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

Shoppers went gadget crazy at John Lewis last week as customers made the most of the department store retailer’s Black Friday deals.

alan-white-agentWest Midlands distributor Serene Furnishings has appointed Alan White to represent its Serene Beds and Serene Living brands in Scotland.

harry-corry-co-fasciaStronger gross margin and higher sales helped 48-store furniture and furnishings chain Harry Corry return to profit at EBITDA level in 2013–14.

Longtime Collins and Hayes sales manager Bruce Cowen is retiring at the end of 2014 after 32 years with the company and more than 50 years in the furniture industry.

vida-living-dundalk-extIreland’s largest furniture wholesale and distribution business is relaunching as VIDA Living and making a seven-figure investment in its UK operation.

The heritage Allders of Croydon department store has reopened under new ownership and is now trading as Zervo.

Oak-Furniture-LandAt least three more Oak Furniture Land stores are earmarked to open before the end of 2014 as brand owner JB Global continues to expand its store footprint.

john-cottonBedding entrepreneur John Cotton received his MBE at Buckingham Palace yesterday after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List earlier this year.

flammability-vertProposed changes to the furniture fire and flammability regulations are not viable and leading trade associations and manufacturers are against them, according to a Conservative MP.

National beds specialist Dreams will open a new format store in Romford tomorrow morning (28th Nov).

Harveys and Bensons for Beds owner Steinhoff is to enter the fashion market after agreeing to acquire one of the largest non-food retailers in the Southern Hemisphere.

Lower costs and stronger margins helped national flooring chain Carpets4Less to grow profits by a quarter in 2013–14.

The Home directorate was top of the tree as Christmas gifts and decorations drove sales at John Lewis in the seven days to 22nd November.

Home improvement retailer B&Q said sales of showroom merchandise — its kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms offer — declined in its third quarter.

Cookes Furniture Two-store independent Cookes Furniture said it built sales momentum in 2013–14 and has seen top and bottom line improvement in the first six months of its new financial year.

Yorkshire beds group Harrison Spinks has launched a dedicated Contract division headed up by one of the sector’s most experienced executives.

topps-tiles-fascia-coEarnings grew strongly at wall and floor tile retailer Topps in the year to end September as year-on-year sales climbed almost 10 per cent.

Paris, FRA. — Simmons Bedding Group owner Cauval Industries has hired the former head of IKEA France Jean-Louis Baillot as chief operating officer.

sofas-stuff-edinburghUpmarket retail chain Sofas & Stuff — the brainchild of Sofa Workshop founder Andrew Cussins — is on the march with new smart showrooms opening across Britain.

The owner and managing director of Hick Lane Bedding is one of three men charged with human trafficking related offences in Yorkshire.

Belgian carpet producer Lano has agreed to buy the broadloom carpet business of compatriot and rival manufacturer Bajong.