Longtime Bensons for Beds executive Mark Cort has been appointed managing director at Jay-Be, the West Yorkshire folding bed, mattress and sofabed manufacturer.

The group that owns beds and furniture businesses Airsprung and AHF agreed a seven-figure property deal for the retail unit that would later go on to house the renascent Beales department store business this summer.

A Bristol based upholstery and soft furnishings specialist opened its new-look showroom on Tuesday this week after it took advantage of lockdown to complete refurbishment works.

Leader brings seven years in charge to an end to take role at construction company.

Flooring conglomerate Victoria said demand has recovered in all its principal markets with trading resilient since it last updated the market in July.

A trading update from Britain's largest third-party logistics company supports the prevailing view that furniture and flooring trade has been strong industry-wide post-lockdown.

The Harveys furniture store chain is yet to completely disappear with the administrator handling its insolvency saying they are continuing to trade the business.

Investment group Meditor Holdings has followed its takeover of Carpetright earlier this year with a second flooring deal, buying a predominantly online hard flooring specialist.

Woodbender, a family-owned and run South African cabinet maker specialised in handcrafted made-to-order solid bentwood furniture, is launching into the British market.

Hatfields of Colchester, the major southeast England independent furniture retailer, agreed access to new term and revolving debt as it protected its business from the impact of lockdown.

National retailer Bensons for Beds has stepped up recruitment at its Lancashire logistics and distribution centre as it executes its transformation programme following its late June restructure.

Tempur Sealy International says it will source 100 percent renewable electricity for its U.S. and European manufacturing operations as part of a deeper commitment to reducing its global environmental footprint.

ScS, Britain's number two upholstery retailer, says its new financial year has started where the old one left off with orders up by more than half since the end of July.

Sales and profits have climbed sharply for Harvey Norman as the furniture and electricals made itself "the first port of call for Irish consumers wanting to set up a home office or reinvigorate their homes."

Intellectual property disposal follows the collapse of the £1.6 million turnover Bedfordshire upholstery manufacturer earlier this year.

The company that controls the Axminster Carpets manufacturing business has revised upwards the value of its investment properties after a series of successful planning applications.

London based mattress-in-a-box brand now launched after August 2019 incorporation.

Home-based categories continued to be the standouts across British retail in August, according to a closely-followed survey.

Swedish beds conglomerate Hilding Anders has divested a key part of its French business, selling a €40 million turnover mattress maker to a CEO-led management buyout.

New consumer touch point for expanding upholstery retailer.

Danish furniture conglomerate JYSK says every new product it launches from January 1 2022 will be constructed from sustainable timber and it has an even bolder goal further down the line.

Enterprises from across the U.K. and international bedding industry have agreed to become the first-ever individual award category sponsors of the National Bed Federation (NBF) awards, whose 2020 winners will be announced this autumn.

Restated figures after an accounting rethink resulted in a decline in year-on-year turnover for both the Freemans and Grattan home shopping brands still being higher than that previously reported.

Upholstery manufacturer Nicoletti Home says it has boosted production capacity at its Italian base to ensure surging demand for products doesn't mean customers will have to compromise on pre-Christmas delivery timeframes.

Expanding furniture retailer Loaf has introduced its first-ever television advertising campaign, fulfilling a long-held aim for the privately-owned clicks-to-bricks company.

A VC with form in the U.K. online home furnishings category has acquired a sizeable chunk of shares in Eve Sleep, the reinvigorated mattress and ancillary products company.

Headlam Group says it will either sell or terminate the leases at four properties as Europe's largest flooring wholesaler consolidates more of its southeast England operations at its new Ipswich distribution centre.

The North West upholstery producer behind the Timeless Chesterfields brand is calling on other sofa makers to follow its lead so that traditional skills aren't lost to British industry.

Lancashire smooth floorcoverings supplier Havwoods says it has adjusted well to the Covid-19 situation but warns it could take a year and a half for revenue to be restored.

Mattress and bedding manufacturer Duvalay has plans to further build out its business now that it has completed its move into the West Yorkshire factory it bought last year.

Premium furniture, home and lifestyle retailer's assets were sold on a break-up basis to U.K. ecommerce rival.

