shipContsShpfyFree
Companies are evaluating sourcing strategies in light of tariffs on Chinese goods.
Shifting furniture production away from China to other nations in Southeast Asia to avoid tariffs is a strategy laced with risk, according to a senior former U.S. Government official.

alexanderJames2018
Alexander & James is part of the DM Midlands group, ultimately owned by Thailand's TCM Corp.
There was an improving sales trend in the second quarter of 2019 for the Thai owner of British sofa makers Ashley Manor, Alexander & James and Alstons, negating weaker first quarter top-line figures.

Duff & Phelps says "progress has been made" in its bid to claw back cash from a foam supplier for the benefit of creditors of fallen upholstery chain Multiyork.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has agreed to sell Casper products in its stores and online in the first U.K. retail partnership secured by the American mattress company.

The highest factory gate mattress inflation for nearly three years was the principal reason furniture producer price inflation ticked up in July, according to new Government figures.

Howard Sudall, store director at renowned Yorkshire furniture store Christopher Pratts, retired earlier this summer after nearly 50 years with the retailer.

ahfHomebasePly
Homebase has been building concession partnerships. AHF is among the latest.
Furniture chain AHF has extended its footprint into southwest England after opening its first two concessions inside home improvement retailer Homebase.

Houseology, the Glasgow-based etailer of prestige furniture and accents, has hired former Dobbies Garden Centres executive Laura Jamieson as chief financial officer.

Home furnishings retailer Wayfair has raised new capital through a private convertible note offering. It says it will use the funds for working capital, capex projects and possibly to fund acquisitions.

One of the U.K.'s biggest rug and floormat suppliers said the downsizing of home improvement chain Homebase had a negative impact on sales last year.

Melrose Interiors, one of the country's largest independent rug suppliers, closed out a seven-figure property sale this summer after earlier completing a "landmark relocation."

nextHomeOfficialFW
The factory supplies Next stores and its online operation.
General merchandise retail giant Next expanded the output of its Yorkshire sofa manufacturing plant in 2018–19 but cautioned that activity remained in the developmental phase.

Consumers paid considerably more to buy furniture in July after inflation in the category climbed to its highest level since February 2018.

shipContsShpfyFree
Rising shipments from Asia powered the increase.
Living, dining and bedroom cabinet imports to the U.K. have trended up in mid single-digits in the first half of 2019 driven by shipments from the Far East.

The Young Furniture Makers exhibition returns to the City of London this October, offering the industry opportunities to connect with a new generation of designer-makers looking to make an impact on the sector.

rdmBlueBackgroundBY RICHARD DE MELIM


Upholstery giant Natuzzi announced a new business plan is on the way to mitigate the impact of tariffs imposed on China-made goods arriving into the U.S.

natuzziFactoryFW
Natuzzi has vast manufacturing operations.
Italian sofa giant Natuzzi says it will sell non-strategic assets and revise its worldwide manufacturing configuration as part of plans to insulate itself from new tariffs.

Revenue and profit growth returned for Westex last year, as the West Yorkshire carpet maker — part of the flooring conglomerate Victoria for nearly six years — delivered a best-in-class performance.

mattressFilling
Weak end to the first half for mattress imports.
Mattress imports into the U.K. are barely above year-earlier levels at the half-year stage, threatening a first full year drop in the category for six years.

Customers spent less on home products at John Lewis & Partners for the third straight week as the chain relied on higher technology spend to deliver growth.

The new chief executive of Steinhoff International Holdings said its €9 billion debt pile is too high as he offered a vision of the future for the embattled conglomerate yesterday.

sofaWarehouse1
Sofa imports have climbed rapidly in the six months to June.
British buyers bought upholstery from overseas like never before in the first half of 2019 with arrivals from China and Poland leading the way.

One of the first direct-to-consumer sofa makers to allow shoppers to design their upholstery using an online configurator has agreed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with creditors.

Large Norfolk furniture and department store retailer Bakers & Larners relaunched its ecommerce website in a year that saw sales across the diversified group that owns it decline.

June saw the weakest trade data in the year so far for the carpet industry as imports fell 6.3 percent on the same month a year ago. They remain ahead on a six-month basis.

