Recticel's U.K. comfort foams business is now in the hands of a Midlands-based investment firm after the Belgian conglomerate closed out the sale of the rest of its global engineered foam units to Carpenter for a revised-down price.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' turnover fell on a year-on-year basis for only the second time in 26 months in April, according to new Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

A major delivery company in the flatpack furniture and roll-pack mattress sectors filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators on Friday, leaving many retailers facing uncertainty regarding last-mile fulfilment. It followed a smaller rival doing likewise a day earlier.

Upholstery brand Sofa.com will build its concession footprint back closer to pre-pandemic levels with the opening of a remodelled space later this autumn.

A modest uplift in mattress sales helped the ecommerce channel return to growth in the first quarter of 2023. But weak store demand meant overall revenue across the wider furniture industry still declined.

The operator of multiple franchised Natuzzi stores across the U.K. is to expand its presence in the Midlands with two new units alongside a new store for beds market leader Dreams.

Jane Bednall is stepping down as a non-executive director at DFS Furniture later this month, the upholstery market leader announced Friday morning.

Delcor, the manufacturer and retailer of premium sofas and armchairs, has launched into the riser recliner chair market in one of the biggest changes at the company since a takeover two years ago.

The U.K. sofa industry faces a severe shortage of upholsterers in the next decade according to data that shows how around one in five of all exponents of the profession are fast approaching retirement age.

Mobus Fabrics has opened a distribution office in North Carolina, describing it as a strategic move designed to better serve its growing regional customer base across the residential, contract and hospitality sectors.

Natuzzi chairman Pasquale Natuzzi said revenue was "not at the level we aspire to" as the Italian upholstery conglomerate recorded a €3.3 million net loss for the first quarter of 2023.

Upholstery brand Zofa has followed its ecommerce launch earlier this year with the introduction of a flagship showroom in the North of England.

Norwegian furniture conglomerate Ekornes has appointed experienced branded consumer goods leader Tine Hammernes Leopold as its new CEO.

Shares in the Chinese furniture group that acquired Norwegian furniture giant Ekornes back in 2018 have fallen to their lowest level since an IPO nearly a decade ago.

Higher costs hit Buoyant Upholstery's profit margins during a period of supply chain upheaval in which the Nelson sofa maker said it managed to successfully keep disruption to customers to a minimum.

The Far East upholstery manufacturer behind the Kuka brand booked higher profits last year despite revenues coming under pressure.

ScS has added two new Snug concessions to its store network as it continues to build out the retail footprint of the brand it acquired at the turn of the year.

Homeserve Furniture Repairs has rebranded as Emmiera Group in a transformation designed to better reflect both its values and its wide-ranging activities that transcend its core furniture repair services.

Upholstered furniture and beds retailer Willow & Hall maintained bottom line momentum as it built on a return to profit with another gain last year.

Corporate reorganisation follows spring 2022 takeover by Norwegian furniture conglomerate.

Exports of core furniture products such as mattresses, sofas and dining sets inched higher in the first quarter of 2023, rising to the highest level in four years.

Upholstery conglomerate Man Wah Holdings booked lower profits through 2022/23 as the impact of cheaper raw material costs was countered by a drop in revenue.

A £7.4 million rise in revenue failed to lift profits at a London based contract furniture provider as it grappled with rising shipping and product costs through 2021/22.

The value and volume of upholstered furniture arriving in the U.K. from overseas declined again in March, largely as a result of weak data from China.

Raw material price inflation has eased only to be usurped by rising costs elsewhere, according to a poll of U.K. producers by the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

TCM Living, the upholstery group behind the Ashley Manor, Alstons and Alexander & James brands, found margin in the first quarter but lower revenue and one-off restructuring costs meant profits still declined.

Upholstery giant Man Wah Holdings has been ordered to pay only a fraction of the damages a jury awarded last year after an intellectual property dispute with furniture components manufacturer Raffel Systems.

The Branded Furniture Company (TBFC) agreed an extension to its furniture license with Orla Kiely ahead of new product being shown at its Open House Event this week (May 9–12, 2023).

Higher prices and the completion of winter sales orders kept U.K. furniture factories busy as turnover at the factory gate reached an all-time high landmark in March.

The write-off of a related party loan was behind furniture and flooring rental retailer Pay Weekly Carpets & Vinyl reporting a loss last year despite rising output from its in-house sofa manufacturing unit.