The mandated closure of its operations and customer base left Headlam Group, Europe's largest flooring wholesaler and owner of 67 autonomously-run business units, nursing a hefty deficit for the first half of the year.

Costco, the members-only wholesaler, pumped more cash into its U.K. Internet business after another bumper year of growth, part-driven by the furniture category.

Upholstery fabrics and soft furnishings show Proposte will take place in the north of Italy from April 19–21, 2021, exhibition organisers have announced.

Home improvement retail giant B&Q has pledged £100,000 of expiring Apprenticeship Levy funding to Transfer to Transform, a scheme that helps local businesses near its Hampshire HQ.

The head of the Sofa Workshop business for the past three years will not be part of the management team once the retailer's sale to Halo Group from DFS completes.

The Sofa Workshop business and brand clearly has enduring appeal. Since its creation in the mid-1980s, it has had multiple custodians, with the Halo Group and Timothy Oulton soon to become the latest.

Fenwick, the privately-owned department store retailer and a sizeable vendor of furniture, moved to build flexibility into its financing requirements by agreeing access to tens of millions of pounds of debt funding this summer.

Domotex, the international floorcoverings exhibition held annually every January, has postponed its next edition until May 2021.

Floorcoverings retail market leader Carpetright has expanded its network of concessions inside Furniture Village stores.

One of the world's largest mattress manufacturers and a longtime Sealy licensee is close to a rescue of the Sealy U.K operation at Aspatria in a deal backed by the U.S. based brand owner.

Dunelm Group has become the latest retailer to say it has taken advantage of the current market tailwind as it reported bumper sales growth at the height of summer.

Board change at designer furniture and homeware retailer.

Paul Little returns to the beds industry today (Sep. 1) by becoming group managing director at CPS Group, a key partner to the U.K. beds and furnishings sectors.

Nobia, the Swedish kitchens conglomerate and owner of British retail chain Magnet, has bolstered its senior management team with two executive hires.

Mandated store closures left bedroom chain Sharps bereft of sales in the three months to end June but it still generated cash from operations and recorded a skinny profit at the adjusted EBITDA line.

The winners of the eleventh edition of the National Bed Federation (NBF) Bed Industry Awards will be announced late autumn with the trade association having now revealed the categories for this year's programme.

Upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus is finalising its move to a new West Yorkshire warehouse HQ that effectively gives it twice the stock space and will deliver upgraded service levels for its customers.

The Norwegian owner of recliner brand Stressless reported revenue in the U.K. and Ireland down by almost 36 percent in the second quarter as mandated store closures impacted trade.

The privately-owned group that lists heritage retailer Jarrold as its flagship asset is cutting more than a fifth of its workforce including Minnie Moll, CEO at its department store unit.

Local lockdowns impacted sales and eliminated profits for the carpet giant Balta in the first half of 2020 but the Belgian conglomerate still managed to generate cash.

Internet home and garden retailer Wayfair has expanded its U.K. property network, leasing a building in the North West of England.

Growth in the number of branded home companies whose products are available on the ecommerce platform of general merchandise retail giant Next has slowed for the first time in over four years.

Halo Group will rebadge the Sofa Workshop business as Sofa Workshop by Timothy Oulton following its planned acquisition from DFS.

Halo Group has agreed to buy upholstery retailer Sofa Workshop from DFS Furniture Group, bringing its seven-year tenure of the brand to an end.

Sales climbed for U.S. headquartered furniture and accents retailer West Elm in the three months to August 2 but its U.K. operation may have found the going tougher.

The property arm of retail giant IKEA has written down the value of its U.K. retail real estate by more £120 million over the past two years.

The organisers of IMM Cologne, one of the two largest furniture trade shows on the European mainland, have left no room for doubt, saying it is a "certainty" the doors will open on January 18, 2021.

When you invest £10 million on a single furniture store expectations are bound to be high. The all-new Lucas Furniture at Aylesbury, which soft-launched last weekend, does not disappoint.

The U.K. trading arm of home furnishings giant IKEA part-reversed a prior-year deficit in 2018–19 after new stores boosted sales and countered a slide in gross margin.

