The competition regulator is to investigate the completed takeover of Wincanton, a key logistics partner to the U.K.'s furniture and home retail industry.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) says the inaugural Furniture Component Expo (FCE) held in April was a success, with the show to return again next year.

Mlily's brand partner Manchester United might have floundered in Europe but the Chinese company behind the diversified mattress giant has had no such troubles, with bumper first quarter growth building on gains made in 2023.

The company behind the born-again Oak Furniture House retail brand has filed for insolvency, just over a year after its predecessor operation had been rescued in a deal that compromised creditors.

The managing director of Buoyant Upholstery says demand across the industry has fallen but the sofa manufacturer is retaining its share of the market.

Embattled £14.5 million supplier behind riser recline furniture brand due high six-figure sum in previously-suffered customs duties.

Home and garden ecommerce marketplace retailer Wayfair has this week launched a new U.K. marketing campaign championing the breadth of its product offer.

Dreams has become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the industry charity and City of London livery company.

The U.K. beds market is worse this year than last according to Tempur Sealy International, the owner of retail market leader Dreams and two of the world's largest bedding brands.

Profits climbed by half for Celebrity Motion Furniture through 2022/23 on continued strong demand for riser recliner chairs and margin expansion.

A former owner of the Scottish furniture, lighting and home décor wholesaler CIMC Home has provided secured finance to the rebranded successor company.

Carpetright is to reduce head office staff numbers by just over 25 percent as part of a restructuring exercise that reflects the wider downsizing of the business over the past decade. Store numbers, services and deliveries will not be affected during the process.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Ekornes is to streamline its senior leadership team in a move that will save costs and speed up decision-making.

Three senior board members at Neptune became shareholders last year after earlier joining the £90 million furniture design, wholesale and retail group as part of a restructuring of the leadership team.

Blackbridge Furnishings, one of the strongest pound-for-pound furniture retailers in the U.K., booked higher retained earnings through 2022/23 as it continued to bolster its asset base.

Bed manufacturer and retailer Warren Evans booked six-figure profits last year as it made its third gain since the return of the London based brand.

The Harrison Spinks group and Vispring were among several home and contract furnishings companies honoured in The King's Award for Enterprise 2024, announced Monday.

The diversified floorcoverings group that owns the brand of the regional North East chain Frank's The Flooring Store returned to profit last year on strong top line growth.

Restructuring work helped the retailer behind the Flooring Superstore and Direct Wood Flooring brands cut losses last year.

The upholstery conglomerate behind multiple brands including Kuka Home has reported higher profits for the third consecutive year, as revenue returned to growth.

Ecommerce home platform Wayfair says it has taken further market share in the U.K. despite a decline in first quarter sales.

Leggett & Platt CEO on a tough European market and opportunities for the Kayfoam business in Ireland that it acquired in 2021.

The Dewsbury company behind the Bodyease mattress and motions beds brand booked a third straight gain in 2022/23 as earlier losses were consigned to history.

London Persian Rug Company has opened what it has described as the first ever large-scale warehouse in central London majoring in Oriental and Persian rugs.

Storied sofa brand John Sankey and sofa-in-a-box vendor Habbio have a new production arrangement in place after the latest insolvency afflicting a manufacturing licensing partner.

Profits at sliding storage and fitted furniture company IDS jumped by more than a third last year despite the tough market.

But Bacup trade foam and fibre fillings supplier maintains profits on lower sales costs and margin expansion.

Variety retailer Wilko has enlarged its entry-level furniture programme with new upholstery, beds and a first-ever launch into the fitted kitchens segment.

General merchandise retailer Next, one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture, said full price sales were better than forecast in the three months to end April.

Furniture and home interiors retailer Graham & Green invested heavily in new assets last year but says capital expenditure will now take a "back seat" while it navigates through the difficult market.

Furniture retailer Vale Furnishers maintained underlying profits last year amid continued property trading and investment, and the planned exit from a leased store.

The number of U.K. housing transactions declined on a year-on-year basis for the 16th month in a row in March, according to new figures that augur ill for big-ticket sales.

