Revenue jumped double-digit for a key soft furnishings supplier to Dunelm as it supported the out-of-town home retailer's growth plans on the way to completing ten straight years of top line improvement.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) have endorsed Barker and Stonehouse's 'Let's Get Going Britain' campaign, an initiative designed to galvanise support for homegrown furniture makers.

The reintroduction of the Home Essentials brand in April has enabled cross-selling opportunities, says ecommerce and mail-order retailer N Brown Group, with it hoping to attract customers from its other brands.

Flooring franchise chain United Carpets Group says it is in advanced talks to secure additional funding but says it will have enough liquidity to see it through "this extraordinary period."

The shutdown of the leisure and hospitality industry will have a major impact on revenue says one of the sector's largest suppliers of furniture and custom-made furnishings. But lower sales didn't stop it growing profits last year.

Victoria, the diversified floorcoverings distributor and manufacturer, says U.K. and European carpet sales are rallying now lockdowns have been eased across the continent.

Nicoletti Home says there will be no summer cutoff for orders this year while the southern Italian sofa maker is to bring new products planned for the spring Salone del Mobile show to the U.K. next month for an exclusive event for its retail partners.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com has permanently closed one of the first stores it opened after it began a national rollout of shops five years ago.

Co-op Group deputy CEO Pippa Wicks has been hired to run department store chain John Lewis & Partners, the retailer has announced.

Consumer confidence for major purchases continue to claw back earlier negativity at the start of June as shoppers returned to stores as the lockdown was eased.

Higher costs meant kitchen maker Burbidge recorded a bigger deficit in the year to September 30, 2019, despite higher output and wider gross margin.

Members of the National Bed Federation (NBF) have elected David Moffitt as the next president with the trade association, as expected, also announcing its 2020 Bed Show will now not take place.

Work to complete the new state-of-the-art Lucas Furniture store in Buckinghamshire continues at pace with it targeting a summer 2020 opening.

Any major new store development offers an opportunity for fresh thinking and for reimagining what is possible from a modern-day furniture store.

One of the pioneers of British flatpack upholstery production and retail has completed an insolvent buyout following an earlier company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

Phil Reynolds, one of Europe's foremost experts on furniture regulation, standards and testing, has left his roles at FIRA International and the Furniture Industry Research Association.

The closure of an online contemporary rugs retail business has left creditors including HM Revenue & Customs with a hole in their finances.

The complex work involved in reshaping the successful and desirable parts of what was Steinhoff's U.K. furniture and bedding retail businesses is progressing now the lockdown has been eased.

Britain's furniture factories helped grease the wheels of the manufacturing economy in April despite lockdown, as companies assembled and supplied essential products.

Dan Oscroft has been promoted to sales director at upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow following the decision of longtime incumbent Paul Wesson to retire.

The owner of British kitchen companies Mark Wilkinson and Smallbone of Devizes has added prestige kitchen brand Poggenpohl to its roster of high-end businesses.

Long before Covid-19 entered the vernacular, another form of virus had a negative effect on one major general merchandise wholesaler's revenue in the 2018–19 financial year.

The multimillion pound sale of Cousins' Manchester superstore, revealed earlier this year, safeguards the future of the independent retail business and also bolsters its war chest to consider expansion.

The long-planned closure of Brintons' yarn-spinning manufacturing facility in Telford was confirmed late last week, impacting more than 70 employees.

The release of official retail sales figures for May uncover the extent to which furniture retailers have missed out during lockdown but are also revelatory for the impact of ecommerce.

May saw another huge chunk of furniture retail sales lost as companies relied almost exclusively on ecommerce. Barely a hundred shops across the country had reopened by the end of the month.

Lee Longlands & Co, the privately-owned furniture retailer with stores across the Midlands, has been placed into administration through Duff and Phelps. It continues to trade and says it remains "very much open for business."

The Thai majority shareholder of four of Britain's largest upholstery businesses has further integrated and reorganised its sofa interests as it works towards a planned U.K. stock market listing.

The owner of heritage furniture brand Heal's reorganised its structure last year in a move that means the retail trading arm is no longer responsible for tens of millions of pounds of historic liabilities. It comes amid speculation the business may be sold.

GNG Group has assembled a new team of sales agents as it prepares to unveil a vacuum-packed mattress line under its Komfi brand. It follows the earlier appointment of Stuart Hibbert as sales director for its Consumer Products Division.

