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

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.

Third quarter product sales fell for the company behind the home shopping retailers JD Williams, Simply Be and Jacamo, but the overall revenue fall was lower because of extra income from financial services.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is calling on companies across the beds supply chain to participate in a survey that will inform future planning policy with regard to used mattresses and improving recycling rates.

John Lewis & Partners sold more big-ticket goods like furniture and floorcoverings last week as overall sales across the department store chain inched forward on an annual basis.

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The Santeramo-in-Colle company celebrates 60 years in 2019
Italian upholstery giant Natuzzi will roll out more dedicated Natuzzi Editions stores in Britain by the spring as it follows the launch of the first two units here on Boxing Day.

Ercol, the British furniture maker that celebrates its centenary next year, has added a second international showroom with a permanent display at Design Post in Cologne, Germany.

Headlam, Europe's largest floorcoverings distributor, is building inventory of best-selling products as it looks to minimise disruption from Britain's planned EU exit.

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Marks & Spencer is closing stores, envisaging more of its clothing and home business being conducted online in the future.
Retail giant Marks & Spencer has disclosed a further 17 towns and cities where stores are earmarked for closure, part of its ongoing programme to downsize its physical shop presence.

Ecommerce home furnishings giant Wayfair will add around 200 new jobs in Lutterworth with its move to a larger distribution centre on the edge of the Leicestershire town.

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Imports climbed from all the main supply sources
The value of mattresses imported into Britain in November 2018 was higher than any other month in history, new figures show.

ACL 2002, a West Midlands sofa maker supplying retailers including ScS, achieved record sales for the third consecutive year in 2017–18. Profits fell because of rising costs.

Belgium, the biggest source of overseas-made carpets sold in Britain, continued to flounder despite a second straight rise in overall carpet imports into Britain according to late-2018 data.

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Shop Direct's corporate HQ in Liverpool
Shop Direct, the ecommerce giant behind the Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.com brands, said its furniture and homeware category returned to growth over the festive season.

Department store retailer House of Fraser has closed its store at Shrewsbury for the final time as new owners continue to reconfigure the retailer's portfolio.

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Chinese sofa imports climbed along with Italy
Britain's retailers and wholesalers upped upholstery stocks ahead of the festive season with Chinese and Italian products behind the bulk of the uplift.

Tempur Sealy International has agreed to provide debtor-in-possession finance to one of its major customers in the U.S after the retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Fewer shoppers ventured into UK stores in December — a thirteenth straight year-on-year slide — but the fall was softer than feared, according to new figures.

New product line consists wholly of reusable materials, European mattress maker says ahead of launch.

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John Lewis Partnership is Britain's largest employee-owned business
Partners at the department store chain John Lewis face the possibility of a bonus-free year for the first time since the 1950s. But not paying might end up being more costly.

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Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa at Polmont will host the February 19–20, 2019 event, which takes in products spanning fabrics, wallcoverings, furniture, lighting, flooring and accessories.
The 12th edition of the Scottish Interiors Showcase, which brings together 80 suppliers representing 150 leading interior design brands, is scheduled to take place next month.

Independent furniture retailer NCF Furnishings says it will return to growth in 2018–19, after reconfiguring its store network and investing heavily in stock depleted sales and cash last year.

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Godfrey Syrett majors in supplying contract furniture to clients such as Nottingham University
Godfrey Syrett, the circa £29 million North East furniture maker specialised in serving contract clients, has been placed into administration and ceased trading.

Furniture makers that are concerned about the potential impact of a disorderly departure from the European Union should be taking preparatory action now, according to the lead trade association representing UK manufacturers.

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Management change at the Bideford manufacturer and distributor
Devonshire, one of Britain's largest remaining freestanding cabinet furniture makers and importers, has promoted Andy Waddell to md, replacing its founder and co-owner.

Chief executive Hamish Paton is to leave rent-to-own furniture and electricals retailer BrightHouse for a new role, sparking a search for a successor.

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Debenhams' two most senior officials have been voted off the board
Debenhams' chairman Sir Ian Cheshire and CEO Sergio Bucher were today (Jan. 10) voted off the board by shareholders in a move that could impact existing plans for a solvent turnaround of the business.

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Stevenage was Debenhams' top performing store
Debenhams said it "reinstated some tactical promotional activity in order to be competitive" as it narrowed the pace of sales decline over the Christmas period.

DFS chief financial officer Nicola Bancroft is to step down from full-time executive duties, sparking a recruitment process for her successor.

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DFS says it benefitted from latent consumer demand towards the end of 2018
DFS said sales advanced as all its brands delivered growth in the five months to December 30, with the sofa market leader adding that history suggests it will take advantage of any market turmoil.

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Clothing and home sales declined in M&S' third quarter
Clothing and home sales declined mid-single digits for Marks and Spencer in the retailer's third quarter as it upped the pace of store closures and reconfigured its non-food strategy.

High-end bed maker Vispring has laid the groundwork for widespread sales growth overseas after agreeing a formal distribution contract with France's largest bedding retailer.

