neptuneShowroomUPMARKET furniture, home and garden brand Neptune registered a sixth straight year of growth in 2014–15 with revenue approaching £37 million.

INDUSTRY charity The Furniture Makers’ Company yesterday launched The Export Award as it looks to support UK producers balance the £3.3 billion furniture trade deficit.

coachHouseAlthamFURNITURE and home accents wholesaler Coach House posted record sales and profits in the year to end September 2015.

DreamsFasciaNew2016INVESTMENT firm Sun European Partners is considering realising its investment in beds specialist Dreams, according to weekend newspaper reports.

Oak Furniture Land fascia coPROFITS fell 41 percent last year at JB Global Ltd, the company behind the Oak Furniture Land and SofaStore retail chains. Sales continued to rise.

forrestFTHE CHAIRMAN of Forrest Furnishings says the business is on target to match last year’s turnover despite the spring 2015 closure of its MacDonald Furniture Galleries showroom.

homebaseStoreHOME improvement retailer Homebase has dropped a number of furniture categories from its product offer as part of its new owner’s plan to turn the retail business around.

NORTHALLERTON retailer Barkers says its expanded, rebranded and refurbished Home store is trading well ahead of plan as it looks to build on a fourth straight year of growth.

INTERNATIONAL furniture retailer JYSK is launching in Belgium next year and says the country can sustain a 50-store operation.

multiyorkSALES climbed 9.7 percent at Multiyork last year with the upmarket upholstery chain narrowing its pre-tax loss to under £1 million.

CASE goods distributor Willis & Gambier is among the final four companies to take exhibition space at next month’s Manchester Furniture Show, which is now fully booked.

carpetrightStoreFLOORCOVERINGS specialist Carpetright Plc says it will refurbish nearly a quarter of its UK store network over the next year as it rolls out the best of its store format pilots.

THE UK furniture market rose 3 percent to £10.6 billion in 2015 as rising imports offset a decline in home produced furniture.

BEDS specialist Dreams is relaunching its Replace Every Eight advertising campaign with a £3 million investment across TV, radio, national press, social channels and video on demand.

DANISH furniture design classics manufacturer Carl Hansen & Son has acquired a 398,000sqft industrial estate as it looks to build on a sixth successive year of revenue growth.

retailParkStoresBRITISH furniture and furnishings retailers were among the hardest hit as share prices slumped in the wake of last Thursday’s referendum, where voters chose to leave the European Union.

warrenEvansFascHIGHER sales and lower costs pushed South East beds and bedroom retail chain Warren Evans back into the black last year.

debenhamsFascDEPARTMENT store retailer Debenhams Plc said yesterday it would roll out a new furniture display concept in more stores after an initial trial.

THE US distributor for premium British mattress brand Spink & Edgar has launched a website aimed at local customers at

dreamsMline2DUTCH wholesaler DBC is returning to the UK market with national beds specialist Dreams to introduce its M Line mattress and bedding programme in stores this summer.

REVENUE climbed for a second straight year at Yorkshire furniture manufacturer Shackletons in 2015. Profits more than doubled.

cabinetWarehousingThe European market for flat-pack furniture was worth €14 billion last year with the UK among the most prominent consumers of kit form furniture.

Sales at Spanish retailer Zara’s dedicated UK Home chain declined for the first time in 2015–16 but new stores opened this spring will likely facilitate a return to growth.

lebusSALES at sofa manufacturer Lebus Upholstery were up double-digit for the fourth straight year in 2015 with higher output boosting profits.

SOUTH West independent retailer Fairway Furniture returned to growth in 2015–16 with underlying profit also up sharply year-on-year.

retailParkStoresYEAR-ON-YEAR furniture sales have been higher in each of the past 24 consecutive months though growth slowed down in May.

INDUSTRY charity The Furniture Makers’ Company says it will accept entries for its Sustainability Award from all UK furniture and furnishings manufacturers for the first time.

PoundlandHARVEYS and Bensons for Beds owner Steinhoff International Holdings NV said yesterday it was considering bidding for British value retailer Poundland Group Plc.

THE RETAIL price of furniture has been higher year-on-year every month in 2016 so far, with May’s inflation rate inching up. Flooring price inflation slowed.

HOME shopping retailer N Brown Group Plc said revenues in its Home and Gift categories were broadly flat in the first quarter as overall product sales dipped.

ukFurnitureManufacturingUK FURNITURE factory inflation last month fell for the third straight month to its lowest level in almost a year and a half, according to new Government data.

BoConBourDANISH franchisor BoConcept A/S initiated administrator appointments at its Bristol and Bournemouth franchisees, fearing customer deposits might be swallowed up by other debts.

DEMAND for foreign-made sprung and foam based mattresses has lifted by nearly 30 per cent in the first four months of 2016.

