Home and leisure retailer The Range has expanded into soft and hard floorcoverings, with a pilot operating in a handful of showrooms nationwide.

Ercol Furniture (ercol) has announced the departure of longtime creative director Rachel Galbraith, with chairman Henry Tadros to now take an active role in the creative direction of the brand.

Designer Contracts last year booked its highest sales and profits since before the pandemic as it benefitted from elevated demand, inventory capacity, and long-term energy contracts.

Ecommerce retailer The Very Group made gains in furniture and beds despite an overall slide in home sales in the first six months of its 2023/24 financial year.

The CEO of Mattress Online says the beds retailer addressed unprofitable marketing expense in a period where it kept hold of market share amid changing consumer spending patterns.

Upholstered furniture vertical Sofa.com has launched a capsule collection of sofas covered in fabrics borne out of a collaboration with the William Morris At Home brand.

Higher operating and sales costs harmed profit margins at Elland based furniture supplier Andy Thornton last year, negating a large increase in output.

Kristoffer Ljungfelt, currently Nobia’s executive vice president for the U.K. market, is to succeed Jon Sintorn as the kitchen conglomerate's chief executive officer.

Upholstery manufacturer Whitemeadow Furniture has again become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company (TFMC), the industry charity and livery company.

Litigation funders are preparing a winding up petition against the private furniture investment company of one-time Wesley Barrell and Collins and Hayes (C&H) owner Ayiaz Ahmed.

Classic recliners were a "major success" for upholstery brand Stressless as its U.K. and Ireland business recovered in the fourth quarter of last year, parent company Ekornes said on Monday.

The U.K.'s largest dedicated ecommerce home goods retail platform says it is managing "without issue" the elevated freight costs associated with attacks by Houthi rebels on container shipping.

A North East ecommerce retailer majoring in both outdoor and indoor furniture continues to trade after the former operating company behind its brand filed for insolvency earlier this month.

High-end kitchens retailer Harvey Jones has changed hands following a prepack asset buyout that secures the jobs of all 140 of its employees.

Irish retailer EZ Living Furniture opened its second store inside three months last Friday as it embarks on the largest store rollout programme since the business was established back in 1998 with five new branches in the pipeline.

Planning officials have approved proposed changes to units on a Peterborough retail park that will pave the way for the previously-signposted arrival of furniture retailer Lee Longlands, and a larger store for Dunelm.

A small West Midlands contract furniture manufacturer has returned to court to get renewed protection from creditors while it seeks a restructuring of the business, or a sale.

Consumer desire to splash out on high value items declined for the first time in four months in February according to a closely-followed survey seen as a harbinger of future demand.

Independent retailer M6 Bed Warehouse is to open a second store after taking possession of a purpose-built unit in Northwich.

South West furniture retail and property group J.H. Haskins & Son has strengthened its board of directors with two key appointments.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) was named winner of the ESG* Initiative of the Year at the Trade Association Awards 2024 on Thursday evening.

The CEO of Wayfair says the retail platform's "endless aisles" have helped it grab market share in the U.K. from competitors that are unable to match its product depth.

Revenue continued to climb for beds specialist Archers Sleepcentre in the first complete 12-month period since its managing director led a buyout of the business in late 2021.

Full year living and dining cabinet furniture imports fell to their lowest level in seven years in 2023 and by more than £270 million on the preceding year. Bedroom furniture imports also fell, but at a shallower rate.

Home improvement retailer Homebase has successfully defended its intellectual property after a corporate registration by a West Midlands entrepreneur last year.

Heavyweight upholstery brands Lebus and La-Z-Boy are among the early confirmed signups to exhibit at The Manchester Furniture Show, scheduled to return this summer.

The new owner of one-time £34 million turnover furniture retailer Moda Furnishings has downsized its store estate in recent weeks after bringing parts of a licence-to-occupy (LTO) deal to an early conclusion.

High-end Cotswold-based bedding retailer Bedfolk narrowed its deficit last year as it continued to enjoy fresh backing from equity stakeholders.

The value of floorcoverings imported into the U.K. fell high single-digits in 2023 with wood and vinyl flooring dropping at a faster rate than carpets.

A newco created by a multi-million pound Derbyshire kitchen worktop company has bought the business and assets of a nationally-operating competitor out of administration.

