Freemans Grattan Holdings (FGH), one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture online, has brought in a substantial sum from share capital funding for the second time within the space of five months.

Cormar Carpets, the U.K.'s largest privately-owned carpet manufacturer, has augmented its delivery fleet with an investment in another ten new vehicles.

Ingka Investments, the world's largest IKEA franchisee, has agreed to acquire the remaining 51 percent shares in finance partner Ikano Bank, becoming its outright owner.

The Furniture Makers' Company has joined high-end design and joinery brand Artichoke to organise the third New Makers' Conference, taking place later this spring.

The success of bedroom products sold and shipped by third party vendors has catapulted furniture into one of the best-selling ecommerce categories for B&Q, the retail giant best known for DIY and home improvement.

Furniture wholesaler Qualita is to launch one of Lithuania's largest upholstery producers in the U.K. and Irish markets after agreeing an exclusive distribution agreement.

The CEO of ArrowXL has reassured stakeholders that the appointment of restructuring advisors at its parent company will not impact furniture deliveries or other parts of its operations.

North West England flooring manufacturer Penthouse Carpets says it has a solid base from which to trade through the current market and economic uncertainties after a tougher 2022/23 period.

Sanderson Design Group has signed a collaboration agreement with a major William Morris archive in the U.S. that will result in previously unseen designs by the Arts and Crafts pioneer being brought to a wider audience for the first time.

General merchandise and food retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to cut the number of furniture products it sells, leading to a reduction in hitherto key product categories such as sofas and beds.

Melinda Whittington, who runs the $2.35 billion turnover upholstery conglomerate La-Z-Boy, is to speak at the next Women In Furniture event, which takes place at the Manchester Furniture Show this summer.

A furniture wholesale company with close ties to a Glasgow home furnishings retailer that filed for insolvency last month is among its largest creditors.

Former Steinhoff chief executive Markus Jooste has died, a day after being handed a record fine by regulators following the accounting scandal that led to the break up of the one-time furniture conglomerate.

Furniture retail sales fell for the fifth straight month in February with the Office for National Statics also revising January trade further downwards.

Nearly a dozen members of the leadership team now have skin in the game at Bensons for Beds following changes in the U.K.'s second-largest beds specialist's share structure late last year.

General merchandise giant Next plans to broaden the big-ticket offer of its Made business over the next 12 months as part of a wider plan to reconnect with former brand advocates.

Fashion-to-furnishings retail giant Next has delivered bullish sales and profits guidance after saying it faces headwinds that are not nearly as strong as at anytime in the past seven years.

Expanding furniture retailer NCF Living will next week launch its first-ever television advertising campaign ahead of it embarking on further store growth.

Duxiana, a premium-pitched Swedish bed manufacturer operating own-brand stores and supplying third-party distributors across Europe, is opening its second brand store in the U.K.

Demand declined from record highs for upholstery vertical Saxon Furniture last year ahead of the sofa maker and retailer expanding its geographic reach and investing in new product development.

Profits declined but remained class-leading for kitchen and housewares supplier Joseph Joseph last year.

Lower closing stock and property disposal boosted cash to near seven-figure levels at large North East Lincolnshire retailer Lees Furnishers through 2022/23.

The U.K.'s largest home and garden retailer is cutting the price of several of its most famous flatpack cabinet lines as a result of its own cost pressures easing.

Consumer furniture prices declined at their fastest rate since the aftermath of the Brexit vote in February as deflation in the category took hold with retailers dusting off red sale tickets to stimulate demand.

Customers of high-end ecommerce furniture retailer LuxDeco, which was placed into administration last Friday, face a further wait while restructuring advisors "assess whether a rescue of the company is feasible."

Upholstery retailer Sofology booked a slightly shallower half-year revenue decline than its larger sister brand DFS, but was unable to match its market share gains.

Beds and furniture retailer Barnes of Ipswich, better known as The Bed Factory, is to call time on nearly 100 years of trading next month after announcing its planned permanent closure.

Newbury department store retailer Camp Hopson is preparing to launch a new store in the former Wilko unit that closed last year, having used it for furniture clearance in the interim period.

Upholstery market leader DFS says full year profits will be up to £19 million lower than previously forecast after it said market order volumes had fallen to record low levels.

