The latest industry news and analysis—across all categories—listed in chronological order, with the most recent articles first.

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Glasswells' new-look carpet department at Bury St Edmunds.
Glasswells, one of Britain's largest independent home furnishings retailers, has opened its remodelled carpet department as it continues its Bury St Edmunds store refurbishment.

Wayfair, the fast-expanding home furnishings etailer, has launched its first major television advertising campaign in Germany as it looks to scale its business there.

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Sofa.com owner LGT European Capital has been looking for a buyer for the upholstery vertical.
Sports Direct International, parent to House of Fraser and a growing roster of retail brands, was left in prime position to acquire Sofa.com after rival bidder ScS Group exited the process.

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Fogarty Filled Products' Lincolnshire HQ
The legacy Lincolnshire manufacturer of Fogarty filled bedding owed creditors more than £10 million when it filed for insolvency and ceased trading last year, with HM Revenue & Customs and Far East suppliers among those owed most.

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Lars Larsen (inset), the eponymous owner of the group that owns retailers including JYSK and ILVA, two furniture chains with differing UK fortunes.
Lars Larsen Group, parent to Scandinavian furniture chains JYSK and ILVA, booked record profits of 3.6 billion Danish kroner (£421m) in 2017–18.

Clicks-to-bricks upholstery manufacturer and retailer Sofa.com will not become part of the ScS Group, the UK's second largest upholstery retailer said today.

Maisons du Monde, the French furniture and home accents retailer with a growing UK multichannel business, said sales continued to march late last year despite anti-Government protests hitting consumer expenditure.

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London Fabric takes place March 4–5, 2019 at Stamford Bridge
OAL (Occupation Awards) and LTS (Lancashire Testing Services) are among the new sponsors of this year's edition of London Fabric, which takes place later this spring.

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Big-ticket sentiment was unchanged in January
Consumer confidence was unchanged in January as fears over the economy were countered by improving sentiment regarding personal finances.

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Like-for-like order intake climbed in past six months
ScS said same-store orders at its core brand advanced in the past six months with the business primed to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

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Ena Shaw will launch its Tru Living brand at next month's Spring Fair event (Feb. 3–7, 2019)
Privately-owned window dressings manufacturer Ena Shaw will next month introduce Tru Living, a new home furnishings brand for its independent retail customers.

Dewsbury manufacturer Shire Beds has formed a headboard-making unit within its West Yorkshire factory after deciding to take production in house.

MattressOnline, one of Britain's largest online pureplays, says it is on track to return to growth in 2018–19 with its focus on margins and working smarter.

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ScS confirmed its interest in Sofa.com yesterday.
How much do you think Sofa.com is worth, someone once very close to ScS asked us at the January Furniture Show last week? In hindsight, that question was either extremely prescient or heavily-loaded.

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Home sales were down in eight of the past nine weeks.
John Lewis & Partners approached the end of its 2018–19 financial year with a third straight weekly home sales decline, with only fashion of its main product categories lifting against year-earlier trade.

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LGT is seeking a new owner for Sofa.com
ScS says it is in talks to acquire the business and assets of Sofa.com, the clicks-to-bricks upholstery vertical. It is reportedly competing with Mike Ashley's Sports Direct International.

The privately-owned UK distributor of Stompa, the heritage Scandinavian kids furniture brand, booked sizeable profits and cash gains in 2017–18.

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Platinum Event 2019 takes place June 22, 2019
Associated Carpet Group (ACG), a buying group for privately-owned floorcoverings retailers, will host the second edition of its Platinum Event later this summer.

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Upholstery and beds throughput was up but the overall furniture category declined.
The value of furniture supplier invoices processed through Associated Independent Stores' Cenpac paying agent — a barometer for the health of big-ticket sales among elite privately-owned retailers — declined last year.

Furniture, flooring and department store retailers belonging to the Associated Independent Stores group shared a new record rebate in 2017–18.

Bed manufacturing giant Tempur Sealy International and Mattress Firm, which was until 2017 its largest customer, have agreed to a stay of proceedings in their ongoing legal dispute.

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Wesley Barrell now trades from ten showrooms
Wesley Barrell, the high-end upholstery maker and retailer headquartered at Witney in Oxfordshire, has further downsized its retail showroom network.

High-end upholstery business Kingcome Sofas posted double-digit growth in first half sales after it delivered its strong order book going into the period.

Javier Quiñones, appointed IKEA UK and Ireland country manager last summer, has been named as the successor to the head of the global retailer's operation in the USA in a move that has implications for its British-based business.

Parliamentarians lauded the contribution of Britain's furniture manufacturing industry on the economy and debated issues impacting the sector in a Westminster Hall debate last week.

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Maggie Throup MP, says Long Eaton sofa manufacturers that may be displaced by High Speed 2 (HS2) need to be financially supported.
Upholstery companies in Long Eaton that face being railroaded out of their factories by High Speed 2 (HS2) routing need assurances over their future and must be allowed to relocate within the strategically-important NG10 postcode area.

Challenging market conditions prompted a double-digit fall in sales for Asiatic Carpets, one of Britain's largest rug distributors, in the year to March 31, 2018.

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The Eve Mattress as offered by Dreams, the UK national beds specialist
National beds specialist Dreams says it will make the Eve mattress line available on its website again with both parties currently in discussions over the commercial terms of their partnership.

Decorative Panels Furniture, the West Yorkshire ready-to-assemble furniture kit maker, returned to sales growth in 2017–18 after a decline the previous year.

