We are about to enter a key period for the U.K. furniture trade and anxiety levels are understandably high.

Organisers of the Salone del Mobile furniture exhibition in Milan have fixed the dates for the 2021 edition, moving the event to an autumn dateline for the first time.

Master David WoodwardThis time last year no one could have foreseen the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent disruption to life that we still find ourselves coping with, writes David Woodward, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry charity and City of London livery company.

Revenue climbed 74 percent across the merged U.K. and Irish retail operation of value furniture and furnishings chain JYSK in 2019–20 as it added new stores and grew online.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has named the seven winners of its 2020 Bed Industry Awards during a live-streamed YouTube ceremony earlier today (Nov. 26, 2020).

Profits advanced at North West destination home department store retailer Housing Units in 2019–20 despite sales being impacted by the pandemic and flooding.

Output soared as the Chinese mattress and foam conglomerate behind the Mlily brand near doubled sales in the three months to end September.

The mandated closure of furniture and bedding departments did little to quell demand across Harvey Norman's stores throughout the island of Ireland through the autumn.

Stanley Pauley, the longtime leader and majority shareholder of foam conglomerate Carpenter Co, has died aged 93, the company has announced.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association representing the interests of U.K. bed manufacturers, will later today announce the winners of its 2020–21 awards.

ScS, Britain's number two upholstery retailer, has recruited a former Home Retail Group executive as the successor to David Knight, its longstanding CEO.

Sofa and carpets retailer ScS said like-for-like order intake was up nearly a third going into the second lockdown in England earlier this month.

Molteni&C, the Italian designer furniture manufacturer whose products are sold through high-end retailers worldwide, has launched a first-ever ecommerce store.

Third quarter sales jumped for European ready-to-assemble cabinet furniture maker Forte but remain well down in the year so far, including the region taking in the U.K.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is to direct consumers to their nearest NBF stockist through a new website providing advice about beds and mattresses.

Plans by Endless to invest in Silentnight back in 2011 were so far advanced that the turnaround firm had already drawn down funds, its managing partner has told a Disciplinary Tribunal investigating the conduct of advisors to the bed maker.

Headlam, Europe's largest floorcoverings distributor, says it thinks a small amount of data has been extracted following what it called a cyber security incident.

The head of the company behind furniture and home retailer West Elm says the business could look to a path well-trodden in the U.K. as part of its international expansion plans.

Catalogue and Internet retailer's new chief financial officer joins from home shopping competitor.

Emma says sales almost doubled in the U.K. and were up more than three-fold in Ireland after it enacted a new pricing strategy for its flagship mattress model, upped marketing investment and added new sizes.

Stokers Group, one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned furniture retailers, said it was trading ahead of last year until the pandemic interrupted trade in the final weeks of its financial year.

South East furniture and department store retailer Collingwood Batchellor says the decision to diversify its operations will leave it in a strong position in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Furniture and lighting sales continued to climb in October though the U.K.'s official statistics body revised downwards earlier record-breaking figures for September.

Executives behind the Jane Clayton home furnishings business are to launch a dedicated ecommerce store for the youthful mid-market Scion brand after striking a deal with the brand-owner Walker Greenbank.

Silentnight, Britain's largest bed manufacturer, has extended its longstanding partnership with Panther Warehousing, the specialist two-man, white-glove carrier.

Consumer confidence declined in November including a fall in the Major Purchases Index according to new figures from GfK, the polling company.

The owner of off-price U.K. retailers T.K. Maxx and HomeSense is to launch Internet shopping for its flagship home fascia in the U.S. for the first time.

NorthEdge Capital has strengthened its ties to the home furnishings sector after backing a management buyout (MBO) at an expanding decorative lighting business.

Organisers of the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) have penned in the dates for the spring 2021 editions, which take place in two tranches next March. In Europe, the timeline of another important event has been shifted.

Ecommerce retailer Mattress Online and The Sleep Charity are to work together to co-promote the benefits that good quality sleep can have on health and wellbeing.

The reintroduction of kitchens across the B&Q store network has been accelerated after a glut of orders for the home improvement retailer.

The Very Group, the Speke-based ecommerce group and one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture, has appointed Matt Grest as its chief information officer (CIO).

