Furniture retailer Made.com Group (MADE) ended the first half with an outsized order book as high demand combined with extended lead times. Foreign exchange and freight cost inflation narrowed margins.

Upholstery shipments jumped by half at the beginning of the second period of 2021 as the sofa sector continued to grab an outsized share of container availability.

Sofa and carpets retailer ScS has partnered interior designer and TV star Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, introducing a new upholstery programme across its stores and online.

Gains in textile floorcoverings imports were pared back at the start to the second half of 2021 as the carpet trade annualised the resumption of trade after the first lockdown last year.

Local planning officials have reaffirmed approval for a Designer Outlet in Grantham incorporating a new Downtown at Home store, almost four years since plans were first submitted.

Record levels of furniture are being despatched out of British factories but nowhere near enough to satisfy demand and bring lead times down to historical norms.

When the Prime Minister announced the first lockdown back in March last year the fear across the British furniture industry was palpable. Thick red lines were drawn through expense budgets and manufacturers up and down the country prepared for an unwanted game of who could hold their breath for longest.

Furniture brand Timothy Oulton will grow its retail footprint in central London after agreeing a lease in the neighbourhood bridging the city's financial and creative communities.

Wincanton, the fulfilment partner to brands including IKEA, Loaf and Snug, has acquired logistics company Cygnia from private equity in a deal worth £23.9 million. It has also hired a new md for its Digital and eFulfilment business division.

Accountants have signposted the increased output of an emerging bed manufacturer in just-filed financial statements for the Birmingham-based company.

The U.K. might in time become a billion dollar market for RH, the luxury furniture retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, but its CEO has put a more conservative range on its first-year potential.

IKEA will make its biggest financial and strategic investment in British city centres yet with the acquisition of the long leasehold to the building housing the former Topshop flagship store in central London, according to reports.

Harrison Spinks has unveiled the first of what will become an annual Sustainability Report, highlighting initiatives it says have kept the business at the vanguard of sustainable bed making for years.

BFM, the trade association for British furniture manufacturers, says the BFM Fabric Show London will return next year, taking place in the week commencing March 7.

Strong sales of general merchandise products have negated the need to discount and will result in better-than-expected profits according to value variety retailer B&M.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has named the finalists for its annual 2021 Bed Industry Awards' sustainability category after judges whittled down a record number of entries to a final four.

BoConcept said the international nature of its franchisee-network has helped shield the modern furniture company from the impact of Covid, with it looking to continue to expand its retail footprint in the next year.

An online furniture marketplace that filed for insolvency last month has no realisable assets and will leave creditors facing combined debts north of £600,000, according to a new report.

Retail and commission revenue declined in 2020 for the U.K. arm of Poltrona Frau, the U.S.-owned Italian designer furniture company.

Dunelm said upholstery is among the developing categories it wants extend further into as part of plans to grow its current 1.3 percent share of the furniture market.

The business success and philanthropy of Designer Contracts md and owner Peter Kelsey have been marked with an Outstanding Achievement in the Flooring Industry Award at a ceremony of his trade peers.

Dunelm posted bumper double-digit top and bottom line growth in the year to June 26 despite its vast U.K. store portfolio being closed for more than a third of the year.

Nicholas Radford says he plans to focus on other interests outside the furniture industry after a flood in the Far East prompted a decision to close the company behind the Nathan Furniture brand earlier this year.

The early stages of the pandemic failed to make significant dents in rental returns for the owner of the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour, home to dozens of high-end third-party furniture and interiors showrooms.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds will this weekend open a new store in Sheffield, maintaining its presence on the Drakehouse Retail Park.

Sleep Solutions is now the operator of direct-to-consumer pillow brand Kally Sleep in addition to online rug and homewares marketplace Woven after a deal announced early September.

The companies behind the home shopping brands Freemans and Grattan have seen a big shift to homewares since the pandemic started, citing changing customer needs amid extensive lockdown periods.

Victoria says it is taking a bigger share of wallet in the U.K. flooring market as a result of its investment in its logistics operation here, citing the impact of its elevated service levels.

Sukoon Sleep, a new direct-to-consumer bed brand offering bases, mattresses and headboards, launched late August after several months in the pipeline.

SATRA, the international research and testing organisation, says investment in new state-of-the-art machinery will enable it to meet growing demand for the testing of floorcoverings.

