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

Year-on-year sales fell at John Lewis last week as it struggled with tough comps against the run-up to Mother’s Day 2014 and cooler weather hindering apparel demand.

martinAndFrostHeritage Edinburgh furniture retailer Martin & Frost reopens today following a £1m refurbishment that sees both the store footprint and product offer expanded.

Home categories made sales gains at retail giant Marks & Spencer in the final three months of its 2014–15 financial year.

Industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company (TFMC) has named Hypnos as the recipient of its Sustainability Award for 2015.

seconiqueUnderlying profits jumped 30 per cent for Seconique as the Midlands furniture wholesale group benefited from the cheaper cost of moving goods from A to B.

Luxury kitchens chain Harvey Jones launches its first ever television advertising campaign today (1st Apr) with targeted spots aimed at specific consumer demographics.

Steve Lamb has joined furniture distributor VIDA Living as key account manager for its UK business.

BandQBritain’s biggest home improvement retailer B&Q is to cut its store portfolio by 60 stores while UK and Ireland CEO Kevin O'Byrne is to leave.

Irish furniture retailers continued to make up lost ground in February as big-ticket lines — including motor cars — topped the sales charts.

Sales fell in low single digits for the UK arm of Canadian office furniture giant Global in 2013–14 as the company arrested a long-running top line decline.

natuzziFactoryUpholstery giant Natuzzi has taken a leaner product line into 2015 as it looks to build on an improving sales picture through last year.

Thousands of shoppers attended the official opening of Barker and Stonehouse’s £4.5m Stockton store this weekend.

GregSuthernFVFurniture Village has hired industry heavyweight Greg Suthern to the newly created post of chief operating officer.

Furniture retail sales growth is accelerating again with a double-digit rise in volumes recorded in February.

Home category sales were positive despite a dip in overall activity and weaker store sales at John Lewis last week.

dfs co 1Sofa group DFS’ return to the stock market will have a transformational impact on its bottom line, the retailer has confirmed.

The January Furniture Show is to back the next generation of furnishing industry leaders by sponsoring the Furniture Makers’ Company’s Young Professionals course.

InflationMar25Furniture retail price inflation has slipped below zero in eight of the past 18 months but February’s fall was the steepest yet.

North Yorkshire retailer Barkers of Northallerton is to create a dedicated contemporary furniture department as part of 20,000sqft extension of its edge-of-town furnishings store.

Furniture distributor Willis & Gambier shrugged off what remained tough market conditions to improve its top and bottom lines last year.

Consumers paid less for their furniture in February but retailers and wholesalers had no such luck, with no change to manufacturing output price inflation.

britishBedStoresBritish Bed Stores — the online bedroom retailer run by the owners of the now defunct Bed Centre UK ecommerce store — has ceased trading.

Marketplace retailer NotOnTheHighStreet.com (NOTHS.com) has named Tesco executive Simon Belsham as its CEO.

Exhibition organisers say they only have space left in Halls 2 and 3 for next year’s January Furniture Show following strong supplier demand.

cfsStoreCoFurniture retailer CFS — which trades from a number of former Land of Leather stores and lists its ex-CEO among its directors — has been sold as a going concern.

Glasgow independent Forrest Furnishings is to add 10,000sqft in shop floorspace at its South Street showrooms after accepting an offer for its Cathedral Street property.

EchoLuHomebaseMDHome Retail Group has named former Tesco UK board member Echo Lu as managing director for its Homebase retail chain.

nextHomeMaidstoneCommentary: Next is committed to investing even more in its growing Home and furniture operation, though 2014–15 wasn’t without its challenges, including taking a hefty upholstery recall hit.

Management at Whitestone, Westex and Abingdon — the three companies acquired by Victoria PLC in the past 15 months — have increased their stake in in the group.

Profits more than doubled at Corby furniture wholesaler Kettle Interiors in 2013–14 as the firm made the most of higher sales, quicker delivery and lower costs.

JohnLewisCorporateStrong growth returned for John Lewis last week with all bar five of its stores up on last year and online rising by nearly a quarter.

Fashion-to-furnishings retailer Next says new Home space is performing ahead of plan as group profits jumped 12.5 per cent in the year to end January.

Expanding the number of retail touch-points through 2014 helped luxury Swedish brand Hästens Beds to high top line growth last year.

Beds retailer Dreams is to increase its presence in and around Birmingham with a new 8,650sqft store opening on Good Friday (3rd April).

millbrookBedsBed manufacturer Millbrook is back on the path to profit after work to restructure the business and find new customers paid off, its owners have said.

Internet orders helped keep Scottish non-food retail sales ahead of last year in February, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium.

Martin Allen is to retire as managing director of Airsprung Group’s headboard division at the end of this month.

sofaworksCOUpholstery retailer Sofaworks — whose IP court battle with DFS-owned Sofa Workshop is scheduled for next month — has sold a stake in the business to help fuel its growth.