The companies shortlisted for The Furniture Awards 2019, the winners of which will be announced at the January Furniture Show later this month, have been named.

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Hayche is launching an equity crowdfunding campaign
Hayche, the furniture company led by a well-known former Made.com and Marks & Spencer buyer, is equity crowdfunding and is encouraging people from across the trade to take part.

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Willis & Gambier's Peterborough home until 2016
Samson Holding would consider selling either the Willis & Gambier brand or the entire UK warehousing operation, its finance director has said.

Dwell founder Aamir Ahmad says he decided to step down as CEO to focus on new group projects, with the furniture retailer's parent DFS hiring from outside the sector for his successor.

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Argos added more units inside Sainsbury's stores
J Sainsbury, parent to Argos and Habitat, claims it has made market share gains across general merchandise categories despite a fall in sales in the run-up and immediate aftermath of Christmas.

John Lewis & Partners kicked off 2019 with double-digit sales growth on the back of rising sales across all three of its main categories. Home returned to growth after five straight declines.

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Willis & Gambier is one of Britain's most storied furniture brands
Far East furniture conglomerate Samson Holding has announced the planned closure of its Peterborough based case goods division Willis & Gambier, citing "challenging market conditions with little sign of clarity."

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Expanded remit for Tempur UK md
Tempur Sealy International has appointed the head of its Tempur UK operation to a newly-created position.

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Sales advanced again for The Conran Shop's UK retail operation, which takes in its fast-growing ecommerce business as well as stores at Chelsea, Marylebone High Street and Selfridges.
Higher costs offset rising output at The Conran Shop as the furniture and design retailer booked a wider loss on higher sales in 2017–18.

The main trading arm of Seconique, one of the UK's biggest furniture importers, made revenue gains as it moved to its new West Midlands home.

The future of longtime kitchen furniture maker Richmond Cabinet Company is uncertain after the company was placed into administration before Christmas. A newco has been granted a licence to complete orders.

Kitchen maker Uform has become the latest beneficiary of the prolific bank-backed investor BGF, which has bought a minority stake in the Northern Ireland based company.

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Dunelm managed to transition sales from its now-closed Worldstores business to its main dot com website while store sales benefitted from reserve and collect orders.
Sales growth accelerated for Dunelm in the retailer's second quarter as it managed to transition sales from its now-closed Worldstores brands to its main website. It also said the failure of the main Fogarty licensee will impact profits.

Annie Mo's, the longstanding Aberdeen headquartered furniture retailer, has opted not to renew the lease on its second store, at Glasgow.

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JYSK has named the locations of its first four Irish stores, all of which will be open by the summer of this year.
Danish value furniture retailer JYSK, which last year announced plans to launch in Ireland, has named the locations of its first four stores in the country, three of which will be opening in the spring.

New hire at floorcoverings contractor.

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The first Silentnight concession is slated for North London
Silentnight, Britain's biggest bed maker, is to expand distribution further after signing an agreement to open concessions inside home improvement chain Homebase.

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The White Company sells mattresses, sofas and case goods as part a diversified interiors offer
Bedroom, home and fashion retailer The White Company built out sales last year but profits fell because of upfront costs expanding two of its international businesses.

Profits at the diversified interiors group Designers Guild Corporation fell in 2017–18 as higher costs negated the impacted of an increase in output driven by international revenue growth.

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Parlane has been delivering home accessories and gifts to trade buyers for nearly 50 years. Inset: Parlane co-directors Mike and Caroline Burgess.
Kent furniture and interiors group Gallery Direct has agreed to buy Parlane International in a deal that combines two of the UK's biggest home accents supply brands.

The clicks-to-bricks retailer behind the FlooringSuperstore.com brand built revenue momentum in 2017–18 as it added new stores to the trial unit launched two years ago.

New hire at And So To Bed, the high-end bedding chain with stores nationwide.

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AHF changed hands in July last year
Sales fell, margins narrowed and losses widened at retailer Anglia Home Furnishings (AHF) ahead of the change of ownership that secured its future last summer.

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Full price sales advanced for Next pre-Christmas despite lower instore activity
Rising online sales countered lower store activity at general retailer Next with its Christmas trading update underlining the widening channel shift at the furniture-to-fashion chain.

Heimtextil launch for performance fabrics maker hoping to woo upholstery companies across Europe.

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The range provides the consumer with a heat-regulating and breathable mattress using cashmere, wool and silk
Sleepeezee's Natural Collection has been named the inaugural winner of the Bedding Product of the Year category by Harvey Norman Ireland at the retailer's annual awards ceremony.

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John Lewis sales were just over £144 million last week
John Lewis & Partners' home categories ended 2018 on a low note while fashion and electrical items meant the retailer's overall business closed the year out on a high.

The winter sale period is well under way and the usual flurry of furniture-related adverts are promising benefits aplenty across British television screens. But something is different this year.

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Sales were up by a fifth at Kingstown Furniture (pictured) but fell at the group's larger Consort division
Bedroom and living room cabinet maker and distributor Kingstown slipped to a 2017–18 loss after sales fell sharply at its largest business unit Consort Furniture, which supplies major UK retailers.