Motion furniture maker La-Z-Boy, Inc. has agreed to pay $13.5 million (£10m) to settle a civil lawsuit filed by a company that claimed it was owed royalties for components.

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Matt Hudson, chief executive of The Lounge Co, will take on additional responsibility for Melksham based G Plan
Stephanie Hildon, chief executive of G Plan, has resigned and will leave the company at the end of January next year. Her replacement is the chief executive of sister company The Lounge Co.

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Billy & Slouch will launch at the NEC next month
Billy & Slouch is the new name for the former Collins & Hayes business in Hastings. The sofa maker will relaunch at the NEC next month with ranges created by one of its most successful past designers.

With three months of the year to report, the Thai owner of Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James looks primed to generate nine-figure combined sofa sales in 2017.

Upholstery imports declined in October on weak data from all bar one of the UK's key trading partners. Poland proved the exception.

Tetrad managing director Janus Cooper interviewed ahead of the relaunch of the Spink & Edgar Upholstery brand at the NEC next month.

Sofa maker Natuzzi has agreed to sell its products in selected John Lewis stores as it continues to build out its UK retail presence.

Natuzzi is outperforming in the UK with double-digit order growth, though delivery and procurement issues meant it was a disappointing quarter for the sofa maker overall.

Major sofa maker Man Wah Holdings is building capacity in both Europe and the Far East, as its recliner and fixed seat upholstery divisions experienced varying half-year sales.

Upholstery vertical benefits from strong first half and asset disposal.

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Italian sofa imports dropped by a quarter. Source: HMRC
Falling shipments of Chinese, Italian and Romanian sofas were behind a first drop in upholstery imports since the spring, according to new Government data.

La-Z-Boy will become the latest big-name furniture supplier to promote itself on television when it launches a campaign on mainstream broadcast networks next year.

Premium sofa maker Wade Upholstery is pulling out of the independents sector though the brand will live on, says chairman and JDP Furniture Group owner John Payne.

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The managing director of sofa maker Tetrad says order intake in the six months to end October is trending well ahead of 2016 thanks to wider distribution and strong sales of new product.

Enhanced distribution and sales promotion initiatives helped Stressless brand owner Ekornes beat tough UK market conditions in the third quarter.

HMRC is the biggest financial loser out of the restructure at upholstery supplies group Rexmore Textiles, and is owed more than £500,000 by the now-defunct company.

Former Dixons Carphone executive starts at the sofa chain next Monday.

The group CEO of Sofa Brands International says Jo Slaven can restore the Collins and Hayes brand back to its 'rightful' place.

Philip Spademan is to join East Midlands upholstery source Siren Furniture as sales director.

West Midlands furniture maker Boss Design has opened a 3,300sqft. northern showroom in Manchester, adding to other recent international openings at Chicago and Dubai.

The upholstery supplies group behind the Porter Valmic and John Singleton brands has downsized following a restructure that sees its former operating company liquidated.

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Upholstery group Sofa Brands International has appointed experienced retailer Matt Hudson as chief executive officer of its The Lounge Co. division.

Trowbridge beds and sofa group Airsprung has disclosed more detail about its July 2016 disposal of the former Collins and Hayes business in Sussex.

Upholstery imports built further momentum after a slow start to 2017, with a high single-digit percentage rise in goods trucked and shipped into Britain this summer.

Output increased for the sofa group DM Midlands in the year that saw Far East investors acquire a majority stake in the West Midlands based business.

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Strong demand and a fully-operational third new facility helped sofa maker Westbridge Furniture grow sales by nearly 30 percent in the year to end December 2016.

Upholstery source La-Z-Boy UK has appointed Mark Draper as account director, a role that will seem him manage its marketing and national retailer accounts, such as ScS.

Sofa maker Wyvern Furniture returned to growth in 2016 after seeing sales dip in mid single-digit percentages the previous year.

Revenue advanced 4.9 percent to £333.0 million for ScS, the UK's second largest sofa retailer, in the year to July 29, 2017.

Sofa maker Whitemeadow made top and bottom line gains in what it described as a year of two halves in the 12 months to end December 2016.

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

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