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

Unrelated third-party buys assets of circa £42 million turnover operation.

New one-size-fits-all mattress brand to drive international wholesale business for European bedding business.

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Leekes bought furniture retail business Coles of Bilston back in November 2009 with the tax treatment of accumulated losses remaining the source of a legal disagreement.
A long-running tax dispute between Leekes and HM Revenue & Customs looks set to continue after the home department store retailer said it hopes to be able to appeal to the Supreme Court.

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Year-on-year footfall fell 3.1 percent Boxing Day
Retailers saw fewer shoppers on Boxing Day for the third consecutive year but the total number still beat forecasts, according to retail analysts Springboard.

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The 30-second ad takes the viewer on a farm-to-factory journey, highlighting Harrison Spinks' vertically-integrated credentials
Harrison Spinks today launches its first-ever television advertising campaign as the Leeds bed maker bids to drive customers into retail stockists' stores and ask for its products.

Glasswells, one of Britain's largest independent furniture retailers, has donated cash to the East Anglian Air Ambulance after staff members raised money during its twelfth annual quiz night.

Profits at West Midlands contract seating manufacturer Boss Design Group fell after expansion costs abroad offset the impact of higher sales.

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House of Fraser, which recently struck a deal for Sofa.com concessions to open in selected stores, has been trying to agree new terms with store landlords across its estate.
House of Fraser has walked back plans to close its Hull store after striking a late-in-the-day deal with the property owner and Hull City Council.

Ecommerce retailer MattressOnline is raising money for Crisis, a charity supporting homeless and vulnerable people, with the cash to be used to provide a bed for the night and meals this Christmas.

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As has been the case all year, bed and mattress sales outperformed other big-ticket retail categories in November, but the wider trend among other goods such as sofas, cabinets and carpets was weak
Ad-fuelled mattress retail sales remained fractionally up year-on-year in November though growth was behind the year-to-date trend. Upholstery, carpet and cabinet retail sales were all down.

Second year-end shortening for privately-owned multi-store upholstery manufacturer and retailer.

Suffolk bed manufacturer invested in new assets against a backdrop of market uncertainty in 2017–18.

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Footfall set to fall mid-single digits Boxing Day
Boxing Day, one of if not the most important shopping days of the year for big-ticket furniture chains, will see reduced footfall next week putting greater emphasis on sales craft if retailers are to secure orders.

United Carpets Group, the flooring and beds franchise chain, booked lower half-year profits after it spent more money on marketing to try and stimulate weak demand.

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November ended six months of falling or flat year-on-year furniture retail prices, according to the Office for National Statistics
Furniture retail price inflation returned in November after being negative or flat over the six months immediately prior, calming fears heavy discounting was needed to stimulate sales.

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The Children's Furniture Company sells online and through third-party retail stockists including national operators
Youth bedroom specialist The Children's Furniture Company hopes to expand its product offer, marketing reach and enter new markets after securing external investment that brings with it a new high-profile chairman.

Mattress and ancillary products business Eve Sleep has enlisted the former marketing director at the Automobile Association (the AA) as its new chief marketing officer, after the previous incumbent left in October.

The company behind the six-store Habitat furniture retail chain in Germany has filed for insolvency, its France based parent said in a brief statement.

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Furniture Village has expanded with 12 new stores between August 2015 and December 2017
National retailer Furniture Village captured market share in 2017–18 but said price competition was intense and impacted margins. It said it has since identified cost savings that won't hinder growth.

Profits more than doubled at privately-owned mattress maker Apollo Beds in the year that saw its owners invest in a new multi-million pound Batley property.

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The Government's Resources and Waste Strategy highlights plans to extend existing producer responsibility schemes
UK furniture and floorcoverings manufacturers could face a new cost headwind under Government proposals designed to increase recycling and limit the amount of furniture and flooring sent to landfill.

John Lewis & Partners returned to growth last week on the back of higher clothing sales. Both of its other major categories, including home, failed to match year-earlier trade.

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The sale of the retailer's Dumfries property in November underlines the challenges facing the department store chain
Shares in Debenhams have fallen more than 85 percent in the past year with rarely a week passing without the department store retailer attracting negative headlines.

Plans to construct new offices on state-owned land after buying land-use rights.

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Though its introduction impacted profits, Tempur said the new line has been well received
Profits at memory foam mattress pioneer Tempur's UK arm declined last year after the cost of a new product range rollout to stockists impacted gross margin.

Charlies, the Wales-based home, garden and variety retailer, says it hopes to escalate its online business after completing its move to its new 109,000sqft head office and distribution centre.

CMA announced last week it was looking into takeovers of three London companies by Headlam Group.

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IKEA will open its latest large format store February 7, 2019
Home furnishings conglomerate IKEA has set the opening date for its latest big-box UK superstore, at Greenwich in London.

