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.

National kitchens retailer Wren is to diversify its product range with the launch of Wren Bedrooms, expanding its customer offer into fitted wardrobes, chests, dressers and standalone items.

Maker&Son suppliers with lorry loads of unpaid-for furniture waiting to be delivered to customers are braced for more change in the way the embattled upholstery brand operates.

Independent bed retailer Archers Sleepcentre found top and bottom line growth through 2021/22 in a period that saw its md complete a management buyout of the business.

Ownership change at Yorkshire cabinet furniture and mattress retailer Room To Grow.

Consumers who bought sofas sold by Mark Harris Furniture that do not comply with U.K. flammability regulations are to be contacted directly by restructuring advisors after the company was placed into administration last week.

Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Fired Earth are to build on an existing homeware collaboration by adding further products including upholstered, occasional and living room furniture lines.

Darren Baird and Joseph Baggott have joined upholstered furniture manufacturer Ashwood Designs as operations director and finance director respectively.

Trading conditions in the U.K. and other international markets are currently far harder than in its domestic market, according to the leader of home goods ecommerce giant Wayfair.

EZ Living Interiors, one of Ireland's largest furniture and homeware retailers, has launched JOYA Sleep, a standalone and sustainable mattress brand with its own dedicated ecommerce channel.

The largest operator of IKEA stores worldwide has made a €9 million investment in a U.K. company specialising in credit risk, risk analytics and predictive modelling based on bank transaction data.

Bed market leader Dreams has agreed a three-year partnership with housing and homelessness charity Shelter to raise funds and awareness to address the housing emergency.

The near-term future of ecommerce furniture and homeware retailer Cox & Cox is uncertain after its operating company filed a notice of intent to appoint an administrator (NOI) earlier this week.

The Vita Group says it has doubled staff headcount and increased production four-fold at the foam manufacturing plant it acquired from sofa maker Natuzzi in the two years since the takeover was announced.

Home shopping general merchandise retailer N Brown Group has appointed Dominic Appleton as chief financial officer designate to succeed current incumbent Rachel Izzard.

Retail giant Next and Sanderson Design Group (SDG) have agreed a licensing tie-up for the latter's Clarke & Clarke brand that will see its product range diversify into new categories including furniture.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee has taken the total amount it has donated to The Children's Hospital Charity into six figures with its latest annual contribution.

Oak Furniture Superstore has a new owner after a deal was concluded late Tuesday afternoon for the business and assets of the multi-million pound turnover online cabinet and upholstery retailer.

A debt owed to mattress retailer Dormeo U.K. by a co-controlled entity increased by a seven-figure sum in the period leading up to that company calling in restructuring advisors last month.

Martin Peace, an until-now near constant presence at major carpet supplier Abingdon Flooring in the decades before and after it became part of the Victoria group, has retired.

U.S. upholstery conglomerate La-Z-Boy saw revenue inch forward in the three months to January 29, 2023 on the back of a stellar performance from its company-owned retail business in its domestic market.

Premium kitchen maker Poggenpohl has retimed the relaunch of one of its flagship U.K. showrooms for a second time.

Mattress Online maintained margin and seven-figure profits through 2021/22 as it adjusted to what its CEO called an "anticipated change to consumer spending behaviour as the U.K. retail market settles into a post-lockdown world."

The Chinese conglomerate behind the Mlily mattress and bedding brand says it was profitable again in 2022 thanks to manufacturing efficiencies and an improved situation in Europe following the pandemic.

A three-year programme to consolidate factory space will save Axminster Carpets a seven-figure sum annually and rightsize the business for the future, its owners have said.

A West Midlands interior design company that created interiors for show homes across new-build developments has folded leaving a large tax liability.

The two-phase China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) returns next month after an enforced in-person hiatus caused by Covid-19 and local restrictions that prevented buyers from travelling.

Mattress supplier Dormeo U.K. is on the verge of completing a restructuring process after it filed a notice of intent to appoint an administrator (NOI) late last week.

Stakeholders in the Evans of High Wycombe furniture business say they are awaiting clarification of the brand's future after its until-now operating company was placed into liquidation last week.