Fairway Furniture, one of the largest and most storied independent retailers in southern England, is planning the complete refurbishment of its largest store.

Ashley Home has acquired Resident, owner of Nectar Sleep, the direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand with a multi-million pound U.K. business.

The former Recticel-owned East Midlands business that pours foam used to make fillings for beds and mattresses has formalised its corporate name change.

Oak Furnitureland will this weekend open its first new store in three years as it brings the brand to Grimsby for the first time. It is also trialling a new, lower threshold for its interest free credit (IFC) proposition.

Sanderson Design Group (SDG) is to move its headquarters 13 miles east to a smaller West London building that has historic resonance and reduces its requirement for external showroom space.

Restructuring advisors have been called in at LuxDeco, the under-pressure ecommerce furniture and homeware retail platform that has received millions of pounds of investor funding.

RH, the high-end furniture retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, is to open its fourth full-line gallery in Europe and its fifth overall including its Essex outlet store.

A one-time £18 million turnover Scottish fitted furniture company based in Cumbernauld has succumbed to grim trading conditions and a tough demand environment.

Cabinet imports into the U.K. declined in January on the back of continued weak figures in the living/dining product segment. Kitchen shipments also fell, while bedroom and home office furniture arrivals were higher.

EBITDA declined by a third at historic Cheshire retailer Arighi Bianchi last year as revenue dipped from the four-year high achieved in the prior period.

Kent bed manufacturer Sleepeezee has provided an all-new uniform to its employees as part a continuing commemorations of its 100-year anniversary.

National retailer Bensons for Beds says it traded positively at the EBITDA line through 2022/23 after an expanded store footprint and self-help measures contributed to an improved performance.

The U.K. has more storied furniture retailers than any other consumer product category with one in every 20 companies dating back more than three decades.

The quantity of mattresses imported into the U.K. climbed for the ninth straight month as January saw a double-digit rise in volumes arriving into the country.

Cabinet furniture supplier Devonshire returned to positive cashflow last year as it cut costs and worked down stock levels amid falling output.

All flooring product categories declined as imports into the U.K. in January fell mid single-digits, but carpets outperformed both vinyl and parquet.

Nascent furniture retailer Aamad has taken a circa 30,000sqft former Wilko unit as the first of more than a dozen new stores it hopes to open this year.

Department store and supermarket business John Lewis Partnership has returned to profit after improvement at Waitrose mitigated weaker figures from its flagship John Lewis brand.

The rescuer of Harvey Jones paid £400,000 to acquire the business and assets of the 27-store kitchens vertical in a deal that compromises the debts of both secured and unsecured creditors.

Upholstered furniture imports trended mid single digits higher in January on the back of growth with all three of the U.K.'s major trading partners. Volumes climbed at an even faster rate.

Upholstered furniture giant Man Wah Holdings, the largest recliner manufacturer in the world, has further incentivised hundreds of employees with the launch of a share option programme.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' output declined for the third straight time in January, but the rate of decline was shallower than in each of the two preceding months.

Flooring conglomerate Victoria says it has begun deploying cash from the sale of non-core and surplus assets to buy back shares and repay debt.

National retailer Fabb Furniture will open its 22nd store this week as it expands its presence in the East Midlands.

The U.K. beds market declined but still outperformed all of the upholstery, cabinet and carpet markets last year according to provisional 2023 data that combines production for domestic consumption with goods brought in from abroad.

Upholstered furniture vertical Arlo & Jacob will take store numbers into double figures this year after announcing it has two new stores in the near-term pipeline.

Barker and Stonehouse is to trial the use of a prototype hydrogen-powered delivery vehicle as it looks to remain at the vanguard of sustainable furniture retailing.

Bolia, the pan-European furniture retailer that has traded online in the U.K. since 2016, has rebranded to reflect the evolution of its sales channels since its original launch nearly a quarter of a century ago.

Furniture repair company becomes corporate member at The Furniture Makers', while Dunelm hires non-exec to new exec role as customer director.

Upholstery and furnishings group Belfield has announced the receipt of a £7.5 million investment from its two principal stakeholders: NorthEdge Capital and Virgin Money.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will no longer include sofabeds in the basket of goods used to calculate furniture retail price inflation every month.

Clicks-to-bricks beds retailer Mattress Online will later this month open its fourth store and its third in its South Yorkshire heartland.

