Upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow has acquired what it described as a significant stake in one of its key foam suppliers.

Northeast Italian furniture manufacturing group Calligaris has acquired furniture, accents and lifestyle company Fatboy from its private equity owner.

Hilding Anders is having another crack at the U.K. bed market, backing a new brand that will tomorrow open its fourth store in the South East with another to follow soon after.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has signed an agreement with Tesco to lease a 1 million sqft distribution centre at Fenny Lock, Milton Keynes.

Independent furniture retailer Harrison & Brown has expanded the display area of its Sunderland store by converting the top floor of its city centre building.

It is now well over a year since the transaction that divorced Harveys from Bensons for Beds and business is robust and the path to growth is clear, says chief executive Mark Jackson.

Nick Collard has joined Bensons for Beds as its first chief commercial and digital officer while the retailer is also close to appointing a new chief operating officer.

Neptune has written to customers saying it will lift prices in response to changes to its own input costs that it has never previously experienced in 25 years.

Fitted furniture maker J&J Ormerod (JJO) says demand is running at double-digit percentages ahead of pre-Covid levels and that it has emerged stronger from the pandemic and ready to invest.

The China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) in Shanghai has postponed its early autumn exhibition by several weeks to new dates in late September.

Historic bed manufacturer Relyon has disclosed the full ownership makeup of the business for the first time, with the man who led the summer 2020 buyout holding a majority shareholding.

The owner of home, furniture and department store retailer Bakers and Larners says it endured one of its most challenging years on record as it grappled with both the impact of Covid and a serious fire, which destroyed one of its supermarkets.

Dudley upholstered furniture manufacturer ACL has agreed new debt finance that will support its product development plans including the launch of a recliner line.

Williams Sonoma, the U.S. owner of the West Elm and Pottery Barn retail banners, has agreed a licensing deal for the Morris & Co brand covering a broad range of products.

Consumers continued to spend more in shops and online in July but growth has begun to plateau according to two closely-followed retail sales surveys.

Burnley bed maker Sweet Dreams has paid tribute to its customers as it retained its title as Best Bed Manufacturer (Value) in the Interiors Monthly annual awards.

Soho Home, the furniture, interiors and lifestyle retail arm of the private members club Soho House, will next month open a flagship London showroom where it will floor its entire range for the first time.

The Original Factory Shop, which began selling furniture online for the first time this summer, deleveraged during a just-chronicled refinancing process.

Fast-expanding multichannel retailer Flooring Superstore is on track to hit a half-century of stores by the end of 2021 as it continues to add new showrooms through the summer and autumn.

Bury St Edmunds independent retailer Direct Furniture has acquired the freehold to a former garden centre in the town. It will become its second store.

The company behind the JTF Mega Discount retail fascia has filed a third notice of intent (NOI) to appoint administrators, a sign a deal to salvage part of the operation may be imminent.

International markets continued their ascent for Wayfair in the second quarter as the ecommerce home giant posted a rare overall slide in sales on exceptional comparatives.

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has handed KPMG and one of its former partners heavy fines and severe reprimands for their conduct in relation to work ahead of the prepack sale of Silentnight to investment firm H.I.G. in May 2011.

Julian Charles, the turnaround investor-backed soft furnishings chain, found cost savings to reach breakeven at the EBITDA line in the six months to April, and says it can improve further by next year.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published new guidance for companies in the upholstery and mattress sectors with regard to understanding and complying with chemical regulations.

North West home department store retailer Housing Units has revamped part of its ground floor with the launch this week of a new concept targeting the urban living market.

BFM, the association of British Furniture Manufacturers, has lined up online seminars for its members to be delivered by experts in patent law and dispute resolution.

Full-year order intake at ScS almost matched 2019/20 trading as demand at the upholstery and flooring retailer oscillated with the opening and closing of its stores amid coronavirus restrictions.

Bensons for Beds will this weekend open two new stores in locations where it previously traded from co-occupied units before it became a standalone business last year.

New department store concessions have helped upholstery vertical Sofa.com expand its physical footprint despite the closures of standalone branches.

Regional beds retailer Mattressman has kept to the revised terms of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed with creditors three years ago, according to a third annual report from restructuring advisors.