The owner of contemporary sofa maker Roger Lewis is overseeing the distribution of The Conran Shop’s exclusive in-house designs to the U.K. commercial market after it formed a strategic alliance with the high-end design retailer.

First quarter U.K. and Ireland revenue declined in line with the global trend for Stressless brand owner Ekornes in the three months to end March.

South Wales upholstered furniture manufacturer Ashwood Designs has appointed Gary Thompson as sales director.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS is partnering Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, by supporting the organisation’s work with donations of cash, unwanted products, and time.

A Scotland based ecommerce trader has become the latest supplier of upholstery to fall foul of the U.K. flammability regulations with four of its models said to present a serious fire risk.

Industrial conglomerate Recticel says foam company Carpenter has communicated its intent to pay less than had been previously agreed to acquire its Engineered Foams business.

Profits declined at one of China's largest diversified furniture manufacturers last year as rising costs chewed away some of the benefits of double-digit revenue growth.

Fabrics and wallcoverings supplier Sanderson Design Group shrugged off the impact of flat sales and rising input costs to find profit growth in the year to January 31, 2023.

The Chinese furniture group that acquired Stressless brand owner Ekornes in a highly-leveraged buyout back in 2018 has introduced a new private equity minority shareholder as part of a refinancing of the Norwegian company.

Buoyant Upholstery, one of the U.K.'s largest sofa manufacturers, has invested over £215,000 on the installation of 700 solar panels on the roof of part of its Lancashire facility.

The CEO of Natuzzi says the upholstered furniture giant is planning to offload more assets in deals akin to the disposal of a foam plant in southern Italy just over two years ago.

James Heese, commercial director at ScS, has been elected to the board of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) with a brief to support the trade association's new retail membership category.

The multi-million pound launch of Strandfoam U.K. into the British market has driven down prices in the foam supply sector and disrupted the status quo, according to its owner.

Furniture retailer Loaf is to break store size records for the second time this year as it expands its footprint in the North of England later in 2023.

Consumer price inflation for household furniture eased to a 19-month low in March while input cost inflation at the furniture factory gate fell to its lowest level in over two years.

Swarupa Pathakji, a longtime director of both value retailer Original Factory Shop and its private equity backer Duke Street, is to join the board of ScS as a non-executive director.

The chief executive of the upholstery group behind G Plan, Parker Knoll and Duresta says supply chain challenges have eased and demand returned to normal, putting it on the path to improved profitability.

The family of one of the great-grandsons of the founder of fabrics group Romo has bought out another great-grandson and his family in a transaction that concentrates ownership of the circa £100 million business.

Upholstered furniture vertical Arlo & Jacob is to expand into northwest England with the opening of a Cheshire showroom later this year.

Upholstery retailer Sofology has taken over the whole of the top floor of Redbrick Mill with the launch of a new concept lifestyle store branded Sofology The Edit.

Cheaper shipping costs failed to prevent an eighth straight slide in upholstery import volumes in the first quarter with all three major source nations sending less product to the U.K.

More than half of the vast roster of Natuzzi furniture stores around the world are now located in China, the company revealed on Thursday after a raft of new openings by its joint venture partner in the past year.

Natuzzi recorded a net loss in the final quarter of 2022 citing higher interest rates as having increased borrowing costs as well as impacting consumer demand around the world.

The value of U.K. furniture manufacturing turnover declined on an annual basis for the first time in two years in February, official data out Thursday morning showed, but January figures were better than first reported.

Furniture maker and retailer HSL has opened its first store in north London with the launch of a new concept flagship format in Hendon.

Upholstered furniture conglomerate Natuzzi has postponed the release of its fourth quarter and full year 2022 financial results because of further verification work required at its Chinese joint venture.

Raw material price inflation and shortages impacted gross margin at Long Eaton sofa manufacturer Acclaim Upholstery through 2021/22 with it unable to immediately pass on rising costs to its largest customer.

Keith Wilson, who was instrumental in the buildout of La-Z-Boy's U.K. expansion including the takeover of Colne sofa maker Furnico, is to retire.

Duresta has opened a standalone Long Eaton showroom in a move that the prestige upholstery manufacturer hopes will provide an advantageous sales aid for its retail partners.

Rising costs countered higher sales for upholstery and drapery fabrics supplier Warwick last year while cash declined after a large share buyback.

The Chinese upholstery manufacturer that a decade ago owned and ran a British furniture retail chain has posted weaker profits as a result of a reduction in output across its diversified activities.

