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

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The retailer's Harrogate store follows its recent launch at Bristol, above
Emerging upholstery business Arlo & Jacob will follow up its summer showroom launch at Bristol with a new store at Harrogate, its first in the North of England.

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JYSK's new format and (inset) its existing Lincoln unit, from where it will relocate in 2019
Danish value furniture chain JYSK will continue rolling out its new-format stores in 2019, confirming another two locations in the East Midlands.

Pubs and food shops enjoyed the benefit of higher consumer spending in August as non-food retailers missed out, according to new data from the BRC and Barclaycard.

Yorkshire retailer ceased trading this summer.

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Steinhoff's UK household goods business includes Harveys and Bensons for Beds
Furniture chain Harveys bore the brunt of market headwinds as parent Steinhoff International Holdings reported a high single-digit decline in nine-month UK household goods revenue.

More on UK furniture, bedding performance at Steinhoff.

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James Sturrock starts at Eve Sleep on September 10
Direct-to-consumer bedding brand Eve Sleep has appointed Moonpig md James Sturrock as CEO. He replaces Jas Bagniewski, who left the business earlier this year.

Bed brand Casper Sleep has temporarily ceased selling goods to consumers on credit, parking an agreement with its finance partner while it clarifies its regulatory obligations.

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Peter, Simon and Daniel Spinks together with other management and colleagues as they collected the Queen's Awards for Enterprise from Tim Hare
Harrison Spinks welcomed the Vice Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire to its Leeds headquarters last week as it collected its third and fourth Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

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ScS has made two key senior boardroom hires
ScS has strengthened its senior management team, hiring a former Fabb Sofas and DFS executive as HR director and a commercial director following Kevin Royal's retirement.

Upholstery suppliers Nicoletti Home and Man Wah Holdings have agreed a strategic partnership that will see the latter expand the former's brand presence across China.

Consumers are ready to splash out on big-ticket bulky goods such as furniture after a big improvement in sentiment between July and August, according to new consumer confidence data.

Lincolnshire sofa maker Lebus Upholstery has become the latest business to achieve 'Certified Company' status, underscoring its commitment to producing safe products.

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Ian Topping, inset, is joining clicks-to-bricks furniture retailer The Cotswold Company
Seasoned furniture and bed industry executive Ian Topping is returning to the sector after being installed as chairman at private-equity backed retailer The Cotswold Company.

Sales of Tempur branded products declined in Europe last year as higher levels of competition impacted demand, according to accounts for the Danish factory where they are produced.

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Love Sofas is trading via the LoveSofas.co.uk and has exited its Huddersfield showroom
Yorkshire upholstery retailer Love Sofas has restructured the business in order to exit a large retail property and warehouse. It says customers are unaffected.

The private-equity backed furniture group behind brands including Spaceslide wardrobes and Optiplan Kitchens has re-engineered its cost base after registering a bigger loss last year.

John Lewis home sales have fallen for a thirteenth consecutive week though its new-look House brand and sofas were categories that made gains on year-earlier trade.

A global investment fund management firm has upped its position in DFS, with funds under its control now holding 10 percent of the UK sofa market leader's shares.

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Alstons taking bigger share of sofa market in 2018
Sofa maker Alstons Upholstery built on mid single-digit sales gains last year with even higher growth in the first half of 2018, according to new figures from its Far East owner.

Half-year 2018 figures for DM Midlands, owner of upholstery brands Ashley Manor and Alexander & James.

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Profits jumped by nearly a third for Atlantic
Online furniture retailer Atlantic Shopping, which majors in dining furniture including bar stools, chairs and tables, made nearly 20 percent net as sales advanced double-digit last year.

Maisons du Monde announced deal for modern retail chain back in May this year.

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Dunelm has begun the search for a new non-executive director
Rachel Osborne, the new CFO at department store chain Debenhams, has resigned as a non-executive director of Dunelm, the furniture and homewares retailer.

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The retailer's Bury store and an investment property in Norwich (inset), which it sold last June
Glasswells recorded higher profits during a year where it incurred significant disruption to trade as it began a major refurbishment of its flagship store.

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Natuzzi's new Reading, Berkshire store
Sofa giant Natuzzi opened a new Berkshire showroom this Bank Holiday weekend, the second of four new units planned for the second half of 2018.

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Carl Davidson (above, left) receives his prize from past winner Lees Whitehead
Manchester home department store retailer Housing Units has raised another four-figure sum for Kidscan, the children's cancer charity, at its annual golf day.

Ecommerce retailer Oak Furniture Direct has opened a first physical showroom, taking a unit on a busy Lincolnshire arterial road.

An official opening event for The Exchange, the new Long Eaton headquarters for trade association BFM, will be held next month, to coincide with Long Point.