Record temperatures didn't deter more shoppers from visiting retail parks last month despite other types of destination making it the worst July footfall in seven years.

sleepeezee2018
Sleepeezee is in line to reverse a 2018 top line decline this year.
The CEO of Sleepeezee says sales are tracking well ahead of 2018 as it annualises the announcement of the heritage British bed maker's owner plan to invest heavily in the business.

Eve Sleep says it is in "very early stage discussions" to acquire its rival Simba in a deal that would consolidate the direct-to-consumer mattress market.

maisonsDuM Debs
Maisons du Monde wants to launch an online marketplace business as part of wider plans to double online sales.
Maisons du Monde, the French furniture and home décor retailer, is to open up its ecommerce store to third-party suppliers and retail partners through the launch of an online marketplace.

Fast-expanding lighting supplier Astro posted another top line sales record in 2018–19 but cautioned that growth was harder to come by, especially in the U.K.

National general merchandise wholesaler Stax Trade Centres has acquired hardware and ironmongery business M.P. Smith & Co, one of its longstanding suppliers.

dfsTVad
DFS is one of Europe's largest sofa manufacturers as well as retailers.
DFS has declined to snuff out speculation regarding the employment status of Harvey Ellis, arguably the pound-for-pound holder of the seniormost role in U.K. furniture manufacturing.

Sales growth accelerated at Essex sofa maker Alstons Upholstery in 2018, helping operating profits double for the Thai-owned manufacturer.

hatfieldsColchesterNewLook
The old and new at Hatfields of Colchester.
Heritage furniture independent Hatfields of Colchester will unveil its refurbished store front next month after a major investment at its Peartree Road site.

La-Z-Boy is to consolidate upholstery production in the U.S. leading to the closure of one factory there and the shift of a cut-and-sew operation at another.

Stefaan Vansteenkiste, chief restructuring officer at Debenhams, is to become the retailer's chief executive with Terry Duddy stepping down as executive chairman next month.

BoConceptTCR
BoConcept Tottenham Court Road.
The company behind Britain's largest chain of BoConcept modern furniture stores built out revenue last year and has secured new multi-million contracts that should see it do so again in 2018–19.

Lower revenue and narrower margins contributed to the heritage retailer behind the Browns of York department store recording a six-figure loss in 2018–19.

lebusDakota2019
The Lebus Dakota range, which includes Springbond.
The manufacturer behind Springbond, an eco-engineered material used as carpet underlay, has diversified into the upholstery sector after agreeing a supply partnership with Lebus.

One of Europe's largest living, dining and bedroom cabinet furniture makers is to diversify into upholstery, building a new multi-million factory in Poland.

A lack of confidence in the marketplace led to sales below expectations for one of the country's largest hardwood floorcoverings suppliers last year, but it said competitors were also struggling.

Sales fell for the second straight year at East of England beds manufacturer Mansion House Bedding Group in 2018–19 but it hopes to reverse that this year with a strengthened sales team.

New equity funding and a property revaluation helped boost the book value of premium upholstery business The Sofa & Chair Company in 2018, consolidated accounts for its holding company reveal.

mattressRecyclingNBF
An estimated 1.75 million of over 8 million mattresses disposed of in 2018 escaped landfill.
The bed industry's efforts to reduce the amount of end-of-life mattresses ending up in landfill is paying off with recycling numbers having doubled in the past four years, new research suggests.

John Lewis & Partners posted weaker home sales last week with a second consecutive high single-digit decline across the wide-ranging product directorate.

Privately-owned soft furnishings group Ashley Wilde grew sales and profits last year ahead of the spring 2019 buyout of a Scottish fabrics wholesaler.

AndersonsInverurieFW
The retailer operates one of the biggest destination furniture stores in Britain.
Gross margin widened and a seven-figure chunk of debt was eliminated in 2017–18 at Andersons of Inverurie, one of the U.K.'s marquee independent furniture retailers.

Distributor and manufacturer Victoria has bolstered its roster of ceramic floorcoverings businesses with the acquisition of Spanish tile company Ibero in a deal worth up to an estimated £14 million.

Other than crown debt, the largest unsecured creditor of a company once known for running a regional chain of furniture shops in London is the new owner of Sofa.com.

footfallGen650Hammers
Growth returned in July, but it was weak, according to industry figures from the British Retail Consortium.
Year-on-year retail sales inched forward last month after two straight declines in the months immediately prior, according to industry lobby group the British Retail Consortium.

