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

After market leader DFS updated last week, tomorrow attention turns to ScS, Britain's second largest upholstery retailer, which is due to file half-year numbers to January 26, 2019.

Timing is everything when it comes to examining performance in the seasonally-affected furniture sector.

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DFS plans to turn Sofology into a £300m business.
DFS, Britain's biggest sofa retailer and one of its largest manufacturers, is to leverage its vertical supply chain by producing upholstery for the Sofology chain it bought back in 2017 for the first time.

Beds specialist Dreams added to the National Bed Federation award it won last autumn by last night being named the country's leading Speciality Retailer.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS has admitted misleading customers at its Aberdeen store back in the autumn of 2017 after a nationwide Trading Standards investigation.

2017–18 profits declined sharply at Ponsford, one of the UK's largest single-store furniture retailers, after it booked lower revenue on thinner margins.

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Profits climbed at DFS in the 22 weeks to December 30, 2018.
Half-year profits advanced at DFS as the sofa market leader made the most of a buildup in sales demand after customers had deferred purchases during the exceptionally hot summer last year.

Upholstery market-leader DFS says it hopes to save £7 million a year in rent as it prepares to enter negotiations with landlords over expiring leases. It also indicated it had revised its Sofology store target.

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Maisons du Monde cashflow weakened as it invested in stock.
International furniture and home accents retailer Maisons du Monde, which has substantial eight-figure UK sales, says it can grow another 10 percent this year as it builds out its store estate.

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The Closing the Gap conference takes place Friday, April 26, 2019 at Furniture Makers' Hall, London.
A new solution to help the furniture industry close the skills gap is to be presented by The Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (Fiesta) next month.

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Yorkshire insolvency outfit appointed Kingstown Furniture administrators.
The Kingstown Furniture group, one of the UK's largest remaining volume cabinet makers, has been placed into administration and ceased production. The business is to be wound down.

Privately-owned sofa and chair maker Sherborne Upholstery built cash and saw underlying profits rise in a year where revenue was broadly flat.

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The new Warrens Evans website.
Warren Evans, the southeast England beds brand that went under in February last year, is back, this time as an online retailer with no showrooms.

John Lewis & Partners' return to home sales growth was short-lived as it posted a double-digit decline across the broad-brush category in the seven days to March 9.

The switch of financial year-end by Britain's largest upholstery retailer DFS went largely unreported, with even the odd supplier claiming to have little knowledge.

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AHF has a new head of ecommerce.
AHF, the furniture retail chain that was last year bought by Airsprung owner Andrew Perloff, has appointed experienced online retail executive Alex Broughton as its new head of ecommerce.

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Lorraine Kelly stars in new adverts with her border terrier, Angus.
Ecommerce home furnishings retailer Wayfair has launched its new UK television advertising campaign featuring ITV host and brand ambassador Lorraine Kelly.

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All change: (l–r) Eve Sleep chief brand officer Kuba Wieczorek is going part-time; CEO Jas Bagniewski left last year, CFO Abid Ismail is leaving, while COO Felix Lobkowicz has also left.
Chief financial officer Abid Ismail and chief operating officer Felix Lobkowicz are to leave Eve Sleep as the broom sweeping through the direct-to-consumer mattress company delivers more change. The departures were announced alongside 2018 results.

Profits advanced at Julian Bowen, one of Britain's largest furniture importers and wholesalers, after overhead management helped counter the impact of lower revenue.

The eponymous founder of South East beds business Warren Evans, which ceased trading in February last year, will today relaunch the brand as an ecommerce pureplay.

Direct-to-consumer mattress business Eve Sleep says its products will no longer be sold in Dreams stores or online after the two companies agreed to end the partnership.

Footfall dipped across all three principal types of physical retail destination in February though retail parks, home to many comparison goods retailers selling furniture and flooring, saw the shallowest declines.

Optimism among UK furniture makers is scarce despite a welcome reduction in cost pressures, according to new research by trade body BFM, the association for British Furniture Manufacturers.

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Eve Sleep shares fell to a new low on Friday.
It is nearly two years since direct-to-consumer mattress and ancillary sleep products company Eve Sleep successfully raised £35 million in an IPO that valued the company at about £140 million.

Kidderminster carpet maker Brintons says planned tariffs will hurt rivals while the private equity firm that bought the business in a secondary buyout has disclosed the sale price for the first time.

European sales boost for one-time owner of 26-store British upholstery retail chain Easy Living Furniture.

Italian sofa maker Natuzzi will expand its collaboration with Studio Marcel Wanders with the launch of a third new collection with the Dutch design icon inside 12 months.

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London Fabric took place Mar. 4–5, 2019.
BFM, the lead trade association for British furniture makers, says its two-day London Fabric exhibition covered all bases this week with it getting praise from both exhibitors and visitors.

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Mimosa medium sofa, part of the new Orla Kiely upholstered furniture collection being launched at Barker and Stonehouse. Inset: Orla Kiely.
Privately-owned retailer Barker and Stonehouse is launching the first-ever upholstered furniture collection from Orla Kiely after agreeing an exclusive partnership with the renowned print designer.

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John Lewis & Partners profits declined in 2018–19
Department store chain John Lewis & Partners will overhaul its furniture offer in the next year after saying its best performing product categories in the past 12 months were those where it had invested the most.

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Sports Direct is a major shareholder in Debenhams.
Sports Direct International will try and oust all bar one of Debenhams' directors and install its chief executive Mike Ashley to the department store chain's board under incendiary plans to seize management control.

