Italian sofa imports dropped by a third in November keeping the nation on track to be the only major source of foreign upholstery sold in the U.K. to see a full year decline in 2019.

Footfall at out-of-town shopping parks, home to many of the U.K.'s largest furniture and flooring retailers, near held in December despite fewer shoppers frequenting other retail destinations.

British carpet imports from Belgium, the principal source of overseas-produced flooring sold in the U.K. market, fell sharply in November, meaning they have now dropped in seven of the past eight months.

BFM Fabric Show London will host five new exhibitors in addition to 33 returning suppliers when it takes place at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge stadium next month.

Former lenders to Swoon now control 30 percent of the predominantly ecommerce furniture retailer after the prepack administration deal that rescued the business before Christmas.

Department store chain Beales hopes to tie up a rescue deal within days that will see it emerge in a slimmed down form. It faces being placed into administration if the transaction fails to complete.

Mattress brand Casper Sleep has filed the paperwork for an initial public offering (IPO) in the U.S., with it to sell shares in the business to raise cash for growth, working capital and debt pay-down.

Revenue declined for a second straight year at Burnley bed manufacturer Sweet Dreams in 2018–19 but wider gross margin helped limit the impact on profits.

West Midlands case goods wholesaler Heartlands Furniture has been fined after pleading guilty to breaches of the E.U. Timber Regulation (EUTR).

Profits jumped for Ponsford, one of the largest furniture retailers of its type in the country, as the privately-owned company found savings and margin improvement in 2018–19 amid lower turnover.

Britain's leading bed manufacturers shifted more product in the later months of 2019 but a fall in average order values held back the value of sales growth.

Marks and Spencer cited lower furniture dispatches as a factor in weaker-than-expected online sales in its third quarter. The run rate subsequently improved while it also narrowed its overall decline in clothing and home sales.

Interim sales jumped 6.0 percent to £585 million for homewares retailer Dunelm with the chain's online channel the main growth driver, it said in a trading update.

John Lewis & Partners managing director Paula Nickolds is leaving after 25 years with the department store chain. It means she won't take up the newly-created role announced last autumn as part of a management merger with Waitrose.

Stuart Hibbert, who co-founded and ran Breasley Consumer until selling his shares in 2017, is to return to the bed industry with GNG Group Yorkshire.

Furniture and home retailer IKEA is pressing ahead with plans to build a bigger presence in urban areas with a new store slated for Hammersmith, London.

Currency and input cost headwinds together with a first fall in sales in four years hindered sofa maker ACL 2002 last year, but didn't stop the West Midlands company investing in production.

Sofa Brands International, the group behind the G Plan, Parker Knoll and Collins and Hayes upholstery businesses, has recruited Duncan Miller as its new chief financial officer.

Charles Vernon, chairman of the Furniture Industry Research Association, is to step down from the role in September, prompting a search for a successor.

The sale of furniture chain AHF a year and a half ago gave it the chance to refresh its retail offering and marked the beginning of it reversing a negative sales trend.

Pier 1 Imports, the North American furniture and home furnishings retailer and among the world's largest in the category, plans to close 450 shops in a huge downsizing of its store network that could reverberate in other markets.

General merchandise sales trended down for the third consecutive quarter at Argos owner J Sainsbury in the final weeks of 2019, underachieving compared with its grocery and clothing categories.

A fifth consecutive week of home sales decline at John Lewis suggests the retailer peaked early in the category after cutting prices last autumn.

Otto Group, the diversified retail and logistics giant with global sales of €13.4 billion, has hired former Debenhams CEO Sergio Bucher to its executive board.

Profits before non-cash and debt interest costs jumped by nearly a third at Furniture Village last year as the retailer booked higher sales and initiated its plan to lower overheads.

The future of West Midlands furniture wholesaler Serene Furnishings has been secured after the company's business and assets were sold in a prepack administration deal.

IKEA, the world's largest furniture and home retailer, has agreed to pay $46 million (£35m) to the parents of a young child who died after a piece of furniture tipped over when he climbed on it.

Danish furniture and homewares retailer JYSK says it will open its 20th U.K. store in early March as it kickstarts an opening programme designed to near treble its network by 2024.

Bensons for Beds has expanded its range of products exclusively designed by Sir Terence Conran, adding what it calls a luxury hotel-style bedframe to its existing offer.