The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (FIESTA) is urgently appealing to U.K. furniture makers to financially support work needed to renew the level 2 Furniture Manufacturer Apprenticeship Standard.

SilentnightHQ
Silentnight is headquartered at Barnoldswick.
Silentnight Group, Britain's largest beds manufacturer and a key bellwether for the sector, posted lower sales and profits in 2018–19. It remained cash generative and cleared the last of its shareholder debt.

Millbrook Healthcare, the largest division in the family-owned group that includes Millbrook Beds, has been sold to a specialist private investment firm. The bed manufacturing unit is unaffected.

The U.S. headquartered group behind the Nectar Sleep brand is launching a new high-end bed-in-a-box brand in the U.K. market which it says can upset the status quo in the premium bedding sector.

Heavy investment in the British market means Wayfair is almost universally known among U.K. consumers, the company's senior-most official said following the release of its second quarter results last week.

Fast-expanding cabinet furniture vertical Wren Kitchens has reached 80 stores nationwide with the opening of a new unit in Exeter.

Sales advanced at major upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus in 2017–18, but profitability was "restrained by pressures on margins and a restructure of the business."

The privately-owned company that owns regional carpets, floorcoverings and beds retailer Wilsons has posted double-digit sales growth for at least the fifth straight year.

onlineCarpetsFW
OnlineCarpets.co.uk is one of several websites run by the company.
The company behind the OnlineCarpets.co.uk ecommerce store has publicly-disclosed revenue for the first time in accounts that underscore the flooring category's potential on the Internet.

Adverse currency movements and trading conditions impacted profits at Hertfordshire furniture, home goods and giftware importer Sifcon International last year.

scsFWsignage

ScS, Britain's number two upholstery retailer, will expand its Scottish footprint later this year as it takes store numbers to three figures. It also said yesterday that it is trading ahead of year-earlier levels.

spaceslide2019
Spaceslide trades from more than half a dozen of its own showrooms.
The Yorkshire group behind the Spaceslide bedroom furniture brand returned to profit at the EBITDA line last year, while entering new sectors helped offset weak retail demand.

The acquisition of a majority stake in a large Vietnamese case goods factory by Samson Holding was the latest indication of the impact on the global furniture trade President Trump has had since he was sworn into office.

London-headquartered upholstery vertical shrugs off tough conditions.

British furniture buyers make the U.K. one of the top five worldwide markets for the international trade of furniture, according to a new forward-looking market report.

Expanding kitchen maker and retailer Wren has gained various globally-known International Standards Organisation (ISO) accreditations for its factories in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

sofaComEdin550
Sofa.com's Edinburgh store.
The price paid and reason behind Sports Direct International's takeover of upholstery vertical Sofa.com has been disclosed for the first time. Neither will surprise many in the furniture trade.

johnLewisCorporateJune2019
Hot weather kept home shoppers away last week.
Home sales fell in high single-digits at John Lewis & Partners last week as the heatwave across the country impacted the department store mutual.

Ryan Ross, former director at Harrods Direct in London, has been named president of the Williams Sonoma brand, succeeding longtime incumbent Janet Hayes.

Furniture retailer AHF strengthened its board with the appointment of two senior executives from sister company Airsprung earlier this spring.

Organisers of the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) have canned the 2020 edition of the event, saying they will take a break to "rethink, recharge and revitalise" the exhibition.

freemans2019
Both Freemans and Grattan carry extensive home and furniture lines.
Combined sales at Yorkshire catalogue and ecommerce brands Freemans and Grattan inched forward in 2018–19 with directors saying competition is intense in the U.K. online retail market.

A five-fold increase in exports softened the impact of lower U.K. revenue and higher costs for bedding and soft furnishings maker and distributor Rapport Home last year.

Decosit, the one-time dominant European trade fair for upholstery fabrics, will return this autumn after the show that succeeded it was cancelled.

Diversified mattress maker and foam product supplier Comfortex bucked market headwinds to grow sales and profits in 2018, new accounts show.

Bankers and other creditors face a shortfall following the prepack sale of ecommerce lighting retailer LED Hut to a major North West importer, which was announced earlier this summer.

luxDeco2019
Seven-figure funding round for LuxDeco.
High-end furniture and home décor ecommerce platform LuxDeco is raising cash from investors to fund plans to turn it into a £35 million revenue business by 2021.

steinhoffHQ
Boardroom change at Steinhoff.
Angela Krüger-Steinhoff and Steve Booysen have notified Steinhoff International Holdings they will both resign from the supervisory board.

