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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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.