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.

Living and dining cabinet shipments declined by more than a quarter in November on weak data from Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S.

The chief transformation officer at supermarket giant J Sainsbury is to pick up the general merchandise brief following Paula Nickolds' decision to leave for The White Company.

Upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff has reaffirmed its manufacturing commitment by becoming a member of British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), the trade association.

Paula Nickolds, the former managing director of John Lewis & Partners, is leaving her post as commercial director for general merchandise at J Sainsbury's to become chief executive at The White Company.

N Brown, the retail group behind ecommerce brands JD Williams and Home Essentials, is forecasting year-to-March 2024 adjusted profits within 6 percent of last year despite a near double-digit revenue decline.

Floorcoverings distributor Headlam Group is expected to post profits down by more than two thirds when it releases full year results for 2023 in the spring.

Homewares retailer Dunelm Group said it expects to book mid-single digit profits growth for the year to end June 2024 as it closed its first half with higher sales and margin expansion.

The value of foam and sprung mattress imports arriving into the U.K. declined in November despite a large upswing in Tempur products landing at U.K. ports.

Floorcoverings distributor Likewise Group has paid the former owners of the Valley Carpets business it acquired at the start of 2022 a further £3.86 million in contingent consideration, meaning no further payments are now due.

Earnings before non-cash costs were positive for the second straight year for Ercol Furniture in the immediate post-pandemic period as the Buckinghamshire manufacturer recorded its narrowest net deficit in five years.

Inflation all but disappeared in the furniture category in December while hitherto stubbornly-high flooring rises finally eased to something approaching the historic norm.

Components supplier Leggett & Platt is to reduce its bedding manufacturing and distribution footprint as part of a programme of restructuring measures designed to cut costs and boost profits.

Losses widened at OKA on rising costs ahead of the high-end furniture retailer raising external debt finance last summer.

Bed manufacturer Sealy United Kingdom booked a larger deficit last year as the tough market contributed to revenue declining by more than a fifth.

Kave Home, the pan-global Spanish retailer that has its own dedicated U.K. ecommerce channel, plans to step up its furniture manufacturing capability in a bid to become more vertically integrated.

The average pay award for workers at U.K. furniture factories will be 4.9 percent this year, according to the British Furniture Manufacturers' (BFM) latest Wages Survey.

Furniture and electricals retailer Harvey Norman is to open its first store in Great Britain after agreeing to take over part of the former Debenhams store at the Merry Hill shopping centre in the West Midlands.

Upholstery and beds brand Willow and Hall has a new managing director following its takeover earlier this month, with its new owner also revealing the size of its stake in the Frome-based business.

October saw a first rise in sofa imports in 11 months but it was quickly followed by a return of the negative trend in November, according to new figures.

Rob Pierre, who founded and built digital marketing company Jellyfish into a global enterprise with annual sales north of £250 million, is investing £500,000 and becoming an advisor to ufurnish.com, the furniture and furnishings search website.

Upholstered furniture vertical Sofas & Stuff has fleshed out more details regarding its new central London store, which will open at the beginning of March.

The value of carpet imports into the U.K. declined in November despite continued strong trade with Turkey.

Aosom Ecommerce's U.K. furniture and home business was heavily loss making ahead of a summer 2023 recapitalisation deployed by the Chinese conglomerate to retire debt associated with its earlier expansion.

The U.K. arm of mattress spring maker Leggett & Platt maintained double-digit net margin despite absorbing rising costs and enduring a weaker bed market here after pandemic restrictions were eased.

The Belgian carpet manufacturing group behind brands including ITC, Modulyss and Bentley has agreed a new revolving credit facility as part of a wider refinancing of the business.

The longtime partner of bed retailer Dreams in Northern Ireland plans to follow the launch of the brand in the Republic of Ireland last year with a second store.

Earning power declined at discount variety retailer The Original Factory Shop last year on lower revenue and higher distribution costs.

Output at the furniture factory gate was lower for the eighth consecutive month in November as U.K. producers continued to struggle for new orders.

The Very Group, one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture among a diversified general merchandise offer, says home goods sales declined in the lead up to Christmas.