The direct-to-consumer company behind the Kally Sleep bedding brand booked a heavy accounting loss in the period that saw its investment in rug seller Woven head south.

Howden Joinery Group (Howdens) says it has made an encouraging start to 2024 with underlying sales for the £2.3 billion vertical just above flat compared with last year.

U.K. consumers are trading down according to the owner of upholstered furniture brands Stressless and IMG, handing comparatively more business to larger retailers.

Wilton Carpets booked higher profits last year with the manufacturer also committing a seven-figure sum to capital expenditure.

Ron McMillan is to step down as chairman at home and fashion ecommerce retailer N Brown with effect from today (Apr. 30, 2024) with its CEO to become interim executive chair.

Oak Furnitureland has become the latest retailer to tactically deploy interest free credit (IFC) to stimulate demand — reintroducing a lower threshold proposition.

Sleepeezee donates to the British Heart Foundation while David Tracey raises cash for The Furniture Makers' Company.

Mattress, bedding and ancillary sleep products retailer Woolroom completed a half-decade of consecutive profits last year as it continued to eliminate early-stage losses.

The soon-to-be owner of retail chain Fabb Furniture was the biggest worldwide improver of more than 80 home furnishings equities tracked globally as investors lapped up its plans to expand into the U.K.

HMRC and a Manchester based bedding supplier face large six-figure deficits following the insolvency of a textiles supplier with a U.K. registered office in the North West of England.

Self-help measures helped Mohawk Industries find profit growth in the first quarter with the world's largest floorcoverings company believing the market has now troughed.

Consumer sentiment towards high-value items such as furniture and flooring remained weak in April but improved from a six-month low the previous month.

Argos pinned lower furniture and home sales on a warmer winter and hard market as the general merchandise giant looked to electricals to keep revenue within the same ballpark as last year.

Daniel of Windsor and Ealing has completed the last leg of a multi-year share buyback that concentrates ownership of the furniture, department store and bedding retailer.

Wickford-headquartered retailer Essex Furniture Outlets will open its fourth branch later this spring with a reconfigured 30,000sqft unit in Colchester.

The private equity owner of French bed manufacturing giant Adova Group has appointed one of its longtime executives as general manager.

£19 million Suffolk kitchen and housewares supplier returns to profit in 2023.

Profitability took a hit at Emma Sleep last year as reduced contribution margin negated rising output for the global direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand.

A cyber attack against the I.T. systems of Carpetright and its sister brand The Floor Room has not compromised customer data, but is inhibiting their ability to take orders.

The allure of its brands and design archive helped Sanderson Design Group maintain profits in the past year as licensing gains offset weakness elsewhere in its business.

Revenue and adjusted profits climbed for mattress ticking conglomerate BekaertDeslee last year despite the challenging environment for its customers.

Outdoor living retailer White Stores is expanding its physical store footprint with the opening of a second dedicated furniture store in a play that builds out its clicks-to-bricks strategy.

Australian furniture retailer Nick Scali is to enter the U.K. market after agreeing to acquire Fabb Furniture, the retail chain formerly known as Anglia Home Furnishings (AHF). All the stores will be rebranded as Nick Scali.

Ecommerce-led furniture retailers saw sales decline at a faster rate than their predominantly store-based contemporaries in the first quarter of 2024.

Upmarket furniture-to-fashion retailer The White Company found sales growth last year, with apparel lines outshining its wide-ranging home furnishings programme.

The Cotswold Company is expanding into the Northern Irish market with an ecommerce launch that takes it beyond the U.K. mainland for the first time.

Ballymena cabinet maker and retailer Woodland Kitchens has acquired Dundee fitted furniture manufacturer JTC in a deal that creates a circa £50 million manufacturing operation.

Bed manufacturer and retailer Bensons for Beds has become the latest corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the industry charity and City of London livery.

The U.K.'s beds and mattress market has become more diluted compared with the pre-Covid period, but the leading 10 companies are still responsible for more than 50 percent of all sales.