Bed maker Silentnight's new consumer marketing campaign aims to demonstrate that the Barnoldswick manufacturer offers a wide choice of products to suit all sleepers.

Buoyant demand for furniture and home furnishings couldn't prevent store numbers declining in the first six months of this year as retailers closed more shops than they opened.

Sussex Beds has just pulled up the shutters on its twelfth store but has no plans to stop there. A thirteenth will open before the end of 2021, its third new shop this year.

Privately-owned retailer Nimbus Beds will open its first retail park store after agreeing a pre-let on a new development to the north east of its existing base in Fife.

Mattress ticking conglomerate Bekaert Deslee, a key supplier to the U.K. supply chain, is investing the equivalent of £9 million upscaling production at one of its factories in South America.

Chris Box has been appointed group manufacturing director at Gallery Direct, the diversified furniture, mattress and home accents designer, producer and distributor.

Sofology opened a new store last weekend and will add two more this month as it presses forward with plans to expand. It is doing so under new leadership following CEO Sally Hopson’s decision to step down.

A U.K. based ecommerce marketplace selling a wide variety of furniture and home décor that has had new backing since the spring has now been placed into liquidation.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has revisited a dedicated popup concept for its new Anyday range, seeking to raise the profile of the keenly-priced furniture and homeware programme.

Roundhouse, the high-end kitchen and bedroom cabinet maker and retailer, enjoyed better-than-expected trading last year as it found both top and bottom line growth.

Swedish fashion retail conglomerate H&M Group is expanding the U.K. footprint of its H&M Home banner, bringing the category to shoppers in its easternmost location to date.

Headlam, the flooring conglomerate whose 66 business units make it the largest of its type in Europe, says the relative infrequency of consumer flooring purchases have softened the impact of rising prices.

Sleep Solutions, the company behind U.K. direct-to-consumer pillow specialist Kally Sleep, has acquired Woven Rugs, an online rug and homewares marketplace trading as Woven.

Victoria, the flooring conglomerate, is to relocate its Alliance Flooring Distribution business unit from Kidderminster to Worcester after agreeing to take a new purpose-built unit just off the M5.

A Swedish flooring and wood processing conglomerate with factories in central Europe is to enter the furniture market with the initial launch of cabinets assembled entirely without glue, nails or screws.

Ecommerce giant Wayfair has named a former senior executive at Amazon Germany as successor to Martin Reiter, who has left the home and garden retailer after nearly eight years running its European operations.

Sanderson Design Group is to introduce a new direct-to-consumer (DTC) brand that will include a furniture element among its offer. It will have its own dedicated ecommerce website and sell additionally through Selfridges, the department store retailer.

Harvey Norman, the Australian furniture and electricals retailer, has outlined plans to build a bigger business in Europe including entering its fifth market here and expanding further in Ireland.

Bedding and upholstery components distributor Handy has acquired the non-zip related assets and sales of fellow supplier Aero Zip, further expanding a product roster already numbering over 1,500 items.

Harvey Norman’s two-store Northern Ireland business delivered a first-ever full year profit in 2020/21 while its much-larger Ireland operation also flourished despite Covid shutdowns.

British furniture manufacturers are increasingly bullish according to a new poll but have concerns over the availability of labour, which is threatening to further delay the production and delivery of goods.

Storied carpet manufacturer Brintons will next week move into new headquarters for the second time in the past ten years. It will remain in Kidderminster.

The reopening of retail stores in April and customers pre-stocking in anticipation of demand helped carpet maker Balta find U.K. revenue growth in the first half of 2021.

Vaccinated U.K. furniture buyers will now be able to visit next week's Milan furniture show after the Italian Government this weekend ended a longstanding requirement for arrivals from here to quarantine.

Department store chain John Lewis & Partners has begun, for the first time, selling a line of mattresses using wool sourced from farmers supplying meat to its sister business Waitrose & Partners.

Mark Smith has decided to step away from executive duties at upholstery group TCM Living and will be succeeded as CEO by Jonathan Fearn, who is currently the chief financial officer.

First half revenue in the U.K. and Ireland passed 2020 levels for Stressless brand owner Ekornes as the resumption of trade and store reopenings boosted the upholstery conglomerate.

Foam conglomerate Recticel reported double-digit revenue and profit growth from the business unit supplying U.K. mattress and sofa manufacturers in the first half of this year.