Delivered sales growth returned in the U.K. and Irish markets for Stressless upholstery brand owner Ekornes in the fourth quarter in an otherwise testing period that led to the downsizing programme announced in January.

Victoria-owned Balta is proposing the transfer of wall-to-wall carpet production from Belgium to the U.K., citing challenges being able to make products profitably in its homeland.

Habitat, the Sainsbury's owned furniture and homeware brand, has agreed a multi-platform deal to sponsor Friday nights in on 4, broadcaster Channel 4 has announced.

ScS has revamped its corporate identity with a new logotype and strapline that launches concurrently with a television advertising campaign that steers the sofa and flooring retailer in a new direction.

Lawyers acting for two emerging mattress brands will go head-to-head in a U.K. court hearing next month as they look to resolve a branding disagreement.

U.K. furniture retailers found year-on-year turnover growth in January as a result of the pickup in demand in the autumn and normalised lead times. But the total remained short of pre-pandemic levels.

Building out the business of fast-growing furniture search website ufurnish.com resulted in its operating company recording a seven-figure loss last year, new accounts show.

Exports of core furniture categories including upholstery, beds and cabinets reached all-time high levels in 2022, breaking a record that had stood for the past four years.

The owner of London upholstery company The Sofa & Chair Co says the net effect of the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed last September will be a £6.3 million reduction in liabilities.

A property company under the control of the owner of an oak furniture retailer that only last month completed an insolvent restructure has filed a notice of intent to appoint an administrator (NOI).

Mohawk Industries, the world's largest floorcoverings supplier, said all of its European flooring categories experienced significant volume declines in the fourth quarter as customers cut back spending.

Customer deposits represented a third of the debts of a now-closed Northern Ireland based bedroom and kitchen furniture manufacturer and retailer that traded across the U.K. and Ireland.

The value of foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. was close to flat in December after an increase in the value and volume of goods crossing the Irish Sea compensated for weakness elsewhere.

A deal to sell Sleep.8, the international bed retail brand that has been rapidly expanding its store footprint in the U.K. and other markets, is almost complete.

Inbound volumes of living, dining and bedroom wood cabinet furniture declined for a ninth straight month in December, despite more robust demand in the period when orders for those goods were placed.

Household furniture price inflation continues to run in double-digit percentages but the rate eased to its lowest level in well over a year last month, according to new official data.

Homewares and furniture retailer Dunelm claimed market share in the second half of 2022 but saw profits fall as rising costs took their toll on the business.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has launched Industry Matters, a new podcast that looks to offer insight and analysis across issues affecting its membership base.

Associated Independent Stores (A.I.S.) said last month's open-to-all INDX Furniture Show — the tenth anniversary edition of the show — was one of its best-ever attended events.

The value and volume of Chinese sofa shipments to the U.K. declined at the end of the year as buyers continued to turn to alternative manufacturing sources closer to home.

Profits climbed at Sherborne Upholstery last year as the West Yorkshire furniture manufacturer broke a sales record that had lasted since the before the financial crash of 2008.

High demand and a new sales procedure helped one of the country's largest privately-owned furniture retailers to lift profits as revenue climbed to a seven-year high through 2021/22.

The organiser of a key trade show targeted at the furniture manufacturing and joinery industries has announced the scheduled return of the exhibition in the spring of next year, alongside the appointment of two senior hires to run it.

U.K. importers bought 12 million sqm of carpets and rugs into the country in December as volume growth returned after four straight year-on-year declines.

A furniture investment company controlled by Ayiaz Ahmed, the businessman who sold the Collins & Hayes (C&H) brand for £2 million in 2017, has defaulted on the terms of a settlement agreed with a specialist litigation funder.

Sofology has promoted Gisela Lancaster, who first joined the upholstery retailer from the home shopping retail sector nearly two years ago, to lead its buying team.

Revenue from flatpack furniture kits declined by more than £10 million through 2021/22 but higher sales from other activities helped West Yorkshire cabinet group Decorative Panel still find double-digit growth.

Vince Gunn, managing director of upholstered furniture brand Snug for the past two years, has been appointed chief executive at upmarket kitchen retailer Harvey Jones.