The restructuring of the circa £10 million furniture, lighting and home décor brand CIMC Home prefaced the appointment of a liquidator at its predecessor operating company, court filings show.

Three furniture retailers under common control have withdrawn a cabinet programme from sale following a legal challenge by Core Products, the Scottish furniture supplier.

Mark Eastwood, Conservative MP for Dewsbury and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group (APPFIG), is to officially open the inaugural Furniture Component Expo in Telford this week.

A London based sofa-in-a-box brand founded in 2021 has raised more cash from investors via an equity issue that values the business at close to £6 million.

U.K. revenue has settled at a level more than a third higher than the pre-Covid period according to the French ecommerce retailer trading as La Redoute.

Terms of the restructuring process at historic sofa maker and retailer Evans of High Wycombe are public for the first time, a year after the event.

Bedroom and kitchen furniture manufacturer and retailer Ashley Ann says its results for 2022/23 are disappointing and reflect overhead and energy costs reaching their highest levels in a generation.

Italian brand has new look in popular West Yorkshire destination.

Furniture and lighting retail sales fell sharply in March according to figures released Friday morning by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Restructuring advisors have launched an investigation that may lead to a larger-than-previously-expected recovery for creditors of the predecessor Cox & Cox furniture and homeware ecommerce company.

A second Sofa.com concession is closing inside the first four months of this year as parent company Frasers Group pulls the shutters down on one of its historic department store sites.

Independent retailer M6 Bed Warehouse is targeting the Early May Bank Holiday weekend for the launch of its second store, doubling its footprint.

Dunelm has maintained its full year profit guidance after achieving volume-driven sales growth in the third quarter of its financial year.

Mark Slater, who oversaw a redesign of the product proposition of case goods giant Howdens, has been appointed as the new chief commercial officer at Bensons for Beds.

Halo Group now owns 100 percent of London-based upholstered furniture manufacturer Dudgeon Sofas after its former owner's retirement triggered an increase in its stake.

Consumer prices in the furniture category continued to decelerate in the year to March as deflation persisted for a third straight month. The opposite was true with floorcoverings.

The owner of expanding retail chain NCF Living believes the company is on target for exponential sales growth in the next year as it continues to build out its store footprint.

IKEA opened its new state-of-the-art distribution centre at Rathcoole, Co. Dublin on Wednesday in a move that will lead to a halving in customer delivery times in Ireland.

Furniture brand Swoon returned to profit in 2023 driven by what it called a "clear focus on improving product margins and control of overheads."

Furniture, home and garden marketplace retailer Wayfair makes its bricks-and-mortar debut in its domestic market next month but that won't diminish its appetite for web growth, believing the sales runway for ecommerce remains vast.

A newly-formed company has taken control of Scotland-based furniture, lighting and home décor distributor CIMC Home following an apparent restructuring exercise.

Cabinet imports fell for a 15th month in a row on a year-on-year basis as weak living/dining figures outweighed improvement in bedroom and home office furniture.

SleepSoul, the hybrid mattress brand developed by furniture supplier Birlea, has agreed an exclusive distribution tie-up that takes it into the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).

Sofa maker Tetrad featured extensively on Channel 4's Remarkable Renovations programme last week with host George Clarke given a behind the scenes tour of its Preston factory.

The furniture industry's biggest fundraiser takes place in June, one of three late spring/early summer events signposted by the trade's dedicated charity.

Upholstered furniture market leader DFS temporarily reinstated its four-year interest free credit (IFC) offer this spring, a year after it was cut to three years to mitigate the rising cost of the proposition.

Mattress imports continued to climb in the early months of 2024 thanks to an outsized impact from premium bedding producer Tempur.

Weak carpet and vinyl data depressed flooring imports in February despite a first rise in parquet shipments since last autumn.

Charlies, the eight-store home and garden retailer, booked lower profits last year as rising costs outweighed the impact of higher sales and income from an insurance claim.

