JohnLewisCorporateBig-ticket furniture sales were up at John Lewis last week as total sales trended upwards on the back of Black Friday and the web.

ukSofaMarketShareBritish sofa factories reclaimed lost market share last year as the overall UK upholstery market increased in size.

Upholstery specialist Sofaworks has outlined details and the timeframe of how it plans to transition to its new Sofology brand name.

New accounts for the UK arm of premium mattress supplier Tempur confirm its sales grew at twice the rate of the rest of the industry in 2014.

Third quarter UK and Ireland revenues declined for Stressless brand owner Ekornes, though remain ahead of 2014 on a year-to-date basis.

Italian sofa giant Natuzzi says the UK has become its second largest market worldwide with sales here trending up strongly in the first nine months of 2015.

htlLeather sofa supplier HTL is close to being sold to one of the world’s largest cabinet furniture and wood flooring manufacturers.

Chair specialist HSL will open its 53rd showroom later this week as it continues its nationwide store expansion programme.

Half of Britain’s biggest furniture chains and independents will be participating in Black Friday promotions today as the industry embraces the US shopping phenomenon.

Consumer confidence took a knock in November but shoppers remain well disposed to buying big-ticket goods such as electricals and furniture.

Home category sales were down 2.9 per cent for John Lewis last week as consumers preferred to shop fashion and electrical goods.

Three-store beds and department store retailer Daniel posted high single-digit growth in the year to 1st February with a four-fold rise in underlying profits.

Kitchens, bedrooms and bathroom sales were positive for B&Q in the third quarter after falls earlier in the year.

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Profits climbed almost three-fold on the back of greater efficiencies and a higher top line at Danish furniture group Actona in 2014–15.

Britain’s biggest beds manufacturer is to open a Silentnight Sleep Centre in a prominent former furniture store as a brand showcase for both consumers and trade customers.

retailParkSeventeen months and counting. Furniture retailers grew sales again in October, but the rate at which they grew slowed compared to most other months this year.

John Lewis sales crept above year-earlier levels last week thanks to double-digit online growth and the impact of new stores.

htlSofaFar East sofa producers HTL and Man Wah—suppliers to some of the UK’s largest furniture chains—have reported declining sales in Europe.

October retail sales in Scotland were disappointing with declines in both the total value of sales and like-for-like demand.

Furniture and electricals retailer Harvey Norman has revealed a new store format with the official opening of its new Belfast showroom on the Boucher Road.

Upholstery and carpets retailer ScS says it has built sales momentum in the four months to mid-November and is gearing up to expand its store footprint.

The group behind ecommerce furniture brands the Cotswold Company and Pine Solutions enjoyed bumper top and bottom line growth in 2014–15.

Confidence in the market will see many important industry suppliers step up their presence at the January Furniture Show next year.

HomeSense sales passed £100m in the UK for the first time as the off-price retailer opened five stores in the year to end January.

Double-digit profit margins returned at the UK arm of mattress springs and machinery business Leggett & Platt in 2014 as a result of higher output and non-recurring bad debt.

The executive management team at Midlands furniture retailer Lee Longlands has announced its long-planned management buyout.

Chinese furniture importsCase goods imports declined at the end of the third quarter with demand falling across bedroom, living and dining cabinet furniture.

EUsofaManufacturingUpholstery shipments to the UK declined at the end of the third quarter with demand falling steepest from manufacturing partners in Europe.

Belgian and Dutch carpet imports fell sharply in September though there was a rise in the amount of accent flooring brought in from far-off markets.

simonSpinksHarrison Spinks md Simon Spinks says the beds, springs and upholstery group is committing £5.5m to capital projects over the next 12 months.

Retailers had their worst October in six years according to the British Retail Consortium, though the furniture category bucked the wider trend.

Global furniture retailer JYSK will this week unveil a new store design format which—if successful—is expected to be rolled out across the network.

bernardStitfallSofa Brands International will have a new group finance director from 1st December following the retirement after nearly four decades service of Bernard Stitfall.