Fishpools has paid tribute to its chairman John Fishpool, the third generation of the family to run the highly-regarded independent furniture retailer, who has died aged 84.

The CEO of Tempur Sealy International says the bedding conglomerate will continue to look at acquisition opportunities, citing the takeover of Dreams as an example of when the stars eventually aligned after years of talks.

U.K. furniture makers' turnover declined on an annual basis for the first time in almost two years in December as weak demand through the autumn impacted production at the end of the year.

Mattress and bedding brand Tempur brand will take its products to a wider profile of customer as it undertakes the largest international rollout in the company's history through 2023.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee has diversified its product roster with the launch of a premium-pitched bedding line in partnership with Sleepsense International, the sleep accessories company.

James Keen, the chief executive of Hypnos Beds, has been elected to the board of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the trade association representing the interests of furniture makers.

Michael Tyler Furniture has appointed Kai Winders as managing director in a move that returns the South Coast sofa maker to its historic management structure, with a designer leading the company.

Retail giant Next is looking to experienced furniture industry executives as it looks to lever the acquisition of the Made.com [Made] brand after its collapse last year.

Losses widened at upholstery brand Swyft as it continued to scale its business ahead of a later debt-for-equity swap that helped the company cut borrowing.

Bed retailer MattressNextDay has begun selling Tempur branded goods for the first time as it embarks on a 2023 expansion programme, the South East ecommerce-led company has announced.

Leggett & Platt, the largest supplier of mattress springs to the U.K. bed industry and a bellwether for the sector, says European markets are now more secure after a rocky period when volumes declined last year.

Designer furniture, lighting and lifestyle retailer The Conran Shop has closed one of its iconic London stores and separately raised further equity funding from its owner.

Restructuring advisors have detailed the terms of an asset-only deal for the £52.5 million turnover business that sold Sleepdown branded bedding in the U.K. on retail marketplaces such as Amazon.

An end to pandemic restrictions in Northern Ireland helped the retailer that operates Dreams and Sofatime branded stores there find big revenue growth last year, with adjusted profits also rising.

The majority of the shares in XDP, one of the go-to providers for U.K. retailers selling flatpack furniture kits and other small parcel deliveries, have passed to the next generation.

JYSK has fired up a new partnership with online logistics marketplace AnyVan designed to boost its customers' ability to get big-ticket items delivered to their homes in as little as 24 hours.

Frasers Group, owner of retailers House of Fraser and Sofa.com, paid £2 million in cash to rescue the business and assets of Amara Living after the embattled home and living brand had run out of alternative funding sources.

Alan Sweeney has stepped down as Alfrank Designs CEO after almost 17 years to launch a new agency and sourcing business with one of Ireland's leading furniture buyers. He will continue to work with the dining and occasional furniture supplier on a part-time basis.

An already-closed Edinburgh mattress retail company has been temporarily prevented from being struck off from the company register following an objection.

Prominent Irish retailer EZ Living Furniture is planning to build and open a state-of-the-art retail warehouse in arguably Northern Ireland's premier location for big-ticket home retailers.

The organiser of the January Furniture Show says nearly three quarters of exhibitors have already rebooked for the 2024 edition, and name-checked two large upholstery brands among those that will return after missing this year's event.

Restructuring advisors handling the insolvency of the U.K. arm of bedroom and dining resource Rowico say they are clearing inventory following their appointment last month.

Yorkshire mattress springs and bed components manufacturer Spinks has secured an internationally-renowned accreditation for its pocket spring products.

Inexpensive Danish furniture retailer JYSK will open five stores in two days this month including a buildout of its U.K. footprint.

The owner of the West Elm and Pottery Barn Kids retail and wholesale brands said it expects to register lower U.K. sales as a result of business model and strategy adjustments here.

Upholstery brand Sofa.com maintained high double-digit margin last year despite rising costs weighing against the impact of big sales growth.

The U.K. future of international bedroom and dining furniture resource Rowico is unclear after its wholly-owned business unit here was placed into the hands of restructuring advisors late last month.

