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

Retailer ScS is raising funds for children’s literacy charity Springboard for Children by selling bookmark designs created by two school children.

harveysBensonsCoUK trading margins improved 30 basis points in the first half of Steinhoff’s financial year, with the group saying its refurbishment programme is well advanced.

bentleyDesignsBedroom, living and dining furniture distributor Bentley Designs posted record profits as it returned strongly to growth in 2013–14.

General merchandise sales at Marks & Spencer were flat in the retailer’s first quarter despite a big improvement from its online business.

healsWestbourneGroveExtModern furniture and design retailer Heal’s has opened its new concept Westbourne Grove store in London.

neptuneShowroomNeptune has posted double-digit growth for a fifth consecutive year, with the cabinet and upholstery group now nearly four times as large as it was five years ago.

Floorcoverings retailer Carpetright will this month launch the first of a number of test stores as it looks to transition its brand image away from price.

Rising demand helped Lincolnshire case goods wholesaler Classic Furniture to double profits in the year to end September.

The BFC has lauded the work of Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland, saying he has done more than any other politician to champion the industry over the past half decade.

sofaworksJasonTSofaworks CEO Jason Tyldesley on the timeframe and costs regarding a rebrand, possible new names, new store plans and his view on trade brands. Sign in for more..

Sentiment among furniture manufacturers remains positive despite lower-than-hoped-for output and order levels, according to trade association BFM.

Home retailer Taskers says its new superstore at Hunts Cross — in the planning for more than two years — will open late Autumn and be nearly twice as big as first thought.

wbhHQPricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has earned nearly £500,000 in fees since its appointment as administrator at failed cabinet maker Woodberry Brothers & Haines last summer.

Furniture and electricals retailer Harvey Norman is to take over the iconic former Fultons store at Balmoral Plaza off Belfast’s Boucher Road.

Dreams will this week open the first of six stores in the North East of England with plans to open 30 overall across Britain over the next year.

The organisers of the January Furniture Show are to expand the available space to exhibitors in Hall 5 of the NEC following demand and market confidence.

retailParkThe pace of furniture retail sales growth slowed in Ireland in May, according to the Central Statistics Office.

BoConcept fasciaThe British furniture retail market is going from strength-to-strength according to urban furniture retail franchise operation BoConcept.

Rising demand coupled with a proportionally lower cost base helped flooring market leader Carpetright to a big profits turnaround in 2014–15.

sofaworksCOUpholstery chain Sofaworks has lost its IP court battle with Sofa Workshop owner DFS.

cormarTownCountryCarpet manufacturer Cormar made further inroads into the flooring market as it posted double-digit sales and profit gains in 2013–14.

Pep & Co, the discount retailer run by the former boss of Asda and backed by a South African billionaire, will commence a quick-fire store launch programme this week.

Value furniture and homewares retailer JYSK will have grown its UK footprint by a third with the opening of its fourth store in a year.

dunelmCoJoBrowFormer Apple, Dixons and Monsoon executive John Browett is to become chief executive at furniture and homewares retailer Dunelm.

johnLewisBedroomHome traded double-digit ahead in the past week for John Lewis as it opened its new At Home shop in Horsham, Sussex.

wesleyBarrellGuildfordPremium British furniture manufacturer and retailer Wesley Barrell says it is investing in and expanding its routes to market following its takeover last autumn.

Modern furniture and design retailer Heal’s has added a co-working café to its flagship London store on Tottenham Court Road.

barkersNorthallertonFurniture and department store retailer Barkers of Northallerton enjoyed organic growth in the year to end January ahead of its planned expansion.

Danish childrens’ furniture producer Flexa built on modest growth in 2013 with a stronger uplift last year.

featherAndBlackNew FD at Feather & Black, while Wade Group writes off intra-group debt. Director Oliver Spark — also joint md at Multiyork — provides a steer on trading. Sign in for more.

Collins and Hayes md Matt O’Flynn has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Association of British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).