Variety goods retailer B&M expects to scale up its programme of furniture and homewares, already a multimillion pound category for the chain.

The entry into the U.K. of RH, the high-end furniture and lifestyle retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, is a drum we have been banging for some time, first reporting its plans back in November 2017.

The retail and wholesale sector has furloughed more employees than any other U.K. industry since the Government launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The U.K. arrival of U.S. high-end furniture and lifestyle retailer RH, formerly Restoration Hardware, continues to loom into view though its London gallery could be the second of its English properties to open.

Trading in the early weeks after lockdown has given ecommerce giant Very Group — one of the country's largest retailers of furniture — hope of arresting an earlier home category sales slide over its full financial year.

The pandemic will poke a hole in the profits of major soft furnishings supplier SMD Group in 2020 but will not lead to it recording a deficit, the company said.

Ecommerce floorcoverings retailer U.K. Flooring Direct bounced back into the black in its latest financial period after a leap in pro-rata demand.

The U.K. exit of Casper Sleep will come earlier than forecast while the mattress company's departure from European shores has attracted the interest of lawyers specialised in class action lawsuits.

IKEA says its Bromley planning studio, one of several pilot formats being run by the home and garden retailer across Britain, will not reopen.

A shift in consumer behaviour during lockdown has prompted Portmeirion, the tableware, dining, gifts and home fragrances manufacturer, to look to boost its ecommerce business.

The managing director of Stocktons, one of the country's largest retailers of modern furniture, says it is considering all available avenues as it progresses long-established plans for its Manchester store.

Blue Group, the business formed when Steinhoff divested its U.K. furniture and bed operations, has confirmed the departure of Paul Little from its bed manufacturing unit.

The U.S. parent company of Leesa Sleep is the largest creditor of the now-defunct British arm of the direct-to-consumer mattress operation, whose U.K. exit we first revealed early May.

A third of mattresses and headboards randomly tested by The National Bed Federation (NBF) either flunked flammability requirements or were borderline failures — a similar outcome to when the trade association carried out the same exercise last year.

Durham Bed Centre, a chain of inexpensive mattress stores based largely in the North East, is to add two new units as it expands beyond its heartlands.

Furniture retailer JYSK says it wants to drive environmental change throughout the business, and has hired a dedicated sustainability manager for the first time in its history.

Blue Group, the owner of furniture retail chain Harveys, has reacted to trade claims regarding the future shape of its Harveys' store network and updated on the emergence of the group's retail estate out of lockdown.

The company behind East of England furniture and homeware retailer Aldiss said it entered its 2019–20 year with a bigger order book, putting it on track to grow for a third straight year before the pandemic struck.

National flooring retailer Tapi Carpets agreed millions of pounds in new borrowing as part of an earlier-signposted funding round that saw shareholders subscribe for new equity.

Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Simba Sleep said it sold more online in May in the U.K. than in any other month in its history.

Floorcoverings supplier Designer Contracts has relocated to a new head office in Chesterfield, a building four times the size of its predecessor.

Burnley manufacturer Sweet Dreams (Nelson) has appointed Jon Prince as its new sales agent for South West England and South Wales.

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) has become the latest trade association to join the Furniture and Interiors Education, Skills and Training Alliance (Fiesta).

The future of HTL International, the Far East producer responsible for manufacturing one in every 150 sofas estimated to be sold in Britain each year, has moved a step closer to a positive resolution.

The managing director of sofa maker Buoyant Upholstery has praised retailers for helping money flow through the supply chain as the Lancashire company prepares to resume production.

Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Emma has appointed a new country lead for the U.K. and Ireland, with the previous incumbent given a new brief to drive its business in Asia.

The reopening of some furniture stores contributed to a third straight improvement in consumer confidence for big-ticket goods, but the score remains at a historically low level.

A furniture retailer forced to close one of its four Kent stores after the local council bought it for redevelopment has found a new site in Ashford and will then add a fifth showroom in the county.

City planners have rubber-stamped plans by IKEA to open an order-and-collect store at Peterborough, part of a 585,000sqft warehouse extension project.

The consultation process between Silentnight group and employees at its dedicated Sealy factory has been extended further into the summer, ahead of the plant's proposed closure.

The U.K. Government has formally launched its Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme, which will protect furniture suppliers in the case of customer default and boost confidence along supply chains.