Family businesses are not uncommon in the furniture retail sector but there is no other operating on the scale of Furniture Village.

An expanded retail footprint helped home and leisure retailer The Range to within a whisker of a turnover landmark ahead of the pandemic, with the chain saying demand since the outbreak started has remained strong.

A two-month run of falling furniture retail price inflation came to an end in October while carpet prices accelerated at their fastest pace in nearly a year.

Furniture retailers across a sizeable part of Scotland are among non-essential businesses that will close their doors at the end of the week after new restrictions were imposed.

U.K. Flooring Direct will open a new sourcing and development office in China and invest in an expanded product offer after agreeing an investment package with Business Growth Fund (BGF).

National retailer Furniture Village is to open two new stores later this year in the first physical expansion of its portfolio in three years.

A Disciplinary Tribunal has convened to consider the conduct of KPMG and one of its partners for work carried out prior to the sale of bed manufacturer Silentnight to H.I.G. Capital nine years ago.

The company behind the online furniture search platform ufurnish.com has hired David Marshall as its chief technology officer.

Koelnmesse, organiser of the IMM Cologne international furniture fair, has cancelled the 2021 edition. The next iteration of the event will now take place in January 2022.

Leeds bed maker and components group Harrison Spinks says it is formulating plans to created a dedicated recycling asset in the North as part of its zero-to-landfill aims.

Upholstery group TCM Living posted high third-quarter growth on the back of a flood of post spring-lockdown orders but said demand has outstripped its capacity, impacting costs.

Foam and sprung mattress imports trended up double-digit on the back of big increases from the U.K's second and third biggest trading partners, new data shows.

China led a return to growth for wood living, dining and bedroom furniture imports as the combined cabinet segment nailed down its position as the category least impacted by the pandemic.

Belgian manufacturer Latexco has launched Suitenings, a new brand comprising bedding products and services designed to be sold into the hotels sector.

FIRA International, the Hertfordshire based testing and furniture services provider, has named John Hubbard as its new technical consultant.

Consumers magazines Women's Health and Men's Health U.K. have launched a licensed mattress programme in partnership with sleep specialist Mammoth. The line is being sold exclusively by Argos.

The National Bed Federation's (NBF) Green Forum — originally slated for an April dateline — has been rescheduled for December 3, 2020.

Orders placed after furniture retailers sprinted out of the first national lockdown resulted in upholstery imports into the U.K. climbing at their fastest pace in 12 months.

Half-year revenue and profits advanced for upholstery giant Man Wah Holdings in the six months to end September despite a big fall in sales across Europe.

The retailer behind the Flooring Superstore retail chain redeployed its store staff to telesales roles as direct sales channels helped the expanding retailer grow revenue in 2019–20.

Demand for overseas-made carpet continued to recover as U.K. distributors and retailers brought in close to year-earlier levels for the first time this year.

Sun Capital Partners has an excellent track record in home furnishings with the 2019 figures from Dreams providing the latest endorsement of its interest in the sector.

The chief operating officer of Ercol Furniture (ercol) has left the manufacturer to complete a PhD with the heritage British brand appointing two senior existing executives to run the business on a day-to-day basis.

National beds specialist Dreams booked higher profits in 2019 as rising sales bolstered its market leadership and outweighed the impact of narrower gross margin.

Organisers of the Online Furniture Show say they will postpone the inaugural event to early next year as a result of ongoing supply chain issues that mean many companies are focussed on existing orders.

Retailer Habitat's flagship central London store is to close as part of owner J Sainsbury's wider plans for the iconic furniture and homeware brand. It is one of two stores that will shut.

It is crucial all organisations start to prepare for the U.K.’s departure from the E.U. at the end of the year, writes Pamela Dennison, chair of the Northern Ireland Freight Transport Association (FTA) and development manager at furniture storage and logistics provider WS Dennison.

Bed-in-a-box vendor Casper Sleep narrowed its U.K. deficit in 2019 but it wasn't enough enough to prevent executives back home from deciding to close its operations here and in mainland Europe.

Deal was part of wider transaction that also saw other assets belonging to once-national furniture chain sold on out of insolvency.

Revenue jumped by a third for Jason Furniture Hangzhou Co. in the third quarter as demand skyrocketed for the Chinese upholstery conglomerate's products and brands.

