Natuzzi achieved high single-digit revenue growth in the second quarter but it could have delivered much more but for the enforced closure of its plant in Shanghai as the Chinese Government tried to keep a lid on Covid infections.

Britain's sofa and mattress makers are being landed with a new wave of price increases from across the upstream supply chain according to correspondence seen by The Furnishing Report. Some suppliers are also on allocation.

New borrowing and operating cashflow helped the privately-owned Whitemeadow group fund heavy capital expenditure last year as the East Midlands upholstery manufacturer invested in production.

A U.S. advisory firm has been hired to find a third-party buyer for Recticel's comfort foam operations in the U.K. in a move designed to end an antitrust probe.

Expanding upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff is to launch its third new store this year and its first in Surrey.

Upholstery and beds vertical HSL repaid a £4 million bank loan two years ahead of time as it generated cash and traded strongly through the rump of the pandemic.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS has named John Walden as the successor to non-executive chair Alan Smith, who will retire in just over a year from now.

Platt & Hill, a supplier of foam and fibre fillings products to the beds and upholstery manufacturing sectors, slipped to a loss last year as higher costs outweighed the benefit of increased output.

Sofa manufacturing group TCM Living has recruited two well-known furniture industry executives to fill senior managerial posts at its Ashley Manor Upholstery and Alexander & James business units.

Profits declined at sofa maker Lebus Upholstery last year as the Lincolnshire manufacturer grappled higher labour and raw materials costs in the year of its sale to employees.

London based upholstery retailer The Sofa & Chair Co has seen its liabilities slashed after HM Revenue & Customs backed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that sees millions of pounds of debt compromised.

A share buyback concentrated the ownership structure of the North Wales manufacturing and retail group behind the Adjustamatic beds and upholstery brand last year.

Gross margin narrowed across the DFS group through 2021/22 with rising costs and supply chain disruption countering a sharp rise in deliveries as the upholstery market leader unwound its large order bank.

The addition of seven new stores helped upholstery retailer Sofology find revenue growth in the year to end June though the expansion of its retail footprint will slow in the new financial year.

High-profile furniture industry executive Suzy McMahon is leaving Sofology to take up a newly-created role at Oak Furnitureland, the U.K.'s largest hardwood furniture retailer.

Adriana, the central European upholstered furniture maker and DFS supplier, upped its stake in the U.K. sofa chain on Monday, following up on its initial disclosure last week.

The value of sofa imports climbed for a 19th straight month in July despite continued poor data from the U.K.'s largest trading partner in the category.

Upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff will open its 22nd showroom with the launch of a new unit in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire this weekend.

Steve Johnson, a non-executive director at DFS since the end of 2018, is to succeed Ian Durant as chair of the U.K.'s largest upholstered furniture retailer.

The Cath Kidston brand has entered the furniture market with a programme of upholstery and beds being sold exclusively by sofa market leader DFS.

Furniture makers' output remained positive on a year-on-year basis during the height of the summer though growth was the weakest since lapping the start of the pandemic.

Shares in DFS climbed to their highest level in nearly four weeks as the U.K.'s largest upholstered furniture retailer reacted to Polish sofa maker Adriana acquiring shares in the business.

The sofa group behind the Ashley Manor and Alexander & James brands is preparing for the planned departure of group creative director Scott Coggan, one of the highest-profile designers in the upholstery sector.

ScS says the new Ideal Home upholstery collections that first aired at its new-concept Coventry store earlier this summer (see related) will be rolled out across all of its U.K. stores and online.

Northern Ireland based furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies recovered some of the revenue lost to the pandemic last year in a period that saw it build its inventory position.

Sofa Brands International, parent to many of the largest upholstery brands in the U.K., is undergoing a restructuring process that has resulted in the departure of a number of senior executives, and other officials being handed new roles.

Sofa and flooring chain ScS opened the third of its new-format retail stores this weekend with a revamped unit in South Lanarkshire.

Upholstered furniture maker and retailer Arlo & Jacob is shifting its headquarters to the East Midlands in a move that will result in the closure of its former base in West London.

A three-store sofa retailer with branches across the East Midlands has deleveraged its business after paying down long term debt during a profitable year to April 30, 2022.

The probability that three major foamers will continue to serve the U.K. mattress and upholstery markets has increased after Carpenter and Recticel conceded the planned takeover of the latter's engineered foam unit would lessen competition.

A Chicago-area investment firm has doubled its position in ScS, the U.K.'s number two upholstered furniture retailer.

Second quarter profits declined at Stressless and IMG brand owner Ekornes as higher prices and increased deliveries could only partially mitigate against rising costs.

One of the world's most famous furniture and product designers has lent his creative skills to a new sofa model launching in the U.K. this week.