The China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) attracted all-time high visitor and exhibitor numbers last month with organisers saying it had cemented its position as the world's largest furniture event.

South East furniture and interiors retailer Design Vintage says it is looking forward to a strong future after completing a restructuring process that protects key stakeholders.

Sofa imports into the U.K. climbed for the second straight month in February as goods trucked in from Poland helped make up for weaker trade with both China and Italy.

Tough trading conditions for the U.K. upholstered furniture industry last year hit the top and bottom lines at Wade Spring, a key supplier to many leading manufacturers in the sector.

But revisions mean earlier declines were not as bad as first reported, new and updated figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Profits declined from Covid-era highs for seven-store indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting and homeware retailer Holloways of Ludlow last year.

Privately-owned retailer Furniture Village is to expand its footprint with another store in England this summer before embarking on the first of several new stores in Scotland.

Sofa design and manufacturing group TCM Living has appointed PJ Chippendale as its new chief financial officer.

Ultra high-end North Wales furniture manufacturer Silverlining maintained profits last year despite rising costs and flat sales.

French furniture company Roche Bobois is to acquire a majority stake in the company managing its 26-store retail operations in China, one of its most profitable and high potential markets.

Ordorite, the cloud-based retail order management software solution favoured by hundreds of major furniture and bed retailers, has announced a strategic partnership with Shipster, a custom shipping integration platform.

Ecommerce furniture and homeware retailer Laura James returned to profit last year with a seven-figure gain that eliminated all previous accumulated losses.

National bed retailer Bensons for Beds says it plans to open more than 30 stores over the next two years as it looks to return its footprint back to historic levels.

Ecommerce and marketplace retailer FurnitureBox continued its upwards trajectory as it built sales momentum and market share through 2022/23.

Profits fell sharply for the Mobus group last year as the Clarkson Coatings business the upholstery fabrics supplier acquired in 2022 was faced with a series of challenges.

Flooring underlay and accessories supplier Interfloor has formally confirmed a series of board changes including the promotion of its HR director to managing director.

A record 20 people working in the U.K. furniture and furnishing industry were last night admitted as freemen of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and industry charity.

Robbie Feather has been promoted to group chief executive at The Very Group (TVG), owner of the Very and Littlewoods brands and one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture and beds.

Ownership of Vispring has now yielded north of £100 million in dividend payments for the Spanish beds group that acquired the Devon bed maker back in December 2005.

Officials tasked with setting director pay levels at upholstery market leader DFS have defended a higher-than-average increase for its CEO by citing retention and motivational reasons.

Revenue climbed for the third year straight at beds and bedroom retailer And So To Bed last year though rising costs meant it was reliant on lower director pay to deliver earnings growth.

TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring has expanded its wholesale footprint with the takeover of Nottingham based T & R Floor Covering Distributors.

Bed retailers are being urged to support the National Bed Federation's (NBF) May Be Time for a New Mattress campaign running through May in order to galvanise awareness and demand for replacement products.

The disposal of the longtime East Anglia factory site of a bedding supplier that unexpectedly closed in 2022 leaving large debts owed to creditors has landed the former owners a seven-figure windfall.

The group behind the Där Lighting, David Hunt, and J&M Parker lighting brands became employee-owned last year following an under-the-radar transaction.

Independent retailer Loom Loft Furniture & Interiors has detailed the confirmed timeline for the launch of its new store at Preston Docklands this spring.

Experienced industry executive Rob King has been appointed sales director at Vogue Beds Group, the East Midlands-based beds manufacturer.

Jason Tarry, who stepped down as CEO of Tesco's U.K. and Ireland business last month, will succeed Sharon White as chairman at John Lewis Partnership, parent to John Lewis and Waitrose.

Italian upholstery vertical Natuzzi has cited the U.K. market as pivotal to a plan to accelerate its worldwide strategy evolution from wholesale to retail.

HM Revenue & Customs claims it is owed nearly £10 million in unpaid VAT by a hitherto major bed supplier whose assets were sold in a prepack deal this time last year.