Wholly-owned distributor offers brands such as Quick-Step, Elka, Balterio and Pergo to customers across the U.K. floorcoverings market.

The chief financial officer at Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight says he looks forward to working with manufacturers across Europe after joining the board of the European Bedding Industries' Association (EBIA).

The turnaround investor that bought Homebase for a pound less than two years ago is considering selling the business after returning it to positive EBITDA in 2019 and reconfiguring its store network this year.

Associated Independent Stores (AIS), the 300-member retail buying group, is to align all its furniture, flooring, linens and homeware brands in a new Furniture and Home division as part of a restructure that "future-proofs the organisation."

Furniture retailer Loaf built sales, profits and cash in the year to March 31 despite the end of its financial year being hamstrung by the pandemic and the first lockdown.

Hardwood furniture retailer Oak Furnitureland has appointed Emily Tate as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

Retailers of furniture and home improvement products are among more than 60 companies to back the British Retail Consortium's (BRC) new Climate Action Roadmap, which aims to get the industry and its supply chains to decarbonise.

Jessica Alexander, executive director at the National Bed Federation (NBF), is to join a 19-strong panel of experts shaping the future of sleep support across the U.K.

Recticel is to launch a strategic review of its bedding business that could result in its sale after announcing the takeover of a Swiss company that will see it further its ambitions in the technical foams segment.

Furniture and interiors brand Timothy Oulton has opened a first-ever gallery in Scotland after taking a first-floor showroom at the prestige Princes Square shopping centre on Buchanan Street in central Glasgow.

Bob Eastoe has stepped down from the board at bed manufacturer Hypnos and parent company Keen & Toms Holdings after a little over 13 years with the group.

A positive swing in gross margin aided by lower input costs helped drive an uplift in profits for The Vita Group last year, newly-filed consolidated accounts in mainland Europe show.

Interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank has signed a licensing agreement with general retailer Next that will see new apparel, homeware and accents lines launched across three of its brands.

Scotland's largest privately-owned furniture and home retailer has refitted and rebranded its Thomsons World of Furniture Store in Dunfermline to its new Home concept.

Upholstery and beds specialist HSL is one of the few nationally-recognised furniture businesses to continue trading from physical stores in England through the latest lockdown.

Technology group ClearCourse Partnership has acquired The Swan Group, which provides furniture retail management software to some of the U.K.'s largest furniture retailers.

The Vita Group has completed its Bedding Innovation Centre at Middleton in North West England, one of four new facilities across the U.K. and Eastern Europe planned for this year.

The January Furniture Show has been rescheduled to spring 2021 as a result of extended travel restrictions and the re-imposition of lockdown in England. It will be renamed Furniture Show Birmingham.

Sales of residential products and rugs helped mitigate continued weakness in the commercial sector at flooring colossus Balta Group in the third quarter of 2020.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds is adding extra headcount to its Huntingdon workforce to help meet rising demand.

The future of Ponden Home, the 73-store soft furnishings retailer, hangs in the balance after the chain was placed into administration on Friday afternoon.

Kitchen vertical Wren has opened its first showroom in the U.S., bringing up a centenary of stores including its U.K. showroom network. It follows the earlier announcement of a first U.S. manufacturing plant.

West Midlands furniture manufacturer Boss Design has strengthened its board of directors with two senior hires, including the former CEO of office furniture and equipment group Bisley.

Britain's leading carpet and floorcoverings retailers are keeping stores in England open through the lockdown in a move that will attract bouquets and brickbats from rivals in equal measure.

Habitat is to become the primary furniture brand across the Sainsbury's and Argos ecosystem with its owner also unveiling plans to extend its price architecture.

Only a third of British furniture manufacturers have so far passed on rising input costs to their customers despite the overwhelming majority being landed with price hikes by their suppliers.

East of England department store retailer Jarrold said it received an "amazing uptake from our customers wishing to support us" as it embraced ecommerce demand after the first lockdown.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has named the 23 finalists for the 2020 Bed Industry Awards across manufacturing, supply and retail categories.

120 Argos shops that have been shut since the spring lockdown won't reopen and a further 300 standalone units have been earmarked for closure. Parent company J Sainsbury plans to open more Argos units instead inside its supermarkets.

