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

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.

Like-for-like retail sales slipped in April as the early timing of Easter impacted the year-on-year picture, according to stores group the British Retail Consortium.

Mail-order and online retailer Littlewoods — part of the Shop Direct Group — is to phase out its famous printed catalogue with growing online sales rendering it redundant.

The National Bed Federation says the industry needs to prepare for a time when it will no longer be acceptable for old and unwanted mattresses to be sent to landfill.

Chinese furniture importsBritain’s furniture retailers and wholesalers imported more than £220m more in the first quarter of 2015 compared with last year.

hofFurnitureOwn-brand represents close to half of all Home sales at House of Fraser after House brands grew strongly in the year to end January.

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.