Flooring and furniture retailer Pay Weekly Carpets and Vinyls saw its financial performance impacted by more stringent customer credit checks last year but it expects pay back in the shape of lower future bad debt.

Carpetright is said to be looking to cut costs amid tough trading conditions while one of its larger flooring retail rivals has also taken steps to adjust to challenging demand.

Upmarket kitchen and bedroom furniture maker and retailer John Lewis of Hungerford returned to profit last year thanks to a gain on the disposal of property.

Specialist private equity firm Alteri Investors provided national bed specialist Bensons for Beds with another high seven-figure chunk of debt and equity funding last year.

An investment professional has acquired the trading company behind the historic Julian Charles Home furnishings retail business in a transaction that sees its turnaround backer cede control.

Kayla Wilson has been promoted to marketing director at Furniture Box, one of the U.K.'s largest ecommerce furniture retailers.

Fast growth over the past decade has propelled India into one of the largest worldwide furniture markets, with the trend set to continue this year and next.

Renascent upholstery brand Maker & Son has opened a showroom in Los Angeles, the first of several planned for the U.S. market.

The CEO of RH, the high-end U.S. furniture retailer that launched here with its RH England gallery last year, says ecommerce has been the most surprising aspect of its entry into the U.K. market so far.

International furniture retailer BoConcept has reorganised its senior leadership team including the hire of a senior U.K. jewellery retail executive to a new C-suite role.

Auditors have signed off the 2022/23 accounts of designer furniture, lighting and homeware retailer The Conran's Shop with a qualified opinion.

Home improvement retail chain Homebase has launched its first television advertisement in three years as it looks to elevate its brand profile and boost sales.

Sofa retailer's expansion follows ownership concentration via share buyout.

Quarterly insolvencies across the U.K. furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings sectors have declined for the first time since the end of 2022.

Warwick Fabrics says it has been operating in a sales environment that hasn't been conducive to increasing its selling prices to the furniture industry, which has had an impact on its own profits.

The number of U.K. housing transactions declined for the 15th straight month in February but at the shallowest rate throughout that period.

Cormar Carpet Company has appointed Paul Barratt, a longtime member of the senior leadership team at rival flooring supplier Karndean, as its chief executive officer.

Nobia, the parent company to kitchen retail chain Magnet, plans to further consolidate its U.K. manufacturing assets with its factory in Halifax to be closed and repurposed.

Relyon Beds says major customer wins and new product development have put the bed maker on the path for strong growth this year as it looks to build on progress made through 2022/23.

Profits were close to flat at Cousins Furniture last year as the independent retailer found margin to offset the impact of a softer demand environment.

Flair Rugs bolstered its market position through 2022/23 with double-digit sales and profits growth despite rising administrative costs.

Direct-to-consumer cabinet furniture maker Strachan felt the impact of higher costs and lower demand last year as it slipped to its first loss on public record.

Underlying earnings doubled at the upholstery group behind the Parker Knoll, G Plan, Duresta, Collins and Hayes and Lounge Co brands last year after restructuring work yielded further progress.

Wider gross margin helped negate softer sales in a challenging market at Leeds beds maker Harrison Spinks last year.

National retailer Bensons for Beds has brought all eve mattress production in house as part of the biggest product launch for the brand since its acquisition two years ago.

Premium furniture and interiors retailer RH is to push back the launch of its new gallery in Paris as a result of construction restrictions related to the summer Olympics.

The owners of expanding South West manufacturer Enchanted House Beds have created a new corporate structure to hold their combined business interests.

Logistics company DX Group is expanding its two-person delivery division with the opening of two additional 'supersites', one in the North West and the other in London.

Linley, the ultra high-end furniture maker, retailer and interior design company, says it hopes to cut the cost of its outstanding borrowings with its bank debt almost due to be repaid.

Workers at furniture supplier Kettle's Vietnamese factory have been paid all outstanding wages after an initial delay when the plant was closed earlier this year. The sale of assets in Vietnam is also expected to raise funds for suppliers still owed money.



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