The Cotswold Company has promoted Lynsey Dorman to the role of art director with a brief to oversee the furniture retailer’s brand position and purpose.

Phil Reynolds, technical development manager for furniture and furnishings at test house SATRA, is to lead a key British Standards Institute (BSI) technical committee that will likely influence the U.K.’s furniture fire safety regulations.

Bensons for Beds will this week strengthen in north London with the opening of a new concept store near a unit it formerly shared with Harveys.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer Heal’s will augment its brick-and-mortar footprint in the North this week after taking a space in a landmark department store.

Ecommerce retailer U.K. Flooring Direct combined positive operating cashflow with new debt and equity funding in 2019/20 to boost its future growth prospects.

Karndean, the circa £91 million turnover luxury vinyl tile (LVT) flooring company, is to launch a first-ever television advertising campaign.

Home and garden retail giant IKEA is said to have reached an agreement to pre-let a 450,000sqft new-build logistics facility in the South East of England.

Design retailer The Conran Shop has opened its first store since the business was sold to new investors early last year with a launch in the Far East.

Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Emma says it will intensify its cooperation with third-party brick-and-mortar retailers in a bid to build a bigger physical footprint in the U.K. market.

Sanderson Design Group will advertise on television for the first time ever with its Harlequin brand to use the medium for the consumer launch of its new Own the Room campaign.

Restructuring advisors are targeting the sale of the business and assets of Whiteleaf Furniture after the manufacturer was placed into administration earlier this month.

Northern Ireland based retailer S.D. Kells grew profits in 2020/21 despite the pandemic ending hopes of it achieving ten straight years of top line growth.

The group behind home and giftware wholesaler Lesser & Pavey increased profits in 2020/21 as it found top line growth amid a turbulent trading backdrop.

British furniture makers are on track to recover all of the lost revenue from a fall in exports last year with a double-digit climb in the value of goods sent overseas in the first six months of 2021.

The recapitalised Lee Longlands group bounced back strongly from the impact of the initial spring lockdown to put it firmly back in profit through the 2020/21 trading period.

Underlying profitability at the Lancashire bed manufacturer and furniture distributor Sweet Dreams improved in 2020/21 as it reorganised amid the ongoing impact of Covid.

Furniture, beds and home accents supplier Gallery Direct is to open a large distribution centre near Chesterfield early next year.

A "perfect storm" of high demand and supply chain delays could lead to never before seen cut-off dates for pre-Christmas furniture deliveries, according to the md of BFM, the trade association for British Furniture Manufacturers.

U.K. furniture and lighting retail sales continued their double-digit ascent in July despite anecdotal reports that demand is beginning to normalise after the post-lockdown surge.

Belgian carpet maker Associated Weavers, one of the largest flooring suppliers to the U.K., saw sales decline here through 2020 but at a lesser rate than its compatriots and the overall U.K. market.

Danish furniture and homewares retailer JYSK says it will continue to plough investment into the U.K. market, opening new stores and revamping existing shops. It is also on the lookout for available units.

Consumer sentiment towards major purchases such as furniture fell for the first time in four months in August as focus switched from spending to saving, according to GfK, the polling company.

Industry trade association the National Bed Federation (NBF) has revealed the finalists for the three retail categories of its annual Bed Industry Awards, with the winners to be announced next month.

The pandemic clipped the wings of the U.K. upholstery industry more than other furniture segments as the value of the market here last year fell to its smallest level since 2013.

Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) said sales across its Clothing and Home business segments are almost double last year's level as it bounces back from the impact of store closures.

The company behind expanding furniture search engine website Ufurnish (ufurnish.com) has raised almost half a million pounds from the issue of new shares in the business.

Westwing, the pan-European home and lifestyle retailer that specialises in time-limited online sales, is to expand distribution capacity with a seventh warehouse.

Colefax Group, the listed furnishing fabrics, wallpaper and upholstery supplier, has announced a Tender Offer at an elevated price that could boost returns for both existing and residual shareholders.

Input price inflation for British furniture makers increased for an eleventh straight month in July as producers continued to wrestle with never-before seen pressures.

The parent company of Stressless brand owner Ekornes last month agreed a deal worth the equivalent of £61 million to buy out a minority shareholder.

Shares in Likewise Group, the challenger flooring distributor founded by former Headlam officials including its ex-CEO Tony Brewer, began trading on London's Alternative Investors Market (AIM) for the first time on Wednesday.