The co-owned sofa-in-a-box brand Habbio and high-end upholstery business John Sankey have agreed new manufacturing licences after their hitherto production partner was placed into liquidation.

Wider gross margin and rates relief helped the wholly-owned retail arm of Natuzzi, which represents just a small fraction of the Italian sofa maker's total U.K. business, to cut losses through the pandemic.

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20 U.K. exhibitors will show at Interzum next month as the manufacturers' event returns with sustainability high on its agenda after a four-year absence.

The temporary closure of one of House of Fraser's department stores has reduced the number of concessions in the portfolio of Sofa.com, its co-owned sister retail brand.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS is to evaluate how consumers respond to DFS cutting its interest free credit offer by 12 months earlier this month, but says its own focus will remain offering optimum value.

The CEO of ScS says the the upholstery retailer, which is flush with cash and has no debt, would give serious consideration to vertical integration if the right opportunity was passed across his desk.

Relaunched modular sofa brand Snug has agreements in place with all three of its legacy upholstered furniture suppliers following its takeover by ScS earlier this year.

Cash continued to build at ScS in the first half of its financial year despite the upholstery and flooring retailer recording a bigger net loss compared with last year.

The acquisition of Sofa Workshop weighed heavy on the principal U.K. trading arm of international furniture brand Timothy Oulton ahead of the historic upholstery retailer's subsequent closure.

Three major home furnishings retailers have agreed 10-year leases to occupy stores in the redeveloped former Toys R Us unit at the Metro Retail Park, Gateshead.

Creditors of Mark Harris Furniture, the furniture wholesale and retail company whose assets were sold via a prepack buyout last month, were owed more than £14 million at the time of the restructure.

Graeme Sutherland, the longstanding sales director at Ashwood Designs and respected stalwart of the U.K. sofa industry, has died, the upholstered furniture manufacturer has announced.

The famous four-year's interest free credit (IFC) offer of DFS is no more after the upholstery market leader cut the maximum term customers can take to repay by a full 12 months, citing rising costs.

Board change comes as planned following a management buyout two years ago.

Profits fell 71 percent for DFS in the six months to Christmas Day with the upholstery market leader battling rising costs and a fall in sales.

Trustpilot says Maker&Son "hasn't been playing by the rules" after the upholstery brand was said to have threatened reviewers with legal action regarding comments that had been made on its platform.

Upholstered furniture imports cratered at the start of 2023, reflecting a combination of weak demand in the autumn when orders were placed, along with full warehouses across the U.K.

The closure of a 17-store adjustable furniture and mobility products specialist spells bad news for a co-controlled ecommerce business, which faces the write-off of a large multi-million pound debt.

Sofas from the three further upholstery collections sold under the Argos Habitat brand that didn't meet U.K. flammability regulations were also manufactured in Eastern Europe, it was disclosed late last week.

Correspondence has been delivered to U.K. and mainland European industry suppliers to the legacy Maker&Son upholstery business telling them they will not be paid what they are owed after all, despite earlier pledges to the contrary.

British furniture manufacturers made a positive start to 2023 with output climbing compared with January last year. December figures have also been revised upwards.

Upholstery manufacturer and retailer heads south for third consumer showroom.

A Buckinghamshire upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer that dates back to the 1950s has refashioned its corporate structure after a predecessor company was placed into liquidation last month.

The company behind the Killymoon Living and CFC Interiors furniture brands made top and bottom line gains through 2021/22 but used some of the proceeds to pay off debt as it forewarned of a weaker year to follow.

Argos has added sofas, armchairs and footstools from three further upholstery collections to a product recall first announced a month ago when it revealed SKUs from its Tammy programme didn't meet U.K. flammability regulations.

The sofa-in-a-box company that pioneered a paradigm shift in the way entry and mid-level upholstery was manufactured and shipped has launched into the outdoor category.

The just-agreed licensing deal between Maker&Son and The Hastings Sofa Company won't imperil outstanding orders or the interests of the existing supply chain, the upholstery brand says.

The owners of The Hastings Sofa Company have agreed a deal with Inc. & Co for them to become the licensee of the Maker&Son brand in the U.K. and Ireland.

Shipping pressures and dealing with the aftermath of the pandemic meant last year was the most challenging yet, according to bedroom furniture and upholstery distributor Furniture Wholesale Group (FWG).