Designer kitchenware business Joseph Joseph enjoyed double-digit sales growth in 2017–18 after a spike in demand for its trendy products in overseas markets. Though margins narrowed, the company still cleared 14 percent net.

Wayfair customers in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will no longer have to pay to have furniture delivered after the fast-expanding ecommerce retailer extended its free delivery service to all parts of the UK.

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From left: Richard Newman (regional debt financing at HSBC), Mark Jones (partner of Jasmin Advisory LLP, who advised Hammonds), Mark Hammonds (group director at Hammonds), Richard Hammonds (group CEO at Hammonds) and Graham Mold (head of growth capital at Frontier Development Capital)
Hammonds Furniture chairman Richard Hammonds has become group CEO after leading a long-planned management buyout at the £85 million turnover fitted furniture vertical.

Belgian foam conglomerate Recticel grappled weaker demand in the upholstery and bedding sectors in 2018 but its non-furniture related business insulated its bottom line.

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Clare Taylor has joined Breasley Group as head of marketing.
East Midlands mattress maker and foam converter Breasley Group has appointed Clare Taylor as head of marketing, saying the creation of the new role was sparked by its fast expansion.

United Carpets Group, the flooring and beds retail chain, says profits could fall more than 60 percent in 2018–19 as it reconciles tough trading conditions with the need to spend more supporting franchisees.

Creditors of kitchen furniture maker Richmond Cabinet Company will take a hefty haircut on outstanding debts unless KPMG can procure a substantial bid for the company or its assets.

Carpet equipment manufacturer Sellers Global Engineers has been placed into administration with insolvency practitioners planning to trade the business with a view to finding a going-concern buyer.

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Balta is one of the world's largest carpet companies with the UK a major market.
Belgian carpet maker Balta says it remains committed to the UK market despite suffering a fall in sales here through 2018 and being unable to pass on rising costs amid intense competition.

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Monoqi.co.uk is the retailer's dedicated UK ecommerce asset.
Investors have snapped up the assets of Monoqi, the European furniture etailer that operates a dedicated UK sales channel and which bought selected parts of MyDeco four years ago.

Home merchandise returned to growth at John Lewis & Partners last week with the department store chain benefiting from better weather compared to the same period last year.

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Headlam first announced plans to build the Ipswich facility back in the autumn of 2014.
Headlam's long-held desire to build a new regional distribution centre in the East of England will finally come to fruition after the flooring giant received planning approval and acquired land for the site in February.

Former Aspinal, Mulberry and LVMH director Lisa Montague has been appointed CEO at luxury furnishings group Walker Greenbank. The post had been vacant since John Sachs' departure last autumn.

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As we reported February 22, House of Fraser is heading to Ireland for the first time. It will also open five other new concessions inside the department store chain nationwide. Image: HoF.
Upholstery vertical Sofa.com will take the number of concessions inside House of Fraser stores to 14 with the addition of a further six spaces in the weeks ahead.

SCP, the modern furniture maker and retailer founded by Sheridan Coakley back in 1985, is expanding with the opening of a second London retail store.

Findel, the circa £500 million turnover home shopping business, could become the latest addition to Mike Ashley's retail empire after Sports Direct International said it was bidding for the Manchester based company.

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Uncertainty hit spending in February according to the BRC.
Britain's leading retail membership group has delivered a bearish assessment of February trade, claiming furniture sales suffered amid uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

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Hourstons was once part of the House of Fraser estate.
Hourstons, a Scottish department store with a furniture department selling upholstery, cabinet and beds, has ceased trading and been placed into liquidation.

Top line growth returns for North West decorative lighting supplier.

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Lee Longlands returned to profit in 2017–18.
Furniture retailer Lee Longlands generated cash and returned to profit in 2017–18 ahead of moves to reconfigure its store network with the closure of its physical Furniture Barn units.

Carpetright, Britain's biggest floorcoverings retailer, has hired Jeremy Maxwell, who has held senior posts across the home improvement retail sector, as group commercial director.

Cafom, the French owner of the Habitat brand outside the UK, said the Gilets Jaunes movement has had a seven-figure impact on performance, but not enough to prevent its underlying business from growing.

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Beter Bed closed a net 150 Matratzen Concord stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
A mid-year decision to cut store numbers cost the Dutch based mattress retailer Beter Bed Holding heavily as it booked a €23.3 million net loss for 2018.

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All the new Homesense stores will be co-located with sister chain TK Maxx.
Off-price furniture and homeware retailer Homesense will add a store a week for a month this spring as it takes its UK estate beyond 70 units.

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Steinhoff UK household goods sales fell double-digit though the decline was less severe on a like-for-like store basis.
Store closures contributed to a double-digit sales decline for the division housing Bensons for Beds and Harveys in the three months to December 31, its parent company said in a trading update.

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TCM Corp acquired a majority position in Alstons in 2015.
TCM Corp, the Far East majority owner of UK sofa makers Ashley Manor and Alstons, posted bigger profits at its British upholstery unit after revenue growth through 2018.

The Original Factory Shop, the value department store business that agreed a CVA with creditors last autumn, has bolstered its management team with two senior C-Suite hires.

A greater number of people believe now is the right time to splash out on big-ticket items such as furniture according to the latest Consumer Confidence Index figures from GfK.

Burnley bed manufacturer and furniture distributor Sweet Dreams aims to build its business in the Republic of Ireland after engaging Declan McCarville as sales agent.