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Furniture sales fell in the year to June 30, 2018 and remain under pressure amid challenging conditions for big-ticket categories
Furniture-to-fashion retailer Laura Ashley will shed about a quarter of its stores as its new chairman eyes a UK estate comprising showrooms that are larger in size but fewer in number.

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The Futon Company operates stores across the UK
London headquartered furniture chain The Futon Company, which has stores nationwide, further bolstered its balance sheet as it near-maintained profits in 2017–18.

The George Henry Lee department store building in Liverpool city centre will become a luxury hotel if new plans are given the go-ahead.

After cutting its teeth in Germany, direct-to-consumer mattress startup Hilding Sweden is considering international expansion with the UK on its radar.

Deep pockets required to turn House of Fraser into the Harrods of the High Street.

London Fabric, the annual upholstery and soft furnishings fabrics event held in London early spring, has signed two more exhibitors to its 2019 edition.

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Britain imported more from both Vietnam and China
Imports of timber living, dining and bedroom cabinet furniture advanced for the first time since March as retailers and distributors stocked up at the beginning of the fourth quarter, new figures show.

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The Cotswold Company's Norwich showroom
Clicks-to-bricks furniture retailer The Cotswold Company says its business model of buying direct from factories leaves it better placed to weather cost inflation. It follows bumper sales growth but squeezed margins in 2017–18.

Welsh cabinet furniture manufacturer completed partial management buyout in 2017.

The Conran Shop will open its first stores in South Korea after agreeing a partnership with Lotte Department Store, a major retailer operating across the Korean Peninsula and Far East.

Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Peng, the prominent Malaysian businessman who has chaired furniture-to-fashion retailer Laura Ashley since 1999, is retiring from the role and the company's board.

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Wesley Barrell changed hands in 2014
The Birmingham showroom of premium upholstery maker and retailer Wesley Barrell has closed a little over a year after it opened, while others in its network are to shut and reopen in nearby units.

Motion beds and upholstery maker Furmanac has appointed Philip George as national sales manager. Sales director Stuart Page is to leave at the end of the year for personal reasons.

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Mattress imports are still rising
British retailers and distributors imported more foreign-made foam and sprung mattresses at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but the rate slowed compared with the year so far.

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House of Fraser will be challenging to turn around, new owner Sports Direct says
Department store chain House of Fraser booked early trading losses under its new owner as sales were impacted by the temporary inability to trade online.

Home furnishings giant names second location for its new urban planning studio format.

The diversified group behind adjustable beds and chair maker Ashley Anderson posted lower profits despite rising sales in the year to February 28, 2018.

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In 2018, Chinese upholstery imports have been in decline. Until now
Retailers upped stocks of foreign-made upholstery at the beginning of the peak trading quarter with a first rise in sofa shipments from China in the entire year so far.

Big-ticket categories were absent from John Lewis & Partners list of weekly best-sellers with the retailer citing seasonal Christmas categories including Gift Food as home overall had another sticky week.

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Carpet imports were ahead in October
Woven and tufted carpet imports into the UK were ahead of the year-to-date trend in October as emerging suppliers outperformed historically important source nations such as Belgium.

Southampton based Millbrook has become the latest bed maker to sign to exhibit at the January Furniture Show, which takes place next month at the NEC.

Wholesale giant Headlam Group says it is "engaging fully" with the Competition and Markets Authority after the watchdog said it was investigating the company's already-completed takeovers of three South East floorcoverings distributors.

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65 underperforming stores were closed during the half
Carpetright, Britain's biggest carpets and flooring retailer, booked a £12 million net loss for the six months to October 27 during which it closed stores and deleveraged.

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Paula Nickolds cuts the ribbon at Harrison Spinks' new Innovation Centre
John Lewis & Partners managing director Paula Nickolds was guest of honour as bed manufacturer Harrison Spinks officially opened its new £2.5 million Innovation Centre at its Leeds headquarters last Friday.

Profits at Burnley bed manufacturer Sweet Dreams advanced as wider gross margin helped counter the impact of lower turnover in the year to March 31, 2018.

Furniture distributor La-Z-Boy UK will add occasional furniture and dining sets as it diversifies its product offer further at next month's January Furniture Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

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Sterling Furniture's flagship Tillicoultry headquarters
Sterling Furniture Group maintained its upwards sales trajectory in 2017–18 with management saying the climb reflected a first full year's inclusion of the Glasgow retailer it bought two years ago.

New facility for Hong Kong listed Man Wah.

Leekes says kitchens, bathrooms and conservatories have been winning categories for the home department store retailer in the first half of its 2018–19 financial year.

Flooring retailer Tapi Carpets has signed a concession partnership with Homebase that will see it open instore units across the home improvement chain's estate.

Retail footfall declined in November with all three types of destination — high streets, retail parks and shopping centres — seeing fewer people than they did in the same month last year.

Sofa.com's headline numbers for 2017–18 are less than impressive but there are mitigating factors and reasons to believe its new owner is not watering a dead plant.