Greenwood & Coope, the business behind the Cormar Carpet Company, could soon announce a new chief executive to lead the country's largest carpet manufacturer.

Bensons for Beds new eight-week advertising campaign went live Wednesday with new creative looking to reinforce the importance of sleep and its own deep expertise on the subject.

Upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff booked a big increase in profits in 2020 despite the pandemic, testament it said to the success of a turnaround plan that has been underway for three years.

Cabinet furniture imports reached record levels in the first half as distributors and retailers invested heavily in stock despite high container shipping rates.

Ecommerce furniture, home décor and lighting retailer Cox & Cox maintained upwards sales momentum in its second quarter, though growth slowed as rival store-based operators reopened.

Foam and sprung mattress imports were up by a third year-on-year in the six months to June, buoyed by arrivals from China and Poland.

Sarah Bianchi, who became md at Arighi Bianchi earlier this year, says one of her principal objectives is to build the national profile of the Cheshire furniture retailer, challenging rivals such as John Lewis, MADE and Next.

Containers shipped and trucked into the U.K. from China and Poland led to the highest-ever recorded total of upholstered furniture arriving at U.K. ports in the first six months of 2021, new figures show.

Paul Little, one of the best-known executives in the U.K. bed manufacturing industry, has joined Wiltshire's Airsprung Group as commercial director for its Airsprung Beds division.

Harrison Spinks is launching in North America with an eight-strong collection of beds. It has already signed up its first U.S. customer for the new programme.

Surging demand for floorcoverings helped Belgian and Dutch carpet makers recover lost turnover in the U.K. market in the first half of 2021, though it was Turkey and India that made the largest gains.

Rotherham based retailer Mattress Online is supporting Zarach, a Yorkshire charity that aids families living in poverty by helping them access beds, bedding and other household essentials.

The group behind the Alstons, Ashley Manor, Alexander & James and AMX Design sofa businesses saw strong second quarter revenue growth against comparatives heavily impacted by the U.K. lockdown last spring.

Home improvement and DIY retailer Homebase will add two more stores to its estate by the end of 2021 after it confirmed the location of its planned return to Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The Very Group, the ecommerce retailer and one of the largest vendors of furniture in the U.K., has refinanced existing debt with a new long-dated bond that also reduce its cost of borrowing.

Natuzzi is opening up its iconic showrooms at High Point, North Carolina to its compatriots, renaming the ship-shaped building as Casa Italia and welcoming in other Italian furniture companies.

Danish furniture and homewares retailer JYSK will take its Irish store footprint to 15 with the addition of six more branches before the end of 2021.

Home24, the Berlin based furniture retailer that trades across seven European markets but not yet Britain, invested heavily in growth as sales jumped 47 percent in the first half of 2021.

Experienced home appliance executive Gareth Berry has joined the Silentnight group, Britain's largest bed manufacturer, as chief operating officer.

British furniture manufacturers' output reached its highest level since November at the beginning of summer according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

San Marino's Colombini Group has acquired a majority stake in Bontempi Casa, the Italian contemporary living, dining and bedroom furniture manufacturer.

Furnishing fabrics, wallpaper and upholstery supplier Colefax Group doubled profits in 2019/20 despite the pandemic hitting markets worldwide.

Upmarket fitted furniture maker and retailer John Lewis of Hungerford says better-than-expected trading helped it reverse first half losses to return to profit in 2019/20.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow has acquired what it described as a significant stake in one of its key foam suppliers.

Northeast Italian furniture manufacturing group Calligaris has acquired furniture, accents and lifestyle company Fatboy from its private equity owner.

Hilding Anders is having another crack at the U.K. bed market, backing a new brand that will tomorrow open its fourth store in the South East with another to follow soon after.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has signed an agreement with Tesco to lease a 1 million sqft distribution centre at Fenny Lock, Milton Keynes.

Independent furniture retailer Harrison & Brown has expanded the display area of its Sunderland store by converting the top floor of its city centre building.

It is now well over a year since the transaction that divorced Harveys from Bensons for Beds and business is robust and the path to growth is clear, says chief executive Mark Jackson.

Nick Collard has joined Bensons for Beds as its first chief commercial and digital officer while the retailer is also close to appointing a new chief operating officer.

