London retailer Adventures in Furniture was profitable for a fifth straight year in 2022 as it continued to rebuild from a restructuring process.

Profits climbed for made-to-measure cabinet maker Strachan last year as the direct-to-consumer company maintained its upwards revenue trajectory.

Furniture Village is introducing a profit sharing scheme that will see all employees of the national retailer further enjoy the rewards of their efforts, says executive chairman Peter Harrison.

Barker and Stonehouse opened its purpose-built flagship store in Gateshead to the general public on Good Friday, the culmination of a £5 million investment by the privately-owned furniture retailer.

A North West mattress and comfort seating products supplier became a minority shareholder in direct-to-consumer beds and sleep products business Brook and Wilde [Brook + Wilde] last year in what both parties have described as a strategic partnership.

Upholstered furniture conglomerate Natuzzi has postponed the release of its fourth quarter and full year 2022 financial results because of further verification work required at its Chinese joint venture.

Designer furniture, lighting and homeware retailer Nest has opened its long-anticipated new Sheffield showroom in the city's Park Hill development.

The financial period leading up to the divestment of Millbrook Beds by the Croll family was a year of two halves, according to commentary in newly-filed accounts.

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Raw material price inflation and shortages impacted gross margin at Long Eaton sofa manufacturer Acclaim Upholstery through 2021/22 with it unable to immediately pass on rising costs to its largest customer.

Dewsbury based ecommerce retailer Happy Beds maintained profitable momentum last year as it continued to ramp up inventory levels.

Keith Wilson, who was instrumental in the buildout of La-Z-Boy's U.K. expansion including the takeover of Colne sofa maker Furnico, is to retire.

Heritage carpet industry supplier Bonar Yarns has been placed into administration but restructuring advisors say they remain hopeful of finding a buyer for the business as a going concern.

The company behind the Burmatex carpets brand deleveraged through 2022, a year that saw it make top and bottom line gains.

South Wales home office and workplace furniture manufacturer Bisley has announced the death of its owner and chairman Anthony Brown at the age of 86.

The number of furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings companies filing for insolvency reached record high levels in the first quarter of 2023.

The owners of a Birmingham bedding company have completed a buyout of Serene Beds and Furniture in a deal that secures the future of the West Bromwich wholesaler.

The group behind the Freemans and Grattan brands has recapitalised its U.K. Internet and catalogue retail business with an eight-figure equity issue.

Flooring wholesaler Likewise Group has taken possession of its 47,000sqft high bay distribution centre in Glasgow ahead of it becoming fully operational later this spring.

Industry news in brief regarding Kave Home, Fabb Furniture, Glasswells, Davidson London and a charity hike in aid of The Furniture Makers' Company.

Duresta has opened a standalone Long Eaton showroom in a move that the prestige upholstery manufacturer hopes will provide an advantageous sales aid for its retail partners.

Restructuring advisors handling the insolvency of Kettle Interiors U.K. have enlisted agents to sell a substantial quantity of cabinet furniture that was not included as part of the asset sale agreement with newco Kettle Home.

Privately-owned bed retailer Mattressman has successfully completed the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) it agreed with creditors back in 2018.

Rising costs countered higher sales for upholstery and drapery fabrics supplier Warwick last year while cash declined after a large share buyback.

The Chinese upholstery manufacturer that a decade ago owned and ran a British furniture retail chain has posted weaker profits as a result of a reduction in output across its diversified activities.

The co-owned sofa-in-a-box brand Habbio and high-end upholstery business John Sankey have agreed new manufacturing licences after their hitherto production partner was placed into liquidation.

A large North West ecommerce furniture and homewares group that generates 60 percent of its £45.5 million turnover through Amazon says it expects to return to profit in the next three months after a long period of supply chain challenges.

One-off costs settling a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) price probe hit profits at the group behind Oxfordshire supplier Där Lighting last year.

IKEA Ireland is cut its dependence on U.K. warehouses by opening its first dedicated Irish Customer Distribution Centre (CDC), drastically reducing delivery times.

Wider gross margin and rates relief helped the wholly-owned retail arm of Natuzzi, which represents just a small fraction of the Italian sofa maker's total U.K. business, to cut losses through the pandemic.

The group md of Hypnos says the high-end bed maker has managed to build further top line momentum through 2022/23 despite the loss of a high-profile hotel contract and the tough economic backdrop.

