Ekornes is to take its Stressless brand to the NEC for the first time since 2009 after signing to exhibit at the January Furniture Show 2017.

Sofas and carpets retailer ScS has named group sales director Kevin Royal as md as part of a boardroom reshuffle coinciding with the arrival of its new CFO.

DPaylingDFSUpholstery retailer DFS has confirmed the departure of its group retail operations director Dave Payling, who had been with the company since 1989.

Amazon has named the head of its Chinese business as the replacement for UK boss Christopher North, who is leaving at the end of next month.

argosConcessionArgos owner Home Retail Group said its investment in next-day delivery has paid off with furniture one of its stronger-performing categories in 2015–16.

Parker Knoll says its new 100,000sqft Nottinghamshire factory will allow it to increase its production capacity by more than 33 per cent.

Big-ticket furniture sales lifted at John Lewis last week as the department store retailer toiled against tough Fashion comparatives.

ukFurnitureManufacturingThe British consumer market for upholstery is to be among the strongest worldwide over the next three years, according to Milan-based furniture market research consultancy CSIL.

Carpetright CEO Wilf Walsh says its new retail concept pilots are outperforming its legacy store format and will be rolled out across the country.

bhsBHS has been placed into administration but continues to trade. Insolvency firm Duff & Phelps says it is targeting a going concern sale of the retail chain.

THE number of furniture and furnishings industry people and families making The Sunday Times Rich List has increased this year, with 35 making the latest edition.

SHOW organisers have revealed the latest companies to sign to exhibit at this summer’s Manchester Furniture Show including big-name suppliers from home and abroad.

MANAGEMENT at West Midlands manufacturer Ultra Furniture have safeguarded the future of the sofa maker after agreeing a pre-pack administration deal.

HedgEndMORE ex-DFS executives have joined the board of the Kirkham-family backed furniture startup as shareholders put more money in and speculation about its first store solidifies.

FURNITURE retail sales rose year-on-year for the 22nd consecutive month in March though the rate slowed to its weakest since last November.

MATTRESS and divan manufacturer The Shire Bed Company is to produce a line of roll-up mattresses after investing in the expansion of its Yorkshire factory.

franceSTEINHOFF has outlined its interest in acquiring the French mattress factories of bedding group Cauval ahead of a key court date next month.

BED brand Sealy UK will showcase its full product range as it hosts its annual beds exhibition at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey next month.

LOWER costs and improved gross margin helped furniture importer Seconique shrug off falling sales last year, while an exceptional write-off helped statutory profits top £6m.

jdWilliamsHOME shopping retailer N Brown made double-digit sales gains in big-ticket furniture lines as group sales advanced 3.5 per cent to £866.2m in the year to 27th February.

SALES climbed 5.3 per cent for John Lewis last week with upholstery and textiles the standout categories across its Home directorate.

hammondsStoreFitted furniture vertical Hammonds posted its first group profit in six years in 2014–15 as revenue advanced by approaching £9m to record levels.

ONE of UK furniture chain Harveys’ main suppliers expanded its workforce by more than 25 per cent in 2014–15 with the bulk of the new jobs in manufacturing roles.

retailParkStoresRetail parks were the only type of shopping destination to see more shoppers in March, according to stores group the British Retail Consortium.

The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) will update stakeholders on its Circular Economy project during Clerkenwell Design Week next month.

home24Internet furniture retailer Home24 grew sales by 45.9 per cent in 2015 in a year that saw it treble the amount of money committed to capital projects.

Case goods imports into Britain climbed in February with the growth rate in bedroom shipments outscoring the living and dining category.

Carpet and flooring group Victoria PLC says its has ceased sale talks with the owners of Lano Carpets and is turning its attention to other targets elsewhere.

Chinese furniture importsRising Chinese upholstery shipments powered a double-digit climb in sofa imports into the UK during February according to new Government data.

Bedroom cabinet manufacturer One-Call Furniture has strengthened its management team, naming Paul James as director of sales and marketing.

debenhamsFascDepartment store retailer Debenhams has expanded its credit offer as it looks to re-balance sales across a broader range of categories, including furniture.

Mattress and divan sales climbed by more than a fifth at Harrison Spinks in 2014–15 as the Leeds group invested heavily on job creation and its manufacturing operation.



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