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

tapiTapi, the new flooring chain from ex-Carpetright director Martin Harris, has launched its first store in London with two more to follow shortly ahead of a national roll-out.

Martin Harris — son of Lord Harris — has launched his new Tapi carpets and floorings chain, with a slew of ex-Carpetright colleagues joining him on the retailer's launch board.

Brits haven’t been this bullish in nearly a decade, according to a consumer confidence survey by global research consultancy Nielsen.

haloTomCatInternational design and distribution group Halo has taken action against a number of companies across China for copying some of its best-known furniture designs.

Fewer than one in every ten retailers saw sales decline in early May trading, according to business group the CBI.

dreamsAtHomeSmlNational beds giant Dreams has opened its first Dreams at Home pilot store at Watford in partnership with a local independent retailer and sourcing company (see related).

Shoppers stayed away from big-ticket shopping destinations over the Bank Holiday weekend, according to a leading retail research consultancy.

Philip Lawrence, CEO at the Coal Authority, is to take a non-executive post at floorcoverings group Headlam.

leekesCovLeekes’ home department store business returned to profit at the EBITDA line in 2014–15 on the back of strong revenue growth.

Stressless brand owner Ekornes made a strong start to 2015 including rising revenues in the British and Irish retail markets.

retail sales thumbSales volumes in the furniture industry were up double-digits for a third successive month in April and you have to go back to May last year for the last year-on-year decline.

The National Bed Federation will this weekend launch a six month consumer advertising campaign designed to highlight the safety, cleanliness and honesty of its members’ beds.

sharpsWardrobeUnderlying profits jumped 30 per cent at national bedroom furniture chain Sharps in 2013–14 as it made the most of new stores and above-the-line promotion.

kozeeSleepYorksDewsbury mattress and bed base manufacturer Kozee Sleep Beds has been placed into administration after a nightmare 12 months.

furnitureVillageStoreExt2015Furniture Village founder and CEO Peter Harrison says it will trade up as it implements its expansion strategy over the next five years.

Year-on-year furniture retail prices remained lower in April though the rate slowed for a third successive month, according to the Office for National Statistics.

atlanticShoppingMargins were squeezed but sales continued to gain momentum for online and warehouse furniture and furnishings retailer Atlantic Shopping in 2014.

Furniture manufacturers wanting to show at this autumn’s I Saloni Worldwide event in Moscow can cut costs after the BFM secured grant funding.

lucasAylesburyPrivately owned furniture retailer Stokers is expanding its store network with the addition of one of Britain’s largest single-site furniture businesses.

Ireland and Scotland furniture and furnishings retailer Harry Corry will pay less rent on a number of stores after all bar two of its landlords agreed a CVA proposal.

The National Bed Federation has elected Ebrahim Patel, md at Leicester manufacturer Vogue Beds, as its next president.

dreamsInterview2Interview: CEO Mike Logue shares his thoughts on production, his relationship with other Sun-backed retailers, store pilots, expansion plans and product strategy.

retailParkThe number of shoppers fell in all retail locations bar out-of-town parks in April, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Online home sales lifted 12 per cent last week to help total category revenue beat year-earlier trade at department store John Lewis.

firaTesting, calibration and advisory services provider Exova Group has acquired FIRA International owner BM Trada in a deal worth around £22m.

symphonySymphony group made the most of strong demand in 2014 with a big leap in sales, with profits further boosted by a large gain on property.

The Sleep Council says retailer demand is behind a renewed push to promote British made beds.

dreamsSolihullextCoNational beds retailer Dreams is on track to double profits in 2015 with sales continuing to trend upwards in the first four months of the year.

tescoHomeplusSupermarket giant Tesco is to close its six remaining Homeplus stores following the earlier closure of a similar number announced in January (see related).

Visitor numbers were up sharply at furniture technology and materials fair Interzum this month with international attendance behind the increase.

ukFurnitureManufacturingUK furniture exports dipped fractionally in the first quarter of 2015 despite strong demand from Ireland.

Foam based mattress supplier The Foam Company has strengthened its sales force with the appointment of Jon Baker as commercial director and two high-profile external hires.