Furniture retailer Dwell this weekend opened its eighth store and third in as many months as it continues to rebuild its store footprint.

QuickStepHQMohawk Industries posted record third quarter profits thanks to the successful integration of acquisitions and gains made by new product lines.

Floorcoverings contractor Designer Contracts has relocated to two larger depots serving three key regions.

Promotions across living and dining, bedroom and upholstery supported year-on-year furniture sales growth at John Lewis last week.

okaWebDemand from online customers boosted premium furniture and homeware retailer OKA Direct as 2014–15 ecommerce sales climbed by nearly a quarter.

Trade kitchens supplier Howdens has entered into a long term agreement to occupy a new-build distribution centre near Raunds.

blackOrchidConcessionEfforts to salvage high-end furniture and design brand Black Orchid Interiors remain ongoing, the administrator said yesterday.

General merchandise sales at Marks & Spencer declined 0.4 per cent in the six months to end September, though the retailer made gains in food and online.

The rate at which prices dropped in UK retail stores decelerated in October according to stores group the British Retail Consortium.

arnottsDepartment store operator Selfridges Group has acquired heritage Dublin retailer Arnotts from Fitzwilliam Finance Partners.

sereneAgentsMidlands beds and furniture distributor Serene has appointed Jim Sloan to build distribution for its Serene Living programme across the island of Ireland.

WarrenEvansChelmsfordLondon and South East beds and mattress retailer Warren Evans says a bumper sales performance in the early part of 2015 has put it in line to return to profit this year.

The new value-oriented Simply Magnet collection continued to drive top line improvement at kitchens chain Magnet in the third quarter.

Consumer confidence for big-ticket furniture spend has taken a knock over fears regarding the UK and wider global economy.

tempurThmbTempur’s introduction into the British market represented a paradigm shift for UK mattress manufacturers, distributors, retailers and end users.

Furniture sales grew 7.6 per cent at department store mutual John Lewis last week driven by orders taken from its online channel.

Privately owned manufacturer and distributor Gallery Direct is one of the fastest emerging furniture and home furnishings groups operating in the UK.

healsHMansA look at management and non-executive changes at premium furniture, design and homewares retailer Heal’s. Sign in for more.

Expanding furniture and homewares distributor Gallery Direct invested heavily in what was a transformational year to December 2014.

nextHomeMaidstoneGeneral merchandise retailer Next posted 7.3 per cent sales growth for its third quarter, driven by a near double-digit rise in Directory sales.

The Furnishing Report charts Carpetright’s progress in downsizing its UK store portfolio over the past four and a half years.

veryBedsHome shopping giant Shop Direct grew profits 78 per cent in the year to end June with CEO Alex Baldock hailing the online department store retailer’s disciplined approach.

natuzziCroydonHigh sales growth at key London stores helped sofa giant Natuzzi shrug off the impact of a number of department store concession closures last year.

Carpetright CEO Wilf Walsh says early trading at its new concept stores has been encouraging as the retailer delivered half year growth against a backdrop of space rationalisation.

HRH The Countess of Wessex officially opened luxury bed manufacturer Vispring’s new showroom at its Devon factory last week.

habitatTCRmapthumbFurniture retailer Habitat has completed the first phase of a major refurbishment of its flagship showroom on Tottenham Court Road.

Privately-owned furniture and department store retailer Collingwood Batchellor doubled profits in 2014–15 with strong growth enjoyed at its refurbished Worthing store.

Multi-brand kitchen manufacturing group Omega posted strong profits in the year to end December as group sales climbed 5.6 per cent to £39.9m.

Tempur Sealy International has settled a longstanding antitrust investigation alleging vertical price fixing at its German Tempur subsidiary.

tapiUddingstonTapi Carpets & Floors will take store numbers to 20 with the emerging floorcoverings retailer revealing its next eight locations, including a first in Wales.

September brought a sixteenth consecutive month of rising furniture sales, according to the Office for National Statistics.



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