The Conran Shop has entered the Middle East market after the design retailer opened its previously-signposted debut store in Kuwait in collaboration with Al-Dhow, its local partner.

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) will set out export opportunities for the furniture industry at the inaugural Furniture Component Expo, the BFM-organised trade show launching in Telford next month.

Happy Beds, one of the U.K.'s largest ecommerce beds retailers, continued to book strong profits last year but gains receded from the Covid-era highs of nearly £2 million.

Customers of a bust retailer hoping to get their money back under a deposit protection scheme operated by The Carpet Foundation (CF) are to be disappointed after the trade body said it would not be honouring the affected orders.

The owners of made-to-measure cabinet maker Longpre Furniture have secured the future of the manufacturing business via a prepack administration process.

Katie Bickerstaffe, co-CEO of general merchandise and food retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S), is to step down from the role this summer.

Flooring conglomerate Belysse Group has promoted James Neuling to chief executive officer, succeeding Cyrille Ragoucy, who is to become chairman and board advisor.

The number of U.K. housing transactions, a bellwether for future big-ticket demand, fell again in January, but offered a glimmer of hope to furniture and floorcoverings retailers.

Lee Longlands booked higher adjusted profits on increased sales last year in a period when the independent furniture retailer also yielded a multi-million pound return on the sale of freehold land.

Tvilum, the circa £180 million turnover Danish flatpack cabinet furniture manufacturer, has named the CEO of a compatriot logistics company as its new chief financial officer.

Kitchens conglomerate Nobia, owner of national retail chain Magnet, has appointed George Dymond as executive vice president and head of region, U.K.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand Emma Sleep booked double-digit revenue growth in 2023 but said it was a year of disruption as it encountered challenges implementing new systems.

Multichannel designer furniture, lighting and homeware retailer Nest made heavy investments last year as it readied the launch of its new South Yorkshire showroom.

One-time major player in the U.K. cabinet furniture maker says earnings decline down to drop-off in revenue.

Shares in expanding flooring roll-up Likewise Group advanced Wednesday as the multi-site distributor disclosed a double-digit increase in early 2024 sales.

Furniture, home improvement and DIY retailer Homebase says the outlook for the year ahead is more positive after it spelled out the impact of Covid-era supply chain disruption for the first time.

The Women in Furniture Network (WIFN) has launched a Mentorship Platform as it builds on the success of its third networking event, held at the January Furniture Show earlier this year.

The outlook for the bed market is considerably weaker than it was six months ago, according to the latest State of Trade survey carried out by the National Bed Federation (NBF).

NCF Living will next week open its 18th store, the first of several new branches scheduled for this year as the expanding furniture chain accelerates the buildout of its retail footprint.

The South Wales company that rescued Mereway Kitchens last summer has emerged as the largest non-tax creditor following the manufacturer's second insolvency inside six months.

A large Bedfordshire independent furniture and floorcoverings retailer looks set to rise again despite a second insolvency inside a little over a decade.

Floorcoverings conglomerate Headlam believes it can more than double the size of its business with larger customers as it cautioned that a tough 12 months for the sector has continued into the start of 2024.

The new owner of furniture maker Rosehill says the former stakeholders are no longer with the business following his completion of an asset purchase that secures the future of the brand.

Flair Furniture, the fast-growing retail and wholesale company behind the Bed Kingdom brand, has acquired certain assets of Cuckooland, an ecommerce furniture retailer that ran into problems in post-Covid era trading.

Sofa market leader DFS has added to its branded upholstery collection with a launch in collaboration with Sophie Robinson, the interior stylist, designer and journalist known as the colour queen.

Clicks-to-bricks furniture retailer The Cotswold Company is to open its tenth full-line store and its second in the North of England as it continues its physical store buildout.

Outdoor furniture supplier Akula Living enjoyed a breakout year in 2022/23 with a record financial performance and recognition for its growth in exports.

Investment by Bisley part of wider plan to diversify product offer for its consumer-facing ecommerce websites.

The eighth annual Curry Night, organised by the Yorkshire Region of The Furniture Makers’ Company (TFMC), has raised £2,000 for the industry charity.

Responsibility for the Belfield Group's Tetrad sofa manufacturing division and its Clinchplain furnishings components business has passed to two senior executives following the departure of Stuart Masson.