The Shanghai-listed upholstery group behind brands spanning Kuka and Rolf Benz among others shrugged off the impact of local Covid measures to find top and bottom line growth in the first half of 2022.

Refund requests outstripped sales revenue on some days during the worst of the supply chain crisis according to administrators handling the fallout from a once prominent ecommerce upholstery business.

Recticel says the disposal of the business unit taking in its comfort foam activities serving U.K. mattress, sofa and direct-to-consumer brands will be delayed, possibly until the first quarter of 2023.

Rising prices and increases in the value of both domestic production and imports helped the U.K. sofa market reach an all-time highest value last year, beating the previous record set in 2016.

More than 50 global furniture equities spanning market leaders in the U.K. and China saw the value of their shares fall on Tuesday on a grim day for the home furnishings industry.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has named the officials who will make up the inquiry group looking into the takeover of Recticel's Engineered Foam unit by Carpenter.

Furniture exports climbed in the three months to end June on the back of strong growth from the two largest buyers of U.K.-made goods.

Upholstered furniture and floorcoverings retailer ScS has relaunched its Gateshead store in the North East as part of a plan to roll out new concept showrooms with a series of technological and visual enhancements.

Privately-owned furniture importer and distributor Mark Webster Designs and its parent company Mark Webster Holdings have each filed a notice of intent (NOI) to appoint administrators.

The group behind the Oak Tree Mobility and Middletons brands bolstered its manufacturing capability with an under-the-radar acquisition of a motion furniture maker last year.

Upholstery and carpets retailer ScS has bolstered its operating board with the appointment of an experienced retail executive as its first ever chief marketing and digital officer.

June saw the first increase in the quantity of upholstery shipped into the U.K. from China since the turn of the year as overall volumes continued their long-running ascent.

Upholstery brand Arlo & Jacob is launching a debut programme of handcrafted rugs designed by Julie Smith, its chief stylist and creative partner.

Business group Inc & Co has been formally confirmed as the new owner of direct-to-consumer upholstery brand Maker&Son, as The Furnishing Report revealed nearly two weeks ago.

Hardwood cabinet chain Oak Furnitureland is adding new sofa ranges, ways to pay and product guarantees as part of a plan to build market share in what it called its growing upholstery business.

Kellie Oliver has been appointed managing director at upholstered furniture supplier AMX Design, parent company TCM Living announced Monday.

First half profits returned for the upholstery group behind the Alexander & James, Alstons and Ashley Manor businesses as it built sales momentum from the first quarter into the second.

The value of shares in the U.K.'s two largest upholstered furniture retailers fell to levels not seen since the first lockdown last week amid continuing macroeconomic concerns.

Growth slowed to its weakest level in over a year for U.K. furniture manufacturers in a sign production is catching up with the backlog from earlier high demand.

The terms of an investment in the direct-to-consumer adjustable furniture brand Willowbrook have been disclosed for the first time following a venture capital backed buyout late last year.

London based furniture company Andrew Martin International acquired a majority stake in a South Wales sofa manufacturer late last year, shortly before changes in its own ownership structure.

Stoke bedding and upholstery components supplier Handy has secured a deal with an Italian partner that will see it offer customers fully-computerised foam cutting machinery on an exclusive basis.

Declining demand, rising costs and overall economic uncertainty across Europe will lead to a decline in PU foam production this year.

U.S. foam giant Carpenter offered to divest the U.K. comfort foam business of Recticel in order to get its takeover of the overall engineered foam. unit of the Belgian conglomerate over the line. But the offer didn't satisfy British authorities.

Direct-to-consumer upholstery brand Maker&Son is understood to have found a new investment partner after closing in on a deal that ushers in a new era at the circa £25 million business.

At the turn of the century upholstered furniture maker Vale Bridgecraft had more than 600 stockists, comprising many of the finest independent retailers across the U.K. and Ireland.

An eight-day strike at the U.K.'s largest container port is likely to impact the upholstery sector more than others across the home furnishings industry.

Restructuring advisors have been called in to a 75-year-old upholstered furniture vertical that sells through a mix of its own-branded and run showrooms and via third party stockists.

Major upholstery chain ScS says it still has an elevated order book compared with historic norms with the unwind of existing bookings to help it record profits ahead of market expectations.

Colin Day, the founder and previous owner of upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow, has died after a prolonged battle with cancer, his family has announced.

Fewer restrictions and a less onerous lockdown helped the wholly-owned U.K. arm of French furniture brand Ligne Roset return to growth last year.

A major operator of monobrand Natuzzi and other high-profile furniture brand stores across several key locations in the U.K. generated cash and delivered strong profits through 2020/21 trading.

West Midlands beds and upholstered furniture manufacturer Furmanac Group has appointed an experienced manufacturing executive as its new production director.