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Hastings based B&S Upholstery supplied two well-known retailers
The state is the biggest creditor of B&S Upholstery, the South Coast sofa maker that traded as Billy & Slouch and additionally supplied household names with upholstery on a white-label basis.

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Household goods sales topped £110m last year
Ecommerce and mail-order retailer Studio posted double-digit sales growth in the final three months of 2018 while home goods have gained traction in the early weeks of this year.

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Some of the cash raised is earmarked for advertising
Channel 4 has agreed to take equity in mattress and ancillary products brand Eve Sleep in lieu of payments for television advertising spend with the broadcaster.

IKEA, the world's biggest furniture retailer, will this spring open a first city-centre store in the French capital as it continues to experiment with reimagined store formats.

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Lisa Broad joined Ashley Manor earlier this month
Lisa Broad, in her second week at Ashley Manor after leaving national furniture retailer Harveys, says the switch to manufacturing will enable her to pursue her passion for upholstery.

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Alexander & James' NEC stand won plaudits
Upholstery business Alexander & James is to open a showroom in Bangkok, Thailand, as the British brand boosts its international presence in the Far East.

Department store chain House of Fraser has walked back a decision to close four shopping centre stores after cutting a deal with Intu, the retail property company.

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Phil Reynolds, director at the Furniture Industry Research Association, is pictured on the right of each picture with ACL 2002's Danielle Watts and Mobus' Ian Bostock.
Sofa maker ACL 2002 and fabrics supplier Mobus have achieved Certified Company status under the Furniture Industry Research Association Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture.

John Lewis & Partners has announced the planned closure of Knight & Lee in Southsea, the smallest full line shop in the department store chain's estate.

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David Payling has joined Furniture Village
David Payling, the longtime DFS executive who joined Furniture Village this week, says sales are his main strength and he can help the 52-store national retailer drive top line growth.

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Hartman has launched into the indoor sector
Hartman UK, known for its outdoor furniture ranges, has entered the indoor furniture category for the first time with launches made at the January Furniture Show this week.

G Plan cabinet ranges will hit British retail shop floors this summer for the first time since Sofa Brands International reacquired the brand rights to case goods back in 2015.

Upholstery market leader DFS has extended the breadth of its Joules-branded upholstery series, as well as launching a new product into the collection.

Home goods were down for the second straight week at John Lewis & Partners as the department store chain relied on fashion lines to inch ahead of last year overall.

Furniture wholesaler Content by Terence Conran swung back to profit in 2017–18 as wider gross margin offset the impact of falling sales.

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The Beter Bed group, operator of formats including Matratzen Concord, said back in 2017 it had seen reduced footfall as a result of foam supply issues.
Beter Bed Holding, the multi-format mattress retailer with over 1,000 stores across Europe, is taking legal action against the chemicals giant that was at the centre of foam supply issues back in 2017.

British case goods importers shipped in fewer goods ahead of peak Christmas trading with falls from all bar one of the leading source nations.

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Bazaar Group's Northumberland base and the new Wave sofa from its just-launched Ayla brand
"We're probably the biggest furniture manufacturer you've never heard of," says Mark Dolder, md of a North East seating company launching into the retail market with the introduction of the Ayla brand this week.

John Lewis & Partners operations director Dino Rocos is to leave after 43 years with the department store retailer. He will retire at the end of May 2019.

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B&S Upholstery's Hastings factory
Hastings sofa maker B&S Upholstery is to be liquidated a little over a year after it emerged from the embers of what was once one of Britain's busiest upholstery factories.

Mattress and bed retailers ended 2018 on a high as the value of sales in December topped £200 million for the first time, a record high for a single month.

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Marshall Mattress employs 35 people and is based in Toronto
Flex, the £300 million bedding group that owns And So To Bed and Vispring, has agreed to buy Canadian bed maker Marshall Mattress from its private shareholders.

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Parker Knoll's Collection 150 range won the upholstery section
Judges named the winners of The Furniture Awards at the NEC today (Jan. 20) with Parker Knoll — celebrating its 150th year in 2019 — among the winners.

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Sofology is introducing 30 new ranges this year
Upholstery chain Sofology has further reshaped its management team with one of the industry's best-known buyers returning to the business in a more senior role.

Embattled department store retailer Debenhams has begun talks with landlords with a view to cutting its rent bill, according to the Financial Times.

European furniture etailer Home24 said a record Black Friday event meant it hit full year order targets in 2018 but revenue will be lower than forecast after some deliveries were delayed until January.

Beds and furniture group Airsprung has invested £250,000 acquiring new machinery for its Cavendish Upholstery and Swanglen business units, underscoring its commitment to the upholstery and headboard sectors.

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Sofa.com's Polish upholstery factory
When Sofa.com debt-holder LGT European Capital took over the equity element of the upholstery vertical last year there was perhaps only ever one certainty.

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Likewise is aiming to consolidate the distribution sector of the floorcoverings market
Likewise, the new business led by former Headlam directors Tony Brewer and Andrew Simpson, has raised equity finance as it looks to build a floorcoverings group of 'meaningful' size and scale.

Direct-to-consumer mattress business Emma says it racked up nearly £10 million in sales in the UK in the fourth quarter of 2018, with one of its co-founders forecasting consolidation in the sector in the near-term.

Furniture retailers discounted at deeper levels in December according to new official data but price pressures further down the supply chain threaten to push costs up.