Grocery and general merchandise discounter B&M is entrenching its position in the furniture sector, citing the category among its biggest gainers in the six months to end September.

Upholstery warehouses across the U.K. are full to bursting after imports of sofas arrived in record numbers ahead of Britain's planned, but ultimately delayed, exit from the European Union.

Sales of home merchandise were down for the fourth straight week at department store retailer John Lewis & Partners but the rate of decline narrowed to low single figures.

Cabinet furniture imports rose mid single-digits in September led by rising shipments from key Far East markets including China, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Shortening lead times and further boosting its sustainability credentials are priorities for IKEA in the U.K., the country's largest retailer of home goods has disclosed.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has unveiled a new brand identity which it says has been designed to take the trade association forward and ensure it remains at the heart of the British furniture industry in the long term.

Italian upholstery giant Natuzzi will open five further Natuzzi Editions stores in the U.K. over the festive season and has identified more locations to expand the fascia here through 2020.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. ended the third quarter on a high after increases from Poland and China, the two largest sources of foreign-made products sold here.

The South East holding company behind the motion upholstery and beds brands Ashley Anderson and Willowbrook continued to expand in 2018–19. Profits declined on thinner margins.

Imports of carpets into Britain jumped double-digit in September after a return to form for manufacturers in Belgium, the U.K.'s largest trading partner in the category.

Heavy rainfall failed to boost furniture retailers as out-of-town shopping parks attracted fewer shoppers on an annual basis for the first time since the summer.

Spring maker Leggett & Platt, one of the biggest suppliers to the British bed manufacturing sector, booked lower profits in the U.K. after higher input costs combined with lower output.

Beales, the management-owned department store retailer, has bolstered its presence on Britain's South Coast with a new unit at Fareham Shopping Centre.

Sales advanced for the second straight year at the privately-owned group behind three heritage department stores and the Slumber Slumber ecommerce beds website.

Mamas & Papas, the national nursery retailer that sells furniture spanning mattresses to wardrobes, chests and bedside cabinets, is closing six stores and laying off nearly 130 staff through an insolvent restructure.

Despite the rise in the popularity of luxury vinyl tile, wood flooring and ceramics, carpets remain the floorcoverings of choice for most dry rooms in your average British home.

Lawyers acting on behalf of premium British bed manufacturers Savoir and Vispring have shared correspondence, with the former frustrated with the latter over the naming of the models in a recently-introduced product line.

IKEA's Internet business in Britain is now worth more than £400 million in annual sales after more of its customers shopped online in 2018–19 but fewer walked its vast stores across the country.

Variety retailer Argos said it took a bigger share of the furniture market in the first half of its financial year, despite an overall decline in general merchandise sales.

Regional window dressings manufacturer and retailer Homefair Blinds has been sold to its management team in a transaction that provides an exit for its former owners.

Network sales across the 22-store Carpets4Less franchise — which operates 22 stores across England — held firm for the second straight year in 2018–19.

Sales climbed at Sussex and Surrey retailer Collingwood Batchellor in the year to January 27, 2019 with the furniture and department store operator having since gone on to find additional ways to deploy its assets.

Belgian carpet maker Balta Group sold more in the third quarter after improved sales in its commercial business and as a result of some of its British customers making preparations for Brexit.

H Partners, the activist investment company that campaigned successfully for management change at Tempur Sealy International four years ago, has reduced its stake in the business.

Howdens, the major kitchen maker that sells to consumers through small builders and installers across its vast depot network, made late summer/early autumn gains as it continued to open new sites.

Food and general merchandise retailer Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) said weak clothing and home sales were contributing factors in weaker half-year results, during which underlying profits fell.

ScS, the national upholstery and carpets specialist, is primed to boost shareholders' earnings-per-share in a transaction that sees its former outright owner sever further ties with the business.

The Danish company that bought a key supplier to the U.K. carpet industry has been given a week to offer solutions to competition concerns else antitrust regulators will step up their inquiry into the deal and could force its reversal.

Difficult market conditions in the interior design sector made life tougher for furniture, lighting and home accents company Porta Romana in 2018–19, but cash climbed and EBITDA remained north of £2.3 million.

