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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Devon sofa maker expands top and bottom line and eyes bigger export sales

Scott Coggan and his team are joining Ashley Manor
Former DFS and Fabb Sofas design director Scott Coggan has been appointed to the same role at Ashley Manor, with his development team from Fabb joining him to bolster the Midlands sofa maker's creative output.

Joybird has sales of $55m and specialises in mid-century modern upholstery
Furniture maker La-Z-Boy has agreed to buy Joybird, a fast-growing American Internet retailer specialised in mid-century modern upholstery.

Upholstery vertical Arlo & Jacob will open its new Bristol store on August 14, doubling its physical store footprint.

Upholstery imports into Britain from China are down sharply in the first five months of 2018
Market leader DFS blamed disruption to its Far East supply chain for a decline in delivered sales in recent weeks. It is unlikely to have been the only furniture retailer to suffer.

Old Boot, a leather upholstery business specialised in the sale of Chesterfield style sofas online and from its London showroom, has been placed into liquidation.

Tough trading conditions didn't prevent Stressless sales growing here in the first half of 2018
Half-year UK and Ireland revenues were up almost double-digit for Stressless brand owner Ekornes as the recliner and other furniture maker shrugged off weak market conditions here.

Sofa imports increased, offsetting the impact of falling UK sofa production
The value of British sofa production slipped below £1 billion last year after a high single-digit percentage fall compared with the previous year.

Upholstery supplier Scan-Thors (UK) has cautioned of tough trading conditions with input costs rising and customers seeing fewer shoppers entering stores.

Follows House of Fraser agreeing CVA.

Italian upholstery giant Natuzzi expects to open four more Natuzzi Italia showrooms on UK retail parks before the end of 2018, starting with a new unit in Berkshire.

New Natuzzi Editions gallery at Ponsford, Sheffield
Natuzzi has agreed a white-label upholstery deal with one of the UK's largest general retailers as well as expanding distribution through 25 new galleries in independent stockists.

Next began producing sofas in Yorkshire in 2016
Starting up and building a sofa making business unit has seen fashion-to-furniture retailer Next invest millions, new accounts show.

Higher sales at home and the rest of Europe helped one of the UK's biggest suppliers of sofa fabrics offset weaker Chinese revenue last year.

The md of furniture maker Shackletons has sold the business to an external investor who will run the company as chairman and chief executive.

Rise and recliner co. saw sales slide but made positive earnings contribution.

Mulberry Home fabrics to feature on new Tetrad line
Tetrad, the North West sofa maker celebrating its 50th year of trading in 2018, is launching an upholstery programme covered exclusively in Mulberry Home fabrics.

Deposits, one of the biggest bugbears of the industry when others fall insolvent, could be returned
Customers of Fabb Sofas who paid deposits in the period leading up to the retailer's closure may get their money back, after management took steps to protect funds.

Fabb Sofas' Giltbrook store at Nottingham was among its most expensive
Stores traded by Fabb Sofas, which was placed into administration earlier this month, will be difficult to find takers for because of their size and cost.

Sofa imports fell more than a fifth at the beginning of the second quarter as the value of goods shipped in from China declined for a fourth month straight.

The de Sede space will official launch early July
Luxury furniture maker de Sede is opening a shop-in-shop at London department store Harrods, mixing leather upholstery with fashion accents.

Man Wah is buying a rival recliner maker for $68m (£51m)
Upholstery manufacturing giant Man Wah Holdings is buying a Vietnamese rival in a move that consolidates recliner production in the Far East.

Expanding furniture chain Loaf is planning its first store in the Midlands after agreeing to take over a former Argos unit in Solihull.

Privately-owned upholstery producer JDP Furniture Group said a decrease in sales was behind the company recording a seven-figure loss last year.

A second showroom will open this summer with more planned over the next two years
The md of Arlo & Jacob says the London based sofa brand is in "full expansion mode" with plans to open showrooms nationwide over the next two years.

Suppliers to Fabb Sofas have been told to liaise with landlords directly if they want to be reunited with stock they believe is legitimately still theirs.

John Pye will hold nationwide auctions to clear display stock
Officials at PwC — installed as administrators at upholstery retailer Fabb Sofas Thursday — have enlisted auctioneers John Pye to clear store stock of the failed chain.

Mark Smith, (left) and David Lee
David Lee is stepping down as CEO at DM Midlands Group, the supplier behind sofa brands Ashley Manor, AMX and Alexander & James, after 25 years.

Thursday was not great for the upholstery industry in the UK.

Fabb Sofas traded from nine stores
Fabb Sofas, the nine-store sofa chain advised by the founder of DFS and run by a number of its former management team, has been placed into administration.

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