National furniture retailer Barker & Stonehouse has shared images of its soon-to-be-finished Gateshead store ahead of its scheduled opening this spring.

HSL has appointed Venessa Hodgson as managing director designate following the departure of CEO Guy Critchlow, who has left after over six years with the furniture vertical.

The upholstered furniture manufacturer behind brands including Sofas by Saxon and Timeless Chesterfields enjoyed the strongest financial year in its history through 2021/22.

The Very Group has launched hundreds of new home SKUs at entry-level prices as part of a wider expansion of its Everyday own brand collection originally introduced in the summer of last year.

A regional logistics company offering services including white-glove two-man furniture deliveries has been placed into the hands of restructuring advisors.

Building work is underway for a new purpose-built 1.17 million sqft distribution centre for The Range, the national home, garden and leisure retailer.

Dewsbury MP Mark Eastwood, who also chairs the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group, is to be the special guest speaker at the seventh annual Yorkshire Curry Night, organised by the Yorkshire Region of The Furniture Makers’ Company.

ScS, the U.K's second largest upholstered furniture retailer, said it has reversed negative order momentum to make gains since the start of winter, though cash reserves have declined through the period.

Fabrics supplier Blendworth International more than doubled its turnover through Covid after pivoting to making personal protective equipment (PPE) for the NHS. But the abrupt termination of a five-year contract started a spiral towards insolvency.

Profits left in the company advanced again for Northern Ireland based dining furniture wholesaler World Furniture (NI) last year as the supplier continued to build value.

Flooring conglomerate Karndean has acquired Dutch Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) contemporary mFLOR International in a deal that bolsters its presence in mainland Europe.

Organisers have launched the pre-registration process for this year's London Fabric Show, which takes place at the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court on February 28 and March 1.

The number of mid-large sized furniture retailers operating in the U.K. dwindled last year as businesses either closed or reported lower turnover amid tougher trading conditions.

Shareholders have given fresh backing to an online furniture search website that is fast becoming a key resource for shoppers who are in the product discovery phase.

The closure of a 13-store kitchens vertical late last year has left its South Yorkshire owner with little prospect of recovering a seven-figure debt that was a hangover from its takeover nearly seven years ago.

Decorative lighting supplier Searchlight Electric built stock levels and maintained healthy cash reserves on new borrowing last year against a difficult trading backdrop.

Weaker-than-expected sales and higher costs impacted pro-rata trading profits at the trade and direct home shopping bedding, home textiles and soft furnishings supplier Rapport Home last year.

Sofa-in-a-box brand Swyft has eliminated millions of pounds of borrowing as part of a debt-for-equity swap and broader investment that will lead to TV exposure for the fast-growing upholstered furniture company.

Industry-wide supply chain issues resulted in operational challenges and a downturn in margin as profits tumbled for upholstered furniture supplier La-Z-Boy U.K. last year.

Kave Home, which launched into the U.K. market in 2021, has appointed a new generation to lead the company at the start of a year when the furniture and home décor brand hopes to add 60 new stores and galleries.

Staffordshire floorcoverings group Brookvale grew profits last year as revenue climbed by nearly a third across its regional distribution network.

Upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff is expanding its collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) with the launch of a second collection, called Drawn from Nature.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) named High Seat (HSL) and Jay-Be as winners of the inaugural Furniture of Furniture Awards at an evening reception at the January Furniture Show last week.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale upholstery brand Sofacompany booked high profits despite margins taking a knock from the after-effects of Covid last year.

Ecommerce furniture retailer Swoon Editions is free of secured debt after it discharged in full its obligations to an invoice finance provider that provided funding after a restructuring over three years ago.

The wholly-owned U.K. store network of high-end French furniture company Roche Bobois delivered faster revenue growth than any other of its major global markets last year.

The principal U.K. arm of global office furniture manufacturing giant Herman Miller booked smaller profits here last year as higher staffing and material costs outweighed the impact of rising sales.

The three largest regional distributors of a Staffordshire based floorcoverings and flooring supplies wholesale group operating across England, Scotland and Wales all delivered big growth last year.

