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

John Lewis sales climbed 2.8 per cent to £77m in the seven days to 2nd May with Home sales inching above year-earlier figures.

cfsStoreCoUpholstery and bed suppliers face hefty shortfalls following the pre-pack sale of a six-store furniture chain whose directors included the former CEO of Land of Leather.

Customer demand dropped sharply in the four weeks to 2nd May after a strong first quarter, according to sofas and carpets retailer ScS.

Yorkshire beds company Deepsleep Beds UK has been given a small fine after it pleaded guilty to breaching the Consumer Protection Act 1987.

vitafoamBritain’s bed manufacturers helped drive another top line lift at North West foam giant Vita Cellular Foams in the year to end December.

VIDA Living says it has stepped up investment in the UK market with its warehouses holding a third more stock and its delivery fleet expanding by more than a quarter.

Spinks Springs — the components arm of Leeds beds group Harrison Spinks — was an award winner as suppliers exhibition Interzum started in Cologne yesterday.

home24Sales growth escalated for pan-European ecommerce furniture retailer Home24 in 2014 though lower prices meant falling gross margin and wider losses.

Premium interior design retailer Occa-Home says it is building for significant growth by rebranding as Houseology and moving to larger premises.

Prominent BFM members were among a host of British furniture brands to show at last month’s iSaloni series in Milan, which included a BFM stand for the first time.

Bedroom furniture producer Wiemann will make its Long Point debut with the firm saying its presence is recognition of its increasing UK brand awareness.

habitatIntExtThe number of Habitat showrooms across the UK will more than double over the next 12 months under plans to escalate expansion of the mid-premium furniture and home brand.

New stores and online lifted John Lewis sales last week though a solid performance from both indoor and outdoor furniture lines helped Home sales to a 4.1 per cent rise.

Bed manufacturers, suppliers and retailers are being urged to enter the 2015 Bed Show Industry Awards, with the NBF launching the process yesterday.

alstonsFactoryAlstons — which is to be sold to management and a Thai carpet business in a deal effectively valuing it at £32m — becomes the latest in a long line of sofa company transactions this year.

johnAlstonAlstons and BFM chairman John Alston will focus full time on the concrete business once the deal to sell the family upholstery company completes in June.

Organisers of the January Furniture Show have partnered buying group SMG to add a floorcoverings showcase to the 2016 edition.

Colin Watson is stepping down as managing director at the British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) to return to consultancy.

ukFurnitureManufacturingPrivately owned Alstons has been sold to a joint venture comprising the existing management team and Thailand Carpet Manufacturing.

ikeaSales climbed sharply in the UK for IKEA in 2013–14 though weaker gross margin and the cost of growing its workforce hit profits.

Sofa manufacturer QFC capitalised on its significant investment expanding capacity as it returned strongly to profit in 2014.

The benefits of buying up rival carpet and flooring companies is paying off according to Victoria PLC, which says FY earnings will beat expectations.

Andy Harrison has been named chairman at home and furniture chain Dunelm, taking over from Geoff Cooper who retires later this summer.

Membership has swelled at industry trade association FIRA since January with the addition of 16 companies spanning established and new firms across the furniture supply chain.

relyonBensonsRelyon sales to third party stockists were broadly flat in 2013–14 with sales to other Steinhoff owned businesses rising by close to half.

Retail chain Magnet grew strongly in the first quarter buoyed by demand for kitchens at the lower end of its consumer price bracket.

Belgium headquartered textiles group Bekaert — supplier to many UK mattress manufacturers — has been sold by one investment group to another.

westwingNowMembers-only home retailer Westwing is launching a dedicated ecommerce furniture and décor store as it looks to take sales past €200m in 2015.

CASA — Italian for Home — is the name for Devon retailer Queenstreet Carpets & Furnishings’ soon-to-open second showroom (see related).

bedworldThe £10m privately owned ecommerce business behind the Bedworld and Saso mattress, beds and furniture websites has ceased trading.

furnitureQueueFurniture retailers ended the first quarter in rude health with strong March sales and an upwards revision for February, according to official data.

Department store retailer John Lewis has rebranded its B2B arm with a renewed focus on selling furniture and furnishings to trade customers.

actonaOwnersDanish furniture retail group Lars Larsen has acquired a majority stake in circa £100m furniture supplier Actona for an undisclosed sum.

lazboyUkRevenue pushed towards £50m at Colne upholstery supplier Furnico through 2013–14 though weaker gross margin meant profits growth was more modest.

bensonForBedsSteinhoff is steering funds towards developing Harveys’ online business after doing similar for its Bensons for Beds chain paid dividends last year.

Department store chain House of Fraser enjoyed profitable growth in the year to end January, buoyed by rising Internet orders.