The owner of The Conran Shop has now pumped more than £30 million of fresh equity into the designer furniture, homeware and lifestyle retailer since acquiring the business at the start of the pandemic.

A court heard a winding up petition against Wessex Bristol Investments late last week as litigation funders try to recoup funds for creditors of a long-defunct sofa manufacturing company.

East of England beds retailer Mattressman is to spend £50,000 upgrading its store in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

A factory closure together with costs landing lower than forecast helped the group behind upholstery brands Ashley Manor, Alstons and Alexander & James mitigate the impact of falling revenue last year.

Hypnos, the U.K.'s largest family-owned bed manufacturer, is to consolidate all production at its wholly-owned Buckinghamshire headquarters, leading to the closure of its leased East Midlands factory.

Historic carpet manufacturer Brintons has cut its leverage ratio as part of a refinancing process as it looks to build on a recovery in its markets that led to higher adjusted earnings last year.

Furniture and electricals retailer Harvey Norman has laid down more corporate roots in England ahead of its launch on the U.K. mainland later this year.

Online competition and a lack of customers has forced independent Glasgow furniture retailer Morale Home Furnishings into administration.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has revealed a new online parody-style video for its National Bed Month campaign that it hopes will support retailers looking to drive sales of beds this spring.

Kitchens giant Howden Joinery Group (Howdens) has pushed deeper into the bedroom cabinet category after a pilot launch into the product segment ahead of peak trading delivered positive results.

The backer of designer furniture retailer Skandium says the business remains committed to a multichannel future despite the recent closure of its showroom in the East End of London.

Home and leisure retailer The Range has expanded into soft and hard floorcoverings, with a pilot operating in a handful of showrooms nationwide.

Ercol Furniture (ercol) has announced the departure of longtime creative director Rachel Galbraith, with chairman Henry Tadros to now take an active role in the creative direction of the brand.

Designer Contracts last year booked its highest sales and profits since before the pandemic as it benefitted from elevated demand, inventory capacity, and long-term energy contracts.

Ecommerce retailer The Very Group made gains in furniture and beds despite an overall slide in home sales in the first six months of its 2023/24 financial year.

The CEO of Mattress Online says the beds retailer addressed unprofitable marketing expense in a period where it kept hold of market share amid changing consumer spending patterns.

Upholstered furniture vertical Sofa.com has launched a capsule collection of sofas covered in fabrics borne out of a collaboration with the William Morris At Home brand.

Higher operating and sales costs harmed profit margins at Elland based furniture supplier Andy Thornton last year, negating a large increase in output.

Kristoffer Ljungfelt, currently Nobia’s executive vice president for the U.K. market, is to succeed Jon Sintorn as the kitchen conglomerate's chief executive officer.

Upholstery manufacturer Whitemeadow Furniture has again become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the industry charity and livery company.

Litigation funders are preparing a winding up petition against the private furniture investment company of one-time Wesley Barrell and Collins and Hayes (C&H) owner Ayiaz Ahmed.

Classic recliners were a "major success" for upholstery brand Stressless as its U.K. and Ireland business recovered in the fourth quarter of last year, parent company Ekornes said on Monday.

The U.K.'s largest dedicated ecommerce home goods retail platform says it is managing "without issue" the elevated freight costs associated with attacks by Houthi rebels on container shipping.

A North East ecommerce retailer majoring in both outdoor and indoor furniture continues to trade after the former operating company behind its brand filed for insolvency earlier this month.

High-end kitchens retailer Harvey Jones has changed hands following a prepack asset buyout that secures the jobs of all 140 of its employees.

Irish retailer EZ Living Furniture opened its second store inside three months last Friday as it embarks on the largest store rollout programme since the business was established back in 1998 with five new branches in the pipeline.

Planning officials have approved proposed changes to units on a Peterborough retail park that will pave the way for the previously-signposted arrival of furniture retailer Lee Longlands, and a larger store for Dunelm.

A small West Midlands contract furniture manufacturer has returned to court to get renewed protection from creditors while it seeks a restructuring of the business, or a sale.

Consumer desire to splash out on high value items declined for the first time in four months in February according to a closely-followed survey seen as a harbinger of future demand.

Independent retailer M6 Bed Warehouse is to open a second store after taking possession of a purpose-built unit in Northwich.