The Rug Company, the private equity backed rug supplier targeting wealthy consumers and interior designers, will next month open its fourth London showroom.

The number of VAT-registered furniture retail enterprises declined by 3.7 percent last year with Yorkshire the hardest hit region and the independent sector more impacted than multi-store businesses. By contrast, flooring retailers climbed in number.

Pooky Lighting, the highly-profitable lighting brand launched a decade ago by Sofa.com co-founder Rohan Blacker, has launched in the U.S. market.

A fall in the final two months of last year was not enough to prevent mattress imports from reaching an all-time high in 2023 — the tenth consecutive year they have increased on a value basis.

Kitchen retailer Magnet is looking for capital-efficient retail estate expansion and has opened the first of three pilot concessions in partnership with a leading U.K. builders' merchant. More are planned.

Bedroom furniture retailer Futon Company is to offer same-day customer deliveries after it agreed a partnership with Gophr, a last-mile, on-demand delivery network.

The custodian of the erstwhile Harveys Furniture brand and other intellectual property says there has been no change of ownership despite a new corporate registration by a third party.

Expanding ecommerce furniture and homeware retailer Dusk is more than doubling its warehousing capacity in South Yorkshire after building out both sales and its product category offer last year.

Imports of sofas and sofabeds declined for the first time in three years in 2023 but still remained at the second-highest ever level. Volumes were only fractionally lower than the previous year.

Nobia, owner of U.K. kitchens retailer Magnet, has agreed a second major disposal inside a week after agreeing to sell Austrian business unit ewe in a deal worth up to €26.5 million.

The National Bed Federation has announced Anton Du Beke, star of BBC light entertainment programme Strictly Come Dancing, as the host of its 2024 Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

27-store kitchens retailer Harvey Jones has gone back to court to seek more time to get a restructuring deal with potential investors over the line — a move that gives it extra leeway in discussions regarding its future.

The Lancashire company run by the family who resurrected the direct-to-consumer (DTC) mattress brand Brook + Wilde last year maintained 2022/23 profits, despite falling sales.

Restructuring advisors that handled the fallout of the 2020 prepack rescue of Oak Furnitureland say that may seek to have their as-yet-unpaid fees revised upwards.

The brothers who run furniture retailer Harman Fine Furnishers in Antrim, Northern Ireland have decided to retire, bringing the curtain down on 60 years of business.

Furniture and lighting sales declined for a fourth straight month as retailers reaching for the red sale price tickets proved insufficient to find growth, according to official data. Flooring sales also declined.

Dreams founder Mike Clare says it is great to be back in the bedding industry following the launch of two ecommerce websites as part of a new venture alongside former Dreams directors Greg Suthern and Nick Worthington.

The franchisee behind BoConcept stores in the South West of England and Wales has opened his fourth shop under the modern Danish furniture retail banner.

Upholstered furniture fabrics supplier Mobus has promoted Sam Thornber from sales manager to sales director.

A North West company that describes itself as the U.K.’s leading supplier of loose contract furniture has successfully applied to court for protection from creditors.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' combined turnover fell in double-digit percentages in December as weaker volumes combined with a falling away of price inflation in the category to hold back sales.

Highly-regarded independent furniture retailer John Young Furnishings of Keswick is to bring the curtain down on over 100 years of trading with its planned permanent closure due to owner retirement.

Insolvency comes within seven months of Manchester based company being sold.

Margaret Miller, the first female master of The Furniture Makers' Company and industry leader with Knightsbridge Furniture, has died. She was 87 years old.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer The Conran Shop has appointed Tom Bettinson as head of wholesale with the aim of building out its presence and product offering in the U.K. and worldwide.

Dunelm says its store and online channels are responsible for more than one in every fifty pounds spent on furniture in the U.K. as it made deeper inroads into the big-ticket category last year.

Deflation returned to the industry for the first time since before the pandemic last month, with furniture and furnishings prices falling at their fastest rate in 88 months.

Restructuring advisors have clawed back millions of pounds following the collapse of TV shopping channel Ideal World last summer, but only one creditor looks like they will get a material dividend.

Profits fell sharply for soft furnishings supplier Rapport Home Furnishings last year, but a strong focus on working down stock levels helped to boost liquidity.

Independent retailer Furniture for the Home is to open its second Black Country store after agreeing to regenerate the former Amblecote Furnishers building in the heart of Kingswinford.

