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

Foreign buyers attended in greater numbers at the Stockholm Furniture & Light exhibition, which took place in the Swedish capital earlier this month (9–13 Feb.2016).

simbaMattressBoxMattress brand Simba has launched into the ecommerce beds market and announced a partnership with department store retailer John Lewis.

hypnosBedLuxury bed maker Hypnos expanded its international dealer network as it grew its top line by almost a third in the year to end June.

Sainsbury’s has been given an extension to decide whether or not to make a firm bid for Home Retail Group, owner of Argos, after Steinhoff made an approach Friday.

H.Dawson Sons & Company, a wool supplier based in Yorkshire, has acquired a majority stake in Axminster Carpets, the Devon manufacturer rescued from administration in 2013.

Harveys and Bensons for Beds owner Steinhoff has approached Home Retail Group with a possible cash offer that threatens to scupper Sainsbury’s takeover bid for the Argos owner.

JasonTSofologyUpholstery specialist Sofaworks completed the last of its 33 store branding changes last week as it transitions to its new Sofology name.

Upholstery retailer Sofology is planning to open six new stores this year, bringing the chain to almost 40 shops by the end of 2016.

Italian furniture and design brand Kartell has opened its first UK monobrand showroom with a store in the Knightsbridge area of London.

achicaEcommerce group Worldstores is to merge its flash sales businesses under the Achica brand with the Casafina label to be dropped and customers migrated over.

Furniture logistics specialist Andrew Porter has announced two new management hires as part of a restructure designed to make the business more customer focused.

retailParkStoresPrice inflation returned to the furniture retail sector in January as rate rises at the factory gate remained at a two-year high.

Big-ticket furniture lines made the most year-on-year sales headway within the Home directorate at department store chain John Lewis last week.

hslBurnleyAdjustable furniture vertical HSL will take nationwide showroom numbers to 57 with the opening of further stores in the next fortnight.

Shopper numbers increased sharply in January with rises across both types of destination most popular with furniture and floorcoverings retailers.

vietnamImportsCabinet furniture imports into Britain dropped 3 per cent in December on lower demand for living and dining categories as well as goods manufactured in Europe.

MEPs claim furniture retailer IKEA has avoided €1bn in taxes over the past six years and €11.6m in the UK alone in its latest reported year.

kozeeRafiqMohammed Rafiq, the md and owner of the defunct bed manufacturer Hick Lane Bedding, has been sentenced to 27 months in prison after being found guilty of human trafficking.

Chinese furniture importsUpholstery imports climbed double-digits in December, propelled by a large increase in Chinese sofa shipments to British retailers and wholesalers.

Carpet imports rose 8.6 per cent in December driven by higher demand for goods made in Belgium, UK customers’ largest supplier.

dfsCo 2Upholstery retailer DFS is lining up another three stores in locations across the Midlands and South as it takes its total UK estate well beyond 100 units.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has named Charles Vernon as chairman. He takes over from Michael Powell, who is stepping down after five years in the role.

oneCallBedroom producer One Call says it can offer retailers a wider range of furniture on quick lead times after investing £2.5m on machinery and doubling production capacity.

camerichFasciaModern upholstery specialist Camerich has opened the first of several planned stores for 2016 with a new unit in North London.

Home goods retailer Dunelm is looking to expand its store footprint in the capital as it builds on double-digit revenue growth in the six months to 2nd January.

Quieter furniture demand contributed to a dip in Home category goods sales at John Lewis last week. Total sales still climbed 2.5 per cent to £70.6m.

foamLawyers working on behalf of the estate of one of Britain’s largest beds manufacturers have agreed a seven-figure settlement with foam suppliers following a damages claim.

Big-ticket furniture lines were the headline act in January as retailers enjoyed their strongest month since September according to the British Retail Consortium.