Scotland's largest privately-owned furniture retailers have this week reopened their stores with new safety measures in place.

Insurers paid out for both lost stock and the gross profit from sales furniture retailer Heal's was forced to forfeit as a result of the fire that ravaged its national distribution centre just over a year ago.

Organisers have pushed back the relaunch of Design London, the rebranded event until now known as 100% Design, to September of next year.

New senior internal sales appointments at cabinet furniture brand Kettle Interiors.

Consumer furniture price inflation eased to a four-month low in May as some retailers across the country began reopening their stores.

The owner of four-store furniture retailer Alan Ward, one of the largest independent retailers in the country, has told employees that its stores will not reopen following the lockdown.

Industry insiders are hopeful that Alan Ward's flagship Shrewsbury store will remain a landmark furniture site despite the planned closure of the four-store retailer's shops.

Ecommerce sales have skyrocketed for Tempur Sealy International in the second quarter while the multinational bedding business says the early signs from third-party stockists reopening is encouraging.

Beds conglomerate Hilding Anders ill-fated ownership of Feather & Black may be over but its U.K. adventure is not, following the opening of its first Carpe Diem Beds showroom in London.

The new head of mattress brand Emma's British and Irish business says its message cut through with consumers in lockdown partly because of the absence of rivals' advertising.

Duflex Foam, the mattress manufacturing and foam division of upholstery, soft furnishings and beds group Belfield, has changed its name.

Two of Britain's heritage upholstery brands, including Wade Upholstery, could return to fight new battles despite the collapse of their former owner.

Revenue advanced for third-party logistics company Wincanton in the year to March 31, helped by the addition of new multi-year contracts in the home furnishings retail sector.

The not-for-profit organisation administering the issue of grant funding for projects that provide innovative ways for textile waste to be recycled or re-used has streamlined the application process.

In the past three months, we've heard many four-letter words used to describe the situation at Oak Furnitureland. None of them were "rich" or "list."

Shipments of sofas and mattresses arriving at U.K. ports halved in April as the two categories continue to lag compared with imports of living, dining and bedroom cabinet.

Yesterday saw the reopening of non-essential retail in England and in the coming days and weeks all the shops that plan to trade again will likely be doing so. But an opportunity — and millions of pounds of income — will have been lost, and for no good reason.

Containers arriving from the Far East prevented the total collapse in the value of carpets and rugs passing the U.K. border in April, according to new Government figures.

The Furniture Industry Research Association, the membership organisation, has published its latest Standards Summary, including details on three new standards and an appraisal on other topics affecting industry stakeholders.

Hardwood furniture and upholstery retailer Oak Furnitureland is to be bought by global investment manager Davidson Kempner Capital Management via a prepack administration process.

Paul Islip, joint managing director and co-founder of Westbridge Furniture, has left after 16 years with the North Wales upholstery manufacturer.

One of the major obstacles preventing a clean carve-up of what was Steinhoff's furniture and beds retail division is self-evident in the makeup of its estate.

Creditors are expected to approve the long-planned company voluntary arrangement (CVA) at Celebrity Motion Furniture by the end of the month, giving the rise and recline company an exit from administration.

Leeds bed maker Harrison Spinks has launched a line of quick-ship off-the-shelf mattresses for the independents sector, the first time it has offered next-day delivery.

Another of IKEA's small-format pilot stores will not reopen following the coronavirus pandemic, with it announcing the permanent shutdown of its Westfield Stratford City store.

NHS doctor and TV celebrity Dr Ranj Singh is the first sleep ambassador for national retailer Furniture Village. He will head up its new advertising campaign, which goes live this weekend.

While major groups and independents have reopened stores across England, retailers further north in Scotland have remained almost universally closed on devolved Government guidance. That is no longer the case.

A reborn Beales department store business will return this summer backed by property entrepreneur Andrew Perloff, owner of beds and upholstery group Airsprung and furniture chain AHF, and run by its former CEO.

Furniture and electricals retailer Harvey Norman shrugged off the impact of store closures in Ireland as sales growth accelerated in the period taking in the lockdown after a big shift online.

Furniture and flooring chain AHF has signed a lease to open a new store at Fosse Park, Leicester, as the retailer rebuilds its national footprint.



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