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.

natuzziFactoryUpholstery giant Natuzzi has taken a leaner product line into 2015 as it looks to build on an improving sales picture through last year.

sofaworksCOUpholstery retailer Sofaworks — whose IP court battle with DFS-owned Sofa Workshop is scheduled for next month — has sold a stake in the business to help fuel its growth.

natuzziFactoryThere will be fewer job cuts at Natuzzi’s Italian plants after the company finalised its restructuring plan in a binding agreement with local Government and unions.

dfsCo 2Upholstery chain DFS has set its IPO price at 255 pence per share valuing the furniture retail group at £543.2m.

htlSofaLeather upholstery giant HTL made the most of strong trading in Europe and foreign exchange gains to double profits in 2014.

Sofa chain DFS says grabbing share from local independents is behind its plan to pilot sub-5k sqft showrooms in urban centres and small market towns.

Upholstery retailer DFS has announced the price range for its IPO ahead of shares beginning to trade on the London Stock Exchange on or around the 6th March.

stresslessAdUK demand for upholstery brand Stressless picked up through 2014 after a slow start, according to its Norwegian owner Ekornes.

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