Sofas by Saxon, the Lancashire furniture manufacturer, has begun producing personal protective equipment (PPE) and called on its industry peers not already doing so to follow suit.

Bed-in-a-box brand Casper Sleep says it will close its European operations to save costs and focus on its core markets in North America.

Savoir Beds, the high-end London based bed maker, says it has been able to continue manufacturing and delivering to customers' homes throughout the lockdown period.

Adova Group, parent to storied Kent bed manufacturer Sleepeezee, has named its new chief executive following the departure of Jacques Schaffnit, who had run the business since 2017.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners says its worst-case scenario would see sales drop by more than a third this year, with rising online sales not enough to supplant the absence of store income.

Scottish homewares retailer The Rug Stores has rebranded its business to reflect its broader product offering. It is now called Ornatus Interiors.

ACL, one of Britain's largest privately-owned sofa manufacturers, has turned its production expertise to the effort to equip front-line health and care workers.

Organisers of the Manchester Furniture Show have postponed this summer's exhibition as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, with the next edition now to take place July 2021.

Blue Group has recruited from the bed manufacturing sector for the newly-created chief operating officer role at its Harveys and Bensons for Beds businesses.

Applications for the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme opened yesterday (April 20) and companies will have to be organised and prompt if they wish to secure cash in time for April's payday runs.

Dunelm, the major home goods retailer, has restarted two-man furniture deliveries this week. It is unlikely to be the last of the major companies to do so before restrictions are eased, but it will be much harder for some than it is for others.

The Wiltshire group behind the Neptune furniture and home interiors brand slipped to a loss last year after it recorded a one-off seven-figure charge. Underlying profits also declined.

B&Q, the home improvement and DIY giant, has reopened more than a dozen stores across the U.K., putting in place new measures aimed at keeping staff and customers at a safe distance from each other.

Some of Europe's largest upholstery producers have re-platformed their manufacturing towards personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Upholstery market leader DFS says it is close to agreeing an additional debt facility to aid liquidity until it can unwind its order book, which has been bolstered by recent ecommerce gains.

Home and furniture etailer Amara Living has in the past month completed a high seven-figure refinancing exercise that sees it generate millions of pounds in equity and debt funding.

John Lewis has temporarily mothballed its interest free credit offer for furniture purchases, hampering its ability to sell higher value items.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has published new guidelines aimed at improving testing quality and consistency for mattress makers, and the laboratories that test their products.

Debenhams, which called in administrators early April, says it has agreed new terms with landlords across 85 percent of its estate but has called time on seven of its shops and is in talks regarding others.

Andrew Porter, the storage and fulfilment specialist, has repurposed part of its warehouse to provide emergency furniture storage to companies unable to take in incoming stock.

Ayiaz Ahmed, a serial company owner that has run some of the most storied brands in U.K. furniture retail and production, has been disqualified as a director by The Insolvency Service.

March saw British retailers endure the sharpest decline in sales since records began according to a closely-followed retail survey, despite double-digit growth in the first three weeks of the month.

Upholstery boss since 2018 moves on to the marketing sector, returning to a CFO position.

Tessutica, owner of the Ragolle Fabrics and Beaulieu Fabrics brands, has introduced a 100 percent recycled and recyclable upholstery covers product line.

Organisers of the twice-yearly High Point Market in the U.S. have cancelled the spring edition, having earlier rescheduled the furniture exhibition from its original April dateline to June.

FIRA International, the Stevenage based testing and furniture services provider, has been supporting the new NHS Nightingale hospitals with free product testing for a key medical mattress supplier.

The coronavirus pandemic has posed myriad challenges to the entire U.K. furniture industry but those that bring product in from far-off lands face additional and potentially existential threats.

Home furnishings retailer Dunelm has paved the way for a return to bulky goods furniture delivery while it said all other parts of its online business are now fully operational.

Creditors of a circa £6 million turnover North West bedding supplier face a seven-figure shortfall after it ceased trading earlier this year.

Customers have praised the appointment of Andy Kennaugh as managing director at sofa maker Alstons, describing him as one of the best in the trade.

