The latest industry news and analysis—across all categories—listed in chronological order, with the most recent articles first.

There is no shortage of consumers or retailers wanting to buy furniture designed, made and sold by Ercol, the Buckinghamshire company that will celebrate its 100th year in 2020.

Swedish beds conglomerate Hilding Anders has appointed Henrik Sjögren as its new chief executive, succeeding incumbent CEO and chairman Pepyn Dinandt.

Consumer price inflation for furniture and furnishings climbed to its highest level since February 2018 last month, according to new Government figures.

Revenue falls for the second straight year at upholstery producer.

The British home furnishings arm of Spanish fashion giant Zara grew sales last year but racked up a bigger loss after an asset writedown.

Mattress and upholstery group Airsprung says its performance has picked up since April, putting it on track to reverse widening losses incurred in 2018–19.

Fitted bedroom and home office furniture maker and retailer for sale after filing for administration.

Silentnight, the U.K.'s largest bed manufacturer, has launched its autumn marketing campaign and the first since appointing a new lead agency.

Litmus Furniture has been appointed principal agent for England, Wales and Ireland by Recor, the Belgian furniture maker that once listed the U.K. among its biggest markets.

Latexco says the acquisition of a 7.5 hectare site near its existing plants in Belgium can aid its transition from a traditional latex supplier into a 'one stop shop of comfort.'

Home sales advanced for the third straight week at John Lewis & Partners in the seven days to October 12, its longest consecutive run of growth for the category since August 2017.

Profits doubled for the U.K. arm of global foam manufacturer and converter Carpenter in 2018, lifted by a "slight softening in some raw material costs" and higher sales.

Ecommerce home furnishings giant Wayfair has launched a 700-piece curated collection that it is describing as the first flagship brand for its European business.

Flooring Superstore, the expanding retail fascia owned by Connection Flooring, will this weekend open its first store in the North West of England.

A dozen new workers have joined Blackburn cabinet maker Fuse Furniture after the company received funding and business support from Boost, Lancashire's Business Growth Hub.

Interim earnings fell 15 percent at soft furnishings company Walker Greenbank after it incurred restructuring costs following a site closure.

The company behind clicks-to-bricks furniture retailer Loaf chalked up further double-digit sales growth in the year to March 31, returning to profit growth in the process.

Furniture conglomerate Herman Miller has more than doubled its shareholding in Hay, the Danish contemporary furniture company, in a deal worth the equivalent of £54 million.

Seán Anglim, executive director, finance director and joint chief operating officer, has resigned all three posts at Laura Ashley, the furniture-to-fashion retailer.

Events and administration specialist Niki Rodhouse has joined British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) to support the trade association's expanding calendar of activities across the sector.

Beter Bed Holding has found a buyer for its troubled Matratzen Concord chain of 849 bed shops across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Retail footfall declined again in September as consumers shunned high streets and shopping centres. Shopping parks, home to many furniture chains, fared better.

At The Helm, the upholstery brand launched earlier this year by Hydeline Furniture, has a new website.

Accumulated losses at Simba Sleep reached nearly £75 million by the end of 2018, just-filed accounts from the mattress-in-a-box and sleep accessories company reveal.

Upholstery imports into the U.K. grew at a faster pace in August after shipments from China jumped by a more than a third.

The growth of carpet imports into the U.K. has slowed after trade declined at the height of summer, new HMRC data shows.

Fitted furniture vertical Hammonds has extended the lease of its Leicestershire manufacturing facility, securing the long-term future of its production in Hinckley.

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Profits climbed for the group behind British sofa brands Alexander and James, Ashley Manor and import business AMX Design last year, driven by growth and wider margins.

Mattress imports into the U.K. declined in August on weaker figures from Poland, Ireland and Italy, new figures show.

Wider gross margin and lower distribution costs boosted 2018–19 profitability at filled bedding company Trendsetter, owner of brands including The Fine Bedding Company and Nimbus.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the premium cabinet furniture vertical, says current customer behaviour suggests clarity over the current political environment will unlock pent up demand.

First quarter sales advanced for homewares retailer Dunelm after it made gains across both its store and ecommerce channels.

