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

retailParkThe number of people shopping out-of-town retail parks grew at its fastest rate in over a year in July, according to the British Retail Consortium.

highgroveExhibDivan and mattress maker Highgrove Beds has invested heavily through a mix of new debt and self-generated cash flows after posting record sales and profits.

The Benelux based carpet industry’s grip on the UK flooring market is weakening with British buyers looking to the East.

Home merchandise sales declined as John Lewis failed to match year-earlier trade in the first week of its new financial year.

sleepeezeeBedRising short term costs meeting supply deadlines pushed the Simmons Bedding Group into deficit in the year to end December, despite sales being ahead of plan.

A new resource for manufacturers looks at how to incorporate ergononics, health and well-being considerations into the design of home furniture.

Rising demand from core export partners in Europe drove a 9.8 per cent increase in furniture exports from the UK in the second quarter of 2015.

vietnamImportsImports climbed strongly in the second quarter of 2015 as British retailers and wholesalers bought more Polish sofas and Vietnamese dining sets.

Final quarter demand picked up at sofa and carpets chain ScS, which has announced the planned departure of its longtime chief financial officer Ron Turnbull.

downtownExtFurniture and department store retail group Oldrids said big-ticket merchandise delivered in a year that saw it undertake a “painful but necessary” change of strategy.

Retail sales growth slowed in July despite furniture and home furnishings remaining strong sellers, according to the British Retail Consortium.

National beds specialist Dreams launched its ‘Replace Every 8’  campaign yesterday, its largest marketing initiative outside of Christmas.

dwellFurniture retailer Dwell is to open two new pilot stores in former warehouses of DFS, the brand’s owner.

Carpets and flooring group Victoria has agreed to buy Australian carpet manufacturer Quest in a deal worth more than £16m.

Falling market demand and rising costs at Memory Foam Warehouse were compounded by a cyber-attack earlier this year.

Robert Bashford, founder of Chelford Fabrics and former buying director at Debenhams, has died after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

camerichShowroomThree new showrooms this year is just the start for modern upholstery and furniture specialist Camerich. We look at how the retailer plans to take sales to £40m next year……

Forrest Furnishings launches its new continental recliner gallery this weekend, part of its plan to transition the best of its former Macdonald brand to its South Street showrooms.

Modern upholstery and furniture retailer Camerich will this weekend open its third showroom so far this year and its eighth in all.

Exhibition space has sold out for next month’s South West Furniture Show, with approaching 50 leading furniture brands to be represented.

RiazAhmedScholefieldMillSweet Dreams has invested in growing its workforce as strong demand helped sales reach an eight-year high in the 12 months to end March.

glasswellsBurySEdEast of England furniture and home department store giant Glasswells posted its highest sales since 2010 and its strongest profits since 2007 in the year to end February.

Last month’s Manchester Furniture Show featured more visitors and bigger orders, according to event organisers and exhibitors.

The British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) has appointed Jeremy Stein as its new managing director.

barkerStonehouseStocktonSales trended up in double-digits for a second successive year at Barker and Stonehouse in the period leading up to the opening of its new Stockton HQ and flagship store.

Furniture and furnishings retailers enjoyed standout growth in the second quarter of 2015, according to the British Independent Retailers Association (bira).

AndersonsInverurieMajor furniture independent Andersons of Inverurie enjoyed a fifth successive year of top and bottom line growth in the 12 months to end October.

kozeeSleepYorksThe tax man heads a long list of unsecured creditors of collapsed mattress maker Kozee Sleep, with 33 bed industry suppliers owed five and six figure sums.

VictoriaWhitestoneAcquisitive floorcoverings manufacturer and distributor Victoria is preparing to get the chequebook out again, its executive chairman says.

Furniture retailer Willow & Hall has opened its first showroom with a two-storey space in a period property in London.

Clearance ended strongly at department store chain John Lewis with Home sales trending up in the mid-teens.

hslDewsburyInterview with HSL CFO Ian Jones on where the firm goes next — including which towns — as the upholstery vertical continues its rapid, self-funded growth path.