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

bernardStitfallSofa Brands International will have a new group finance director from 1st December following the retirement after nearly four decades service of Bernard Stitfall.

Furniture retailer Dwell this weekend opened its eighth store and third in as many months as it continues to rebuild its store footprint.

QuickStepHQMohawk Industries posted record third quarter profits thanks to the successful integration of acquisitions and gains made by new product lines.

Floorcoverings contractor Designer Contracts has relocated to two larger depots serving three key regions.

Promotions across living and dining, bedroom and upholstery supported year-on-year furniture sales growth at John Lewis last week.

okaWebDemand from online customers boosted premium furniture and homeware retailer OKA Direct as 2014–15 ecommerce sales climbed by nearly a quarter.

Trade kitchens supplier Howdens has entered into a long term agreement to occupy a new-build distribution centre near Raunds.

blackOrchidConcessionEfforts to salvage high-end furniture and design brand Black Orchid Interiors remain ongoing, the administrator said yesterday.

General merchandise sales at Marks & Spencer declined 0.4 per cent in the six months to end September, though the retailer made gains in food and online.

The rate at which prices dropped in UK retail stores decelerated in October according to stores group the British Retail Consortium.

arnottsDepartment store operator Selfridges Group has acquired heritage Dublin retailer Arnotts from Fitzwilliam Finance Partners.

sereneAgentsMidlands beds and furniture distributor Serene has appointed Jim Sloan to build distribution for its Serene Living programme across the island of Ireland.

WarrenEvansChelmsfordLondon and South East beds and mattress retailer Warren Evans says a bumper sales performance in the early part of 2015 has put it in line to return to profit this year.

The new value-oriented Simply Magnet collection continued to drive top line improvement at kitchens chain Magnet in the third quarter.

Consumer confidence for big-ticket furniture spend has taken a knock over fears regarding the UK and wider global economy.

tempurThmbTempur’s introduction into the British market represented a paradigm shift for UK mattress manufacturers, distributors, retailers and end users.

Furniture sales grew 7.6 per cent at department store mutual John Lewis last week driven by orders taken from its online channel.

Privately owned manufacturer and distributor Gallery Direct is one of the fastest emerging furniture and home furnishings groups operating in the UK.

healsHMansA look at management and non-executive changes at premium furniture, design and homewares retailer Heal’s. Sign in for more.

Expanding furniture and homewares distributor Gallery Direct invested heavily in what was a transformational year to December 2014.

nextHomeMaidstoneGeneral merchandise retailer Next posted 7.3 per cent sales growth for its third quarter, driven by a near double-digit rise in Directory sales.

The Furnishing Report charts Carpetright’s progress in downsizing its UK store portfolio over the past four and a half years.

veryBedsHome shopping giant Shop Direct grew profits 78 per cent in the year to end June with CEO Alex Baldock hailing the online department store retailer’s disciplined approach.

natuzziCroydonHigh sales growth at key London stores helped sofa giant Natuzzi shrug off the impact of a number of department store concession closures last year.

Carpetright CEO Wilf Walsh says early trading at its new concept stores has been encouraging as the retailer delivered half year growth against a backdrop of space rationalisation.

HRH The Countess of Wessex officially opened luxury bed manufacturer Vispring’s new showroom at its Devon factory last week.

habitatTCRmapthumbFurniture retailer Habitat has completed the first phase of a major refurbishment of its flagship showroom on Tottenham Court Road.

Privately-owned furniture and department store retailer Collingwood Batchellor doubled profits in 2014–15 with strong growth enjoyed at its refurbished Worthing store.

Multi-brand kitchen manufacturing group Omega posted strong profits in the year to end December as group sales climbed 5.6 per cent to £39.9m.

Tempur Sealy International has settled a longstanding antitrust investigation alleging vertical price fixing at its German Tempur subsidiary.

tapiUddingstonTapi Carpets & Floors will take store numbers to 20 with the emerging floorcoverings retailer revealing its next eight locations, including a first in Wales.

September brought a sixteenth consecutive month of rising furniture sales, according to the Office for National Statistics.

dfsStoreOfficialAdvent International is to reduce its shareholding in DFS, the national furniture retailer which returned to the stock market earlier this year.