Restructuring advisors say they accepted the offer from newco Kettle Home for the assets of Kettle Interiors U.K. only yesterday (Mar. 29, 2023) after what it described as an open marketing process that attracted significant interest from here and abroad.

RH, the U.S. furniture retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has revealed plans to open an interior design studio here in addition to the two vast galleries already in the pipeline.

The buildout of the Soho Home retail and wholesale brand in the U.K. saw it rack up a large seven-figure profits turnaround as activity ramped up through the pandemic period.

Retailer Bensons for Beds will on Thursday kickstart the next phase in its plan for the eveSleep brand, expanding and displaying its mattress programme across its c. 160-store national retail network for the first time.

Sanderson Design Group has agreed a licensing agreement with J Sainsbury that will see the supermarket group's Habitat brand develop a wide range of products in collaboration with the Morris & Co. and Scion brands.

Next has confirmed that Made.com will trade on its Total Platform network but says there are no such plans currently in place for the furniture retailer Swoon, it which it holds a significant stake, to become a client.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer The Conran Shop has taken owner funding to new highs after a fresh equity issue late winter.

A hiring surge saw the Harrison Spinks group add over 100 new jobs in a period when revenue growth at its beds division outpaced that of its co-controlled components and fillings business unit. Higher costs meant EBITDA dropped by more than a fifth.

The privately-owned franchise behind the modern furniture retail brand BoConcept across Scotland has outlined the value of its investment as it upsized its business through 2021/22.

Industry news from Tapi Carpets, BFM, Whitemeadow and The Branded Furniture Company; and Silentnight.

Newly-formed company Kettle Home is the new owner of assets including intellectual property and inventory after wholesaler Kettle Interiors U.K. was placed into administration last Friday.

General merchandise retailer Next has made a debt investment in furniture and homeware retailer Swoon Editions, expanding on a minority equity position built last year.

A multi-million pound turnover Birmingham based ecommerce beds retailer has been landed with a winding up petition from HM Revenue & Customs for unpaid tax.

Living, dining and bedroom furniture supplier Teemo has appointed former Made.com general manager Kevin Guillaume as chief operations officer Southeast Asia.

National bed retailer Bensons for Beds will expand its store footprint this weekend with the opening of a new store near its Cambridgeshire manufacturing base.

Furniture wholesaler Kettle Interiors U.K. has been placed into administration with all 126 of its employees made redundant, restructuring advisors have confirmed.

A court has handed West Midlands cabinet, mattress and bedframe importer and wholesaler Serene Beds and Furniture another ten days to reorganise its affairs.

20 U.K. exhibitors will show at Interzum next month as the manufacturers' event returns with sustainability high on its agenda after a four-year absence.

The managed wind down at South Yorkshire ready-to-assemble cabinet manufacturer Addspace Furniture has had knock-on effects for a co-controlled ecommerce retailer.

The temporary closure of one of House of Fraser's department stores has reduced the number of concessions in the portfolio of Sofa.com, its co-owned sister retail brand.

Brits felt more inclined to splash out on high value items such as furniture and flooring than in any time in almost a year in March according to a closely-followed consumer poll.

Furniture discovery and search website ufurnish.com has launched a collaboration with Airbnb, the service that lets property owners rent out their spaces to travellers looking for a place to stay.

Stakeholders in wholesaler Kettle Interiors U.K. are working to complete a restructuring process that will secure the future of the Corby based furniture supplier.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS is to evaluate how consumers respond to DFS cutting its interest free credit offer by 12 months earlier this month, but says its own focus will remain offering optimum value.

The value of furniture and lighting sales inched forward at well-below inflation rates in February according to data released Friday morning by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

A seven-figure vendor of mattresses, divans, headboards and bed sets on the Amazon marketplace platform has a new shareholder following ownership adjustments.

The Northpoint Furniture Show will open its doors to retail buyers later this spring with representatives of more than 30 household names from the U.K. and international furniture and bed sector having signed up to exhibit.

Bensons for Beds chief operating officer Gavin Chappell is taking on additional responsibilities as part of plans by the national retailer to divide the role of chief customer officer into separate parts.

Sofa Club, the upholstered furniture retailer that sells online and through dedicated lounges in the walkways of U.K. shopping centres, has agreed a two-person home delivery contract with Panther Logistics.