Tariffs on the imports of selected furniture products into the U.K. will be reduced from January 1, 2021, making them cheaper to buy for distributors and retailers.

Having gleaned millions out of the foam supply sector in a confidential settlement, the insolvency practitioner handling the continued fallout from the 2011 takeover of Britain's biggest bed maker has a new target for legal action.

Lightmakers, the company behind the multinational Light & Living wholesale brand, has acquired the business and assets of Gloucestershire home accents and décor supplier Parlane International.

Samson Holding, the Far East furniture conglomerate that ran case goods distributor Willis & Gambier for 11 years until spring 2019, has disclosed the price achieved for the sale of its U.K. company assets.

Recliner giant La-Z-Boy said it will reduce its global workforce by 10 percent including the closure of its Newton, Mississippi upholstery factory as part of plans to realign its resources for the post Covid-19 era.

National retailer Wren Kitchens is to open 12 more stores before the year is out, starting with four new openings over the summer.

The venture debt provider that backed the 2017 buyout of Lombok faces an almost complete loss of its investment following the March collapse of the East-inspired furniture retailer, its third insolvency in a little over a decade.

The biggest factory in the JDP Furniture Group was deprived of a seven-figure sum by the collapse of retailer Laura Ashley, precipitating its own demise just a few days later.

An associate of East/Colonial inspired furniture retailer Lombok acquired selected assets prior to its operating company folding earlier this year, but the brand's trading name and other intellectual property remains up for grabs.

Creditors of the three-store retailer Indigo Furniture face a forecast deficit of £1.1 million on sums outstanding from the company, according to new statutory filings.

Privately-owned bed maker Hypnos says it will have fulfilled all outstanding orders by the end of June having returned to production last month.

High-level responsibility for furniture and homewares retailer Habitat has evolved again following the departure of James Brown as commercial director at the brand's parent company Sainsbury's.

Bensons for Beds has begun reopening a small number of its shops, starting with a phased relaunch of stores in the North, as more retailers across the country begin physical trading again.

The new owner of The Conran Shop agreed to pay all third-party debt as part of the spring takeover of the designer furniture and homewares retail business, but won't have to discharge intra-group liabilities.

Multiple share issues net growth funds for VC-backed direct-to-consumer Gloucestershire based bedding retailer and wholesaler.

Global furniture retailer JYSK will today enter the Russian market for the first time, opening the first of four planned stores this year.

One of the world's biggest companies plans to recycle the foam from end-of-life beds, turning it into new polyurethane products including, potentially, brand new mattresses.

Bedroom and home office furniture company Sharps continued to find revenue growth in the first quarter of 2020 despite the final weeks of the period being hit by the pandemic and Government-mandated store closures.

There can be little doubt the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has, in the near-term, saved thousands of jobs across the U.K. furniture industry after the Government mandated the closure of non-essential retail stores late March.

Leeds bed and mattress fillings manufacturer Harrison Spinks says it has this week resumed manufacturing on a safe and reduced scale.

FIRA International, the Stevenage based furniture services provider, says its FIRA Service Technicians team is to begin a phased resumption of in-home customer visits.

Topps Tiles, the U.K.'s largest wall and floor tile retailer, will boost near-term liquidity with a sale and leaseback deal for its Leicester head office and central warehouse.

Rise and recline chair maker Celebrity Motion Furniture will reopen its factory today (June 1) after work behind the scenes to make the facility safe, and to restructure the business.

Lawyers and advisors involved in the sale of the Breasley mattress production and foam conversion group to newly-formed companies will earn more than £590,000 combined for their work during and before the insolvency of the East Midlands business.

The new owner of the mattress and beds division of Breasley agreed a £300,000 deal to acquire the Ilkeston based business, administrator Duff & Phelps has said in a new report for creditors.

The biggest impact on furniture suppliers from the collapse of Brighthouse looks to be the potential loss of future business, according to a new report by administrator Grant Thornton.

The hoped-for buyout of Breasley's foam conversion operation by the Crowshaw family was completed mid-May, the administrator has said.

Dunelm has opened its debut high street small-format store with the launch of its new Dunelm Edit fascia in Sussex. Plans for the new unit were first reported a month ago.

General merchandise retailer B&M European Value Retail (B&M) said it enjoyed strong revenue growth in DIY and gardening categories in the first eight weeks of its new financial year.



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