Rising input costs countered an improvement in underlying demand at the U.K. upholstery factory acquired by U.S. furniture giant La-Z-Boy in the first financial period since its autumn 2021 buyout.

Maker&Son suppliers with lorry loads of unpaid-for furniture waiting to be delivered to customers are braced for more change in the way the embattled upholstery brand operates.

Consumers who bought sofas sold by Mark Harris Furniture that do not comply with U.K. flammability regulations are to be contacted directly by restructuring advisors after the company was placed into administration last week.

Darren Baird and Joseph Baggott have joined upholstered furniture manufacturer Ashwood Designs as operations director and finance director respectively.

The Vita Group says it has doubled staff headcount and increased production four-fold at the foam manufacturing plant it acquired from sofa maker Natuzzi in the two years since the takeover was announced.

U.S. upholstery conglomerate La-Z-Boy saw revenue inch forward in the three months to January 29, 2023 on the back of a stellar performance from its company-owned retail business in its domestic market.

Stakeholders in the Evans of High Wycombe furniture business say they are awaiting clarification of the brand's future after its until-now operating company was placed into liquidation last week.

Delivered sales growth returned in the U.K. and Irish markets for Stressless upholstery brand owner Ekornes in the fourth quarter in an otherwise testing period that led to the downsizing programme announced in January.

ScS has revamped its corporate identity with a new logotype and strapline that launches concurrently with a television advertising campaign that steers the sofa and flooring retailer in a new direction.

The owner of London upholstery company The Sofa & Chair Co says the net effect of the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed last September will be a £6.3 million reduction in liabilities.

The value and volume of Chinese sofa shipments to the U.K. declined at the end of the year as buyers continued to turn to alternative manufacturing sources closer to home.

Profits climbed at Sherborne Upholstery last year as the West Yorkshire furniture manufacturer broke a sales record that had lasted since the before the financial crash of 2008.

A furniture investment company controlled by Ayiaz Ahmed, the businessman who sold the Collins & Hayes (C&H) brand for £2 million in 2017, has defaulted on the terms of a settlement agreed with a specialist litigation funder.

Sofology has promoted Gisela Lancaster, who first joined the upholstery retailer from the home shopping retail sector nearly two years ago, to lead its buying team.

Vince Gunn, managing director of upholstered furniture brand Snug for the past two years, has been appointed chief executive at upmarket kitchen retailer Harvey Jones.

U.K. furniture makers' turnover declined on an annual basis for the first time in almost two years in December as weak demand through the autumn impacted production at the end of the year.

Michael Tyler Furniture has appointed Kai Winders as managing director in a move that returns the South Coast sofa maker to its historic management structure, with a designer leading the company.

Losses widened at upholstery brand Swyft as it continued to scale its business ahead of a later debt-for-equity swap that helped the company cut borrowing.

Upholstery brand Sofa.com maintained high double-digit margin last year despite rising costs weighing against the impact of big sales growth.

HSL has appointed Venessa Hodgson as managing director designate following the departure of CEO Guy Critchlow, who has left after over six years with the furniture vertical.

The upholstered furniture manufacturer behind brands including Sofas by Saxon and Timeless Chesterfields enjoyed the strongest financial year in its history through 2021/22.

ScS, the U.K's second largest upholstered furniture retailer, said it has reversed negative order momentum to make gains since the start of winter, though cash reserves have declined through the period.

Fabrics supplier Blendworth International more than doubled its turnover through Covid after pivoting to making personal protective equipment (PPE) for the NHS. But the abrupt termination of a five-year contract started a spiral towards insolvency.

Organisers have launched the pre-registration process for this year's London Fabric Show, which takes place at the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court on February 28 and March 1.

Sofa-in-a-box brand Swyft has eliminated millions of pounds of borrowing as part of a debt-for-equity swap and broader investment that will lead to TV exposure for the fast-growing upholstered furniture company.

Industry-wide supply chain issues resulted in operational challenges and a downturn in margin as profits tumbled for upholstered furniture supplier La-Z-Boy U.K. last year.

Upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff is expanding its collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) with the launch of a second collection, called Drawn from Nature.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale upholstery brand Sofacompany booked high profits despite margins taking a knock from the after-effects of Covid last year.

Ecommerce furniture retailer Swoon Editions is free of secured debt after it discharged in full its obligations to an invoice finance provider that provided funding after a restructuring over three years ago.