Dusk has emerged as one of the largest ecommerce retailers in the U.K. after it diversified from selling bedding and soft furnishings into the sale of furniture, spanning beds and mattresses through to upholstery and dining ranges.

Revenue, profits and cash all climbed for furniture importer Seconique through the year to end June with the West Midlands distributor saying it has made further gains since.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association for the U.K. bed industry, is signposting where consumers can dispose of old mattresses with a dedicated website providing local recycling options.

Mattress and bedding company Mammoth Sit and Sleep will bring in a number of new managers this month ahead of plans to invest in new distribution and display assets.

Retail group John Lewis Partnership has appointed former Jigsaw CEO Peter Ruis as executive director to lead John Lewis, its department store business. Naomi Simcock, who was interim executive director, is now operations director.

Sales and profits reached all-time highs for the third straight year at sofa maker Ashwood Designs ahead of the South Wales company being sold to outside investors last summer.

Earning power and cash accumulation continued to build at Highgrove Beds through the immediate post-pandemic period as revenue climbed to record levels.

Privately-owned upholstered furniture retailer Sofas & Stuff plans to expand its showroom network in 2024, including a fourth store inside the M25.

Designers Guild, the designer, wholesaler and retailer of diversified home products spanning furnishing fabrics to upholstery, booked a £2.04 million net loss in the year to March 31, 2023 on lower demand and higher costs.

General merchandise retailer Argos said its customers pulled their furniture purchases forward into November with the Christmas trading period proving more challenging.

Vita Group, the diversified industrial giant with operations spanning the supply of foam to the manufacture of finished mattresses and underlay, booked lower profits in post-pandemic trading, just-filed consolidated accounts show.

The takeover of delivery and logistics company DX (Group) by the private equity firm that has owned bed maker Silentnight for over a decade has moved a step closer after shareholders approved the deal.

Fast-growing outdoor furniture supplier Akula Living has become the latest home industry company to receive financial backing from BGF, a growth capital provider for U.K. and Irish small and mid-sized businesses.

A drop in revenue and continued pressure on costs impacted profitability at the Osborne & Little furnishings fabrics and wallpaper group in the six months to end September last year.

The Winter Sale period made a bleak start for big-ticket retailers according to the CEO of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the retail membership body that lists a number of major retailers of furniture among its brethren.

A Chinese upholstery producer with sales equivalent to £79 million that sells into furniture markets worldwide including the U.K. and Ireland is planning to build a new factory in Vietnam.

The company behind ecommerce brand Oak Furniture House and two other furniture web properties has temporarily ceased taking new orders while it resolves a series of challenges that have beset the business.

Furniture123 owner Buy It Direct says the business is trading profitably now that it has realigned its cost base and completed a stock reduction programme.

Ekornes, the upholstery, furniture and beds group behind the Stressless, Svane and IMG brands, is to make a series of temporary redundancies in its native Norway in response to challenging market conditions.

The long-empty former Debenhams store in Stockport is to be used for furniture clearance after an emerging reverse logistics specialist tied up a deal for the Princes Street unit.

The shareholders of furniture, beds and home accents distributor Gallery Direct have acquired retailer Willow and Hall through a separately-held group that majors in the supply of lighting.

Ashwood Designs has promoted Darren Baird to managing director in a move that co-founder Richard Smart described as the next chapter in building a new executive management team following the sale of the business last year.

Ecommerce retailer Furniture Box has hired Laura Carter as head of buying.

Rising costs and the falling away of Covid-support schemes negated revenue growth at Tapi Carpets & Floors in 2022, accounts public over the weekend showed. It remained profitable at EBITDA level, and says it has made gains since.

Designer Contracts, the circa £40 million turnover floorcoverings contractor that majors in supplying the new-build property sector, has launched an in-house sustainability initiative, empowering its employees to further build its eco credentials.

The number of furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings companies filing for insolvency reached a record high for the second straight year in 2023, with each quarter of last year progressively worse than its predecessor.

Creditors have agreed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with Northern Ireland bedroom furniture vertical Sliderobes Group and two subsidiaries, including one based in the South East of England.

James Sturrock has taken a new post outside the home furnishings sector following his departure as chief executive of Tapi Carpets & Floors, which has been operating under new leadership for some time.

