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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 Whitemeadow 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.

Lincolnshire sofa maker Lebus Upholstery outperformed the wider market on the way to a sixth straight year of top line growth in 2017.

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Cintique completes its move today (Aug. 16).
Furniture maker Cintique's move to the site of sister business Celebrity Motion Furniture won't compromise its identity, says Wayne Hollis, md of the two businesses.

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Chinese shipments fell by a fifth in June
Upholstery imports into Britain fell in the first half of this year as a result of both lower demand and delays in product being shipped from the Far East.

West Midlands sofa maker Ashley Manor acquired equipment and machinery from Ultra Furniture's wood mill following its closure earlier this year.

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Nelson based Buoyant hopes to run with one of Ultra's recent account wins
The chairman of Buoyant Upholstery says he hopes the Lancashire sofa maker can pick up some of the pieces left behind following the closure of Ultra Furniture, the manufacturer with whom it shared an owner in common.

Assets of high-end furniture vertical Wesley Barrell and South Coast sofa maker Billy & Slouch, launched at the NEC this year, have been pledged as collateral to the owner of the two companies.

The next edition of London Fabric will take place February 25–26, 2019, exhibition organiser BFM has confirmed.

ScS, Britain's number two sofa chain, said softer trading conditions in the second half of its 2017–18 financial year wiped out almost all of the gains it had made in the first.

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Sales grew for Alexander & James
Alexander & James and Ashley Manor were the fastest growing business units for the DM Midlands group of sofa suppliers last year, outperforming its bigger division that focuses on national retailers.

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QFC's Alma Park Road factory in Grantham, Lincolnshire
QFC, Britain's third largest wholly privately-owned sofa maker, faces an uncertain future after a series of factors combined to leave directors no choice other than to put the company into administration.

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Subject to the outcome of a consultation, Celebrity will become the new home of Cintique
JDP Furniture Group is planning to move production of Cintique, its heritage show-wood upholstery brand, to sister company Celebrity in nearby Huthwaite.

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Fabb Sofas ceased trading in June
DFS founder Lord Kirkham is the biggest single creditor of Fabb Sofas, the nine-store sofa chain he advised which ceased trading and entered administration last month.

Nearly 700 consumers who paid deposits for Fabb Sofas products will by tomorrow get a full refund according to PwC, appointed administrator of the company last month.

Upholstery giants Natuzzi and Kuka have received regulatory clearance for the joint venture announced earlier this year that will see the latter invest in new Natuzzi stores across China.

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Colchester based Alstons advanced its market share last year
Colchester sofa maker Alstons Upholstery gained market share in 2017 after outperforming the wider market.

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Mike Storey will return to G Plan in September
Seasoned upholstery executive Mike Storey will go back to Sofa Brands International this autumn, taking the post of commercial director at sofa maker G Plan.

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