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

Out-of-town home retailer Dunelm Group booked bigger profits after the retailer added another £50 million in sales through 2018–19.

Bank holiday sunshine kept home shoppers away as John Lewis & Partners racked up a sixth straight decline in the broad-brush category, its worst series since the turn of the year.

The 42nd edition of premium interior design show Decorex International takes place in just over a month's time in London with 50 new exhibitors among the lineup.

Furniture and carpets retailer Coytes, which operates three stores in Burton-on-Trent, has consolidated at two of the sites in the town after closing a longstanding unit.

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Lebus is one of the U.K.'s biggest sofa manufacturers.
A fall in overheads boosted profits at Lincolnshire sofa maker Lebus Upholstery after sales were hit by the long spell of sunny weather that brought six straight years of growth to an end.

Two major European foam companies are in dispute after one accused the other of overstepping the mark in the region where the pair have operated a joint venture since the 1990s.

Giorgetti, the upmarket Italian designer furniture manufacturer, is opening a first U.K. showroom after signing a lease for a unit in West London.

Retail sales flatlined in the U.K. last month according to the British Retail Consortium, which represents many of the country's largest retailers.

Manufacturing tech group Biesse is to host an Open Day this autumn pushing the benefits of the Manufacturing Guild Mark, the mark of excellence awarded by The Furniture Makers' Company.

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Sales and underlying profits advanced between April 1–June 30, 2019 for Sharps.
Revenue and underlying profits inched forward for Sharps in the three months to end June with the national bedroom and home office furniture chain saying its order book is in a healthy state.

Big-ticket sentiment among prospective buyers fell back in August as consumer confidence took a dive over fears regarding the U.K. economy.

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Loaf's new Cribbs Causeway store.
Furniture and home accents retailer Loaf has opened its eighth showroom, at Bristol, as it continues to build out its bricks and mortar presence.

Heritage Upholstery Supplies has rebranded as Heritage Components in a move that reflects its evolution into a worldwide furniture components supplier.

Office furniture manufacturer Frem Group has added a new factory in Suffolk after a bumper year in 2018 that saw revenue grow double digit and profits transformed.

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The rate of decline halved for Steinhoff's U.K. houshold goods unit in the three months to June 30, 2019.
The pace of sales decline slowed for Steinhoff International Holding's U.K. household goods unit in the three months to end June 2019 with Bensons for Beds outperforming its sister chain Harveys so far this year.

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West Elm's Tottenham Court Road, London flagship.
Revenue advanced double-digit for West Elm in the second quarter with the U.K. outperforming other international markets for the Brooklyn, U.S. headquartered furniture and home accents retailer.

Kasen International Holdings, the one-time owner of a U.K. upholstery retail chain, recorded double-digit sales growth to Europe in the six months to end June.

The largest U.K. distribution arm of Mohawk Industries, the world's biggest floorcoverings company, booked higher profits after sales growth outgunned the impact of narrower margins.

Wellwishers and mourners have raised the equivalent of more than £72,000 for the Danish Cancer Society following the death of JYSK founder Lars Larsen earlier this month.

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Hush-a-Bye is becoming hushabye (new logo, inset). Its new edj mattress is pictured.
Bed business Hush-a-Bye is rebranding as hushabye with a refreshed identity that better reflects the brand's "tone of voice" according to Nick Gigg, md at the Airsprung Group owned manufacturer.

A variety of elements conspired to bring down the one-time 27-store soft furnishings and bedding chain Yorkshire Linen according to a new report by administrator BDO.

Mattress brand Emma is selling its products through John Lewis & Partners after agreeing a tie-up with the department store chain across selected shops and online.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners recorded weaker sales last week with all three of its main product directorates failing to match year-earlier trade.

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Angie Cresswell has spent 20 years with Designer Contracts. She is pictured above receiving an engraved iPad Pro with md Peter Kelsey.
Designer Contracts, the 15-depot national floorcoverings contractor, has marked the long service of dozens of employees with special recognition awards.

Half-year sales advanced for Headlam Group but interim profits were broadly flat after the floorcoverings giant, the biggest company of its type in Europe, faced up to cost headwinds.

Shop prices fell at their fastest rate in more than a year this month on the back of retailers discounting non-food goods and clearing stock earlier than was the case this time last year.

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Sales continued to build for Mlily.
Output continued to ramp up for the company behind the Mlily mattress and pillow brand in the first half of 2019 despite growth slowing in the second three months of that period.

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Carpetright is the U.K.'s biggest floorcoverings retailer.
Carpetright shareholder Meditor Capital Management has agreed to acquire the retailer's revolving credit facility (RCF) direct from its current lending banks, NatWest and AIB.

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A number of stores are on co-located sites.
U.K. beds and furniture retail chains Bensons for Beds and Harveys could have a new owner by the autumn, according to The Times.

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Store numbers have been falling since 2013.
Fashion-to-furniture retailer Laura Ashley says it will close more stores this coming year as it continues a trend dating back to 2013, when it was trading from 57 more U.K. units than it is today.