Vertically-integrated furniture maker and retailer HSL will feature on Inside The Factory this weekend, becoming the latest industry company to be showcased, and the second this series.

Sealy U.K., the bed manufacturing joint venture between Tempur Sealy International and Dyer Holdings, has become a corporate member of The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and livery company.

The owners of The Conran Shop ended 2023 how they began, providing additional equity funding for the designer furniture, homeware and lifestyle retailer.

A West Yorkshire-based investment company with holdings in both mattress manufacturing and bed retailing booked high Covid-era profits according to its first full-disclosure financial statements.

Mohawk Industries, the world's largest floorcoverings company and a major supplier in the U.K. across multiple product categories, says it expects the recovery of demand in Europe to lag other territories worldwide.

Kitchen conglomerate Nobia is selling its Dutch manufacturing business Bribus for €64 million and says it will now be wholly-focused on the U.K. and Nordic markets.

Restructuring advisors at Leonard Curtis lined up as potential administrators.

Kellie Oliver has become managing director of import/export at upholstery group TCM Living in an expanded role that now also includes responsibility for its Alexander & James and James Alexander business units.

Highly-experienced retail leader joins high-end furniture retailer OKA as its new chief executive officer.

U.S. headquartered conglomerate has provided more details about the restructuring of its operations that was first announced in January.

Privately-owned Scottish furniture retailer The Designer Rooms is to open its largest store yet with a new branch at Kilmarnock, replacing two existing Ayrshire units that are both to close.

Independent retailer Worthington Brougham Furniture says it has finally opened its first High Street store and that early feedback from customers has been positive.

Vispring, the Devon bed maker whose products sell at the top end of the mass market, will open its previously-signposted second London showroom next month.

Upholstery market leader DFS has revealed it had more than £96 million of available liquidity heading into the final days of winter after positive cashflow in the past four months.

Profits declined at buying group Associated Independent Stores (A.I.S.) as events revenue growth was balanced by higher costs, a property write down, and a decline in the value of invoices processed via its Cenpac paying agent.

Category demand for beds is stabilising according to the CEO of Tempur Sealy International (TSI), the world's largest bedding company and owner of U.K. retailer Dreams.

Dunelm Group, the national furniture and homewares retailer, has appointed Ajay Kavan and Daniel Taylor as non-executive directors.

Fabrics and wallpaper supplier Sanderson Design Group said a strong performance from its high-margin licensing business has continued to mitigate the impact of challenging U.K. trading conditions.

Upmarket furniture and homeware retailer Heal's will book a sizeable fall in profits for 2022/23 after writing down the value of inventory as a result of reverse logistics challenges.

Aspire Furniture, a growing supplier to the ecommerce mattress sector in the U.K., is planning to build its international business after agreeing new trade finance.

Axminster Carpets has become the latest home furnishings industry manufacturer to feature on Inside The Factory, the BBC documentary series.

Rising operating costs hit profits at two-store South East retailer.

Frasers Group paid £2 million in cash to acquire the business and assets of ecommerce furniture, home and lifestyle retailer Amara Living, but its investment since has dwarfed that total.

Dudgeon Sofas, the high-end London upholstered furniture manufacturer, recorded a small loss in the period that saw it sell a further stake in the company to the Halo/Timothy Oulton group.

London retailer Adventures in Furniture booked a sixth straight profit as it continued its ascent since a restructure back in 2018.

Scandinavian furniture retail giant ILVA, whose much-heralded U.K. operation succumbed to the financial crash of 2008, slipped to a loss last year as revenue fell sharply.

Trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has named the second annual winners of its Future of Furniture Awards, celebrating businesses it says are blazing a trail in education and sustainability.

The owner of Bensons for Beds has now received almost the entirety of the amount it was owed at the time of the prepack transaction that divorced the bed retailer from Harveys, its hitherto sister furniture chain.

The high-end upholstered furniture manufacturer and retailer that took over the former Heal's store in Brighton hopes it will have a galvanising effect on both revenue and potential investment.

Neville Johnson, the upmarket fitted furniture vertical that sells direct to the consumer, said it has cut costs to align with reduced demand after a challenging year where revenue and margins took a hit.

Midlands kitchen manufacturer Mereway Kitchens has ceased trading after a second insolvency inside six months for a company operating the brand.