RETAIL footfall inched 0.3 per cent up in May thanks to a big turnout over the May bank holiday weekend, according to the British Retail Consortium.

cabinetWarehousingSHIPMENTS of bedroom furniture continue to underpin year-to-date growth in demand for case goods, though April saw improving living, dining and chairs data.

SWEDISH furniture and homeware retailer IKEA is to collaborate with British designer Tom Dixon and Danish design house Hay for launches slated for 2017.

airsprungHQBEDS and upholstery group Airsprung has named the successor to Jeff Deeprose, who has left his operations director role to join one of the UK’s fastest growing furniture suppliers.

YORKSHIRE bedding specialist John Cotton Group raised a third of its annual charity target in a single night last Thursday with a charity gala featuring comedian Jimmy Carr.

polishUpholsterySOFA shipments spiked at the start of the second quarter with April imports moving at twice the year-to-date run rate.

HOME Retail Group chief executive John Walden is to step down from the PLC holding company and its Argos subsidiary once its sale to Sainsbury’s completes.

THE GROUP behind adjustable chairs manufacturer Restwell put nearly £20 million on its top line in 2015 boosted by acquisitions made in the first quarter.

MANAGEMENT at Tempur Sealy International Inc. have increased their stock buyback authorisation by an additional $200 million (£138 million).

scsFasciaSOFAS and carpets chain ScS says profits will beat market expectations after it built further sales momentum over the key spring Bank Holidays.

sharpsFasciaBEDROOM and home office retailer Sharps paid £12 million in dividends to its private equity owner in 2014–15 in a year that saw it refinance its debts.

INCREASED advertising spend and new showroom openings helped boost sales and profits at Sharps last year, despite a net downsizing of its store network.

DEWSBURY manufacturer Highgate Beds said sales in 2016 could return to historical highs as it looks to build on double-digit growth achieved in 2014–15.

THE LONG term future of Britain’s most important furniture trade event, January Furniture Show, is secure after organisers penned a new seven-year agreement.

casperThUS MATTRESS brand Casper is to launch in the UK following high demand from British consumers, the company’s co-founder has confirmed.

The Furnishing Report takes a look at some of the participants in the UK’s fast-emerging bed-in-a-box ecommerce sector.

BRITISH retailers returned to growth in May with sales kickstarted by apparel and children’s footwear according to the British Retail Consortium.

BoConcept fasciaOWNERS of BoConcept A/S have agreed to sell the Danish furniture company to an affiliate of London headquartered private equity company 3i Group PLC.

TWO OF East Anglia’s largest privately owned furniture retailers have made key management appointments in recent weeks.

bhs2THE OWNER of one of BHS’ largest and longest running home suppliers explains the impact of the retailer’s closure.

sangjattenMULTI-FASCIA European retailer Beter Bed Holding NV has agreed to buy Swedish beds retail chain Sängjätten for an undisclosed sum.

bhsATTEMPTS to rescue department store chain BHS have failed with all 163 stores to close and the 11,000 staff who work in them facing redundancy.

bensonsCOUK REVENUE climbed for Steinhoff International in the three months to end March, but at a lower rate than in the second half of 2015.

TRADE association BFM is calling for manufacturers to attend a seminar updating members on intellectual property law, taking place in Birmingham next week.

RETAIL price deflation widened 10 basis points to 1.8 per cent last month, according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index.

wrenREVENUE jumped 30.6 per cent for expanding retail vertical Wren Living last year with the company recording a profit at the pre-tax line for the first time.

FIVE-STORE contemporary furniture and design retailer Heal’s is launching its first ever television advertising campaign.

natuzziThurrockNATUZZI this weekend opened a Brent Cross store and relaunched in Croydon as it looks to build on high UK sales growth in the first quarter of 2016.

OFF-PRICE furniture and home retailer HomeSense will open its third new store of 2016 this week to take its total UK portfolio to 42 stores.

VITAFOAM Block Plant has added a new Maxfoam Omega production line, which it says will aid its ability to innovate with quick lead times.

Oak Furniture Land fascia coOAK FURNITURE Land and SofaStore brand owner JB Global Ltd is planning to expand its presence in the South West of England as part of a four-strong batch of new stores.

British consumers’ confidence to spend big on furniture, white goods and cars improved in May, despite enduring fears regarding the wider economy.

FURNITURE importer and distributor Bentley Designs maintained sales momentum in the year to end September with revenue up 9.3 per cent to £28.9 million.

DEPARTMENT store retailer Debenhams has appointed Sergio Bucher as chief executive officer, replacing Michael Sharp whose planned departure had already been announced.

Falling input costs are positive for all manufacturers, no?

manWahFAR EAST upholstery producer Man Wah Holdings posted higher sales and profits in 2015–16 on demand from customers in China and the US. Sales to the UK declined.

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