MANAGING director Simon Wade has resigned from East Midlands sofa maker Wade Upholstery, chairman John Payne has confirmed.

PRODUCTION efficiencies helped profits rise for Lincolnshire sofa maker QFC last year, offsetting the impact of losing a large customer after it exited the sector.

ITALIAN sofa maker, franchisor and retailer Natuzzi says it will open one more UK store this year and another in the first quarter of 2018.

NATUZZI returned to growth in the second quarter of 2017 as it hailed its decision to open more directly-operated-stores. The startup cost of those contributed to losses widening.

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CONSUMER media brand House & Garden is launching its first collection of furniture after agreeing a design collaboration with upholstery retailer Arlo & Jacob.

SECOND half sofa imports made a positive start buoyed by rising demand for Chinese and Polish made goods, according to new Government figures.

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REVENUE trended up in low single digits in what was another profitable year for Essex sofa maker Alstons Upholstery in 2016.

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FOLLOWS earlier sale of heritage brand rights to industry giant.

HALF-year sofa imports into Britain inch forward despite weak figures from legacy trading partner in June.

LETTER outlines IPR sale details and transition plan

DEAL includes brand, website, design rights and back catalogue. Does not include company and Sussex factory, which will continue to produce sofas under a new name.

DFS has agreed to buy rival Sofology in a deal worth an initial £25 million, confirming longstanding trade speculation. Dependent on earnings, the total payable could reach £100 million.

RECLINER company La-Z-Boy says 70 UK retailers have signed up to host its Furniture Gallery concept with installations underway across the country.

PROFITS climbed by more than half as West Yorkshire based upholstery importer Scan-Thors UK expanded through 2015–16.

REVENUE jumped 16 percent for Ekornes ASA in the UK and Ireland in the second quarter as the upholstery maker clawed back some of its first quarter decline.

multiyorkFIRST profits in six years for the circa £50 million turnover upmarket upholstery maker and retailer.

sofaFrameUPHOLSTERY imports into Britain dipped in May with lower quantities trucked in from Eastern Europe and traditional source nations including Italy.

CollinsHayeshqNEW accounts reveal detail of widening losses and forecast sales at the South Coast sofa maker as it begins turnaround programme.

NEW factory in Eastern Europe will supply products to retailers in countries including the UK

MTFsmDEAL sees circa £4.5 mill. sofa maker become part of one of Europe's largest contemporary upholstery groups, and is precursor to new factory build

FURNITURE wholesaler TCS The Complete Service and soft-cover upholstery producer Sofa So Good are collaborating to launch a new venture called SSG.

alstonsFactorySALES bump by 76 percent year-on-year to end March 2017 thanks to addition of group behind Ashley Manor and Alexander & James

CelebrityFurnLONGTIME managing director stepping down at the end of June at circa £25 million turnover rise and recline chair manufacturer

sofaFrameAFTER two successive years as the UK market's largest European sofa source, Polish upholstery imports are down so far this year, with Italy on the rise again.

lebusUphSOFA maker Lebus Upholstery said capacity issues were behind a fall in 2016 profits, offsetting a fifth straight year of sales growth.

ALLEGATIONS by an activist investor against Man Wah Holdings "are groundless, malicious and false" the Far East recliner maker said in a statement today.

CollinsHayeshqCREDITORS of Collins and Hayes are being asked to back a CVA proposal that will eliminate a chunk of the heritage sofa maker's unsecured debt.

SALES decline worldwide, though UK stores deliver growth; Italian company accrues extra €9.3 million in legal provisions following "unfortunate" court ruling

THE FIRST inclusion of figures from Man Wah's Europe-based sofa production interests offset a decline in wholesale revenues to Europe from its Far East factories.

fabbNottFURTHER seven-figure shareholder investment in emerging upholstery retail business Fabb Sofas

UPHOLSTERY source La-Z-Boy has given additional responsibility to the executive behind its UK and Ireland brand rights acquisition as part of a wider management restructure.

italianSofaDEMAND for Italian-made sofas softened the impact of a first fall in Polish Q1 upholstery imports into Britain since the financial crash of 2008.

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