A small, but longstanding independent furniture retailer has closed its doors for good within months of business insurers severely inhibiting its ability to trade.

The Gangani family, who sold home textiles supplier Bridstock Gate back in 2017, is to relaunch its flagship bedding brand after re-acquiring the intellectual property (I.P.) rights last year.

René Nieuwendijk, international commercial director at the Dutch-owned Leolux Furniture Group for most of the past decade, has joined office furniture maker Humanscale as vice president, global retail sales.

Harvey Jones has sought protection from creditors while it talks with potential investors and stakeholders regarding a restructure of the upmarket kitchens retail business.

Profits declined for upholstery vertical Sofa.com last year as demand for its products abated amid a tough macro-economic backdrop and the cost-of-living crisis.

A large South East floorcoverings contractor with four offices around the U.K. warned it is on the brink of insolvency in a court filing on Thursday.

Vertically-integrated upholstered furniture manufacturer Andrew Paul has posted its first full-disclosure accounts, confirming its status as Long Eaton's largest remaining independent sofa maker supplying the retail market.

Expanding retailer Loom Loft Furniture & Interiors is to open its fourth store with the spring 2024 launch of a new unit at Preston Docklands, creating 40 new jobs.

The intellectual property of a formerly highly-regarded independent Derbyshire furniture retailer was acquired for a nominal sum as part of a wider stock sale, restructuring advisors have disclosed.

Evans Textiles, one of the U.K.’s leading soft furnishings and window hardware suppliers, booked a net loss last year as it wrote down the value of its investment to nil in a bedding business it bought seven years ago.

Profits more than doubled for IKEA's U.K. operation last year as it combined higher sales with margin expansion.

The number of U.K. bed manufacturers has increased by almost two-thirds since 2017, though the majority remain micro-enterprises with fewer than 10 employees and sales under £500,000.

Fibreline, the privately-owned upholstery fillings and cushion manufacturer, has begun work on its long-awaited warehouse expansion as it responds to elevated demand from U.K. sofa makers.

Cabinet maker Simpson and Liddard has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark for business excellence by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and furnishing industry charity.

Pan-European upholstered furniture retailer and wholesaler Sofacompany said a loss of earnings and revenue last year was partially the result of the collapse of Made.com, its largest B2B customer.

Furniture retail clearance specialist Furniture Outlet Stores is to open a fourth branch, expanding its footprint in the South East of England and building on strong profits last year.

The new owner of ScS is to cut a cheque for each of the last remaining exiting shareholders after the take-private deal for the U.K.'s second largest upholstered furniture retailer cleared another administrative hurdle on Tuesday.

The company behind retail brand Julian Charles diversified into hard furniture categories such as bedroom cabinet, bedsteads and mattresses heading into peak season last year, expanding beyond its core soft furnishings programme.

Upholstery and cabinet wholesale and manufacturing group Actona says furniture sales volumes across Europe fell sharply last year, putting its own revenue and profits under elevated pressure.

Upmarket bedroom brand Feather & Black has become the latest retailer from the home space to partner Next, curating an edited programme of products to sell via the general merchandise giant's online platform.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has agreed a partnership with Verisio that gives its members a cost effective route to tracking ethical compliance.

Furniture retailer Loaf is planning to open its fourth store in London after eyeing a former Sofa Workshop store to the west of the city.

There is no change of landlord for Bensons for Beds' manufacturing operations in Cambridgeshire despite the sale of the factory propco by Bensons' owner Alteri Investors last year.

Tax authorities and financial creditors look set to lose out following the closure of large South West flooring independent Cullingford Carpets last year.

The Flooring Show, the dedicated trade show for the U.K. floorcoverings industry, is to be 30 percent bigger this year after organisers agreed to take on additional space.

Longtime bed industry executive Jason Lowdon is joining Kent bed maker Sleepeezee with a brief to further develop its overseas business as export director.

Andrew Martin International, the London based retail and wholesale company, has relaunched its designer sofas and chairs programme and invested in increased production capacity at its U.K. upholstery factory.

Profits jumped for the company behind Dreams stores in Northern Ireland last year as it found margin and maintained top line momentum.

The closure of a North East smooths floorcoverings distributor has left its closely-affiliated Belgian supplier nursing a sizeable six-figure debt.