After big promotion-driven gains in September and early October, sales of home merchandise at John Lewis & Partners fell sharply for the third straight week.

Matt Williams, CEO at smooth flooring and wallcoverings retailer Topps Tiles, has decided to resign and will leave the board at the end of the month. Current chief financial officer Rob Parker, also a Topps veteran, is his replacement.

The company behind the Elphicks of Farnham department store business and a separate bed shop in Dorking cut its net loss in half in the period preceding the closure of its New Malden store this summer.

Made-to-measure cabinet maker and retailer Neville Johnson grew revenue and claimed a bigger share of a challenged market in the year to April 30, but profits declined on narrower margins.

Retail sales beat year-earlier levels in October after retailers — in particular apparel stores — slashed prices to stimulate activity, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

A return to sales growth helped 2018–19 profits inch forward for Yorkshire and Teesside based floorcoverings retailer Calverts Carpets.

Ecommerce group Shop Direct, owner of the Littlewoods and Very brands, has appointed former Clarks executive Ben Fletcher as group chief financial officer.

Shallower margins hit profits at South Coast furniture and department store retailer Bradbeers in 2018–19 despite continued top line growth. A property revaluation impacted reported net income.

Home furnishings ecommerce giant Wayfair recorded a wider loss in the third quarter citing greater-than-anticipated impact from tariffs, which in turn led to customers extending the 'think time' before buying.

Oldrid & Co., the privately-owned company behind the furniture and department store fascia Oldrids and Downtown in Lincolnshire, said the acquisition last year of additional land ahead of a major new development protects the asset.

Margins widened at soft furnishings company Gordon John Textiles in the year to March 31, 2019 after it made the decision to reduce low margin turnover and seek more profitable customers.

Organisers of The Furniture Awards have opened the entry process for the 2020 edition and confirmed who will be the judges. Winners will be named at the January Furniture Show.

Shop Direct, owner of the Very and Littlewoods brands, said furniture and homeware sales returned to growth in the six months to end June after a series of initiatives yielded positive results.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding producer, said the past quarter was its best ever as it delivered double-digit top and bottom line growth.

But margin swing and higher tax charge contributes to profits halving for the three-store business.

For the eighth straight month, the score used to measure big-ticket consumer confidence moved in the opposite direction to that in the period immediately prior.

The CEO of Tempur Sealy International told analysts on its Q3 earnings call that rival Casper Sleep, said to be exploring an IPO, is less relevant to the company than other competitors.

Flooring market leader Carpetright could be taken private after it began discussions with Meditor European Master Fund, a lender and shareholder in the retailer, regarding a possible takeover with a debt-for-equity swap to transform its capital structure.

The book value of the group behind retail department store giants Selfridges, Brown Thomas and Arnotts has been transformed after it satisfied outstanding debt following a share issue.

Another leap in sales helped North West bedding producer and licensee Comfy Quilts mitigate the impact of trading headwinds in 2018–19. The company maintained profits.

Marks and Spencer (M&S) is for the first time introducing a buy now pay later option for online shoppers of furniture and other goods above a certain price threshold.

Full price sales climbed ahead of guidance for general merchandise retailer Next in the third quarter, but at a slower rate than in the first half of the year.

Former head of home and furniture buying at Shop Direct appointed to key role at Steinhoff UK Retail, the company behind the Bensons for Beds and Harveys businesses.

Privately-owned store group Oldrid & Co. cut its deficit by two thirds and slowed the rate of sales decline for high value items such as furniture in 2018–19.

Furniture Village and Carpetright are to expand their partnership with the latter to open another five concessions across the former's store estate this year after what they described as a successful trial.

Sales of home merchandise slid for the second straight week at department store chain John Lewis & Partners in the seven days to October 26, 2019.

U.K. bed retailer Time4Sleep donated over 650 blankets to Barnardo’s as part of a world-record attempt by the children's charity to construct a gigantic blanket fort.

Out-of-town furniture retail pioneer Sterling has launched a new concept store — branded Sterling Home — at one of the U.K.'s most competitive retail destinations for residential furnishings.

Tony Judge was previously chief operating officer at Headlam and worked with the West Midlands group for more than a quarter of a century.

The top and bottom lines diverged for the owner of motion bed and chair specialist Adjustamatic in the year to December 31, 2018.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding manufacturer, has refinanced $850 million (£661m) of revolving and term debt in a move it says lowers its borrowing costs.

Mohawk Industries, the world's largest flooring company with businesses operating across the world, recorded lower profits in the third quarter.

Wider margins and higher like-for-like sales order intake helped North West furniture and home department store retailer Housing Units book profits up by more than a third in 2018–19.

Upholstery chain heading to one of the counties with the lowest concentration of national furniture chains in all of England.

Business confidence among U.K. furniture makers has improved in the past four months according to the latest survey from trade association BFM, British Furniture Manufacturers.

Wren Kitchens, the expanding kitchen maker and retailer, has strengthened its board with a number of senior director appointments.

There is little that unites mattress company Simba Sleep and department store retailer Fenwick. One is a disrupting force that didn't exist just four years ago while the other is a long-established enterprise whose roots date back to 1882.

Expanding furniture and home retail fascia Homesense delivered high double-digit growth in 2018–19 as the U.S. owned business grabbed a bigger share of the U.K. furnishings market.

Discount and entry-level mattress vendors made the most of consumers trading down in the six months to September according to new research carried out on behalf of the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Headlam Group, Europe's largest floorcoverings wholesaler, has acquired the trade and assets of Edel Telenzo Carpets, the U.K. distribution company for Dutch carpet maker Edel Carpets.

Walker Greenbank announces four senior appointments including former Amtico, Tesco, LVMH and Roberto Cavalli executives.

A judge has sentenced Pascal Blasio, owner of furniture store Homes In Style, to 20 years in prison after he was found guilty of causing an explosion likely to endanger life and of fraud in relation to an insurance claim.

Deficit at department store group — a major U.K. retailer of furniture — was the result of falling sales, but also heavily impacted by a series of non-cash charges, and credits.

Third quarter gain as U.K. kitchens chain rolls out trade concept.

Five-store mattress retailer restructured via a prepack after losses at two of its stores prompted need to withdraw from leases, says administrator.

Furniture retailer Lombok is launching a new programme of quick-ship made-to-order furniture products which it says will be available in seven days, far outpacing industry norms.

Wayfair, the ecommerce home retailer, has introduced a range of flexible credit options for its U.K. customers after extending its partnership with Klarna, the payments company.

The new chief operating officer at upholstery retailer Sofology says he is joining "one of the few retailers with opportunities to open more stores at a time when most are looking to shrink."

Cash and asset rich independent further shores up balance sheet in year that saw it book a wider deficit on lower sales.

Wayne Nortjé has joined privately-owned bed manufacturer Breasley as operations director, with responsibility for both its East Midlands sites.

Beter Beheer, a subsidiary of Dutch bed retail group Beter Bed Holding, has agreed a sale-and-leaseback of its 783,000sqft distribution centre and headquarters at Uden, Holland.

Three straight weeks of home sales growth came to an end at John Lewis & Partners last week as the chain shifted its promotional message to its apparel lines.

Two senior managers at Clive Christian Furniture Co. have led a management buyout of the luxury cabinet maker, supported by David Dare, the former owner and md at high-end interiors company Shaws of Darwen.

Resurgent bed maker and retailer Warren Evans has begun manufacturing a range of wooden bed frames, expanding on the new mattress line introduced when the brand relaunched earlier this year.

Underlying profits declined at East of England retail, property and business services group Jarrold & Son in 2018–19 on the back of narrower gross margin.

Casper updates on U.K. financial performance amid speculation of stock market float in the U.S. to support planned physical store expansion.

Ian Peers of Ercol and Paul James of One-Call Furniture have been elected board members of trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Monomarket, the privately-owned company behind one of the largest regional mattress and beds chains in the U.K. and a significant ecommerce website, has been placed into liquidation.

Biggest shareholder has provided seven-figure loans to the group holding company in each of the past two reported years.

Department store chain Watt Brothers, which carries a limited home offer across its eleven stores situated across Scotland, has been placed into administration.

Privately-owned southeast England retailer Sussex Beds is expanding to the north and east of its existing store base with its latest new showroom, slated to open next month.

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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