Matt O'Flynn, former chairman at the association of British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) and the Long Eaton Guild of Furniture of Manufacturers, has died. He was 44 years old.

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Parker Knoll's Castlewood Business Park factory.
Three of Britain's largest sofa manufacturers — Duresta, G Plan and Parker Knoll — faced up to rising costs, customer insolvency, adverse weather and challenging trading conditions during 2017–18.

The Lounge Co, the multichannel consumer brand launched by the Sofa Brands International group back in 2016, doubled revenue in its first full year of trading.

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Wesley Barrell has been beset by problems for some time.
Heritage furniture brand Wesley Barrell faces a new existential threat after the newco that bought the business in a prepack administration in February told employees it too was closing.

Natuzzi, the Italian upholstery manufacturer and retailer, has delayed the release of fourth quarter and full year 2018 results, which were originally due last Friday (Mar. 29).

Dienne Salotti, a southern Italian sofa maker established at the turn of the century, is to enter the UK for the first time.

Whitemeadow, the Sutton-in-Ashfield upholstered furniture maker, is reopening its independent showroom from April 29–May 1 to coincide with spring Long Point.

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The new showroom adds to units at Fulham, Harrogate and Bristol (pictured).
Arlo & Jacob will this Easter open a fourth retail showroom as it continues to build out its physical store presence in selected affluent locations.

Upholstery market leader DFS will this weekend open its westernmost store yet as it expands its presence in Ireland.

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ScS sales fell including the now-closed House of Fraser concessions, but advanced without.
Interim numbers from ScS Group underscore how serious the retailer was about acquiring Sofa.com, with Britain's number two upholstery chain having spent a sizeable six-figure sum on the process.

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Italian sofa imports were up by 10% in January.
Double-digit gains on upholstery shipped and trucked in from China and Italy boosted sofa imports in January, countering weaker figures from Poland.

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Whitemeadow quality manager Andy Pinder (right) with Phil Reynolds, chief operating officer of The Furniture Industry Research Association.
Whitemeadow, one of Britain's largest upholstered furniture manufacturers, has become the latest industry company to be awarded membership of The Furniture Industry Research Association's Compliance Scheme.

After market leader DFS updated last week, tomorrow attention turns to ScS, Britain's second largest upholstery retailer, which is due to file half-year numbers to January 26, 2019.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS has admitted misleading customers at its Aberdeen store back in the autumn of 2017 after a nationwide Trading Standards investigation.

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Profits climbed at DFS in the 22 weeks to December 30, 2018.
Half-year profits advanced at DFS as the sofa market leader made the most of a buildup in sales demand after customers had deferred purchases during the exceptionally hot summer last year.

Upholstery market-leader DFS says it hopes to save £7 million a year in rent as it prepares to enter negotiations with landlords over expiring leases. It also indicated it had revised its Sofology store target.

Privately-owned sofa and chair maker Sherborne Upholstery built cash and saw underlying profits rise in a year where revenue was broadly flat.

The switch of financial year-end by Britain's largest upholstery retailer DFS went largely unreported, with even the odd supplier claiming to have little knowledge.

European sales boost for one-time owner of 26-store British upholstery retail chain Easy Living Furniture.

Italian sofa maker Natuzzi will expand its collaboration with Studio Marcel Wanders with the launch of a third new collection with the Dutch design icon inside 12 months.

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TCM Corp acquired a majority position in Alstons in 2015.
TCM Corp, the Far East majority owner of UK sofa makers Ashley Manor and Alstons, posted bigger profits at its British upholstery unit after revenue growth through 2018.

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The Hastings Sofa Company has launched from a slimmed down part of the large Menzies Road factory.
The fortunes of the Sussex upholstery factory that was the longtime home to Collins and Hayes before the brand was sold to Sofa Brands International are back on an upward curve following the launch of The Hastings Sofa Company.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com is planning to open its first physical retail space in Ireland, lending weight to theories its new owner bought the business to bolster its concession presence.

A major Far East upholstered chair maker is planning its first foray into European production with a purpose-built plant in Romania.

The joint administrators of Wesley Barrell have outlined details of their past relationship with the owner of the prepacked upholstery maker and retailer, saying between them they worked on two previous insolvencies he was involved with.

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The owner of Wesley Barrell was also the largest creditor of the business.
The restructure of premium sofa maker and retailer Wesley Barrell involved a £20,000 upfront payment with the rest payable over time. Creditors face a shortfall of about £2.5 million.

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Wesley Barrell trades from showrooms across the UK
High-end sofa maker and retailer Wesley Barrell has completed its widely-anticipated restructure after the operating company was placed into the hands of administrators earlier this month.

Working capital increased for West Yorkshire upholstery fabrics supplier J Brown Fabrics in 2017–18 as it ended the period with more cash and inventory than the previous year.

Appointment completes senior management team, says Natuzzi.

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The sun set on the Fabb Sofas business last June.
PwC, the big-four consultancy firm overseeing the winding down of the now-defunct upholstery chain Fabb Sofas, says its fees might be higher than first anticipated.

Creditors of the heritage rise and recline chair maker AJ Way, which filed for insolvency last autumn, face a potential seven-figure shortfall according to a report by administrators.

Any lingering doubts over Sports Direct International's involvement with Sofa.com have been put to bed with details emerging of a credit line agreed between the two parties.

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Italian sofa imports were up more than a fifth in December.
Upholstery imports into Britain advanced in December as double-digit growth in the value of goods trucked in from Italy and Poland countered the impact of a fall in Chinese-made goods arriving at British ports.

Aberdare upholstery producer Ashwood Designs has more than trebled its annual revenue since 2013 with the company posting a fifth straight rise in sales, just-filed accounts show.

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Wesley Barrell manufactures and retails premium upholstery
The owner of upmarket upholstery maker and retailer Wesley Barrell says he is not afraid to do "what needs to be done" in response to the economic climate and to ensure the business' survival.

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Sofa.com owner LGT European Capital has been looking for a buyer for the upholstery vertical.
Sports Direct International, parent to House of Fraser and a growing roster of retail brands, was left in prime position to acquire Sofa.com after rival bidder ScS Group exited the process.

Clicks-to-bricks upholstery manufacturer and retailer Sofa.com will not become part of the ScS Group, the UK's second largest upholstery retailer said today.

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Like-for-like order intake climbed in past six months
ScS said same-store orders at its core brand advanced in the past six months with the business primed to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

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LGT is seeking a new owner for Sofa.com
ScS says it is in talks to acquire the business and assets of Sofa.com, the clicks-to-bricks upholstery vertical. It is reportedly competing with Mike Ashley's Sports Direct International.

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Wesley Barrell now trades from ten showrooms
Wesley Barrell, the high-end upholstery maker and retailer headquartered at Witney in Oxfordshire, has further downsized its retail showroom network.



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