Online sales jumped by more than a quarter for IKEA in the U.K. last year but the higher costs associated with servicing its Internet business were a cost headwind.

Home furnishings online search engine and comparison website Ufurnish.com has appointed Toni Wood as its chief marketing officer.

United Carpets Group, the flooring and beds franchise retailer, says it has agreed a £2 million bank loan secured through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan scheme (CBILS).

The administrators running the Lee Longlands independent furniture store business say no creditors will miss out and the six-store business will be returned to its owners if all goes to plan following their early-summer appointment.

Upholstery market leader DFS says trading continues to be significantly ahead of its initial post-lockdown expectations across both its showrooms and online.

Independent retailer Taskers of Accrington is to build a new website it hopes will deliver the twin result of higher online sales as well as more customers visiting its North West store.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners is said to be considering dropping its Never Knowingly Undersold slogan while one of its recently-closed stores could become a dedicated furniture shop under a different operator.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse has raised £10,000 to be shared between charities representing the furniture industry and the NHS after organising a socially-distanced golf competition.

The one-time owner of the now defunct Walmsley's furniture chain and ex-IKEA sofa maker Olympia has returned to the interiors sector after acquiring the retail division of a £30 million soft furnishings group.

The Belgian exhibition that was due to herald the return of mainstream B2B furniture events in Europe has been cancelled because of health concerns.

The net worth of a two-store furniture retailer with a sizeable Internet operation advanced after it kept six-figure profits within the business in 2019–20.

Ecommerce home goods retailer Wayfair has moved to protect shareholder value by authorising the buyback of up to $700 million (£535m) of outstanding class A shares in the company.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Arighi Bianchi has donated furniture worth £32,000 for NHS staff to use during rest periods in wellbeing areas across local hospitals.

The value of furniture and lighting sales climbed rapidly in July according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), backing up widespread anecdotal data.

German bedroom supplier Wiemann is to showcase an upgraded programme of finishes and options for its popular Monaco VIP range at three separate U.K. furniture events this autumn.

The bounceback is well underway with U.K. furniture retailers having already recouped much of what was lost from when the Government mandated retail and factory shutdowns earlier this year.

Consumer confidence for major purchases such as furniture, cars and white goods is at its strongest level since before the pandemic, but remains at a historically weak level.

Demand has rocketed since the Buoyant Upholstery factory reopened but its md Mike Aramayo says the surge has brought with it fresh production headaches.

Savoir, the bed manufacturer whose products retail for an average price of £25,000, will celebrate the simple pleasures of being in bed as part of a new advertising campaign about to go live.

The company behind the 78-store U.K. home and furniture chain HomeSense says the runway is long as it looks to capitalise on post-lockdown demand for its home-related merchandise.

Poundland stores nationwide will carry a programme of inexpensive home and décor items with the rollout of Pep&Co Home concessions across its U.K. store network.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bedding company, is building a new factory in the U.S. with a target opening date of Q1 2021. It will be one of three opening within a six-month period.

Mattress manufacturing at Huntingdon will be at the core of Bensons for Beds transformation, the retailer says, with it yesterday launching its inhouse Slumberland brand into the roll up space.

The acquisition of upholstery vertical Sofa.com can buttress Frasers Group's plan to trade up, the diversified retail giant said today.

Chris Knight has stepped down as managing director at specialist two-man delivery company Keen & Able after four years in charge. He plans to remain in the sector.

Consumer price inflation for furniture advanced to its highest level since December last month as market tailwinds lessened the need for retailers to use promotions to stimulate sales.

East of England furniture retailer Glasswells will reopen its Bury St Edmunds superstore on Saturday after cleaning up the devastation caused by a storm last weekend.

We are entering end-of-days time at Harveys, the national furniture chain left behind when Bensons for Beds, its former sister brand, was reacquired by Alteri Investors in a prepack deal late June.

Fenwick, the storied department store chain and a major retailer of furniture, says it will report a bigger loss for the year to January 31, 2020 after market headwinds hit sales.

Independent furniture and department store retailer Barkers (Northallerton) estimates the Government-mandated shutdown of its stores cost the business about £40,000 a day in lost sales.

Designer Contracts, deVol Kitchens and the founder of a furniture comparison website are among those from the industry to be shortlisted for The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards U.K. 2020.