Consumer sentiment towards higher-value purchases such as furniture and floorcoverings improved for the third straight month in January according to a closely-followed survey, but remains negative.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishings industry, has launched a corporate video telling the organisation’s story through the voices of several prominent members.

The owner of direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand Nectar Sleep pumped more cash into the U.K. business in the post-pandemic period as revenue fell sharply and impacted the bottom line.

Man Wah Holdings, the world's largest recliner manufacturer, has resumed its share buyback programme in a bid to improve returns for shareholders.

French furniture conglomerate Roche Bobois built revenue to record levels last year thanks to the buyout of several franchisee retail partners. But overall network retail sales declined.

Upholstered furniture conglomerate La-Z-Boy Incorporated has appointed ADA, Austria's largest sofa producer, as its licensee for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Croatia and Serbia.

Sofa suppliers including Buoyant Upholstery, Alpha Designs and Whitemeadow dominated the winners podium at The January Furniture Show's two award programmes earlier this week.

The CEO of Oak Furnitureland says the business achieved profitability at the operating line on a trailing twelve month basis last year as it prepares to open its first new store since the buyout of the business back in 2020.

HM Revenue & Customs is the only material creditor of Dream Therapy, the Batley bed maker whose insolvency was announced earlier this week.

National Bed Month will have a new theme this March with the National Bed Federation (NBF) to position the bed as a 'miracle product' that can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing.

Sheffield independent Ponsford, one of the country's largest single-store furniture retailers, booked lower profits last year as sales deflated from a seven-year high in 2021/22.

The family founders of the Duvalay beds and mattresses business have created a new group restructure, uniting all four of their brands under the Raskelf Group umbrella.

Industry suppliers and retailers have questioned the legitimacy of elevated container shipping rates amid the ongoing crisis in the Red Sea.

Six major Shanghai-listed furniture corporations including the owners of upholstery giants Ekornes and Kuka saw their share prices fall to their lowest levels in at least a year during intra-day trading on Tuesday.

2,000 consumers who paid in full or in part for undelivered goods face a battle to recover their cash after a two-store London furniture retailer ceased trading when its sister company in Turkey pulled the plug on further funding.

Midlands and South West furniture retailer Lee Longlands is opening an Interior Design Studio at its flagship Birmingham store.

The West Yorkshire rug and mat manufacturer behinds brands such as Howler & Scratch and Rug Guru plans to invest another £3 million on factory upgrades having spent a similar sum last year.

A legal row over who owned the intellectual property rights and brand of Maker&Son following its pandemic-era travails was last year settled, staving off an expensive High Court battle.

A second straight sharp rise in revenue helped filled bedding, bedlinen and soft furnishings supplier Richard Haworth to maintain profits last year, despite input cost pressures.

RH, the high-end U.S. furniture retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, has appointed Jarrett Stuhl as chief real estate and development officer with a brief to lead its global expansion.

Experienced furniture industry manufacturing executive Chris Box has been appointed managing director at Dreamworks Beds, the Gallery Direct-owned mattress maker.

Organisers have opened pre-registration for Scottish Interiors Showcase, the long-running accessories, fabrics, finishings, flooring, furniture, lighting and wallpaper exhibition.

Carpetright owner Nestware Holdings helped finance the buyout of U.K. Flooring Direct with a loan to its ecommerce unit that runs brands including Flooring Supplies and Flooring Megastore.

A bed maker with a factory showroom in Batley has been placed into the hands of restructuring advisors within months of recording mid six-figure profits.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand Casper Sleep has appointed Joe Megibow, the former CEO at competitor Purple Innovation, as its new chief executive.

Rising costs outweighed record revenue last year for Lars Larsen Group, the Danish conglomerate with myriad furniture industry interests spanning retail and wholesale brands.

CEVA Logistics, a subsidiary of French shipping conglomerate CMA CGM, has agreed to buy U.K. delivery company Wincanton in a deal worth £566.9 million.

Ecommerce home platform Wayfair hopes to find more than $280 million of annualised cost savings after announcing a series of job cuts that will reduce its worldwide workforce by 13 percent.

The effects of price inflation helped mask a decline in furniture and lighting volumes through 2023, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Upholstery market leader DFS said it expects costs savings and margin expansion to help it maintain or grow 2023/24 profits despite it cutting sales guidance as a result of an industry-wide fall in demand.



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