Creditors due to get £2 million over five-year CVA term, but could receive more dependent on profits.

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Gallery's Sittingbourne headquarters.
Furniture, beds and home accents distributor Gallery Direct recorded bigger profits in 2018, shrugging off the impact of a dip in group-wide U.K. sales.

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Gabriel Scott's new Mayfair showroom.
Gabriel Scott, an upmarket furniture and lighting company based out 30,000sqft studios in Montreal, has opened a first U.K. showroom.

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Made.com's showroom at the Mailbox, Birmingham.
After posting its first-ever cash generative year in 2017, Made.com repeated the feat last year. But the fast-growing furniture retailer remained lossmaking.

Office seating, desking and storage manufacturer Triumph Furniture has collapsed with the loss of about 250 jobs.

Kingfisher, the home improvement conglomerate that owns U.K. DIY chain B&Q among others, has appointed Bernard Bot as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

Nicola Thompson, who has spent the past five years at ecommerce fashion retailer Asos, has been appointed chief operating officer at furniture retailer Made.com.

The British Furniture Manufacturers' (BFM) association has updated its legal advice service, which offers members access to support geared to the specific needs of the sector.

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Sales almost doubled here in 2018.
Fast-growing U.K. sales have put French retailer Maisons du Monde on a path to become one of the country's largest retailers in the furniture and home décor category.

The owner of South West and Wales out-of-town retail group Trago slipped to a seven-figure loss last year after disappointing sales at its new Merthyr Tydfil store and lower like-for-likes elsewhere.

The Chinese manufacturer behind the Mlily mattress brand has agreed to buy a California headquartered furniture chain with 36 stores across the U.S.

Sales of furniture and flooring were not far off double year-earlier levels at John Lewis last week as the chain cut prices as part of its home promotional event.

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Adam Henson is arguably the country's best-known farmer.
Leeds bed maker Harrison Spinks has launched a bed range in partnership with TV presenter and farmer Adam Henson, championing rare-breed Cotswold wool.

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The new purpose-built Russell Dean store opened in the spring of 2018 and has been built to withstand flooding, which had impacted the old building.
The Stokers group of furniture stores collectively achieved high single-digit growth in the year to April 30 as same-store sales held and its newly-built Russell Dean shop gave it a fillip. Profits also climbed.

The French distribution group behind the Habitat furniture retail brand outside the U.K. and Ireland says it plans to sell the business to focus on other interests.

Designer furniture and home accents retailer traded from three London stores and two further afield in southern England.

Figures weaken at two-store retailer.

The value of retail sales contracted in September as uncertainty weighed on consumer demand, according to a closely-followed retail survey.

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Sebastian Mertes, Emma's new CFO. Photograph: www.tw-klein.com.
The German company behind the Emma mattress brand has appointed a former investment professional at British private equity company Permira as its new chief financial officer.

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Tapi is now trading from nearly 130 stores.
Tapi Carpets & Floors, the expanding flooring chain run primarily by former Carpetright executives, posted a bigger loss in 2018 after costs increased and gross margin narrowed.

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Beales was founded in Bournemouth nearly 140 years ago.
Storied department store chain Beales has vowed to trim costs further over the next two years after it recorded a wider deficit for 2018–19, partly impacted by one-off costs following its MBO last autumn.

There were separate transactions for the business and assets of Palmers as well as its two freehold properties.

Biggest shareholder in Tapi now owns nearly a quarter of the company while others, such as DFS founder Lord Kirkham, have seen their stake diluted.

Natuzzi has named Jason Camp as president of Natuzzi Americas, making him its most senior company official in the territory.

Hatfields of Colchester will today (Oct. 5) officially relaunch its Peartree Road showrooms, unveiling the new-look façade it has been working on since the beginning of the year.

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The London Fabric Show has become BFM Fabric Show London ahead of its 2020 edition in a move that opens the door to possible expansion around the U.K.

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Shareholders have backed OKA with eight-figure investment for 2019.
The financial terms of OKA Direct's takeover of U.S. retailer Wisteria — a precursor to the British furniture brand's own expansion into the country — have been disclosed for the first time.