Shares in rival U.K. floorcoverings distributors Likewise and Headlam gained as the former delivered an upbeat assessment of last year and its outlook for the period ahead in a trading update on Thursday.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress and ancillary products company Simba Sleep has agreed a seven-figure, one year partnership with Channel 5 in what was described as the channel's largest-ever sponsorship deal.

Motion upholstery giant La-Z-Boy plans to reorganise the corporate structure of its U.K.-based activities in a move that will streamline its operations here and further improve its trading results.

Vertically-integrated cabinet maker and retailer Starplan Furniture booked lower profits last year on thinner margins and a decline in output.

Upholstery and beds retailer Hometime Group has achieved two marketing milestones for its Sofatime brand; the launch of a new website, and a first-ever television advertisement.

North West lighting supplier Cascade says it is putting liquidity before profit as it grapples a tough market backdrop that has seen falling demand combine with rising costs.

Easy Rest Beds, the family-owned company behind the Barker & Finch brand, says it hopes to create additional employment and invest in increased manufacturing capacity through 2024.

An end to the pandemic-era consumer furniture boom saw revenue slide for ecommerce retailer Furniture and Choice last year, but the Yorkshire company near-maintained profits as container costs eased.

Modern furniture and design retailer The Conran Shop ended last year as it began, with its owner providing additional funding through the issue of fresh equity.

A vendor of mattresses, divans, headboards and bed sets sold via the Amazon marketplace platform has ceased trading and been placed into liquidation.

Year-on-year orders rose 13 percent to £16.4 million at The Cotswold Company in the nine weeks to December 31, 2023, the furniture retailer said in a Christmas trading update.

Lesley Graham, the longtime Sterling Furniture Group buying director who was admired and respected throughout the furniture industry at home and abroad, has died after a long illness. She was 64.

Inaugural full-disclosure accounts confirm West Midlands based Alpha Designs Upholstery to be among the largest owner-operated sofa manufacturers in the country.

The group behind the Sofa & Chair Company is pushing forward with its Larkbury London brand as it seeks to bounce back from a year that was below expectations and ended with a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed with its creditors.

Cabinet furniture wholesaler Papaya Trading has further strengthened its sales force with the appointment of a third new agent inside a few months.

A focus on working down stock and finding cost savings helped Burnley bed maker and furniture distributor Sweet Dreams generate cash and cut debt in the year to March 31, 2023.

The Stokers group of privately-owned furniture stores beat its top line record for the third straight year through 2022/23, helping to keep profits within touching distance of year-earlier levels.

A furniture family that majors in the supply of upholstery and mattresses to IKEA has joined forces with a private equity group to acquire wood-based panels supplier Pfleiderer Polska from Strategic Value Partners (SVP).

Condor Group will continue to use the historic Betap name and branding following the takeover of its Dutch carpets compatriot, citing its worldwide resonance in the floorcoverings sector.

A diversified retail and leisure company that runs a handful of Frank's The Flooring Store branches across the North East booked record profits last year in a period of continued expansion.

The Brockway Carpets group says its position at the upper echelons of the carpet market helped limit the impact on sales as the sector returned to historic levels following the post-pandemic surge in demand.

Profits jumped ten-fold for Roche Bobois' U.K. business last year as revenue surged on the reopening of its predominantly London-based furniture store network.

Major U.K. and Ireland upholstery, furniture and beds retailers have expanded their store footprints, using the traditional post-Christmas period to open new branches.

A large positive swing in gross margin helped rug wholesaler Asiatic Carpets shrug off the impact of output falling to more normal trading levels through 2022/23.

The October-announced takeover of ScS by Italian upholstery retailer Poltronesofà has moved a step closer after shareholders in the U.K.'s second largest sofa specialist decided to back the deal.

Home department and furniture store retailer Leekes has unveiled the remodelled home textiles department at its Llantrisant store, completing the second phase of a wide-ranging refurbishment programme.

Adjusted profits were close to flat for the Ulster Carpets group through 2022/23 as sales jumped to an all-time high to counter the impact of thinner margins.

