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

Online sales were up by almost by a third as John Lewis final week of Clearance saw growth across its product offer.

New Wade Upholstery and Cintique md Simon Wade talks to The Furnishing Report ahead of meeting customers for the first time at the NEC next week.

TasleemTasabSereneThe owner of Serene Furnishings says the West Midlands wholesaler can more than double sales by 2019 as it looks to build on a strong sell-in for its new Living programme.

MattressmanCorbyBeds retail chain Mattressman enjoyed top and bottom line growth in 2014–15 as it expanded its store base and grabbed a bigger share of online sales.

Deflation returned to the furniture retail sector in December after four consecutive year-on-year rises. Carpet prices were lower for the tenth month in a row.

The Foam Company has opened a new distribution centre that doubles its operating space and will quicken delivery times by allowing it hold stocks.

Chinese furniture importsRetailers headed into Christmas with fewer containers of cabinet furniture arriving at their warehouses as shipments from overseas declined.

Out-of-town shopping parks were the only retail destination to see more shoppers in December as footfall fell on high streets and shopping centres.

FurnitureBarnThurrockThe administrators of retail chain The Furniture Barn have granted a six month operating licence to a newco but say that three warehouses and two further stores will close.

Furniture brands Ercol, Tetrad and Somnus will be among those representing British industry at IMM Cologne, which opens in the German city this morning (18th Jan, 2016).

millbrookBedsBed manufacturing output at the Millbrook group reached eight figures for the first time since 2009 in the year to end June as the firm built on its first growth in a decade the previous year.

Wesfarmers says it plans to use the 265 store Homebase chain as the vehicle to introduce its Bunnings Warehouses brand to the UK consumer.

Stores and online delivered growth in a week of double-digit gains across the John Lewis business in the seven days to 9th January.

There are three plausible outcomes for Habitat following the confirmation that Homebase is close to being sold to Wesfarmers.

homebaseHome Retail Group is close to selling home improvement chain Homebase to Australian retail group Wesfarmers in a cash deal worth £340m.

veryVery and Littlewoods owner Shop Direct says it outperformed rivals as sales climbed in the seven weeks leading up to and including Christmas Day.

GaryPitchfordDFSBuying director Gary Pitchford has left the UK’s largest upholstery retailer DFS with immediate effect after 16 years with the business.

Bedroom and living room furniture producer Kingstown says the business will return to profit this year as it sees the benefit of its heavy investment in its manufacturing operation.

Upholstery and carpets retailer ScS has named Chris Muir as chief financial officer and executive board member, replacing Ron Turnbull whose departure was announced last year.

SteveHenningVispringPremium beds manufacturer Vispring has named Steve Henning as managing director, replacing Mike Meehan who is stepping down after 20 years in the role.

JDPShowroomRevenue last year reached record levels at the JDP Furniture Group, which has recruited the former design director at G Plan Upholstery as md of its Wade Upholstery division.

John Lewis said furniture, textiles and carpet revenue levels reached record weekly highs last week as total sales across the chain climbed by over a fifth.

Furniture and home décor supplier Origin Red Group is to close its UK distribution business and focus on faster growing international container sales.

MarksSpencerSteveRoweSteve Rowe, who formerly headed up Marks & Spencer’s furniture category, is to become chief executive after current incumbent Marc Bolland announced he plans to retire.

QFCUpholstery manufacturer QFC is donating sofas and chairs worth £45,000 to people in Cumbria who have lost all their furniture and belongings after their homes were flooded.

Floorcoverings retailer Topps Tiles grew sales by 4.4 per cent in the 13 weeks ended 2nd January, with revenue growth escalating in the past month.

AmazonHemelHempsteadAmazon has launched a customer credit offer for high-value purchases in a move that could help the Internet giant escalate furniture sales.