Fair-trade furniture and accessories retailer Myakka has top scored in the Good Shopping Guide, a consumer reference book compiled by the Ethical Company Organisation.

GardinerHaskinsBristolPrivately owned South West home department store retailer Gardiner Haskins returned strongly to growth in 2014 and boosted already high profit margins.

The new Consumer Rights Act — which came into effect yesterday — fundamentally affects the furniture retail sector’s relationship with its customers.

British consumer confidence declined in September but still remains well ahead of year-earlier levels, according to research group GfK.

Nottinghamshire upholstery producer Whitemeadow more than doubled profits on the back of rising sales and a 60 basis point swing in gross margin.

home24European consumers propelled Home24 and Westwing — two of the continents main home and living ecommerce retailers — to new heights in the first half of 2015.

The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) is funding a research project designed to address the 1bn kilograms of waste furniture and mattresses sent to landfill annually in the UK.

DickinsonsFurnishersPrivately owned retailer Dickinsons Furnishers has grown sales by more than £3m in three years and plans to maintain its sales momentum.

The Yorkshire based sales office of Belgian carpet manufacturer Associated Weavers posted its strongest sales in eight years in 2014.

The seventh South West Furniture Show will take place from 13th–15th September 2016, organisers have confirmed.

scsFasciaExpanding its store footprint boosted sales for upholstery chain ScS in the year to end July, though profits were down as a result of its spring sales blip and concession costs.

The CEO of upholstery and flooring chain ScS says he believes the retailer maintained market share during its “short, sharp dip” in spring trading momentum.

Major independent retailer Forrest Furnishings says it is trading ahead in high single-digits in the first three quarters of 2015 as it looks to build on strong growth last year.

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.

Clive Christian has sold his majority stake in his eponymous furnishings and fragrance company to a consortium of private investors.

conranSelfridgesModern furniture specialist bolsters its management team plus a look at The Conran Shop’s worldwide performance in the year to end March. Sign in for more.

John Lewis yesterday opened its new £35m Birmingham department store, which anchors the Grand Central retail development above New Street Station.

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

Carpets group AIREA posted higher profits as sales climbed at home and abroad and in both contract and domestic markets in the year to end June.

International furniture brand BoConcept has revised its 2015–16 profit forecasts on the back of better-than-expected sales and order growth over the summer.

ercolEdwardRomanaHeritage furniture brand Ercol is to make a major investment in machinery at its Buckinghamshire factory as it looks to build on another year of strong growth.

Leeds mattress and bed technology manufacturer Harrison Spinks was last night named bed manufacturer of the year for 2015.

National retailer Furniture Village has retained its bed retailer of the year crown, with Newbridge Street Bedding Centre winning the independent category.

Four-store furniture and home furnishings retailer Alan Ward has opened a new floorcoverings and interiors department at its Shrewsbury store.

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.

Diversified furnishings group Ena Shaw is forecasting growth of almost a fifth this year driven by market tailwinds and the full year contribution of its Montgomery brand.

Britain’s bed trade will descend on the Telford International Centre this morning as the National Bed Federation’s Bed Show throws open its doors.

Furniture retailer Made.com’s negative operating margin improved on the back of higher sales and stronger gross margin in 2014.

bensonsCargoSteinhoff is to phase out its Cargo Homeshop stores chain with a number of its shops to be used to expedite Bensons for Beds’ growth in the South East.

EBITDA will reach £18m at beds retailer Dreams in 2015 as it continues to benefit from internal self-help measures and strong customer demand.

retailParkFurniture retailers’ five month run of consecutive year-on-year double-digit sales rises came to an end in August but were still ahead of year-earlier levels.

Oak Furniture Land is lining up new stores in Scotland and a first in Northern Ireland as it continues to rollout across the UK.

Department store chain John Lewis built on its first weekly sales growth of the year with another strong week in the seven days to 12th September.

tapiUddingstonStore numbers at fledgling floorcoverings chain Tapi Carpets & Floors are approaching double figures with the firm opening its first store in Scotland.

There are two key takeaways from the performance of two of Britain’s leading ecommerce furniture retailers. Sign in for more.

Retail giant Matalan has expanded its home furnishings offer with a dedicated programme of mattresses, bedframes and bedroom furniture through its Matalan Direct arm.

West Yorkshire contract furniture group Thornton EME posted high top and bottom line growth in the year to end December 2014.

Hypnos has been named AIS Bed Supplier of the Year following a vote of its independent retail membership.

bettaLivingSales growth escalated at furniture chain Betta Living in 2013–14 as it made the most of new stores and concessions in partner retailers.

Year-on-year furniture retail prices were positive for the first time in seven months in August and up 280 basis points on the year to July.

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.

Kent furniture and interiors distributor Gallery Direct has added UK made mattresses to its product roster with the acquisition of Wiltshire manufacturer Dreamworks Beds.

Half of B&Q’s planned store downsizing programme — announced in the spring of this year — will be completed by the end of its 2015–16 trading period, owner Kingfisher says.

Retailers including IKEA and John Lewis have been praised by the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) in a new report highlighting the industry’s contribution to furniture re-use.

HeartofEnglandHomeLivingOne of the largest furniture retail divisions in the UK co-operative movement is to close with Heart of England Co-op’s decision to phase out its Home & Living stores.

Off-price furniture and accents retailer HomeSense is part way through a flurry of store openings that will take its national store portfolio to 38 shops.

The high street and shopping centre footfall malaise continued in August though the floors of UK retail parks were trodden in greater numbers than last year.

Softer demand for Belgian merchandise was behind a fall in carpet imports at the start of the third quarter.