The takeover of Scotts by WoolOvers Group will yield more than £3.5 million for creditors though that won't be nearly enough to satisfy the mail-order retailer's outstanding liabilities.

Consumer price inflation for household furniture eased for the sixth month in a row in February, reaching its lowest level in a year and a half.

Dreams has officially opened its new warehouse at Willenhall in the West Midlands, describing the 260,000sqft facility as its largest investment in physical assets to date.

The CEO of ScS says the the upholstery retailer, which is flush with cash and has no debt, would give serious consideration to vertical integration if the right opportunity was passed across his desk.

A South East floorcoverings supplier filed a second notice of intent to appoint an administrator on Tuesday as stakeholders closed in on an apparent restructure.

Retail giant IKEA opened a Plan & Order Point in Stockport, Greater Manchester on Monday, the second of three iterations of the new-format stores that are planned for North West England.

Relaunched modular sofa brand Snug has agreements in place with all three of its legacy upholstered furniture suppliers following its takeover by ScS earlier this year.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has boosted its retailer support offering with five marketing toolkits to increase awareness of the NBF-approved tick, and to share advice around the bed-buying process, after-purchase care, and mattress settlement.

Cash continued to build at ScS in the first half of its financial year despite the upholstery and flooring retailer recording a bigger net loss compared with last year.

The acquisition of Sofa Workshop weighed heavy on the principal U.K. trading arm of international furniture brand Timothy Oulton ahead of the historic upholstery retailer's subsequent closure.

The U.K. subsidiary of Swiss-owned upmarket outdoor furniture brand Gloster maintained high six-figure profits in the year to December 31, 2022, new accounts reveal.

Three major home furnishings retailers have agreed 10-year leases to occupy stores in the redeveloped former Toys R Us unit at the Metro Retail Park, Gateshead.

Furniture Village and ScS, two of the largest furniture retailers in the country, are among the first companies to become Approved Retailer members of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

The investor group that last year acquired the business behind the Oak Furniture Superstore retail brand threatened legal action against the vendors after fire safety issues surrounding some of its products emerged following the buyout.

Creditors of Mark Harris Furniture, the furniture wholesale and retail company whose assets were sold via a prepack buyout last month, were owed more than £14 million at the time of the restructure.

Housebuilder Barratt London is offering owners of new-build homes the opportunity furnish them with furniture packs from IKEA after launching a collaboration with the Swedish retail brand.

Graeme Sutherland, the longstanding sales director at Ashwood Designs and respected stalwart of the U.K. sofa industry, has died, the upholstered furniture manufacturer has announced.

Bensons for Beds has launched a variable support mattress that is softer on one side and firmer on the other with the aim of meeting the changing needs of children as they grow towards adulthood.

The famous four-year's interest free credit (IFC) offer of DFS is no more after the upholstery market leader cut the maximum term customers can take to repay by a full 12 months, citing rising costs.

Sanderson Design Group says it is committed to protecting its interests ahead of a hearing next month regarding an intellectual property dispute with Waltham Forest Council.

Board change comes as planned following a management buyout two years ago.

A longstanding Lincoln case goods furniture retailer will close next week following its owner's decision to retire.

Building work has begun at MattressNextDay's purpose-built distribution centre and showroom in the South East of England.

Profits fell 71 percent for DFS in the six months to Christmas Day with the upholstery market leader battling rising costs and a fall in sales.

Home revenue declined at department store retailer John Lewis in the year to end January as customer spending patterns adjusted because of the rising cost of living.

A London furniture retailer that once ran six stores across the South East of England will be down to one after it announced the closure of its longstanding Chelsea unit.

John Lewis Partnership (JLP), parent to John Lewis and Waitrose, has appointed Nish Kankiwala as its first-ever CEO.

Bensons for Beds will this weekend expand its West Midlands retail footprint with the launch of a new store at Erdington to the northeast of Birmingham city centre.

Harrison Spinks Beds is upgrading its U.S. stock programme with a Los Angeles distribution centre leased in partnership with logistics specialist Rhenus Group. The move will help it drastically cut lead times.

The near-term future of West Midlands beds and cabinet furniture distributor Serene Beds and Furniture is uncertain after a court filing on Monday.

The value of case goods imported into the U.K. fell to its lowest level in 18 months at the beginning of 2023 after overstocked distributors and retailers put the brakes on orders last autumn.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. fell high single-digits in January as a result a weaker figures from all three of the habitually largest origin countries.

