lebusSALES at sofa manufacturer Lebus Upholstery were up double-digit for the fourth straight year in 2015 with higher output boosting profits.

THE GROUP behind adjustable chairs manufacturer Restwell put nearly £20 million on its top line in 2015 boosted by acquisitions made in the first quarter.

scsFasciaSOFAS and carpets chain ScS says profits will beat market expectations after it built further sales momentum over the key spring Bank Holidays.

natuzziThurrockNATUZZI this weekend opened a Brent Cross store and relaunched in Croydon as it looks to build on high UK sales growth in the first quarter of 2016.

manWahFAR EAST upholstery producer Man Wah Holdings posted higher sales and profits in 2015–16 on demand from customers in China and the US. Sales to the UK declined.

htlPROFITS climbed despite European revenue declining for heavyweight leather upholstery source HTL International in the first quarter.

polishUpholsterySHIPMENTS from Poland were up more than a fifth as total sofa imports into Britain in the first quarter of 2016 rose 7.0 per cent.

parkerKnoll1STEPHEN McPartland MP, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group, is pictured cutting the ribbon to officially open Parker Knoll’s new factory on Monday.

laZBoyImproving margins helped profits jump more than a third in 2014–15 as upholstery maker and La-Z-Boy distributor Furnico posted record sales for a third successive year.

Sales growth returned in the UK for Nordic upholstery supplier Ekornes in the first three months of 2016, after revenue flatlined last year.

Buoyant Upholstery added a new factory and took its post-MBO investment into seven figures as it grew its top and bottom lines in the year to end September.

Parker Knoll says its new 100,000sqft Nottinghamshire factory will allow it to increase its production capacity by more than 33 per cent.

ukFurnitureManufacturingThe British consumer market for upholstery is to be among the strongest worldwide over the next three years, according to Milan-based furniture market research consultancy CSIL.

ONE of UK furniture chain Harveys’ main suppliers expanded its workforce by more than 25 per cent in 2014–15 with the bulk of the new jobs in manufacturing roles.

sMalvPKScott Malvenan is to retire as Sofa Brands International group CEO this summer, with Ian Oliver to take over the role from 1st July.

Ultra Furniture has downsized after losing a major retail contract, but its md says safeguarding the sofa manufacturer’s remaining 120 staff is his number one priority.

natuzziThurrockItalian upholstery giant Natuzzi has invested more than £13 million into its UK retail arm via a rights issue as it looks to build on high growth here last year.

NATUZZI FR VERSIONNatuzzi cut its pre-tax deficit in 2015 on production efficiencies, higher sales and a strong performance in the UK, its second largest market after the US.

dfsFascia150Revenue advanced 6.9 per cent to £355.8m at sofa chain DFS in the half to end January as the retailer announced its succession plan to replace longstanding finance director Bill Barnes.

Chinese furniture importsUpholstery shipments into the UK flatlined in the first month of 2016 as rising demand for Chinese sofas was negated by weak orders for EU-made goods.

htlSofaEuropean revenues declined at major leather upholstery source HTL International in the lead up to its planned sale to one of China’s largest furniture companies.

JasonTSofologyUpholstery specialist Sofaworks completed the last of its 33 store branding changes last week as it transitions to its new Sofology name.

Chinese furniture importsUpholstery imports climbed double-digits in December, propelled by a large increase in Chinese sofa shipments to British retailers and wholesalers.

dfsCo 2Upholstery retailer DFS is lining up another three stores in locations across the Midlands and South as it takes its total UK estate well beyond 100 units.

camerichFasciaModern upholstery specialist Camerich has opened the first of several planned stores for 2016 with a new unit in North London.

ashwoodUpholstery manufacturer Ashwood Designs built sales momentum last year, with owners saying the firm had benefited from its investment in plant and people.

wyvernFurnitureKeith Willies has become managing director of volume sofa manufacturer Wyvern Furniture, succeeding Len Hughes who has decided to retire.

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