The French owner of the Habitat furniture and interiors store chain outside the U.K. halved its trading deficit for the brand in the first half of 2018–19 as it cut loose its loss-making German stores.

Blaine Callard has left his post as CEO of the Irish arm of furniture and electricals retailer Harvey Norman after agreeing to run 50-store Australian chain Freedom Furniture.

The U.S. rescuer of the Smallbone of Devizes and Mark Wilkinson Furniture luxury kitchen companies has added another Wiltshire business after completing an insolvent takeover earlier this month.

jyskBmouth
New multi-million U.K. funding for JYSK.
JYSK, the inexpensive Danish furniture and homewares retailer, pumped fresh equity into its U.K. business ahead of a store buildout programme this year.

Worldwide sales advanced for Tempur Sealy International in the second quarter after its fast-growing direct business outpaced declining wholesale revenues.

Thomas Netzer is to be promoted to chief operating officer for home furnishings retail giant Wayfair after the company announced James Savarese, the current incumbent, will retire this year.

Headlam, Europe's largest floorcoverings distributor, is this week hosting a sod-cutting ceremony at its long-planned 190,000sqft distribution centre in Suffolk.

mikeCarolineMurray
Mike and Caroline Murray, directors at Land of Beds
Third generation Land of Beds, one of the country's largest privately-owned specialist retailers, won Silver in the retail section of the National Family Business Awards.

grimReaper
16 industry companies filed for insolvency in the week to July 19.
The insolvencies of well over a dozen furniture, furnishings and floorcoverings companies were announced last week in one of the worst periods for the sector since records began.

Houseology, the designer furniture and homewares retailer which hopes to rack up sales of £14 million this year, has appointed Shane Corstorphine as successor to Bill Dobbie as chairman.

matratzenConcord650
Buyers are interested in the circa 800-store chain.
Pan-European retailer Beter Bed Holding says it has received "serious interest" from several parties for its Matratzen Concord chain with a full or partial exit likely before the year is out.

Findel, the home shopping group behind the Studio multi-product retail business, has issued a bullish trading update ahead of the planned name change that shareholders will vote on today.

Ecommerce and catalogue retailer Shop Direct, owner of the Very and Littlewoods brands, has appointed senior Boots executive Guy Farmer as trading director.

scartopHeywood
The company's stores across northern England are to close. Image: Google.
A three-store furniture retailer and its sister import and wholesale business that at one time generated approaching £10 million a year in sales, are to close within days.

U.K. half-year profits declined for Magnet owner Nobia despite it picking up more trade business to counter the impact of weak retail sales.

Higher costs and impairment charges meant flooring and beds retailer United Carpets Group booked lower profits in 2018–19, despite recording higher revenue.

johnLewisCambridge
John Lewis' Cambridge store.
Summer clearance ended at John Lewis & Partners last week with the employee-owned retail chain growing total sales by 1.3 percent to £81.4 million for the seven-day period.

Designer Contracts, the multi-depot national floorcoverings supplier, has promoted five executives across the business including naming Lee Hassett as divisional director.

birleaFurnitureStrip
Birlea Furniture's Castle Donington base.
Privately-owned importer and distributor Birlea Furniture posted a third straight double-digit sales climb last year with it saying further gains on the way. Profits also rose.

Diversified Far East furniture manufacturing giant Green River Group is divesting another of its furniture factories after agreeing the sale of a majority stake in a case goods plant to Samson Holding.

MichalSzlasCEOottySleep
Otty Sleep CEO Michal Szlas, one of three finalists from the beds, bedding sector.
The founders behind three emerging companies in the mattress and bedding sectors have been shortlisted for NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

No foam or glue will be used in the production of all new mattresses going into development from now onwards, Leeds bed maker Harrison Spinks has pledged.

LondonFabricVenue2018
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea will host the event again in 2020.
The 2020 edition of BFM London Fabric, the upholstery and soft furnishings fabrics exhibition formerly called London Fabric, will take place February 25–26, 2020.

elysWimbledon
Ely's of Wimbledon is one of the flagship stores in the Morleys portfolio.
Profits jumped three-fold for independent department store group Morleys in 2018–19 after the retailer made big gains from property sales.

Harveys continued to rationalise its store portfolio in the six months to end March and has now shut 24 shops within the past two years.