Trustpilot says Maker&Son "hasn't been playing by the rules" after the upholstery brand was said to have threatened reviewers with legal action regarding comments that had been made on its platform.

Mail-order furniture, general merchandise and fashion brand Grattan has received fresh shareholder backing after a third equity issue in a little over a year.

Upholstered furniture imports cratered at the start of 2023, reflecting a combination of weak demand in the autumn when orders were placed, along with full warehouses across the U.K.

The closure of a 17-store adjustable furniture and mobility products specialist spells bad news for a co-controlled ecommerce business, which faces the write-off of a large multi-million pound debt.

Naturalmat, the Devon manufacturer and retailer of mattresses and bedding made from organic materials, maintained profitable momentum last year as it invested online and in people.

The year-on-year value of carpets imported into the U.K. declined 4.3 percent in January, a first drop in monetary terms since the summer of last year.

Netherlands based INGKA Holding, the world's largest IKEA retailer, beefed up its U.K. property portfolio last year after making its largest investments here since before the pandemic.

A West Sussex lifestyle retailer has acquired the business and assets of Scotts, the circa £50 million turnover general merchandise retailer that carries a substantial furniture and home programme.

Sofas from the three further upholstery collections sold under the Argos Habitat brand that didn't meet U.K. flammability regulations were also manufactured in Eastern Europe, it was disclosed late last week.

Shareholder equity at mattress company Dormeo U.K. was wiped out through the second part of the pandemic ahead of its business and assets being sold to a supplier for £800,000 last month.

A second straight period of growth helped North West flooring manufacturer Penthouse Carpets to last year achieve its highest sales since the financial crash of 2008.

Silentnight has appointed a new chief executive officer, with Neil Anderson to step down after four years with the U.K.'s largest bed manufacturer.

Correspondence has been delivered to U.K. and mainland European industry suppliers to the legacy Maker&Son upholstery business telling them they will not be paid what they are owed after all, despite earlier pledges to the contrary.

British furniture manufacturers made a positive start to 2023 with output climbing compared with January last year. December figures have also been revised upwards.

Pine and hardwood cabinet furniture distributor Devonshire remained profitable through 2021/22 as wider gross margin helped mitigate lower output.

International furniture and home décor retailer Maisons du Monde saw profits fall last year as revenue declined and margins narrowed.

Moda Furnishings, the premium outdoor living retailer, is opening a pop-up showroom at The Victoria Quarter in the centre of Leeds later this month.

The founder of Oak Furnitureland continues to have an equity interest in rival brand Oak Furniture Superstore following the division of that retailer's assets via an insolvent restructure last month.

HMRC was the largest creditor of the predecessor Cox & Cox ecommerce operation, with restructuring advisors saying the asset sale to Giomani Designs yielded just over £600,000, confirming figures we reported last week.

Britain's largest flooring wholesaler says it wants to grow its business with larger retail and trade customers by more than £100 million over the next five years.

A North West flooring and wall tile company has folded with seven-figure debts after a late 2020 company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreement with creditors failed to complete.

Upholstery manufacturer and retailer heads south for third consumer showroom.

Silentnight has delivered more than 900 mattresses and beds to children’s charity Zarach since the start of its partnership in August, the Barnoldswick manufacturer has announced.

Gordon Mearns is retiring and stepping down as managing director of Sterling Furniture after two decades in the role, ushering in a new phase at the 50-year old Scottish retailer. A CEO search is underway while third generation family members will shortly join the board.

Tempur Sealy International and Sealy Australia have provided an additional £9 million of debt investment into their Sealy U.K. joint venture in the past four months to support its Cumbria-based manufacturing operations.

A Buckinghamshire upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer that dates back to the 1950s has refashioned its corporate structure after a predecessor company was placed into liquidation last month.

Ingka Group, the largest IKEA retailer in the world, says women now make up about 50 percent of the top management teams across the 31 countries worldwide where it operates.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is expanding its events portfolio with the launch of Furniture Component Expo, an event it hopes will connect manufacturers with companies from across the upstream supply chain.

In-store furniture retail sales made huge gains last year as U.K. lockdown trends reversed to the detriment of the ecommerce channel.

Restructuring advisors say all outstanding orders will be fulfilled following the buyout of the business of Dormeo U.K. last week in a deal that effectively saves hundreds of jobs.

The shutdown of the U.K. arm of Sweden-headquartered furniture brand Rowico is entering its final stages as restructuring advisors clear the last of its remaining inventory.

A Walthamstow flooring company has folded leaving more than a dozen carpet, wood and vinyl suppliers owed five-and-six-figure sums.

The seventh annual Curry Night organised by the Yorkshire region of The Furniture Makers’ Company has raised over £2,500, with more than 100 guests attending the March 2, 2023 event.

Major direct-to-consumer mattress business Dormeo U.K. has traded continuously through an insolvent restructure after a diversified international bed industry supplier came to its rescue.

Consumers with outstanding orders from the Cox & Cox predecessor company will have to try and reclaim cash from their card providers after restructuring advisors brokered a six-figure deal for the etailer's assets last week.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Lee Longlands returned a positive bottom line for the second straight year on the back of high demand through the latter part of the pandemic.

The company behind the Killymoon Living and CFC Interiors furniture brands made top and bottom line gains through 2021/22 but used some of the proceeds to pay off debt as it forewarned of a weaker year to follow.

Mattress and bedding manufacturer Duvalay has expanded into the baby sector after buying cot mattress specialist Nursery Connections out of administration.

Argos has added sofas, armchairs and footstools from three further upholstery collections to a product recall first announced a month ago when it revealed SKUs from its Tammy programme didn't meet U.K. flammability regulations.

Revenue growth helped mitigate raw material, labour and shipping cost pressures as the upholstery group behind the Ashley Manor, Alstons and Alexander & James businesses bolstered profits last year.

The closure of a 17-store direct-to-consumer brand selling rise and recline chairs, adjustable beds and other mobility aids earlier this year leaves creditors facing a shortfall north of £12 million.

The Furniture & Home Improvement Ombudsman, (FHIO) has appointed four new new members to its Standards Board including key officials from major retailer DFS, Tapi Carpets & Floors, and B&Q.

Eight ecommerce furniture, home and mattress companies — three of which have dedicated U.K. online stores — have featured in the Financial Times 2023 FT 1000 list of Europe's fastest-growing companies.

One of the U.K.'s largest online bed retailers has come to the aid of furniture, home and giftware ecommerce brand Cox & Cox after it was placed into the hands of restructuring advisors earlier this week.

Sales in Ireland inched forward for major furniture and electricals retailer Harvey Norman in the second half of 2022 on the back of a new store and a rise in average prices. Its smaller Northern Ireland operation found life trickier.

The sofa-in-a-box company that pioneered a paradigm shift in the way entry and mid-level upholstery was manufactured and shipped has launched into the outdoor category.

The Carpet Foundation, the manufacturer-funded body that promotes carpet generically in the U.K., is to undertake a new burst of consumer advertising after the success of a similar campaign last year.

East Midlands furniture importer and distributor Birlea has introduced a new price list with reductions of an average 11 percent across its entire product roster.

Embattled ecommerce furniture, homeware, garden and gift retailer Cox & Cox is expected to survive after calling in restructuring advisors earlier this week.

The just-agreed licensing deal between Maker&Son and The Hastings Sofa Company won't imperil outstanding orders or the interests of the existing supply chain, the upholstery brand says.

Heritage furniture and homeware brand Habitat will be without any standalone U.K. store presence from the summer after owner J Sainsbury announced plans to close its last remaining branches here.

Insolvency practitioners at the London and Manchester offices of Mazars are handling the insolvency of Dormeo U.K., the circa £40 million mattress company placed into administration last week.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Glasswells has remodelled its Ipswich home furnishings store to create what it called a brighter and more contemporary atmosphere.

The owners of The Hastings Sofa Company have agreed a deal with Inc. & Co for them to become the licensee of the Maker&Son brand in the U.K. and Ireland.

Efforts to rescue furniture and homeware retailer Cox & Cox reached a critical juncture on Monday afternoon after restructuring advisors were called in at the Somerset ecommerce company.

Pippa Wicks, the senior-most official at department store retailer John Lewis & Partners, is to leave the business after two and a half years as its executive director.

Shipping pressures and dealing with the aftermath of the pandemic meant last year was the most challenging yet, according to bedroom furniture and upholstery distributor Furniture Wholesale Group (FWG).

Rising input costs countered an improvement in underlying demand at the U.K. upholstery factory acquired by U.S. furniture giant La-Z-Boy in the first financial period since its autumn 2021 buyout.



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