National beds and mattress retailer Bensons for Beds said it achieved high single-digit underlying sales growth in the final quarter of last year with post Boxing Day sales maintaining pre-Christmas momentum.

A South Wales based direct-to-consumer brand selling riser recline chairs, adjustable beds and other mobility aids online and from a regional store network has called in restructuring advisors and ceased trading.

South Yorkshire ready-to-assemble cabinet manufacturer Addspace Furniture has been placed into administration less than a year after divesting a stake in the company to an expanding furniture group.

Most bed makers who responded to the National Bed Federation's (NBF) latest State of Trade poll said a lack of orders is the biggest factor likely to limit output in the first half of 2023 with many supply chain challenges having now abated.

Upholstery market leader DFS has appointed Gill Barr, a former senior John Lewis, Kingfisher and Cooperative Group official, as a non-executive director.

Dreams has appointed former DFS executive Emma Long as chief customer officer with the beds market leader also hiring its first ever head of people.

Furniture retailer The Cotswold Company has appointed a new chairman and chief marketing officer with the company also soon to expand its store footprint.

A prominent South East furniture brand, which under a different structure a decade ago habitually generated sales north of £10 million a year, has deleveraged through 2021/22.

22nd store across the U.K. for national sofabed retailer.

Contemporary housewares supplier Joseph Joseph Group booked record sales last year as its international business gained further traction.

The upholstery group behind the Ashley Manor and Alexander & James brands has begun a consultation with employees at its East Midlands factories as it explores a strategic proposal to transfer production to Dudley.

More hard data showing how the furniture industry was lifted by a strong post-lockdown tailwind has arrived in the shape of orders processed through the central paying agent of the U.K.'s largest buying group in the sector.

Martin Gill, the new managing director of Vispring, will continue to run the high-end bed maker's co-owned sister retail business, whose sales director is to have elevated responsibilities to provide support.

Britain's biggest floorcoverings retailer has been told to amend its marketing claims by the advertising watchdog after a complaint by its largest rival in the sector.

Factory gate furniture price inflation climbed at the end of last year though raw material and input cost data augurs more promisingly, with that rate falling to its shallowest level since the spring of 2021.

Charlie Harrison has become managing director of Furniture Village as part of a board reshaping that sees several internal promotions and company co-founder Peter Harrison become executive chairman.

Furniture group Actona has revealed it paid well above book value for the takeovers of European sofa producers SITS and Theca last year in deals that made it one of the world's largest upholstery producers.

The restructuring of a formerly-profitable online furniture, home and garden boutique based in Cheshire leaves creditors facing a potential shortfall.

Revenue climbed by more than a third at British homewares and lifestyle brand Sophie Allport ahead of it appointing a new CEO to elevate the business to another level.

A working capital borrowing facility secured against key assets of furniture, home and garden retailer Cox & Cox has been settled.

Westbridge, GNG Group, Citibed, Wiemann and Sci-Net have been named winners of The Furniture Awards 2023 by an independent judging panel at the January Furniture Show.

The reopening of the hospitality industry boosted textiles manufacturer and distributor Richard Haworth, one of the largest U.K. suppliers of filled bedding and soft furnishings to the sector.

Upholstered furniture company Kingcome Sofas has completed works at its Devon factory designed to boost capacity and make the business more productive.

Ecommerce home platform Wayfair is laying off 1,750 employees in a move that cuts total headcount worldwide by about 10 percent. It said the move will accelerate its path to profitability.

Turnaround firm Antony Batty & Company lined up as a potential restructuring advisor at small cabinet producer.

Clarion Events says its January Furniture Show has attracted record Day 1 visitors as the trade exhibition opened its doors for the first day of its 2023 edition on Sunday.

Cobham furniture retailer No44 Furniture & Fine Things has closed following a planned shutdown. Its owners intend to concentrate on other business interests closer to where they live.

Jim Gerety is to retire as managing director at Vispring, the Devon bed manufacturer has announced. Operations director Chris Harrison is also retiring.

Studio Moderna Brands International, a U.K. company controlled by the mainland European group that also owns mattress and bedding brands such as Dormeo and Octaspring, has been placed into administration.



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