Higher costs and a weaker trading backdrop tempered profits at Barker and Stonehouse through 2022/23 with md James Barker saying the furniture retailer has used the exceptional prior period to fund investment for the long term.

Furniture and lighting retail sales were almost identical in November year-on-year according to provisional data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which simultaneously revised down October figures.

North East living, dining and bedroom wholesaler Baker Furniture has taken two-year capital expenditure to over £1.7 million as it continued to invest against a backdrop of rising costs and decelerating demand.

Core furniture exports out of the U.K. declined for the fourth straight month in October despite higher demand from the number one export market.

Profits moderated for a second straight year through 2022/23 for Hopewells, one of the largest and longest established independent furniture retailers in the Midlands.

Furniture wholesaler and bed manufacturer Balmoral saw revenue return closer to pre-pandemic levels in the year to end March, but rising costs hit the bottom line.

Growing financial and environmental concerns among consumers will see demand in the furniture resale sector increase five times as fast as that of the total furniture market by 2027, according to a new report.

Inflation and sales growth mean more than 10 percent of all U.K. floorcoverings retailers now have a turnover north of £1 million, according to 2023 data from HM Revenue & Customs.

Independent furniture retailer TR Hayes of Bath left more profit in the business than in any other year on public record in the 12 months to end March, with closing cash also reaching an all-time high.

The group behind Decorative Panels Furniture, the U.K.'s largest flatpack cabinet maker, stepped up investment through 2022/23, with the highest capital expenditure programme in its history.

Italian upholstered furniture giant Natuzzi plans to remain master tenant of its High Point property despite plans to sell the iconic building, senior executives have said.

Consumer household furniture prices stabilised in November, as official data showed a first rise in inflation in the category in nearly a year and a half. By contrast, stubbornly-high flooring inflation eased to a 33-month low.

Dutch carpet producer Condor is to consolidate and build its status as the largest carpet producer in mainland Europe with the planned takeover of Betap, its hitherto family-owned compatriot.

Cookes Furniture, one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned retailers, has strengthened its leadership team with both internal and external board appointments.

Privately-owned national retailer Furniture Village is relocating one of its north London stores, opening a new unit on the Staples Corner Retail Park next week.

Spinks, the Yorkshire manufacturer best known for supplying bed components, has secured a £250,000 research contract to bring its EcoSeat spring technology to U.K. rail seating.

Sleepeezee has produced and donated limited edition children's books to The Children's Hospital Charity as part of the launch of Little Bedz, its new kids beds product line.

Sales fell sharply for the business unit taking in ecommerce furniture and home giant Wayfair's U.K., Irish and German trading activities last year, according to figures that became public for the first time on Monday.

A share buyback at high-end modern furniture retailer Beadle Crome Interiors put a seven-figure valuation on the company, and concentrated ownership.

The leadership team at Long Eaton sofa supplier Siren Furniture have taken a step closer to paying off the outstanding takeover consideration following its management buyout two and a half years ago.

Upmarket cabinet maker and retailer Martin Moore Furniture slipped to a loss through 2022/23 after rising operating costs negated the impact of higher output.

Nobia CEO and president Jon Sintorn will leave the kitchen group next June, sparking a recruitment process for a successor.

The CEO of Simba Sleep says the mattress brand is working closely with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to ensure best practice after the U.K.'s competition regulator launched an investigation into whether the company is misleading consumers.

West Yorkshire upholstered furniture manufacturer Sherborne says it is budgeting for a further decline in sales through 2023/24 with expectations for future trading levels to be lower than in its just-reported financial year.

Imports of wood bedroom cabinet into the U.K. fell for the second straight month in October on weaker data from trading partners in mainland Europe. Despite the decline, they remain at a historically elevated level.

Swoon is entering the kitchen furniture market after launching a product collaboration with Harvey Jones, the semi-national high-end kitchen retailer.

Consumer spend intent for higher value items such as furniture and flooring improved for the second straight month in December according to a closely-following survey by GfK, the international polling company.

The chief executive of RH says the luxury furniture retailer doesn't plan to end its U.K. gallery network with the two already confirmed locations here. Other sites are also in the pipeline.