Luxury interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank says it has reduced its cash burn after many employees, including those not furloughed, accepted a temporary salary reduction.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. declined for the fifth consecutive month in February, new Government figures show.

Some of the highest profile names in worldwide designer furniture manufacturing have issued a plea to legislators, fearing the loss of 7,000 businesses in the sector across Italy because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Recticel, the Belgian foam conglomerate and major supplier to U.K. sofa and bed manufacturers, has agreed to sell its 50 percent stake in Eurofoam.

Wood furniture imports across the living, dining and bedroom categories fell for a third straight month in February, though German exports made big gains.

Global furniture chain JYSK is spending €200 million building a new distribution centre in Hungary designed to meet its logistics needs across seven Central European markets.

Next, one of the biggest retailers of furniture in the country, is to reopen its online business from today with a limited product catalogue and restrictions over order levels.

Upholstery imports into the U.K. declined from most major source nations with one notable exception as Poland continued to emerge as the dominant origin of European-made sofas sold here.

U.K. mattress factories along with suppliers to the bed trade have pivoted production towards supporting the effort to confront the coronavirus pandemic, says the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Revenue jumped by well over a third for the business unit housing the Millbrook Beds business last year, lifting earnings for the company.

Imports of carpets from Belgium declined by almost a third in February as U.K. retailers and wholesalers pivoted to its biggest national competitor.

Debenhams, the department store retailer, has today been placed into administration. It follows an earlier notice of its intent to do so filed earlier this week (see related).

DFS has disclosed the individual business unit breakdown for its upholstery and furniture chains Sofology, Dwell and Sofa Workshop in the 2018–19 period for the first time.

The Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy has written an open letter to U.K. manufacturers across all sectors paying tribute to the work being done to keep the economy moving.

The insolvency of a West Midlands based direct-to-consumer manufacturer of soft furnishings products has left creditors facing a shortfall.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry's dedicated charity, has issued a new clarion call highlighting financial support it can provide to hard-hit furnishing industry workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the bed industry trade association, is offering housebound bed store workers free training during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tomorrow (Apr. 9) is the last day of lent. This year, many in the furniture industry have given up two things fundamental to their continued existence: selling and delivering furniture.

Home furnishings giant Wayfair says its "ecommerce model is uniquely suited to serving customers’ very real needs at this challenging time," as it announced sales growth has rocketed in the past fortnight.

Britain's competition watchdog is to escalate its investigation into the completed takeover of the company behind ecommerce retailer 247Blinds by the owner of Hillarys into a Phase 2 inquiry, heightening the possibility of enforcement action.

Sherborne, one of the U.K.'s best capitalised upholstery manufacturers, found margin gains to boost profits last year. Sales were flat.

A soft furnishings manufacturer wholly-owned by Laura Ashley that does most but not all of its business with the retail chain has also filed for administration.

North West distributor Flair Rugs achieved a decade of consecutive year-on-year sales growth after output climbed again last year, new accounts show.

James Sturrock is to step down as chief executive at Eve Sleep, the direct-to-consumer mattress and ancillary products brand, to take up a new post outside the company.

Consumer confidence for big-ticket items has plummeted to its lowest level since records began, sparking alarm for the eventual planned delivery of orders already taken in the pre Covid-19 period.

An estimated 100,000 jobs across the furniture and furnishings sector have either been furloughed or eliminated since the coronavirus crisis began, with the future of many now dependent on Government funds.

A private investment group already with skin-in-the-game in the mattress sector has acquired a 50.1 percent stake in direct-to-consumer beds business Emma - The Sleep Company.

Debenhams has confirmed it filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators, a move that buys the retailer protection from creditor action for nearly two weeks.

East Midlands upholstery manufacturer JDP Furniture Group has been placed into administration after it was adversely impacted by the insolvency of Laura Ashley, a major customer of one of its production units.

Hopes are high for the future of rise and recline upholstery producer Celebrity Motion Furniture despite the company and its parent being placed into administration late last week.



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