westbridgeFactoryWestbridge put another £6.5m on its top line last year and will grow again in 2015 with its new factory supplying sofas to IKEA fully operational since the first quarter.

Demand in the UK and Italy was strong for Natuzzi in the first six months of 2015 as the upholstery producer made the most of more efficient production to narrow losses.

lebusFactoryRevenue growth escalated at Lebus Upholstery with the Lincolnshire sofa manufacturer posting a third successive double-digit sales climb.

sofaBrandsSofa Brands International posted double-digit top and bottom line growth in the year to end June with its Parker Knoll brand among its stellar performers.

polishUpholsteryPoland again usurped Italy as the prime EU upholstery source for UK importers at the start of the third quarter while Chinese sofa imports also climbed.

Premium sofa and chair manufacturer Spink & Edgar Upholstery and luxury fabrics supplier Swaffer have partnered for a new product line to be introduced this month.

Adjustable furniture vertical HSL delivered profitable growth as it continued to invest in store expansion in the year to end December.

stresslessAdHalf year UK and Ireland revenue declined for Stressless brand owner Ekornes as lower sales in the second quarter eliminated gains made in the first.

Final quarter demand picked up at sofa and carpets chain ScS, which has announced the planned departure of its longtime chief financial officer Ron Turnbull.

Upholstery chain DFS is to expand its Dutch store footprint as tough comps slowed growth in the second half of its 2014–15 financial year.

Heritage sofa maker Wade Upholstery has appointed Mike Greasley as its representative in a number of regions across Britain.

DIY retail stalwart George Adams has joined the board at listed sofas and carpets retailer ScS.

Heritage Long Eaton sofa group Steed Upholstery — which is celebrating its 50th anniversary year in 2015 — is to relaunch its Ashley House brand.

htlRevenue growth in Europe slowed at Far East leather source HTL in the first quarter of 2015 after having accelerated throughout last year.

Stressless brand owner Ekornes made a strong start to 2015 including rising revenues in the British and Irish retail markets.

Customer demand dropped sharply in the four weeks to 2nd May after a strong first quarter, according to sofas and carpets retailer ScS.

johnAlstonAlstons and BFM chairman John Alston will focus full time on the concrete business once the deal to sell the family upholstery company completes in June.

Sofa manufacturer QFC capitalised on its significant investment expanding capacity as it returned strongly to profit in 2014.

lazboyUkRevenue pushed towards £50m at Colne upholstery supplier Furnico through 2013–14 though weaker gross margin meant profits growth was more modest.

parkerKnollMontanaThe group behind the Parker Knoll, G Plan Upholstery and Duresta sofa businesses says it has laid the platform for substantial growth in 2014–15.

Harrogate retailer Smiths The Rink has become the latest stockist for Spink & Edgar Upholstery, the upmarket sofa business launched by the Harrison Spinks group late last year.

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