A longstanding investigation by the U.K.'s competition watchdog is over after it reversed the sale of an ecommerce window dressings retailer to a home furnishings giant.

Sales, rental income and profits declined at Andersons of Inverurie in 2019/20 amid the impact of coronavirus restrictions. However, cash generation was stronger.

Mohawk Industries, the circa £7.8 billion flooring conglomerate, completes takeover of Cambridgeshire smooth flooring wholesaler.

The collaboration with sofa market leader DFS continued to be the jewel in the crown of British lifestyle retailer Joules' licensing programme last year, with it also making inroads into home goods thanks to M&A activity.

Expanding kitchen maker and retailer Wren will add around 300 new jobs in Lincolnshire as a result of its previously-signposted new worktop plant in Lincolnshire.

Harrison Spinks, the family-owned Leeds beds and components manufacturer, has promoted Chris Townsley to operations director for its beds division.

Leggett & Platt (L&P), the global components conglomerate, says the acquisition of Irish foam and beds group Kayfoam Woolfson will be a benefit for its customers across Europe.

Dreams, Britain's largest beds retailer, is now officially part of Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bedding company announced Monday night.

Veteran luxury goods executive Daniel Lalonde has been appointed CEO at Design Holding, the international company behind the B&B Italia, Flos, Louis Poulsen and Arclinea brands as well as U.S. ecommerce platform YDesign.

Bedding and household textiles importer and distributor Rapport Home found big profit growth despite sales dropping by £3 million last year.

Barker and Stonehouse and supporters have raised £10,000 at the family-owned furniture retailer's longstanding annual golf tournament, with the proceeds to be donated to charity.

Liveryman Cherrill Scheer has been awarded the inaugural Stanley Wharton Award for her services to The Furniture Makers’ Company (FMC), the industry charity and City of London livery company.

East Midlands upholstery, cabinet and beds distributor Birlea Furniture continued to find profitable growth despite the pandemic in 2019/20 and looks set for more this year.

Small Buckinghamshire traditional furniture supplier placed into liquidation.

Danish furniture retail conglomerate JYSK will expand its Yorkshire store footprint when it opens a new showroom in Leeds later this month.

A big bump in revenue in the first half has put international furniture and home décor retailer Maisons du Monde on target for record sales in the U.K. this year.

North West workplace furniture maker Senator International continued to remain profitable despite seeing a forecast pandemic-related drop in turnover crystallise last year.

Regulators have approved the takeover of Britain's largest bed specialist Dreams by Tempur Sealy International (TSI) with completion of the deal now just days away.

Stakeholders have strengthened the balance sheet of The Conran Shop, the international modern furniture, design and homeware retailer, via an equity issue.

The pandemic impacted revenue and costs for workplace and home office furniture giant Bisley in 2019/20, resulting in losses widening. Cash generation remained strong.

Weak exports hampered the recovery of West Yorkshire commercial carpet maker Burmatex in the first half of 2021 though stock market listed parent company Airea did report a return to profit.

FIRA International, the Stevenage based furniture test house and industry service provider, will next month host a webinar focusing on safety and compliance for domestic furniture.

Reacting to online demand and the acquisition of an ecommerce marketplace retailer boosted sales at the West Yorkshire company behind the Melrose Interiors brand last year.

Wholesale giant Headlam says high demand for residential carpets and other floorcoverings has helped mitigate weak figures from the commercial sector.

U.K. furniture companies will be eligible to enter the third Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Furniture Awards after the international non-Governmental organisation (NGO) expanded the scope of the programme.

The pandemic and the collapse of home furnishings retailer Laura Ashley came ahead of a prominent window dressing supplier completing an insolvent restructure earlier this year, leaving creditors facing a shortfall.

West Yorkshire adjustable furniture and mobility aids manufacturer Drive DeVillbiss Healthcare reported lower sales last year as sales to the retail sector were adversely impacted by the pandemic.

The CEO of foam company Recticel said it is difficult to predict when raw material challenges will normalise and cautioned customers that this may yet result in further price increases.

Double-digit wholesale growth negated falling sales at Kettle Interiors U.K.'s retail division in 2019/20, though rising costs weighed on the cabinet company's profits.

The U.K. arm of diversified furniture fittings and ironmongery giant Häfele Group found profit growth last year despite a double-digit decline in revenue because of the pandemic.

