Organisers have confirmed the dates and venue for the London Fabric 2017 edition and outlined plans to expand the event.

argosConcessionBensons and Harveys owner Steinhoff has ended its interest in Argos owner Home Retail Group, instead pursuing a deal to buy French electronics retailer Darty.

helenNormDfsDFS says senior members of its marketing team are reporting into its chief commercial officer while it recruits a replacement for Helen Normoyle, who has left her post as chief marketing officer.

Today is the deadline for both Steinhoff and Sainsbury’s to firm up their takeover approaches for Home Retail Group, owner of general merchandise retailer Argos.

The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) has named Jonathan Hindle as its new chairman, replacing Paul von der Heyde who is stepping down after four years in the role.

healsTCRModern furniture and design retailer Heal’s halved its trading deficit in 2014–15 on a strong underlying sales performance and a re-engineered cost base.

Sales fell 4.3 per cent to £71.5m at John Lewis last week as the retailer came up against the later-falling Mother’s Day comps for 2015.

GPgenThe former buying director of DFS and members of the founding Kirkham family are directors of a new venture with the sofa trade anticipating the launch of fresh competition.

cabinetWarehousingBigger shipments of Vietnamese and Chinese bedroom cabinet into Britain made up for weakness in other case goods categories in January, according to Government data.

Profits jumped by a third for Beter Bed Holding in the year to end December as sales grew in all six countries in which it operates.

Chinese furniture importsUpholstery shipments into the UK flatlined in the first month of 2016 as rising demand for Chinese sofas was negated by weak orders for EU-made goods.

Leisure activities helped out-of-town shopping parks to attract higher footfall as consumers avoided high streets and shopping centres last month.

landOfBedsMattress and beds retailer Land of Beds has been named top family business at a regional awards ceremony as the independent prepares to expand its store footprint.

htlSofaEuropean revenues declined at major leather upholstery source HTL International in the lead up to its planned sale to one of China’s largest furniture companies.

Argos said furniture sales were strong in the eight weeks to 27th February as total revenue across the multichannel retailer increased on the back of new digital store concessions.

lanoCarpetsFlooring group Victoria PLC says it is in early-stage discussions regarding the possible takeover of Belgian carpets giant Lano in a move that would represent its sixth acquisition in under two years.

Revenue climbed for a fourth successive year at privately owned Cumbria retailer Stollers Furniture World in the year to end August.

John Lewis’ Home sales advanced double-digit last week, buoyed by lower-ticket categories selling well in the run-up to Mother’s Day.

cocoonBySealyGlobal bedding supplier Tempur Sealy International has revealed branding, imagery, pricing and the service proposition behind its Sealy business’ entry into the bed-in-a-box market.

parkFurnHome department store retail group Leekes has announced it has agreed to buy third generation retailer Park Furnishers. Terms were not immediately disclosed.

dfsFascia150Sofa chain DFS says in-house design remains crucial to the retailer following changes within its East Midlands based design department.

Lancashire manufacturer Sweet Dreams is investing around £1m on a historic mill in Nelson as its expands its bed and mattress component production.

General merchandise retailer Argos fits the profile of a typical Steinhoff acquisition, according to the CEO of the Europe, Africa and Australasia based conglomerate.

ikeaAberdeenMockupIKEA says it will build a new web platform for its UK business as it looks to capitalise on high sales and profits growth here last year.

Leeds mattress and bed technology firm Harrison Spinks has appointed Michael Dingwall as manufacturing director.

Participation in The London Fabric Show ramped up this year underscoring positive sentiment in Britain’s upholstery industry.

AnthonyJoyceSlumberlandSteinhoff plans to expand its Wellington and Huntingdon bed factories as it builds capacity following high demand for its relaunched Slumberland and Dunlopillo brands.

Flooring giant Headlam said its UK operation outperformed the market in 2015 as profits jumped by almost a fifth.

mattressGenThe md of Sleepeezee owner Simmons Bedding Group says it is business as usual for the manufacturer despite financial problems at its French parent company.

Furniture was the top performer within John Lewis’ Home directorate last week, rising 11.2 per cent on the same week a year ago.

bensonsCOBensons for Beds expanded its retail footprint to 268 stores as Steinhoff’s UK retail business grew sales by 11 per cent in the six months to end December.

Furniture and lighting sales trended up in high single-digits for Irish retailers in January as the new year continued along the same vein as 2015.

wayfairFurniture and home goods retailer Wayfair is ramping up UK advertising spend as it looks to build on its prior investment in job creation here and across Europe.

The number of people working in retail will drop by almost 1 million over the next decade as stores close and new technologies displace many existing roles.

Consumer confidence took a knock in February as stock market turbulence prompted fears the economy could take a hit.

furmanacAdjustable beds and upholstery manufacturer Furmanac grew sales 15.9 per cent last year with its turnover having more than doubled in under five years.