North Wales bedroom and living room cabinet manufacturer Welcome Furniture made strides in the contract sector through 2022/23 but rising costs and the difficult macro economic backdrop impacted its bottom line.

A downward gear shift to more normal trading levels after the Covid period saw revenue and profits decline for three-store Northern Ireland furniture retailer CFC Interiors in the year to February 28, 2023.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. climbed for the fourth straight month in October, reaching the second highest level in history.

Shipments of wood living and dining cabinet fell by just over a third on last year in October as weak demand combined with strong comparative figures.

Upholstered furniture imports into the U.K. climbed for the first time in 11 months in October, propelled by trade with Italian and Chinese producers. Imports from Poland continued to lag year-earlier levels.

Britain's biggest floorcoverings wholesaler has agreed a settlement with insurers, nearly two years after the fire that destroyed its MCD Kidderminster distribution centre in December 2021.

The U.K.'s largest BoConcept franchisee has expanded its retail footprint with the opening of its first concession inside a Fenwick department store, and the second for the brand overall.

A large increase in trade with Turkey helped power a first rise in the value of carpet imports in four months in October. Volume growth was even stronger.

Turnover at the factory gate declined for the seventh straight month in October on a year-on-year basis, but at the shallowest rate since May.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry charity and livery company, has raised over £11,000 from its festive online auction, beating the target set before it began last month.

Trading conditions returned to more normal levels at home department store retailer Housing Units through 2022/23 with its CEO saying further investment has left it well placed for the years ahead.

The heavily-leveraged balance sheet of cabinet and upholstery retailer The Cotswold Co is to be transformed after shareholders agreed to waive all interest accrued on loan notes as part of a major refinancing exercise.

The decision to absorb rising raw material and labour costs saw La-Z-Boy's wholly-owned U.K. manufacturing company slip to a loss last year, but cash generation was strong and underlying sales were up double-digit.

National retailer Furniture Village has been recognised three times at this year's Best Companies Awards, including winning the Special Award as the Best Improver 2023.

Tony Lisanti is stepping down as Airsprung Group chief executive, with oversight of the bed and upholstery manufacturer passing to chief operating officer Tean Dallaway.

The company behind multi-million pound direct-to-consumer bedding brand Groove Pillows has stopped taking orders and been placed into liquidation.

Ross Fabrics, a key cog in the U.K. sofa manufacturing supply chain, said volumes returned to pre-Covid levels in the year to end March, adding that the cost-of-living crisis was starting to have an impact towards the end of the period.

Losses narrowed at the David Phillips Furniture group in the year to end March as it found margin after a price reset and placed greater emphasis on residential real estate such as supplying the build-to-rent sector.

Multichannel housewares retail brand Sophie Allport said it will look to find cost savings after harder trading conditions through 2022/23 led to falling sales and a net deficit.

David Phillips, the specialist furnishing services provider for developers, investors, estate agents, property managers and landlords, has disclosed the terms of its buyout of furniture rental provider Monty Space.

Furniture and soft furnishings chain Harry Corry Interiors generated almost £5 million of operating cashflow for the second straight year but reported profits declined on rising costs and thinner margins.

Furniture retailer Made.com (Made) is returning to an old hunting ground with the opening of its second brand showroom since its relaunch under the custodianship of Next earlier this year.

Value furniture chain JYSK has now reported losses in every year bar two since it arrived in the U.K. 15 years ago as rising operating costs including a higher rent bill vaporised the profits of the Covid-period.

Liquidation impacts around 20 jobs at East of England kitchen, bedroom, home study maker and retailer.

The West Midlands manufacturing group behind contract seating brands Boss Design, Jack Cartwright and Lyndon Design booked higher profits through 2022/23 but says repeating the feat will be trickier in the new financial year.

Expanding furniture and furnishings retail chain NCF Living is to further build out its store footprint after taking another former Harveys unit.

A wholly-owned Natuzzi subsidiary that runs three of the Italian upholstery company's stores in London returned to profit last year after it booked the revenue from unwinding its large order book.

The ambitious ecommerce homewares retailer that rescued £2 million furniture retailer Shabby in early 2022 slipped to a deficit in the first full year since completing the asset buyout.



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