Producer price inflation for mattresses widened to its highest level since the beginning of 2017 last month but, as the chart below shows, remains at a low level.

Acquisitive floorcoverings manufacturer and distributor Victoria successfully placed £330 million of senior secured notes with bond investors Friday, revealing the pricing for the first time.

manchesterShow2019wrap
Visitor numbers were in line with last year's edition.
Organisers of the Manchester Furniture Show say they will build on the event's decades of heritage, with planning for the 2020 edition next summer already underway.

emmaMattress2019
First half sales advanced 305% year-on-year, Emma said.
Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Emma says a three-fold rise in first half sales has put the bed-in-a-box business on target to hit full year U.K. sales of £45 million in 2019.

footfallGen650Hammers
June sales improved against weak comparatives with last summer.
June saw furniture retailers recover some of the revenue lost last year when Britain was going through one of the hottest summers on record.

The Government has issued its long-anticipated response to a 2016 consultation on U.K. furniture fire regulations, promising new procedures “consistent with those taken for other consumer products.” But change may be some time away.

A new-look space within Harrods and the development of its sales within other multi-brand stores outside the capital can lift revenue for Ligne Roset, the French furniture brand said in just-filed accounts.

WayfairUKphotoGrahamAtkins HughesforWayfair
Photograph: Graham Atkins-Hughes for Wayfair.
Wayfair will meet U.K. shoppers face-to-face for the first time with a new store in London. But only briefly, with the pop-up lasting for a single day.

eveSleepFw
Eve said it narrowed half-year losses, but sales also fell.
Mattress brand Eve Sleep has agreed retail partnerships with three of the biggest names in the sector as it adds to existing tie-ups and replaces exposure lost following the end of trading relations with Dreams.

Consumer price inflation for furniture eased fractionally in June as retailers passed on a softer increase to their customers.

Stressless has become the latest big-name furniture brand to open its own U.K. retail showroom, taking a heavily-trafficked unit on one of London's prime furniture shopping streets.

eveSloth
New advertising campaign goes live for Eve Sleep.
Eve Sleep has launched a new television advertising campaign and is following a well-trodden promotional path in the home goods industry, with the use of a fictional sloth.

Swan Retail, which majors in providing retail software to the furniture, garden and department store sectors, has acquired rival business Touchretail.

whitemeadow2019
Revenue climbed again for Whitemeadow.
Whitemeadow, the U.K.’s largest management-owned sofa maker, booked larger profits on higher sales in 2018 as it outperformed a declining wider market.

BedGeneric2008
Optimism among bed makers has fallen according to new data from the National Bed Federation.
Like-for-like bed sales fell 5 percent in the first quarter of 2019 according to the National Bed Federation's latest State of Trade report, though the volume fall was less severe.

furnitureWarehousing
Shipments from China were a fifth higher.
Chinese, Malaysian and Vietnamese cabinet imports climbed sharply as the latest HMRC data dump annualised against issues with container ships arriving from Asia.

Flooring manufacturer and distributor Victoria is dusting off previously-jettisoned plans to launch a corporate bond, following through on comments made last week when it released its full year results.

John Lewis & Partners' sales advanced 1.3 percent last week on the back of high double-digit fashion revenue growth which countered weaker figures elsewhere.

bedRetailGeneric2018 2
Imports of foam and sprung mattresses climbed in May, new figures show.
An upshift in the value of mattresses arriving from Denmark, home to Tempur's European manufacturing unit, helped power imports to their biggest growth since December last year.

Profits jumped at Preston based sofa covers business Plumbs as efforts going back to 2016 to prune the company's cost base continued to yield improvements.

Homewares manufacturer and distributor Portmeiron Group has agreed to buy U.S. company Nambé LLC for $12 million (£9.5m) in a cash deal that extends its reach into the North American market.

furnitureStoresSofas 2Oktouse
Footfall was scarce in June.
Out-of-town retail parks, home to many of the U.K.'s largest furniture and floorcoverings retailers, saw fractionally more people last month against a wider backdrop of decline for physical store operators.

The release of full-year results from Sports Direct International, which had been due to be published this Thursday (July 18), has been delayed.

BensonsHarveysPW Cr
Bensons maintained sales, but orders were down at Harveys.
Bensons for Beds continued to outgun its sister retailer Harveys as the U.K. household goods division of Steinhoff International Holdings narrowed losses in the six months to end March.