Furniture and homewares retailer Dunelm has questioned the choices made by legislators over the terms of who can and can't trade during the just-begun lockdown in England.

Sofa market leader DFS has played down the impact of the new lockdown in England, saying its experience of earlier this year leaves it with a more sanguine outlook.

Some furniture retailers in England kept stores open as late as 10pm last night but the industry appears to have largely coalesced around the idea that it will be a digital November.

Birlea Furniture invested millions of pounds expanding its East Midlands footprint last year as the furniture importer continued its drive to become the biggest player in the sector.

Revenue jumped double-digit at off-price furniture and homewares retailer HomeSense in the run-up to Covid-19 as the chain added new floorspace to its estate.

John Lewis Partnership is to make up to 1,500 head office roles redundant as the department store and grocery mutual fleshed out earlier plans to save £300 million in costs.

Harrison Spinks has agreed a partnership with The Fine Bedding Company to offer hoteliers a complete package of complementary mattresses, duvets and pillows.

Glasswells' commercial storage and warehousing facility at Bury St Edmunds has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification for quality management systems.

Furniture and flooring retailers in England face making judgment calls over whether to open tomorrow after legislation to be voted on in parliament today was as vague as feared.

General retailer Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) found solace in ecommerce home goods sales in what was an otherwise bleak period pockmarked by the spring lockdown.

Wayfair has seen a one hundred fold rise in sales in the U.K. and Germany in the past seven years and is now the ecommerce market leader across the home category here.

Upholstery producer Man Wah Holdings has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Feng Guohua as chief executive officer (CEO).

Bricks-to-clicks children's bedroom specialist Room To Grow says sales surged in the second and third quarters of 2020 after it pushed the button on a new digital marketing strategy.

Furniture and floorcoverings retailers in England still don't know for certain whether they can or can't pull up the shutters from Thursday morning and there is a good reason behind that fact.

U.K. and Ireland revenue continued to recover for Norwegian upholstery giant Ekornes in the third quarter putting it close to even for the year so far.

Upstream supply chain issues are to blame for a rapid increase in the price of foam according to Recticel, the Belgian industrial conglomerate and a major supplier to U.K. sofa and mattress makers.

Flooring conglomerate Victoria says the imminent lockdown in England will make little material difference to its business in the long run, adding that its factories will remain open and continue to accept and deliver orders.

Homebase will end a store opening hiatus going back to 2015 if a planning application for a new Oxfordshire store is green-lighted by state officials.

Pent-up demand following the first lockdown earlier this year meant the decision to hold a retail sales event soon after stores re-opened proved judicious, according to a large independent in the South East of England.

Furniture and flooring retailers across England are again grappling with the concept of their own essentiality as new Government guidance failed to immediately provide a clear steer on whether they could or should remain open from Thursday onwards.

National beds specialist Bensons for Beds will get back on the expansion trail next year after it agreed terms on the first of what are planned to be a number of new units to open through 2021.

The owner of the direct sales manufacturer and retailer Adjustamatic Beds sustained a six-figure deficit last year but says it has traded profitably in 2020 despite the pandemic.

High street giant Next is to relaunch Laura Ashley homeware ranges online and across it vast store estate next year after agreeing a partnership with the new owner of the heritage brand.

Cashflow at North West bedding company Trendsetter Home Furnishings was healthy despite pressure on margins resulting in the business recording a bigger accounting deficit in 2019–20.

Revenue growth in Europe and other international markets helped counter weaker domestic demand at flooring conglomerate Mohawk Industries in the third quarter.

The keys to the Sealy U.K. factory will be formally handed over to their new owners this morning (Oct. 30) while a general manager to run the Aspatria operation will arrive early next week.

Four-store independent remained profitable in 2019–20 despite the pandemic interrupting the final quarter of its financial year.

Third quarter revenue climbed by more than a third for Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bedding company, as it enjoyed its most profitable period since the business was created.

Destination furniture store retailer Andersons of Inverurie brought an end to four years of sliding sales in 2018–19 according to newly-filed accounts taking in the period well in advance of Covid-19's arrival.