A South Wales based direct-to-consumer brand selling riser recline chairs, adjustable beds and other mobility aids online and from a regional store network has called in restructuring advisors and ceased trading.

The upholstery group behind the Ashley Manor and Alexander & James brands has begun a consultation with employees at its East Midlands factories as it explores a strategic proposal to transfer production to Dudley.

Furniture group Actona has revealed it paid well above book value for the takeovers of European sofa producers SITS and Theca last year in deals that made it one of the world's largest upholstery producers.

Upholstered furniture company Kingcome Sofas has completed works at its Devon factory designed to boost capacity and make the business more productive.

Online marketplace Wayfair last year launched a product recall for a Polish-made corner unit as it doesn't meet the U.K.'s strict fire and flammability regulations.

Six-figure profits helped bolster the balance sheet at Delcor in the first period since a change of ownership at the high-end upholstery business.

Underlying profits reached record levels at Danish furniture retail, supply and investment conglomerate Lars Larsen Group (LLG) last year fuelled by organic growth and acquisitions.

A prominent online furniture brand with a co-owned wholesale arm supplying other retailers has launched a product recall for upholstered sofas and armchairs that do not meet the U.K. flammability regulations.

DFS Group has expanded its supply chain partnership with Wincanton, agreeing a new three-year deal that builds on an existing collaboration for the Dwell furniture brand to additionally include other non-sofa products.

Upholstered furniture import volumes declined again on the back of continued weak data from China, the largest source of overseas-made sofas sold in the U.K.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com has agreed a new third-party retail tie-up as it looks maintain and build its retail footprint amid the evolution of its concession network in sister chain House of Fraser.

Direct-to-consumer sofa business Maker&Son has made roles redundant as part of plans to restructure and stabilise the embattled upholstery retailer.

Former DFS chief marketing and commercial officer Toni Wood has taken another C-suite role in the U.K. furnishings sector after joining Headlam Group as chief customer officer.

A handful of upstream raw material and semi-finished product suppliers face a shortfall on their debts following the insolvency of a small but long established sofa maker in the West Midlands.

A mid single-digit decline in order intake at DFS in the second half of the 2022 calendar year masks a big improvement in the past three months, according to the U.K. sofa market leader.

U.K. furniture manufacturing turnover rose at below-inflation levels for a third straight month in November according to data out Friday morning.

The md of Ercol Furniture [ercol] says the Buckinghamshire manufacturer remains focused on further building U.K. production after it returned to profit in 2021 and maintained that level last year.

Former Tetrad owner and md Janus Cooper will join longtime colleagues Nick Murphy and Annabel Simmons as they introduce the Encore Sofa Company to a widespread trade audience for the first time this month.

Aberdare sofa maker Ashwood Designs has praised its customers after a period in which it saw record demand combine with unprecedented upstream supply chain disruption.

Most furniture makers plan to make pay awards to staff this year according to the annual wages survey carried out by British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the trade association.

National retailer ScS is the new owner of modular sofa business Snug after it acquired the brand, domain names, website, intellectual property and stock from the administrators of the predecessor operating company.

Airsprung says it is in the process of financially leveraging surplus land and buildings owned by the diversified beds and upholstery group at its Wiltshire headquarters.

The operating company of modular sofa brand Snug has filed a notice of intent to appoint an administrator as potential bidders such as ScS look to complete a deal for either the company or its assets.

Upholstered furniture retailer ScS is among the suitors targeting the acquisition of Snug, the sofa-in-a-box brand that built sales north of £30 million during the height of the pandemic.

Ekornes, the China-owned upholstered furniture maker and owner of the Stressless brand, is to shed about a quarter of its global workforce and consolidate its Far East manufacturing operations in response to the weaker market.

Nichola Hornby Bell has joined West Midlands sofa maker Alpha Designs as sales director, succeeding Barry Webb, who will retire following a handover period.

A secured lender to embattled upholstery business Maker&Son has filed a second notice of intent to appoint an administrator (NOI) as it seeks to protect its position.

Living, dining and bedroom wholesaler Balmoral Furniture booked higher profits last year as revenue increased and margin widened as a result of fewer restrictions.

Profits rose by nearly a fifth last year for the U.K. market leader in the supply of flame retardant fabric coatings for the upholstered furniture industry.

Upholstered furniture and floorcoverings retailer ScS has expanded its store footprint in the north of England with the opening of a ninth store in Yorkshire.



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