Belgian carpet imports declined in May for the first time since the beginning of the year. Overall arrivals were still up because of more goods shipped in from Turkey, China and India.

IKEA Industry, a manufacturing unit of the furniture retail conglomerate based out of the U.S. state of Virginia, is closing its factory there at the end of the year.

sofaProductionFarEast
Goods arriving from China are tracking well ahead of 2018.
May saw a big leap in the value of upholstery arriving from China as problems with containers arriving from the country a year ago continue to unwind.

steinhoffHQ
Euromillions: Steinhoff advisors received a bumper payout for work done in the first half of 2018–19.
Advisors to Steinhoff International Holdings were paid €82 million in fees in the six months to end March as the conglomerate continued "complex and technical work" to complete its financial restructuring and stabilise the group.

A one-off voluntary settlement with HM Revenue & Customs meant reported profits were lower at furniture and home accents wholesale giant Coach House in 2017–18. Its underlying performance continued to improve.

The failure of a customer and subdued demand weighed on sales for Scan-Thors (UK) in 2017–18, but the Yorkshire upholstery importer says it remains in a strong position to handle whatever the market throws at it.

Profits climbed at West Midlands motion furniture manufacturer Furmanac in 2017–18 after margin improvement from taking its fleet inhouse and a tax credit countered the impact of lower sales.

An aborted financing exercise that left Victoria's chairman angered by onlookers with "less than pure" motives cost the acquisitive floorcoverings group a high seven-figure sum in wasted fees.

harveysIdolCollection2019
The new Idol collection.
National furniture retailer Harveys has added a second collection in collaboration with celebrity Louise Redknapp, building on the launch of its Bold by Louise programme last September.

marksSpencerHomeInternal
M&S needs to move on at pace to address longstanding issues, CEO Steve Rowe said.
Jill McDonald, md of Clothing and Home at Marks and Spencer Group (M&S), is to leave the business, the retailer announced today.

MattressInsides
Baring its teeth: The NBF has been randomly purchasing and testing mattresses to expose and root out bad practice. This mattress didn't contain the advertised fillings.
16 of 49 mattresses, beds and headboards bought randomly and tested by the National Bed Federation (NBF) either failed flammability checks, or were borderline failures. Some didn't contain the fillings advertised.

Balta, the Belgian floorcoverings manufacturing group whose U.K. and Ireland sales number well over £100 million, has named the new head of its carpet production business.

dfsWhiteCity2018
All DFS brands delivered like-for-like growth, the retailer said.
Sofa market leader DFS said underlying gross sales have climbed by 7 percent in the year to end June, but cautioned that its progress moving forward is partly dependent on factors outside its control.

sprinksSpringsFactory
The Spinks Springs factory in Leeds.
The components arm of the Harrison Spinks mattress and bed technology group says its new spring system could redefine the beds sector in the same way bonnell springs and memory foam did years before.

The release of 2018 manufacturing data across U.K. industry by the Office for National Statistics leaves us with a complete picture of the key furniture and floorcoverings categories when combined with already-known import/export data.

fishpoolsFW
Fishpools' Waltham Cross store.
Independent retailer Fishpools built profits and cash and near-maintained sales in what it described as a 'rock solid' performance against a backdrop of trading headwinds for the retail sector.

Lieven Vandendriessche has been appointed CEO of Latexco Group, the family of Luc and Carole Maes and the board of directors have announced.

Follows transfer of stocks hitherto controlled by high-profile investment manager Neil Woodford.

Homeware retailer Dunelm Group said sales advanced in double-digits in the 13-week period to June 29 as it made the most of a weak comparative period and favourable weather.

John Lewis & Partners' sales advanced for the second straight week buoyed chiefly by higher fashion demand. Home goods also returned to growth, inching up 0.5 percent.

keithWilsonLaZBoy
Keith Wilson has been prompted to president, International at La-Z-Boy.
Former La-Z-Boy U.K. md Keith Wilson has been promoted for the second time in just over a year, becoming responsible for all non-U.S. business at the upholstery giant after being named president, International.

The independent retailer behind the MyHaus and Cult Furniture brands enjoyed bumper sales growth in 2017–18, new accounts reveal.

Consumers deferred non-essential purchases as June sales fell after annualising against strong comparatives according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).



To read the full story: