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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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.

Roche Bobois, the high-end French furniture brand with stores in London, South East England and the North West, enjoyed a performance uplift in the U.K. in the first half of 2019.

An increase in ecommerce sales helped upmarket furniture and home retailer OKA Direct maintain revenues in 2018, despite weaker store sales.

Brintons, the private equity backed Worcestershire carpet maker, is to scale down its yarn-spinning operation ahead of the facility's planned closure next spring.

Wincanton, one of the leading providers of warehousing and delivery services to the U.K. furniture industry, has renewed two major contracts with companies in the sector.

Organisers of the January Furniture Show have opened pre-registration ahead of the next iteration of the U.K. furniture industry's largest trade-only event.

Broadcasters and national newspapers carried coverage of Sleeptember, the annual Sleep Council campaign to raise the profile of sleep among consumers to the benefit of the bed industry.

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HSL is headquartered at Batley, West Yorkshire, and trades from stores nationwide.
Sales climbed at the 59-store specialist furniture retailer HSL in 2018 with the company's West Yorkshire factory powering much of the uplift.

Buyout of North Carolina manufacturer supports existing wholesale infrastructure in the U.S. for Far East conglomerate, while since-divested U.K. case goods arm saw double-digit decline in 2018.

Britain's bed makers sold as many products in the second quarter of 2019 as they had the previous year but the value of those sales declined, according to the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Fitted furniture maker and retailer bolstered balance sheet in more challenging trading year.

Takes former Mothercare unit at Newtownabbey retail park.

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Sofa.com has its own factory in Poland.
ScS would have utilised Sofa.com's Eastern European manufacturing base to serve other parts of its business if it had successfully bought the company, its chairman said yesterday.

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) is merging the management of its John Lewis & Partners department store and Waitrose & Partners supermarket divisions in a move it says will save £100 million over time.

Wider margins helped counter the impact of lower sales at Portadown furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies in the year to December 31.

ScS has refitted flooring departments across its estate as the sofas and carpets specialist looks to reverse sliding sales in the category amid intense competition from warring rivals.

Department store chain John Lewis & Partners ended nine straight home sales declines with a big double-digit gain last week, driven by strong furniture sales and the start of a 20 percent off promotional Home event.

John Rogers, CEO at Sainsbury's Argos, is to leave the company October 31 to become chief financial officer at WPP, the advertising and public relations company.

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Lebus' Lincolnshire factory.
The Dutch majority owner of Lebus Upholstery has reduced its stake in a long-planned transaction that hands control of the Lincolnshire sofa manufacturer to its U.K. board.

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Trade has weakened for ScS as it embarks on bid to build on growth last year.
Consumer demand has weakened since the height of the summer amid a more challenging trading backdrop according to ScS, Britain's number two upholstery specialist.

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How the store will look from the nearby Aylesbury Vale Parkway Railway Station.
Stokers' plans to "future proof" the Lucas of Aylesbury business it acquired four years ago have stepped up after it began work on its new 75,000sqft store in the Buckinghamshire town.

Warren Evans has opened its first showroom since the brand was resurrected as an ecommerce business by its eponymous founder earlier this year.

Hatfields Furnishers will this weekend relaunch its new-look Colchester showrooms after an extensive refurbishment project that saw it overhaul the store facade.

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Westbridge's Coach House collection.
The revenue trend at Westbridge, Britain's largest non retailer-owned sofa maker, reflected the wider U.K. upholstery market last year.

Preston upholstery producer Tetrad continued to gain momentum in 2018, with double-digit pro-rata sales growth helping it glean a bigger share of a declining upholstery market.

Mattress maker Duflex, supplier to retailers such as IKEA, Eve, Asda and Argos, posted lower sales for the first time on public record last year. Group bed sales still advanced after parent Belfield opened a second factory.

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Natuzzi Editions new store in the North West.
Natuzzi added a fifth U.K. store for its Editions brand on Saturday, a day after the Italian upholstery giant released second quarter figures that reflected myriad challenges across the globe.

For the sixth straight month, the major purchases measure of GfK's closely-followed Consumer Confidence Index moved in the opposite direction to the previous change.

Gardiner Haskins, the heritage home improvement retail brand based in the South West of England, restructured its business last year with the closure of its large Bristol shop based in the iconic Grade II listed Soapworks building.

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The company claimed the Bed of the Year award at the Bed Show 2019 for its new J. Marshall by Vispring range, which pitches the brand to a younger clientele.
Manufacturing efficiencies and exports helped offset weaker domestic U.K. sales last year at Vispring, the luxury Devon bed manufacturer.

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A change in the retailer's accounting reference date was a contributing factor in rising net debt at its latest balance sheet dateline.
Upholstery market leader DFS has this month increased the size of its revolving credit facility by £20 million "to reflect the increased scale of the group's operating activities."

Losses persisted during what remained a turnaround phase for And So To Bed, the premium beds and bedroom furniture retailer, in 2018.

Catalogue and Internet retailer Shop Direct has launched products from furniture company Swoon in dedicated sections of the websites of both its Very.co.uk and Littlewoods brands.

Moda Furnishings, the outdoor and conservatory furniture retailer, has been sold to private equity investor Endless. Terms were not disclosed.

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DFS is the U.K. market leader in upholstery.
Sales and adjusted profits advanced for DFS in the year to end June while the group — owner of Sofology, Dwell and Sofa Workshop — says it will exit a number of 'poorly performing' suppliers.

Long-established southern furniture and home retailer discloses value of property deal following decision to restructure operations and relocate.

Direct-to-consumer mattress and ancillary products brand Eve Sleep narrowed losses in the first half of 2019 after cutting the amount of money it spent on marketing. Sales declined.

Upholstery producer Ekornes, owner of the Stressless recliner brand, says it maintained U.K. profits last year despite the negative impact of a legacy group logistics contract.

IKEA, the world's biggest furniture and homewares retailer, said global revenue advanced 6 percent to €41.3 billion in the year to August 31, 2019.

High-end bed maker Hypnos has bolstered its ethical credentials by partnering Red Tractor Food and Farming Standards, an industry-first for the mattress sector.

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15 years ago, Highgrove sales were under £1m. Today it is one of the U.K.'s largest bed manufacturers.
West Yorkshire bed maker Highgrove posted a 15th straight top line rise in 2018 despite tough trading conditions. Underlying profits also climbed with statutory earnings down because of one-off expenses.

Home sales fell 13.4 percent at John Lewis & Partners last week, a ninth straight year-on-year fall and the retailer's worst run since the end of August last year.

General merchandise sales fell for J Sainsbury, owner of the Argos and Habitat businesses, in the retailer's second quarter, but at a shallower rate than in the first.

Net income advanced beyond £3 million for the manufacturer behind brands including Rug Guru and The Origin Rug Collection last year after a big leap in sales.

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JYSK Nordic is the largest division in the group's worldwide structure.
The biggest retail division in the JYSK worldwide ecosystem booked 9 percent revenue growth in 2018–19, and says online is becoming a bigger part of its business.

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The company is a bellwether for the U.K. sofa industry.
Revenue fell and margins narrowed in 2018–19 for Flameproofings, the U.K. market leader in the flame retardant coating of fabrics for the upholstery and household textile markets.

Hatters Fine Furnishings, one of the U.K.'s largest single-store furniture retailers, is close to completing a six-figure extension project at its South East England store.

Rising sales of domestic floorcoverings helped one of the sector's largest privately-owned wholesalers return to the black in 2018.

The Senator Group, one of Britain's biggest furniture manufacturers, posted mid single-digit revenue growth in 2018 after selling more to customers in overseas markets.

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The W.S. Dennison family, from left to right: James, Nikki, Maureen, William and Pamela showing off the new 40th anniversary logo that has been added to some of the fleet.
W.S. Dennison, the Antrim based furniture logistics company, has celebrated 40 years in business with an event attended by 150 of its friends, family and other associates.

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Karndean's Vale Park, Evesham showroom and headquarters.
Luxury vinyl tile floorcoverings supplier Karndean booked high, but narrower margins in 2018, a year when revenue continued to climb thanks to export orders.

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Upholstery sales fell in August.
Furniture retail sales declined in August with upholstery the weakest big-ticket category, according to proprietary research by The Furnishing Report.

The phoenix company that bought the four-store kitchen maker and retailer Earle & Ginger out of administration earlier this year has itself filed for insolvency.

There was an across-the-board easing of factory gate furniture and carpet price inflation in August according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Shares in Eve Sleep changed hands for the first time in over a month yesterday (Sep. 20) after the direct-to-consumer mattress brand said early-stage merger talks with Simba had come to nothing.

Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Eve Sleep says merger talks with Simba Sleep have ended with now "not the right time" to pursue a potential deal.

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Casper invested millions more in the U.K. and mainland European markets last year.
Last year saw another hefty investment in the British and European markets by direct-to-consumer mattress brand Casper, new figures indicate.



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