Retailer Maisons du Monde, which sells here online and via newly-opened galleries inside three Debenhams stores, grew half-year profits by a nearly third as its sales march continued.

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Samson wants to reduce its exposure to China
Samson Holding, parent to UK furniture supplier Willis & Gambier and scores of U.S furniture wholesale brands, says it is working "aggressively" to reduce its exposure to production in China.

Ecommerce retailer NotOnTheHighStreet Enterprises (Noths) narrowed losses as it made the decision to reallocate marketing spend and focus on existing customers.

Major European flatpack furniture maker ceased trading in June.

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More investment is on the way at Fishpools
Fishpools, one of the largest single-store furniture retailers in Europe, built out sales and profits again last year as it made further investment and bolstered its balance sheet.

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Dunelm acquired the Dorma brand rights back in 2008
Heritage bedlinen brand Dorma has diversified into new product categories including bulky furniture goods and mattresses as part of a wide-ranging brand elevation by Dunelm, its owner.

Headlam will introduce price increases next month in a new headwind for its UK customer base of independent floorcoverings retailers and fitters.

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Two years in the making, Harrison Spinks has opened its new Innovation Centre
Beds and components group Harrison Spinks has opened its new Innovation Centre at its Leeds HQ, the culmination of a two-year project that has seen the group invest £2.5 million.

Department store chain Debenhams has hired former John Lewis strategy chief Rachel Osborne as chief financial officer, replacing Matt Smith, whose planned departure was announced earlier this year.

Furniture-to-fashion retailer Laura Ashley Holdings is walking back its proposal to open a regional headquarters in Asia, and plans to sell the property to pay off debt.

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Furniture sales fell high single-digits for Laura Ashley in 2016–17
Laura Ashley is to introduce more keenly-priced upholstery and beds to its product offer as full year sales were hit by soft demand and ongoing retail space consolidation.

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Beds were the standout category in July
Furniture sales fell mid-single digits in July as one of the longest and hottest summers on record continued to take its toll on retailers across the length and breadth of the UK.

The renewal of the heritage bed brand Rest Assured continues with a dedicated showroom — its fourth overall — to launch this Bank Holiday weekend.

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John Lewis home sales fell, but the decline was the narrowest since June
Home sales fell for a twelfth straight week at John Lewis though the category still enjoyed its best week for the department store mutual since the middle of June.

Sofology, the DFS-owned upholstery chain, has launched a £22 million television and digital advertising campaign featuring a voiceover by X-Files star David Duchovny.

Stressless owner Ekornes will delist from the Oslo Stock Exchange after Qumei, its Chinese suitor, nears the completion of the takeover of the Norwegian furniture giant.

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2017 was another bright year for Dreams
Sun Capital has already made good its investment in Dreams with the retailer's cash and profits generation in 2017 facilitating the repayment of another large chunk of shareholder debt.

The new owner of the Kika/Leiner furniture retail group in Central Europe is to cut around a fifth of its workforce as it looks to restructure the business.

Fitted and freestanding cabinet maker Utopia Furniture says revenues are tracking target, with the speed at which it brings new products to market a continued strategic focus.

Apparel retailer River Island says it hopes to transfer its signature style from the wardrobe to the home with the introduction of its first ever furniture and homeware collection.

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ScS operates its own dedicated website for House of Fraser
House of Fraser has cancelled online orders and temporarily mothballed its website but ScS — its furniture concession partner — says online sofa, furniture and carpet sales are unaffected.

Retailer West Elm has expanded its collaboration with Leesa Sleep, the direct-to-consumer mattress brand, to include all three of its UK stores.

Right at the very beginning of the current vogue for rolling, folding and boxing mattresses, one of the new direct-to-consumer market entrants had an interesting marketing strapline.

Underlying half-year profits jump for carpets group Airea.

Lincolnshire sofa maker Lebus Upholstery outperformed the wider market on the way to a sixth straight year of top line growth in 2017.

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Antony Maskrey succeeds Nick Garratt, joining Ercol next month
Heritage furniture maker Ercol has appointed Dr Martens' business transformation director Antony Maskrey to the newly-created role of chief operating officer.

Year-on-year mattress imports were positive again in June, suggesting the fall in May — a first in nearly two years — was nothing more than a blip.

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Furniture deflation was at its shallowest since September 2016
Consumers enjoyed keener prices as furniture deflation narrowed to its shallowest level in nearly two years last month.

Harrods has merged the directorships of its food and home divisions and hired an experienced grocery executive to lead the expanded business unit.

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Nasons will close for good in September
Nasons of Canterbury, once one of the foremost independent furniture retailers in the UK, is to close both of its stores on a permanent basis next month.

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Imports fell from Vietnam, China and Poland
The value of imports of key cabinet categories from all three of the UK's main trading partners — China, Vietnam and Poland — all declined in the first six months of 2018.