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.

JDPShowroomRevenue last year reached record levels at the JDP Furniture Group, which has recruited the former design director at G Plan Upholstery as md of its Wade Upholstery division.

ashleyManorWest Midlands upholstery manufacturer Ashley Manor posted record sales in the year to end March. Sister companies AMX Design and Alexander & James also increased output.

floodingUpholstery manufacturer Vale Bridgecraft has called on its customers to carry on ordering despite suffering severe flooding at its Yorkshire factory.

ukSofaMarketShareBritish sofa factories reclaimed lost market share last year as the overall UK upholstery market increased in size.

Third quarter UK and Ireland revenues declined for Stressless brand owner Ekornes, though remain ahead of 2014 on a year-to-date basis.

Italian sofa giant Natuzzi says the UK has become its second largest market worldwide with sales here trending up strongly in the first nine months of 2015.

htlLeather sofa supplier HTL is close to being sold to one of the world’s largest cabinet furniture and wood flooring manufacturers.

Chair specialist HSL will open its 53rd showroom later this week as it continues its nationwide store expansion programme.

htlSofaFar East sofa producers HTL and Man Wah—suppliers to some of the UK’s largest furniture chains—have reported declining sales in Europe.

bernardStitfallSofa Brands International will have a new group finance director from 1st December following the retirement after nearly four decades service of Bernard Stitfall.

natuzziCroydonHigh sales growth at key London stores helped sofa giant Natuzzi shrug off the impact of a number of department store concession closures last year.

dfsStoreOfficialAdvent International is to reduce its shareholding in DFS, the national furniture retailer which returned to the stock market earlier this year.

The transition to new owners hit’s bottom line in 2014–15 but the upholstery vertical maintained its sales momentum.