Sharps has relaunched its flagship London showroom with a new store format described as a ”huge jump forward” by the national furniture chain’s marketing director Tim Moore.

AISexhibitionBig-ticket furniture sales trended up in high single-digits for members of buying group Associated Independent Stores in 2014–15, building on 4.2 per cent growth the year before.

More furniture and flooring retailers saw falling sales in February compared to those reporting rises, according to the first of the monthly retail monitors.

Foreign buyers attended in greater numbers at the Stockholm Furniture & Light exhibition, which took place in the Swedish capital earlier this month (9–13 Feb.2016).

simbaMattressBoxMattress brand Simba has launched into the ecommerce beds market and announced a partnership with department store retailer John Lewis.

hypnosBedLuxury bed maker Hypnos expanded its international dealer network as it grew its top line by almost a third in the year to end June.

Sainsbury’s has been given an extension to decide whether or not to make a firm bid for Home Retail Group, owner of Argos, after Steinhoff made an approach Friday.

H.Dawson Sons & Company, a wool supplier based in Yorkshire, has acquired a majority stake in Axminster Carpets, the Devon manufacturer rescued from administration in 2013.

Harveys and Bensons for Beds owner Steinhoff has approached Home Retail Group with a possible cash offer that threatens to scupper Sainsbury’s takeover bid for the Argos owner.

JasonTSofologyUpholstery specialist Sofaworks completed the last of its 33 store branding changes last week as it transitions to its new Sofology name.

Upholstery retailer Sofology is planning to open six new stores this year, bringing the chain to almost 40 shops by the end of 2016.

Italian furniture and design brand Kartell has opened its first UK monobrand showroom with a store in the Knightsbridge area of London.

achicaEcommerce group Worldstores is to merge its flash sales businesses under the Achica brand with the Casafina label to be dropped and customers migrated over.

Furniture logistics specialist Andrew Porter has announced two new management hires as part of a restructure designed to make the business more customer focused.

retailParkStoresPrice inflation returned to the furniture retail sector in January as rate rises at the factory gate remained at a two-year high.

Big-ticket furniture lines made the most year-on-year sales headway within the Home directorate at department store chain John Lewis last week.

hslBurnleyAdjustable furniture vertical HSL will take nationwide showroom numbers to 57 with the opening of further stores in the next fortnight.

Shopper numbers increased sharply in January with rises across both types of destination most popular with furniture and floorcoverings retailers.

vietnamImportsCabinet furniture imports into Britain dropped 3 per cent in December on lower demand for living and dining categories as well as goods manufactured in Europe.

MEPs claim furniture retailer IKEA has avoided €1bn in taxes over the past six years and €11.6m in the UK alone in its latest reported year.

kozeeRafiqMohammed Rafiq, the md and owner of the defunct bed manufacturer Hick Lane Bedding, has been sentenced to 27 months in prison after being found guilty of human trafficking.

Chinese furniture importsUpholstery imports climbed double-digits in December, propelled by a large increase in Chinese sofa shipments to British retailers and wholesalers.

Carpet imports rose 8.6 per cent in December driven by higher demand for goods made in Belgium, UK customers’ largest supplier.

dfsCo 2Upholstery retailer DFS is lining up another three stores in locations across the Midlands and South as it takes its total UK estate well beyond 100 units.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has named Charles Vernon as chairman. He takes over from Michael Powell, who is stepping down after five years in the role.

oneCallBedroom producer One Call says it can offer retailers a wider range of furniture on quick lead times after investing £2.5m on machinery and doubling production capacity.

camerichFasciaModern upholstery specialist Camerich has opened the first of several planned stores for 2016 with a new unit in North London.

Home goods retailer Dunelm is looking to expand its store footprint in the capital as it builds on double-digit revenue growth in the six months to 2nd January.

Quieter furniture demand contributed to a dip in Home category goods sales at John Lewis last week. Total sales still climbed 2.5 per cent to £70.6m.

foamLawyers working on behalf of the estate of one of Britain’s largest beds manufacturers have agreed a seven-figure settlement with foam suppliers following a damages claim.

Big-ticket furniture lines were the headline act in January as retailers enjoyed their strongest month since September according to the British Retail Consortium.

Northallerton retailer Barkers will cut the ribbon on its expanded home furnishings store before Easter and will rename it as Barkers Home.

Sales climbed for wood based panels supplier Egger in the UK last year, reflecting improving conditions in the British cabinet furniture sector. Profits also rose sharply.

tempurFlexThe UK md of memory foam pioneer Tempur says its new hybrid mattress programme will be available to UK retailers later this year.

Furniture and lighting retail sales in Ireland climbed double-digit for a fifth consecutive month in December as traders ended 2015 in positive fashion.

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