Emerging upholstery startup Swyft Homes says it has already beaten its £2 million sales target for its launch year with it forecasting revenue of half that again by Christmas.

Britain's biggest mattress maker Silentnight has refinanced for the second time in just over a year while just-filed holding company accounts put a new value on the group ahead of its recent Sealy U.K. divestment.

The ecommerce group that runs a slew of retail brands including Furniture123 built profits and cash in the year to March 31, 2020 as it recorded another big double-digit jump in sales.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners' plan to be able to turn close to half of its flagship Oxford Street store into office space has been backed by city planners this week.

Industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company is hosting an online intellectual property (IP) webinar next month with Anti Copying in Design (ACID), the design and intellectual property campaigning organisation.

Ministry of Furniture (MoF), the privately-owned Neath company that emerged from Remploy Furniture back in 2014, has undergone a corporate reorganisation and rebranding process.

General merchandise retailer Next said it expects to counter an expected eight-figure post Brexit tariff impact by agreeing new terms with its suppliers or working with alternative vendors.

Furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow will move its upholstered bed frame production early in 2021 after taking a new facility that will also provide the scope to consolidate its manufacturing operations across fewer factories.

The next edition of furniture exhibition Long Point will be brought forward by two months to a late winter dateline, trade journal Furniture News reported.

Sales jumped 13 percent for multinational retailer Maisons du Monde in the third quarter as the retailer relied on high home accent sales to counter problems in the big-ticket supply chain.

High-end furniture brand Roche Bobois said that though U.K. revenue remains 29.6 percent lower year-on-year after nine reported months it can make big inroads into the deficit in the final quarter.

A first showroom in Oxfordshire will become upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff's fourth new space to open since the summer when it throws open its doors this December.

It is counter-intuitive that on the day we reported that September saw record-breaking furniture retail sales, we also reveal that some British manufacturers may have to temporarily close their factories.

Tapi Carpets & Floors has hired Emma Collett as chief operating officer as the expanding floorcoverings retailer continues to reshape its management team.

One of the leading sources of foam for Britain's mattress and sofa industry says it is doing everything possible to make good the current problems but its hands are tied until its own supply chain finds solutions.

The U.K.'s first dedicated Noble Souls upholstery showroom, revealed by The Furnishing Report earlier this month (see related), will open November 27, it has been announced.

Temporary foam factory shutdowns will prompt U.K. upholstery and mattress plants to close according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), which is urgently seeking clarification from the supply chain.

Flooring and beds retailer United Carpets says its franchised and corporate stores bounced back strongly in the four and a half months since its business reopened this spring.

U.K. furniture and lighting retail sales were higher in September than in any other month in history according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The moratorium preventing creditors from taking action against the group that lists Ponden Home Interiors among its roster of retail brands has been extended for a fortnight.

Fears for the U.K. economy and job security sent consumer confidence tumbling through October according to GfK, the polling company that tracks public sentiment each month.

Upholstery and carpets retailer ScS is to donate £20,000 to help fund meals for disadvantaged children in its home city. It said it was a result of the Government voting against extending free school meals into the holidays.

Direct-to-consumer upholstery source Swyft Home has chosen two-man delivery service provider Panther Warehousing as its sole delivery and warehousing partner.

The head of the body representing the European foam sector has said it is "not good" for the industry that it is currently unable to satisfy high demand because of upstream supply chain issues.

Healthcare Co., the Chinese mattress and foam conglomerate, is to expand its operations in mainland Europe after agreeing a multi-million euro investment.

Carpet and flooring conglomerate Victoria is to raise up to £175 million through a preferred equity investment to bolster its armoury to buy up more of its rivals.

Invesco, the international money manager whose multi-year strategic saw it build a major stake in Victoria, has lined up deals that will see it sell its remaining shares in the flooring designer, maker and distributor.

Homeserve Furniture Repairs, one of the U.K.'s largest onsite furniture repair businesses, has partnered the Furniture and Home Improvement Ombudsman, the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider.

Retailer AHF is to become Fabb Furniture after what md Matt Hesketh described as years of research and development reviewing many different styles and potential brand names.

Furniture manufacturers' prices were higher for a third straight month on an annual basis in September in data yet to reflect a tsunami of raw material cost pressures incurred by U.K. producers.

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