Mattressman, the East of England beds retail chain that restructured in the summer of 2018, says it has begun to regain lost ground and can return to profit in the current financial year.

Bath furniture retailer Silcox Son and Wicks is planning a major refurbishment project at its New Street store that will see it close for the bulk of the year ahead.

A four-store retailer that folded last autumn leaves creditors owed £4.6 million according to a new report, with more than a fifth of its debts due to the tax man.

Retailers enjoyed mid single-digit sales growth in December as a slight rise in store sales was bolstered by an increase of nearly a quarter in online demand, according to a closely-followed retail survey.

Return to growth for North London rug distributor.

Mattress wholesaler and retailer Simba Sleep has procured new investment by way of U.S. private equity company Cartesian Capital, with it planning to use the cash injection to expand internationally.

Underlying profits jumped by a quarter for furniture-to-fashion retailer The White Company in 2018–19 with it citing a strong U.K. store performance and reduced emphasis on discounting.

Trentside Products, one of the industry's most prominent furniture components suppliers, has appointed former DFS buyer Ashleigh Ellis as business development manager.

An online window dressings retailer has been told to change its promotional message after home furnishings retail giant Dunelm complained to the advertising watchdog.

Insolvency practitioners hope to find a buyer for the assets of Prentice Furniture Manufacturers, a Staffordshire based kitchen maker, after the company entered administration just before Christmas.

Higher sales and lower one-off costs were negated by narrower gross margin to prevent Sofa.com returning to profit in the lead up to its sale to the owner of Sports Direct and House of Fraser last year.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the industry trade association representing the bulk of the U.K.'s leading bed manufacturers, has unveiled its new brand identity.

Detail of seven-figure debt made to U.K. upholstery business ahead of summer 2019 takeover.

Home merchandise revenue declined at department store chain John Lewis last week as the retailer closed out 2019 with a fourth straight sales miss.

Bed specialist Dreams ended 2019 with a flurry of store openings, adding five new shops and relocating another as it expanded its retail estate.

Mattress brand Dunlopillo faces an uncertain future in France after the manufacturer behind the company in the local market was placed into an insolvency process.

Storied fashion-to-furnishings retail chain Laura Ashley will downsize its store portfolio again in 2019–20 but there remains an appetite for newness and selective store openings.

Retailers entered the winter sale period with more to look forward to after consumer confidence rebounded in December, figures from GfK show.

Alan Ward, one of the U.K.'s most prominent independent furniture and floorcoverings retailers, has sold its shareholding in its standalone storage business for £6 million.

Sales of home goods were fractionally down at John Lewis in the final full week leading up to Christmas though early clearance offers meant big-ticket furniture lines still made gains.

The newly-formed Blue Group, owner of U.K. chains Bensons for Beds and Harveys, has combined its retail team into one management structure, expanding the remit of the head of its beds retail business.

Meditor Fund, whose takeover of Carpetright is due to complete early 2020, has provided a £9 million unsecured loan to the floorcoverings retailer.

The privately-owned Brockway Carpets group was back in profit in the year to March 31, 2019 after doubling the return from its carpet tufting business, outweighing losses at its weaving unit.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has agreed a three-year research partnership with circular economy experts Zero Waste Scotland. It aims to increase mattress recycling and encourage more sustainable design.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding manufacturer, has promoted three senior executive to key roles impacting its business across the U.S.

Prestige designer furniture retailer Heal's says it made another step forward in profitability in the year to September 2019 despite the loss of sales and stock from the fire at its Chorley warehouse, the cost of which has been detailed for the first time.

Privately-owned retail and leisure group Leekes says profitability improved in 2018–19 despite the challenging retail environment and its hotel business facing competitive and inflationary pressures.

DFS, the U.K.'s largest upholstery retailer, has appointed experienced retail and marketing leader Jane Bednall to its board as an independent non-executive director.

National bed specialist Bensons for Beds has named sleep scientist Dr Sophie Bostock as its new official sleep expert, saying she will become an integral part of the brand's plans next year.

The dates of BFM Fabric Show London 2020 have been moved for a second time because of a rescheduled Premier League fixture for Chelsea FC, whose Stamford Bridge stadium hosts the exhibition.

The price of carpets leaving the factory gate last month was lower than year-earlier levels for the first time since March 2016 according to new official figures.



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