Charles Barker, the longtime managing director at Barkers of Northallerton, the privately-owned furniture and department store retailer, has died. He was 69.

Factory and customer closures meant revenue was down sharply for TCM Living, owner of the Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James brands, in the second quarter of 2020.

Spinks, the spring and comfort technology company, has promoted commercial director Darren Marcangelo to managing director. He will also take a seat on the group's main board.

Neil Robinson, the longtime Sealy U.K. sales and marketing director, has returned to the bed industry to head up the U.K. and Ireland business for adjustable base giant Ergomotion.

Glasswells says all hands are on deck as it looks to get its large Bury St Edmunds superstore reopened after it was hit by severe flood damage caused by torrential rain last weekend.

Marks and Spencer, the clothing, home and food retailer, said it will cut 7,000 roles over the next three months as it adjusts to the shift online and the impact the pandemic has had on the way its business operates.

Retailers have reacted warmly to new product plans at South West bed maker Relyon following its takeover out of administration in a deal led by its former CEO earlier this month.

U.K. sprung and foam mattress imports increased on an annual basis in June, ending a barren year-on-year stretch dating back to September 2019.

The value of wood cabinet imports shipped to the U.K. in the first six months of 2020 is down just over a fifth on last year, a less severe decline than those seen in all other big-ticket furniture categories.

Employee headcount fell by 8 percent at pan-European ecommerce furniture retailer Home24 in the first six months of the year, a period that saw it move closer to profit on rising sales.

The Furniture Industry Research Association is launching a series of recorded training sessions on key regulations that impact stakeholders in the furniture sector.

Harvey Ellis, who for decades ran what became one of Europe's largest sofa manufacturing operations as production director for DFS, formally left the business earlier this summer.

Employees at Formation Furniture, historically one of the country's largest upholstery factories, face redundancy after a successful sale out of administration failed to materialise.

When a reasonably prominent South East furniture retailer, a business that continues to trade today, completed an insolvent restructure a few years back, suppliers were relatively unconcerned.

First half carpet imports into the U.K. are down by a third on the previous year after June saw an eighth consecutive year-on-year decline.

Online retailer The Very Group, historically one of the top five largest retailers of furniture in the U.K., says sales jumped more than a third in the three months to end June.

A fifth straight decline in upholstery imports means the value of goods shipped to the U.K. is down by a third in the first half of 2020. But June figures were an improvement.

One-time major U.K. cabinet distributor says it will record a loss for the first half of 2020.

The vast Shrewsbury store formerly operated by Alan Ward has this week reopened under the Cousins Furniture fascia as it clears out stock acquired as part of the buyout.

Online sales ramped for TJ Hughes during lockdown, with the discount department store chain saying its Internet business had "experienced exponential growth."

Jarrow cabinet furniture and shelving company Funky Chunky Furniture says it expects to achieve over £4 million in sales in the next year after it expanded and reconfigured its manufacturing operation.

The number of U.K. furniture, flooring and furnishings companies being placed into insolvency processes increased by all comparative measures during the three months to end June.

Department store retailer Debenhams said a further 2,500 jobs would go across its U.K. store and warehouse network as it eliminates a variety of roles within the business.

But profits fall as higher wage bill takes toll on administrative burden.

The decision to wind down European operations was completed by Casper Sleep in the second quarter of 2020 with the decision, through no fault of its own, appearing to be ill-timed.

The owner of furniture brands including Cassina and Cappellini, has signed a letter of intent with a U.K. listed nano tech materials company as it looks to develop and commercialise an enhanced leather product.

Furniture retailers could book turnover earlier in the sales process under proposed law changes designed to protect consumers in the case of a retailer's insolvency.

East Coast retail operation and online business will both remain closed, major chain says.

Big-ticket home goods delivered for retailers in July as overall sales across the retail sector ticked up, according to a closely-followed monthly poll.

Private equity company Advent International is to take a controlling stake in Hermes U.K., the parcel delivery company until now owned by ecommerce and retail giant Otto Group.

Sales growth is returning according to soft furnishings group Walker Greenbank, whose Clarke & Clarke brand last month enjoyed its best yet since it signed a new distribution agreement.

