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

The last remaining exhibition stands for next month’s Manchester Furniture Show have been sold, organisers have confirmed.

kozeeSleepYorksBedding and fillings giant John Cotton Group has acquired properties belonging to the collapsed Yorkshire mattress manufacturer Kozee Sleep Beds.

addspaceFurnitureProfits fell at flat-pack furniture maker Addspace in the year to end September despite what it described as an ‘excellent’ increase in sales.

British furniture manufacturers grew exports in April thanks to strong demand from the US and gains in key European markets.

Argos said like-for-likes declined 3.9 per cent in the three months to end May with sales adversely impacted by market declines in key electrical and seasonal product categories.

The Manchester Furniture Show is to support a local social enterprise furniture upcycling scheme that provides opportunities for unemployed young people.

Chinese furniture importsChinese furniture imports into Britain dropped 4 per cent in April as UK retail buyers and importers bought more from other Far East nations and Europe.

Houseology — the premium ecommerce design store that rebranded from Occa-Home in April — has unveiled its new-look website.

ikeaSweetBriarRetailParkIKEA agreeing to take over a retail park store from the Dixons Carphone group in Norwich marks a sea change for the retail giant in the UK.

Furniture performed strongly in a tough month for retail in May, according to the British Retail Consortium.

ikeaSweetBriarSmRetail giant IKEA is to open a small-format store on a prominent retail park in the East of England, the Furnishing Report understands.

Oak Furniture Land fascia coRising sales and a 350 basis point gross margin improvement helped profits jump 55 per cent at Oak Furniture Land in the year to end September.

East of England and online beds specialist Mattressman is on the lookout for new store space as it looks to take its profile national.

home24European online furniture retailer Home24 has raised another €120m in a funding round led by a leading Scottish based investment group.

elysWimbledonProfits jumped nearly 10 per cent for independent stores group Morleys with strong top line growth at its Wimbledon and Enfield sites in the year to end January.

johnLewisBedroomBig-ticket furniture and beds lines sold through as John Lewis’ Home directorate delivered 7.9 per cent year-on-year growth last week.

bedworld04062015Ecommerce retail brands Bedworld and Saso are back trading again through a different corporate structure after the previous one was liquidated.

Heritage Long Eaton sofa group Steed Upholstery — which is celebrating its 50th anniversary year in 2015 — is to relaunch its Ashley House brand.

Retailers Oak Furniture Land and sister brand SofaStore will sponsor Burnley Football Club throughout the 2015–16 football season starting from August.

stollersWebRevenue growth escalated at Barrow furniture retailer Stollers in 2013–14 with more to come this year as the privately owned firm celebrates its 110th anniversary.

Investors bring cash but they also bring knowledge, contacts and experience.

Darren Shapland will become chairman at online marketplace retailer Notonthehighstreet Enterprises later this month.

kmFurnitureExtNorth Derbyshire furniture manufacturer KM Furniture has been placed into administration and its workforce laid off.

GilliesBroughtyFerryExtIndependent furniture and home retailer Gillies of Broughty Ferry enjoyed a third year of successive sales growth with all four of its stores making gains in 2013–14.

Ecommerce furniture retailer Loaf is planning to open a showroom at a former furniture store in London’s emerging SW8 postcode.

Beds specialist Dreams has reopened its Kings Lynn showroom featuring its new interior layout and store design.

htlRevenue growth in Europe slowed at Far East leather source HTL in the first quarter of 2015 after having accelerated throughout last year.

Home shopping ecommerce and mail-order group Shop Direct is to close its Woolworths website in under two weeks time.

IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture and home retailer, says the opening of a new wind farm in Sweden has made it energy independent in the Nordic region.

kozeeSleepYorksAdministrators have laid off all bar 14 staff at collapsed Dewsbury mattress manufacturer Kozee Sleep Beds after failing to find a buyer.

RiazAhmedScholefieldMillBeds and sofas manufacturer Sweet Dreams has acquired a historic mill for around £1m, which it plans to use for its growing upholstery arm Comfort Zone Sofas.

Furniture stores in Ireland enjoyed robust growth in April, a month in which higher car sales drove an overall retail uplift.

The Sleep Council has relaunched and upgraded its Sleep Biz website, a resource for retailers providing tools to help them sell more beds and mattresses.

BoConcept, the international contemporary furniture retailer, has revised upwards its sales and profits forecast for 2014–15 because of stronger demand and lower-than-expected costs.

tapiTapi, the new flooring chain from ex-Carpetright director Martin Harris, has launched its first store in London with two more to follow shortly ahead of a national roll-out.

Martin Harris — son of Lord Harris — has launched his new Tapi carpets and floorings chain, with a slew of ex-Carpetright colleagues joining him on the retailer's launch board.