Carpets and floorcoverings group Victoria has agreed to buy flooring accessories supplier Interfloor in a deal worth around £65m.

steinhoffUKmdsAnthony Joyce has assumed responsibility for Steinhoff UK Manufacturing following the long planned retirement of managing director Andy Murdoch.

General merchandise retailer Next says its new Home stores are trading way ahead of target and significantly stronger than new floorspace devoted to apparel.

Fast growth in economies including China and Russia helped IKEA global sales reach €32bn in 2014–15.

bensonForBedsBensons for Beds gleaned market share as Steinhoff’s UK retail interests traded ahead in high single digits during the year to end June.

Major furniture independent Stokers group deleveraged as it built sales and profits ahead of its late May acquisition of Aylesbury furniture retailer Lucas.

Dunelm posted rising sales and profits in 2014–15 as it made the most of its existing and new stores and its burgeoning online business.

Weak electricals demand hit sales at Argos in the second quarter while ongoing store closures hampered sister retailer Homebase despite improving like-for-likes.

lauraAshleyRetailer Laura Ashley enjoyed a double-digit spike in like-for-like furniture sales in the six months to 1st August though total revenue was impacted by net store closures.

The world’s biggest bed company Tempur Sealy International has a new leader following the high-profile ousting of former CEO Mark Sarvary earlier this year.

A major Malaysian furniture delegation has joined a raft of new and returning exhibitors to sign to the January Furniture Show, scheduled for 24th–27th January 2016.

Year-on-year retail prices were lower for a 28th consecutive month but unchanged in August, according to the British Retail Consortium.

sofaComVinceGunnUpholstery retailer Sofa.com has named Vince Gunn as its new chief executive following the earlier appointment of a new CFO.

Like-for-like retail sales dropped in August as retailers relied on new space to make up the shortfall, according to the British Retail Consortium.

A fall in sales in the third quarter proved a setback for the owner of the Habitat furniture retail brand outside the United Kingdom.

loafHomeLoaf says the launch of its new London store will have a transformational effect as it looks to build on profitable growth in 2014–15.

The pace of the rollout of the Habitat brand has been accelerated with the chain to reach its 2015–16 store target several months ahead of schedule.

The privately owned group behind the out-of-town Trago Mills shopping centres enjoyed a leap in profits in 2014 despite relatively flat sales.

conranSelfridgesFurniture and design retailer The Conran Shop is preparing to open its third UK store with a new concession inside Selfridges London.

westElmThumbWest Elm senior buyer Angus Whyte and vice president Kerri Ackermann tell The Furnishing Report about its new gallery in John Lewis.

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.

bentallsKingstonDepartment store retailer Bentalls has appointed the former head furniture buyer at rival retailer John Lewis for a newly created director of buying role.

Ponsford commercial director David Carter has left to launch his own brand management, distribution and sourcing business.

ulsterInternalMajor flooring manufacturer Ulster Carpets has unfurled the first phase of its £30m investment programme as it celebrates another year of record profits.

nickRadfordSmallThe acquisition of the Morris, Zone and Relaxateeze brands meets a strategic need, says Nathan Group chairman Nicholas Radford. He tells the Furnishing Report why.

Taking full control of the G Plan brand represents a powerful opportunity for the upholstery group Sofa Brands International.

Whirlpool has waded into the battle to acquire British premium stoves and furnishings group Aga Rangemaster, threatening to capsize a bid from one of its rivals.

hatfieldsColchesterSales growth escalated at large independent furniture retailer Hatfields of Colchester in the year to end March.

morrisFactoryThe Morris Furniture Group has sold its G Plan Cabinets brand to Sofa Brands International and its Zone, Relaxateeze and Morris brands to the newly formed Nathan Group.

ikeaAberdeenMockupThe second of IKEA’s smaller format store pilots is planned for the North East of Scotland with the retailer hoping to open in time for the key Christmas trading period.

Modern furniture specialist BoConcept enjoyed a strong first quarter in the UK, where its largest franchisee has taken control of all London stores.

Multi-fascia beds retail group Beter Bed said it made market share gains across Europe in the first half despite net store closures across its circa 1,100 store estate.

JohnLewisCorporateDepartment store mutual John Lewis’ slow start to the year continued as revenue within its Home category trended downwards for a third successive week.

Furniture Village opens its 41st store this August Bank Holiday weekend as part of its plan to open 20 new sites over the next five years.

furnitureVillageFasciaNational retailer Furniture Village grew 2014–15 profits by 43 per cent as orders increased and margins returned to historically high levels.

US furniture retailer West Elm is to open concession-style spaces in John Lewis stores starting with the department store chain’s big Oxford Street revamp, which officially opens next week.

East of England beds retailer Mattressman is raising cash for a new children’s hospice, by donating a percentage of the proceeds of its in-house produced Nook mattress.

The next edition of the IMM furniture fair in Cologne looks set to sell out with under a fifth of stand space remaining, according to organiser Koelnmesse.

wedoWebHomeOnline beds retailer Wedo Beds has ceased trading and will be placed into liquidation later today.

The company behind the SleepShaper mattress brand has developed a grading system for its memory foam programme and says others in the industry should follow its lead.

AshcraftFurnitureGloucsFlatpack bedroom supplier Ashcraft Furniture was saved through a pre-pack administration last month, new statutory filings reveal.

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

East of England mattress and bed base manufacturer Mansion House posted strong sales, profits and cash growth in the year to end March.

carpetShowroomThe boss of wholesale giant Headlam says momentum is building in the UK flooring sector as it claimed first half market share gains.

retailParkFurniture retailers made double-digit sales gains for a fifth consecutive time in July, with sales now trending upwards in each of the past 14 months.

Tough comps and changeable weather were blamed as John Lewis’ sales in the second week of its new financial year continued in the same vein as the first.

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.

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