U.S. headquartered upholstered furniture giant La-Z-Boy has disclosed the terms of the buyout of the Colne sofa maker Furnico—its longtime U.K. manufacturing partner—for the first time.

Sales jumped £4.1 million for Long Eaton upholstered furniture manufacturer as it narrowed losses.

Spinks, the diversified spring maker for beds, upholstery and other applications, has hired its first-ever global sales director.

Britain's antitrust regulator has elevated its investigation into the takeover of Recticel's engineered foam unit by Carpenter to an in-depth Phase 2 inquiry, heightening the possibility that parts of the deal affecting the U.K. will either not happen or be reversed.

Upholstered furniture shipments into the U.K. jumped sharply at the height of spring as retailers here began to receive goods ordered weeks and months earlier.

Retailers DFS and Dunelm saw year-long low trades in their shares on Friday before both retailers recovered to make small gains on the day. Shares in Made.com closed at an all-time low.

ScS has promoted flooring director Dean Weston to a new and more all-encompassing retail role as part of a number of changes to the management team that also sees a new brief for trading director James Heese.

A major upholstery group that fell into administration two years ago should have been alerted far earlier to the imperilled financial situation of its largest customer.

Maker&Son, the heavily-backed direct-to-consumer furniture brand previously cited as an emerging threat by major U.K. retail chains after a growth spurt during the pandemic, could soon change hands.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS has opened a new concept store featuring a series of technological enhancements, a first public airing for a new product tie-up with the U.K.'s largest home interest magazine, and a wider home offer.

Furniture and homeware retailer Loaf says its long-planned Edinburgh showroom will become the largest in its portfolio when it opens later this year.

Furniture factory output in the U.K. continued to run at record levels according to new May data with manufacturers racing to unwind big order books as a result of earlier demand.

The next edition of the London Fabric Show will take place at the ILEC Conference Centre in the capital from February 28–March 1, 2023 organisers have confirmed.

The owners of motion beds and upholstery group Furmanac say the West Midlands manufacturer will be a stronger business as a result of a planned corporate restructure.

Experienced furniture industry executive Simon Davies says he is excited and energised to be joining TCM Living, the sofa group behind brands including Ashley Manor and Alexander & James.

The managing director of Mobus Fabrics says its sustainable, environmentally friendly flame retardant coating GreenFR has created a buzz in the retail sector and is now the main FR finish applied by the West Yorkshire supplier.

Multichannel upholstery retailer Designer Sofas For You (DesignerSofas4u.co.uk) sits within a new corporate structure after its shareholders reorganised their business interests.

Stakeholders have until Monday of next week to come up with a solution that will appease the U.K.'s antitrust regulator.

La-Z-Boy U.K. is sponsoring a family-friendly music festival taking place in the Lake District later this month where headline acts include Stereophonics, Supergrass and The Kooks.

The founder and CEO of Sofas & Stuff says the expanding upholstery retailer will build on growth last year with more good results in 2022 despite a weakening market.

DFS chief financial officer Mike Schmidt is to leave the U.K. upholstery market leader for the same post at B&M European Value Retail, the company behind the value retail chain B&M.

Profits more than doubled at the Ashley Wilde group last year as the Hertfordshire headquartered furnishing fabrics group delivered an eighth straight increase in revenue.

Antitrust regulators in the U.K. have told Carpenter and Recticel to address competition concerns to prevent the proposed takeover of the latter's engineered foam unit by the former from being referred for a more in-depth investigation.

Creditors have backed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that puts an end to a two-year administration process for a one-time £55 million upholstery group.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer Heal's has opened a new clearance unit on the King's Road, London in a space that was until late 2020 occupied by upholstery retailer Sofa Workshop.

The md of furniture components supplier Wade Spring says the combination of new export business and an expanded engineering offer were a major driver in increased profitability last year.

Russell Harte is now chief operating officer at upholstery market leader DFS after the retailer redistributed management duties across its senior leadership team.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com has followed the opening of its new store in York with more new space as it presses ahead in partnership with sister retail brands. Sofas & Stuff is also expanding with a new East Midlands store.

Quick-ship sofa brand Swyft has diversified with the launch of its first programme of upholstered beds and roll-pack mattresses.

North West upholstered furniture manufacturer Buoyant will book a sharp decline in profits in the year to September 2022 after higher raw material costs combined with recruitment challenges.

Man Wah Holdings says the company will appeal after a jury awarded more than $100 million in damages for the alleged infringement of a former supplier's intellectual property. A judge will now decide the actual figure, likely to be a fraction of that amount, pending an appeal.

Upholstered furniture brand Snug has launched a new eco-friendly sofa cover option across its entire programme of sofa models.



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