Nobia, the Swedish kitchens conglomerate whose interests include U.K. retail chain Magnet, enjoyed a strong sales bounce back here in the second quarter on store reopenings and weak comparatives.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has appointed Kathleen Mitchell, md at fashion brand Accessorize, as trading director.

Employees of Lebus, one of the largest sofa makers in the U.K., now own 100 percent of the Lincolnshire manufacturer after its shareholders decided to sell the business.

Likewise Group, the fast-expanding flooring distributor formed by former Headlam directors, says part of a fresh injection of equity funding has been earmarked to help fund acquisitions.

Ecommerce represented almost a quarter of IKEA's business in Ireland through 2019/20 as customers pivoted online while its large Dublin store was closed.

GNG Group, the West Yorkshire maker and supplier of foam-based products, has launched its first ever line of carbon neutral certified mattresses.

Andrew Porter UK has rebranded its furniture and homeware storage and fulfilment entity as AP+, specialising in end-to-end third-party logistics (3PL) solutions from its 300,000sqft purpose-built facility.

Development work to complete an online trading platform is continuing at pace says South East furniture retailer Hatfields, with the pandemic having reinforced the urgency of an ecommerce channel.

Retail sales of furniture and lighting climbed again in June against both the weak comparatives of last year and equivalent 2019 data. However, growth was at a softer pace as consumer demand began to abate.

Sales and profits declined at Brighouse fabrics supplier Mobus last year but the company said it is well placed to prosper amid a changing landscape in the upholstery sector.

A discount variety store retailer with 12 shops across the U.K. has filed a second notice of its intent to appoint administrators ahead of a hoped-for sale of the company.

The merger between furniture conglomerates Herman Miller and Knoll will lead to the creation of MillerKnoll, which will become the new name for the combined corporate entity.

Simba Sleep said it was profitable at the EBITDA line for the fifth straight quarter as it reported accelerating sales growth amid the easing of store restrictions in the three months to end June.

Sterling Furniture Group has reopened its Glasgow showroom after a remodelling project that has seen it become the third Sterling Home concept store.

The consumer confidence index for major purchases turned positive for the first time since the pandemic started this month, reaching its highest level since February 2020.

Premium furniture brand Roche Bobois has enjoyed fast order and revenue growth so far this year but the U.K. uplift has trailed behind the global trend.

Feather & Black has showcased the inside of its first new store since Dreams acquired the brand and its Internet operation last year. It says two more will follow before the year is out.

Howdens, the trade kitchen and joinery products supplier, says it now believes there is the scope for 900 U.K. depots, 50 more than previously targeted.

Baby boomers buying garden furniture helped drive revenue during the pandemic for the home, garden and leisure retail group behind brands such as Scotts of Stow last year.

London contemporary furniture and homeware retailer Cult Furniture built revenue, profits and cash amid the disruption of Covid and Brexit.

Richard Moore, executive director at Associated Carpet Group (ACG), is to leave for a new role in the U.K. floorcoverings sector after 16 years with the buying organisation.

A new online marketplace targeting interior designers with samples of fabrics, flooring, wallcoverings and other interior materials is gaining traction, with more 40 brands now signed up.

Better-than-expected trading driven by home sales has prompted fashion-to-furnishings retail giant Next to decide to repay a chunk of the business rates relief it has received from the Government.

U.K. furniture and floorcoverings retailers will be compelled to use Alternative Dispute Resolution (AFR) under new proposals put forward to protect consumers by the Government.

A return to more normal margin levels boosted profits for the company behind LPD Furniture in 2019/20 with its furniture division achieving big sales growth despite the pandemic.

Victoria says its carpet and underlay divisions outperformed all key competitors in the U.K. and abroad as it bounced back strongly from the first lockdown last year.

The luxury interior design and furnishings group behind the Morris & Co brand has cited post-Brexit demand for British-made goods among three positive sales drivers this year.

Revenue declined at Harrison Spinks in 2019/20 amid the impact of the pandemic but the Leeds mattress and components manufacturing group continued to generate cash and remain profitable.

The debt repayment schedule agreed with creditors of Celebrity Motion Furniture is progressing as planned as the rise and recline chair maker continues to emerge from the problems of former associated companies.