ScS, the U.K.'s number two upholstery retailer, is expanding its customer service team at its North East headquarters.

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Barnsley Town Centre will benefit from the additional funding. Image: Google
An additional 50 English towns will benefit from the Future High Streets Fund with the U.K. Government upping the total investment into the initiative to £1 billion.

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Michael Boyle is presented with the Housing Units green jacket.
North West home department store retailer Housing Units raised more cash for Kidscan at its annual golf day, taking the total raised for the children's cancer charity to £50,000 in the past four years.

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Glasswells is one of Britain's largest independent retailers.
East of England retailer Glasswells, one of the U.K.'s biggest independent furniture store operators, booked lower sales and profits in 2018–19 because of lower demand and a weaker housing market. Cash generation was stronger.

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Dura Beds' West Yorkshire factory.
Batley mattress maker Dura Beds returned to growth in 2017–18 and says investment at its West Yorkshire plant will result in a further build out in sales.

Customers of prestige British bed maker Savoir can buy certain products online from the company for the first time after it added transactional functionality to its website.

Lancashire manufacturer Burgess Beds appointed from within the bed trade when hiring its new managing director earlier this summer.

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Andrew Mitchell (left) of the Long Eaton Guild and Artistic Upholstery alongside Orbital's Rob Walker.
The Long Eaton Guild of Furniture Manufacturers has a new website and the fee for the project has been donated to St. Michael's Hospice, in memory of longtime Guild chairman Matt O'Flynn.

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The second half was better than the first for furniture sales at Laura Ashley.
The furniture sales trend improved for retailer Laura Ashley in the six months to end June though didn't prevent it recording a double-digit full-year decline, blaming weak consumer confidence for hitting products at higher price points.

The insolvency of the London based designer furniture retailer Skandium — whose IP and other assets were sold to an unrelated third party earlier this summer — left unsecured creditors facing substantial unpaid debts.

Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight will today open a fourth retail brand showroom with a new unit at one of the biggest shopping destinations in the South West of England.

Ulster Carpets and Mourne Textiles have formed a joint venture called Mourne Weavers that will produce and supply furnishing fabrics to the hospitality industry.

NotOnTheHighStreet.com (Noths), the home and giftware company that indexes a substantial programme of furniture and bed products on its ecommerce marketplace, has a new chief executive.

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Sofology is working with Owen Wilson again. The first of the new series of ads airs this evening (Aug. 21).
Upholstery retailer Sofology — which tonight premieres a new television advert with film star Owen Wilson — says it will open five new stores by the spring of 2020 including a first in Northern Ireland.

Rival bed makers to Harrison Spinks, who might be a tad green with envy after watching TV Tuesday night, will not feel any better when they read the following story.

Keen & Able, the two-man home delivery company that specialises in beds, will this autumn add a fourth U.K. depot and a first in Scotland.

Swedish multinational Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is to expand the geographical scope of its H&M Home store concept in the U.K. with the launch of a store in Birmingham.

Sales of home merchandise fell at John Lewis & Partners for the fourth straight week with the chain relying on growth in its electricals category to limit the impact on total revenue.

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Lars Larsen, founder of the eponymous group that he built into one of the biggest furniture businesses in the world with annual sales north of €4.2 billion, has died. He was 71 years old.

Underlying sales grew for Northamptonshire cabinet furniture retailer and wholesaler Kettle Interiors in 2017–18 despite a backdrop of trading headwinds.

Upholstery, cabinets and bed sales all ticked up year-on-year in July as retailers annualised weak comparatives following the heatwave and men's football World Cup last year.

Profits topped half a million pounds for emerging living, dining and bedroom cabinet furniture retailer in 2018–19.

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Companies are evaluating sourcing strategies in light of tariffs on Chinese goods.
Shifting furniture production away from China to other nations in Southeast Asia to avoid tariffs is a strategy laced with risk, according to a senior former U.S. Government official.

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Alexander & James is part of the DM Midlands group, ultimately owned by Thailand's TCM Corp.
There was an improving sales trend in the second quarter of 2019 for the Thai owner of British sofa makers Ashley Manor, Alexander & James and Alstons, negating weaker first quarter top-line figures.

Duff & Phelps says "progress has been made" in its bid to claw back cash from a foam supplier for the benefit of creditors of fallen upholstery chain Multiyork.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has agreed to sell Casper products in its stores and online in the first U.K. retail partnership secured by the American mattress company.

The highest factory gate mattress inflation for nearly three years was the principal reason furniture producer price inflation ticked up in July, according to new Government figures.

Howard Sudall, store director at renowned Yorkshire furniture store Christopher Pratts, retired earlier this summer after nearly 50 years with the retailer.

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Homebase has been building concession partnerships. AHF is among the latest.
Furniture chain AHF has extended its footprint into southwest England after opening its first two concessions inside home improvement retailer Homebase.

Houseology, the Glasgow-based etailer of prestige furniture and accents, has hired former Dobbies Garden Centres executive Laura Jamieson as chief financial officer.