South West furniture retail and property group J.H. Haskins & Son has strengthened its board of directors with two key appointments.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) was named winner of the ESG* Initiative of the Year at the Trade Association Awards 2024 on Thursday evening.

The CEO of Wayfair says the retail platform's "endless aisles" have helped it grab market share in the U.K. from competitors that are unable to match its product depth.

Revenue continued to climb for beds specialist Archers Sleepcentre in the first complete 12-month period since its managing director led a buyout of the business in late 2021.

Full year living and dining cabinet furniture imports fell to their lowest level in seven years in 2023 and by more than £270 million on the preceding year. Bedroom furniture imports also fell, but at a shallower rate.

Home improvement retailer Homebase has successfully defended its intellectual property after a corporate registration by a West Midlands entrepreneur last year.

Heavyweight upholstery brands Lebus and La-Z-Boy are among the early confirmed signups to exhibit at The Manchester Furniture Show, scheduled to return this summer.

The new owner of one-time £34 million turnover furniture retailer Moda Furnishings has downsized its store estate in recent weeks after bringing parts of a licence-to-occupy (LTO) deal to an early conclusion.

High-end Cotswold-based bedding retailer Bedfolk narrowed its deficit last year as it continued to enjoy fresh backing from equity stakeholders.

The value of floorcoverings imported into the U.K. fell high single-digits in 2023 with wood and vinyl flooring dropping at a faster rate than carpets.

A newco created by a multi-million pound Derbyshire kitchen worktop company has bought the business and assets of a nationally-operating competitor out of administration.

The Rug Company, the private equity backed rug supplier targeting wealthy consumers and interior designers, will next month open its fourth London showroom.

The number of VAT-registered furniture retail enterprises declined by 3.7 percent last year with Yorkshire the hardest hit region and the independent sector more impacted than multi-store businesses. By contrast, flooring retailers climbed in number.

Pooky Lighting, the highly-profitable lighting brand launched a decade ago by Sofa.com co-founder Rohan Blacker, has launched in the U.S. market.

A fall in the final two months of last year was not enough to prevent mattress imports from reaching an all-time high in 2023 — the tenth consecutive year they have increased on a value basis.

Kitchen retailer Magnet is looking for capital-efficient retail estate expansion and has opened the first of three pilot concessions in partnership with a leading U.K. builders' merchant. More are planned.

Bedroom furniture retailer Futon Company is to offer same-day customer deliveries after it agreed a partnership with Gophr, a last-mile, on-demand delivery network.

The custodian of the erstwhile Harveys Furniture brand and other intellectual property says there has been no change of ownership despite a new corporate registration by a third party.

Expanding ecommerce furniture and homeware retailer Dusk is more than doubling its warehousing capacity in South Yorkshire after building out both sales and its product category offer last year.

Imports of sofas and sofabeds declined for the first time in three years in 2023 but still remained at the second-highest ever level. Volumes were only fractionally lower than the previous year.

Nobia, owner of U.K. kitchens retailer Magnet, has agreed a second major disposal inside a week after agreeing to sell Austrian business unit ewe in a deal worth up to €26.5 million.

The National Bed Federation has announced Anton Du Beke, star of BBC light entertainment programme Strictly Come Dancing, as the host of its 2024 Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

27-store kitchens retailer Harvey Jones has gone back to court to seek more time to get a restructuring deal with potential investors over the line — a move that gives it extra leeway in discussions regarding its future.

The Lancashire company run by the family who resurrected the direct-to-consumer (DTC) mattress brand Brook + Wilde last year maintained 2022/23 profits, despite falling sales.

Restructuring advisors that handled the fallout of the 2020 prepack rescue of Oak Furnitureland say that may seek to have their as-yet-unpaid fees revised upwards.

The brothers who run furniture retailer Harman Fine Furnishers in Antrim, Northern Ireland have decided to retire, bringing the curtain down on 60 years of business.

Furniture and lighting sales declined for a fourth straight month as retailers reaching for the red sale price tickets proved insufficient to find growth, according to official data. Flooring sales also declined.

Dreams founder Mike Clare says it is great to be back in the bedding industry following the launch of two ecommerce websites as part of a new venture alongside former Dreams directors Greg Suthern and Nick Worthington.

The franchisee behind BoConcept stores in the South West of England and Wales has opened his fourth shop under the modern Danish furniture retail banner.



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