Neptune has written to customers saying it will lift prices in response to changes to its own input costs that it has never previously experienced in 25 years.

Fitted furniture maker J&J Ormerod (JJO) says demand is running at double-digit percentages ahead of pre-Covid levels and that it has emerged stronger from the pandemic and ready to invest.

The China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) in Shanghai has postponed its early autumn exhibition by several weeks to new dates in late September.

Historic bed manufacturer Relyon has disclosed the full ownership makeup of the business for the first time, with the man who led the summer 2020 buyout holding a majority shareholding.

The owner of home, furniture and department store retailer Bakers and Larners says it endured one of its most challenging years on record as it grappled with both the impact of Covid and a serious fire, which destroyed one of its supermarkets.

Dudley upholstered furniture manufacturer ACL has agreed new debt finance that will support its product development plans including the launch of a recliner line.

Williams Sonoma, the U.S. owner of the West Elm and Pottery Barn retail banners, has agreed a licensing deal for the Morris & Co brand covering a broad range of products.

Consumers continued to spend more in shops and online in July but growth has begun to plateau according to two closely-followed retail sales surveys.

Burnley bed maker Sweet Dreams has paid tribute to its customers as it retained its title as Best Bed Manufacturer (Value) in the Interiors Monthly annual awards.

Soho Home, the furniture, interiors and lifestyle retail arm of the private members club Soho House, will next month open a flagship London showroom where it will floor its entire range for the first time.

The Original Factory Shop, which began selling furniture online for the first time this summer, deleveraged during a just-chronicled refinancing process.

Fast-expanding multichannel retailer Flooring Superstore is on track to hit a half-century of stores by the end of 2021 as it continues to add new showrooms through the summer and autumn.

Bury St Edmunds independent retailer Direct Furniture has acquired the freehold to a former garden centre in the town. It will become its second store.

The company behind the JTF Mega Discount retail fascia has filed a third notice of intent (NOI) to appoint administrators, a sign a deal to salvage part of the operation may be imminent.

International markets continued their ascent for Wayfair in the second quarter as the ecommerce home giant posted a rare overall slide in sales on exceptional comparatives.

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has handed KPMG and one of its former partners heavy fines and severe reprimands for their conduct in relation to work ahead of the prepack sale of Silentnight to investment firm H.I.G. in May 2011.

Julian Charles, the turnaround investor-backed soft furnishings chain, found cost savings to reach breakeven at the EBITDA line in the six months to April, and says it can improve further by next year.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published new guidance for companies in the upholstery and mattress sectors with regard to understanding and complying with chemical regulations.

North West home department store retailer Housing Units has revamped part of its ground floor with the launch this week of a new concept targeting the urban living market.

BFM, the association of British Furniture Manufacturers, has lined up online seminars for its members to be delivered by experts in patent law and dispute resolution.

Full-year order intake at ScS almost matched 2019/20 trading as demand at the upholstery and flooring retailer oscillated with the opening and closing of its stores amid coronavirus restrictions.

Bensons for Beds will this weekend open two new stores in locations where it previously traded from co-occupied units before it became a standalone business last year.

New department store concessions have helped upholstery vertical Sofa.com expand its physical footprint despite the closures of standalone branches.

Regional beds retailer Mattressman has kept to the revised terms of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) agreed with creditors three years ago, according to a third annual report from restructuring advisors.

A longstanding investigation by the U.K.'s competition watchdog is over after it reversed the sale of an ecommerce window dressings retailer to a home furnishings giant.

Sales, rental income and profits declined at Andersons of Inverurie in 2019/20 amid the impact of coronavirus restrictions. However, cash generation was stronger.

Mohawk Industries, the circa £7.8 billion flooring conglomerate, completes takeover of Cambridgeshire smooth flooring wholesaler.

The collaboration with sofa market leader DFS continued to be the jewel in the crown of British lifestyle retailer Joules' licensing programme last year, with it also making inroads into home goods thanks to M&A activity.

Expanding kitchen maker and retailer Wren will add around 300 new jobs in Lincolnshire as a result of its previously-signposted new worktop plant in Lincolnshire.

Harrison Spinks, the family-owned Leeds beds and components manufacturer, has promoted Chris Townsley to operations director for its beds division.

Leggett & Platt (L&P), the global components conglomerate, says the acquisition of Irish foam and beds group Kayfoam Woolfson will be a benefit for its customers across Europe.



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