Britain's leading furniture and bed trade associations will today announce the launch of the Buy British Furniture Event, designed to encourage retailers to promote U.K. made products and support local manufacturers heading into the key autumn/winter trading period.

Ecommerce flash sales fashion retailer BrandAlley U.K. has acquired the intellectual property rights to the Lombok furniture retail brand, its second major foray into the home merchandise sector.

Furniture retailer AHF is heading to a retail destination that has historically attracted high footfall as the chain follows the revamp of its website with a rebuild of its physical store footprint.

A number of Britain's premier independent furniture retailers have signed up to the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, providing a hoped-for footfall boost through August.

Mohawk Industries, the world's largest floorcoverings group, recorded a net loss in the second quarter as lockdowns across the globe hit revenue.

After a record quarter, Wayfair's annual revenue run rate across the U.K. and Germany is $1.4 billion (£1.07bn), according to Martin Reiter, head of Europe for the ecommerce home furnishings giant.

Alteri Investors completed a prepack buyout of Bensons for Beds at the end of June but its interest in the remaining parts of what was Steinhoff's U.K. furniture and bedding operations did not end there.

Houseology, the high-end furniture, lifestyle and interior design ecommerce brand, has relaunched after its assets were acquired by a former rival earlier this year.

A survey of U.K. furniture makers suggests the effect of the lockdown has been worse than anticipated, according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Sales of homeware including furniture rose by more than a third year-on-year in July as retailers made the most of pent-up demand and consumers' inability to spend their cash elsewhere.

Home furnishings retailer Wayfair almost doubled sales in the second quarter with its CEO believing the step change among consumers to buy online will prove permanent.

More than half of U.K. bed manufacturers answering a National Bed Federation (NBF) poll say they do not expect to make redundancies when the furlough scheme ends.

The Furniture Ombudsman, the independent, not-for-profit provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services, has been renamed and launched an updated brand identity.

A U.S.-owned West Yorkshire healthcare business whose products include riser recline chairs and adjustable beds enjoyed a big balance sheet boost last year.

The privately-owned franchisee behind the BoConcept brand in Canterbury has partnered a local property developer and builder for a high-end housing scheme in Kent.

Relyon has all the tools it needs to succeed as a private company following its sale out of administration to its former CEO Ian Topping and other private investors.

Upholstery market leader DFS has taken the opportunity to maximise spare showroom space with the launch of a test DFS Bed Centre concept at one of its stores in the North East.

James Gillies Lornie, the third-generation former managing director of privately-owned Scottish furniture retailer Gillies, has died. He was 84 years old.

Grandeco Wallfashion Group, a pan-European interiors company based in Belgium, has agreed to buy Darwen wallpaper specialist Holden Decor from its private shareholders.

John Findlay, salesman at privately-owned retailer Barker and Stonehouse since 1997, is to retire after achieving 50 years in all working across the furniture industry.

Ian Topping, the former head of Steinhoff's U.K. operations and CEO of Relyon Group between 1993–2010, has acquired the Wellington manufacturer out of administration.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer Heal's is not looking to immediately rebuild store numbers after closing its Midlands showroom. It will instead look to bolster its ecommerce business.

A slew of top name furniture companies have departed the Mailbox, the high-profile home retail destination launched late 2017 to accommodate leading furniture and lifestyle brands.

Far East furniture manufacturing and distribution giant Samson Holding is to mop up the remaining shares in a major Green River Group bedroom and dining cabinet factory, taking its total outlay to nearly $46 million (c. £35m).

Nick Garratt, md of the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), is authoring a new economic review document that will pull together analysis relevant to the furniture industry on a monthly basis.

Furniture inspection and repair experts are to host a series of digital workshops designed to support retailers and manufacturers as FIRA International takes its popular Open Day format online.

From rehiring employees to fulfilling outstanding orders, the acquisition of Alan Ward's Shrewsbury store and liquidated stock by furniture retailer Cousins will mitigate the impact on individuals and companies affected by the failure of the former operating company.

Third-party interest remains in South Wales sofa maker Formation Furniture but the former Blue Group business unit — in administration since the end of June — is now entering last-chance saloon.



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