Fast-growing family-owned retail chain Sussex Beds will reach a dozen stores next month with it continuing its expansion into neighbouring counties in South East England.

North East cabinet manufacturer and retailer Funky Chunky Furniture has more than doubled sales as it benefitted from the channel shift to ecommerce and higher home furnishings spend.

Lower costs and rising average sales values helped kitchen retailer Harvey Jones narrow its net loss last year despite the impact of Covid on delivered business.

Upholstery retailer Sofology will next weekend open its fourth new store this year as it accelerates its overall plan to launch double-digit store numbers across the entirety of 2021.

One of the U.K.'s largest decorative lighting suppliers took a large six-figure bad debt charge following Laura Ashley's closure last year, while the pandemic exacerbated the impact on profits.

Officials at J.P. Morgan have exercised an over-allotment option to acquire shares in Made.com Group (MADE) as part of the furniture retailer's initial public offering (IPO).

Owners of The Very Group, one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture and home goods, have hired advisors to explore a possible initial public offering (IPO) or partial sale of the company.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow has hosted its first external Open Day as it looks to attract a new generation of home grown talent into the industry.

The CEO of Sofa Brands International (SBI) says the upholstery manufacturing group has seen a strong and sustained bounce back since the end of the first lockdown last year.

Revenue in the U.K. and Ireland jumped by almost a fifth for direct-to-consumer mattress company Eve Sleep in the first half of 2021, with the business also investing in stock.

Privately-owned ecommerce retailer Furniture Box has agreed terms on a new distribution centre facility near its Wiltshire headquarters.

The chief executive of United Carpets Group, Britain's third largest floorcoverings retailer, became the sole owner of the Yorkshire based company earlier this year.

1,000 shop roles will be made redundant across John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets, parent John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has confirmed.

Consumer price inflation (CPI) for the combined furniture and furnishings categories increased for a fourth straight month in June, reaching a 47-month high.

South Yorkshire bed company Aspire Furniture has taken a large warehouse near Leeds as it puts in place the foundations for planned growth over the next few years.

Independent retailer Hafren Furnishers will open a second store in Mid Wales after town planners approved proposals for the conversion of a former print works near Aberystwyth.

June saw even larger double-digit growth in annual input costs for U.K. furniture makers with a shift in the main raw materials affected, according to figures out Wednesday.

The U.K. arm of French designer furniture label Ligne Roset recorded a fourth straight loss in a year where revenue declined as a consequence of pandemic disruption.

Home retailer Dunelm Group is pushing further into the furniture category by building a large distribution centre for bulky goods in the East Midlands. It will be operational within 12 months.

Revenue dropped by nearly a third for upholstery importer Scan-Thors (UK) through 2019/20 with the West Yorkshire company citing the dual impact of the pandemic and the closure of Laura Ashley, a significant customer.

The new company behind the renascent department store retailer Beales is to reopen in a third site formerly occupied by its predecessor operation.

Living, dining and bedroom wood cabinet imports have reached never-before seen levels in the first five months of 2021 despite well-publicised supply chain challenges.

2019/20 figures for Dewsbury based G-Tuft, part of the Victoria group for just over two years.

One of the largest owners of retail property in the furniture and home goods sectors says revenue and footfall remains well off pre-Covid levels but retail parks are faring far better than in-town destinations.

The growth in sofa shipments to the U.K. slowed in the spring as retailers came closer to unwinding late 2020 orders and were left with only digital sales channels to replenish them.

Major U.K. cabinet maker Symphony built cash and remained profitable last year despite taking a large Covid-related hit to its top line.

Wayfair is partnering Shelter, the U.K. charity tackling homelessness and housing issues, with the ecommerce home giant to donate a proportion of profits among a series of initiatives.

Amara Living, the Essex based high-end interiors ecommerce retailer, has appointed Matthew Butlin to the newly-created role of chief technology officer.

Lower operating costs helped West London upholstery manufacturer and retailer The Sofa & Chair Company narrow losses last year despite the pandemic impacting sales.

Foam and sprung mattress imports jumped 90 percent on 2020, new figures show, with the total for the year to date now almost matching comparable data for 2019.

Carpet imports rocketed in the spring with the cumulative total for 2021 now overtaking comparable data for 2019 for the first time this year.

