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

Furniture and flooring supplier TCS is looking to build on the strong sell-in of its January launched carpet programme, with over 200 independent stores having already taken displays.

Fears that up to 100 workers at Dundee furniture manufacturer JTC may be made redundant have receded after the firm won new business.

inflationThumbJune broke a four-month run of falling furniture retail prices, marking only the fourth time in the past 12 months that prices haven’t been deflationary.

Premium stoves and furnishings group Aga Rangemaster is to be sold to US kitchen equipment corporation Middleby in a deal worth £129m.

Beds and components group Harrison Spinks was the top ranked home industry company in a list of the top 200 privately-owned UK exporters.

Heritage sofa maker Wade Upholstery has appointed Mike Greasley as its representative in a number of regions across Britain.

birleaBarcelonaMidlands living, dining and bedroom distributor Birlea Furniture posted record sales and profits in the year to end October and looks set to do so again in 2014–15.

Carpet trade between the UK and the rest of the European Union weakened in May, chiefly because of lower sales to and from the Netherlands.

Furniture sales were strong in June according to the British Retail Consortium, which said big-ticket benefited from free-flowing credit and low prices.

vietnamImportsFurniture imports rose 5.1 per cent in May thanks to demand from UK buyers for Vietnamese cabinet and Polish upholstery.

Furniture manufacturer Herman Miller has completed building work at its new manufacturing plant in Melksham, Wiltshire.

DIY retail stalwart George Adams has joined the board at listed sofas and carpets retailer ScS.

corndellThis weekend marks a year since Corndell changed hands. A look at the ownership structure of the heritage Oxfordshire case goods manufacturer and distributor.

The number of buyers pre-registering to attend the Manchester Furniture Show is up on last year, with greater interest from visitors in the South of England.

coachHouseAlthamPrivately owned furniture and homewares wholesaler Coach House enjoyed another bumper year in 2013–14 with rising sales, profits and cash.

dunelmStoreEfforts to galvanise the furniture category paid off for Dunelm in the year to end June as the chain confirmed Keith Down as its new chief financial officer.

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.