The southern Italian sofa manufacturer behind the Digiò Leather Sofas brand will launch a new upholstery programme here next week as it looks to build on rapid growth following its reintroduction to the U.K. market last year.

IKEA has opened a large format store in the U.K. on average once every 18 months since it arrived here back in the late 1980s. Compare with Germany, where the opening rate is closer to one every 10.

Supply chain challenges continued to impact U.K. furniture makers at the end of spring with manufacturing turnover still well down on pre-pandemic output.

Creditors of a 12-store discount store chain selling everything from furniture to fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) are on alert after the retailer filed a notice of its intention to appoint administrators.

Lars Larsen Group has completed its takeover of 16-store Swedish mattress chain Sängjätten, vendor Beter Bed Holding announced Friday morning.

Brintons, the heritage U.K. carpet maker with operations across the world, says it is over delivering against revised financial forecasts as its global hospitality, gaming, cruise and residential markets reopen.

Visitors are now able to register to attend the 2021 Bed Show, the National Bed Federation has announced.

North West home furnishings supplier Cleland McIver grew profits despite lower output last year and says it is proposing steps to strengthen cashflow amid supply chain disruption.

The circa £170 million timber group that runs businesses including wood based panels supplier Hoffman Thornwood has been sold to private equity.

A reorganisation combining co-owned companies behind a regional carpet and beds chain in the North and a national ecommerce carpet business has created one of the largest privately-owned flooring groups in the country.

Cox & Cox, the fast-growing ecommerce furniture and homeware retailer, has appointed Paul Strudwick as marketing director.

Retail giant IKEA has walked back plans to build a full-line superstore on the south coast at Lancing, near Brighton. It says it will sell the land instead and serve customers there in other ways.

The number of furniture, furnishings and flooring companies filing for insolvency in the U.K. continues to fall sharply as a result of strong consumer demand and Government support measures.

The pandemic delayed the opening of a new distribution centre and ended more than a decade of growth for one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned carpet wholesalers, but sales bounced back strongly after the first lockdown.

The pandemic and good weather drove demand for garden furniture and barbecues as department store and Internet retailer Dawsons booked high growth last year.

The Vita Group, one of the largest suppliers to the U.K.'s upholstery and bedding sectors, has acquired Technical Foam Services, a foam conversion business based in Corby, Northamptonshire.

Pike Textiles, the Cambridgeshire based sampling solutions specialist, has become a member of trade association the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Argos owner J Sainsbury said buoyant furniture sales in the past three months helped offset weakness in categories that had benefited in the immediate aftermath of the first lockdown last year.

North Yorkshire retailer Barkers (Northallerton), operator of one of the largest furniture and home stores in the country, said the support for and from key stakeholders was important as it traded through the pandemic.

The value of stock market listed fitted and freestanding cabinet furniture vertical John Lewis of Hungerford jumped sharply on Monday. The company said it doesn't know why.

John Lewis & Partners is to explore repurposing part of its vast property empire to build homes that can be then rented out, with tenants to be given the option of dressing them in the retailer's furniture and furnishings.

Sigma 3, the South Wales based manufacturer and retailer of kitchen, bedroom and home office furniture, maintained seven-figure profits despite the pandemic hitting sales last year.

Retailers have fewer than three weeks to enter the National Bed Federation's (NBF) annual Bed Industry Awards, which are scheduled to return in a physical format at the Bed Show later this year.

Expanding upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff will next month continue its store buildout programme with the opening of a third new showroom this year.

Consumer home show Grand Designs Live will this autumn host The Great Sleep Quality Experiment 2021 — where major bed brands will showcase their products in what has been described as the U.K.'s biggest blind mattress test.

Design Holding, the owner of high-end designer furniture and lighting brands including B&B Italia, Maxalto, Azucena, Arclinea, Flos, and Louis Poulsen, has opened a first designer retail showroom.

Ecommerce-led outdoor furniture retailer Moda Furnishings booked profits of £5.7 million at the EBITDA line after sales growth escalated in 2019–20.

Buy It Direct, the ecommerce group that runs websites including Furniture123, has acquired Outdoor Living, a retailer that sells hot tubs, spas and gazebos.

Family-owned retailer Cousins has for the first time disclosed the value of deals to acquire the flagship store, stock and a distribution centre of erstwhile regional furniture chain Alan Ward.



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