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

FdbedShopUnsecured creditors of a multi-site high street South East beds and mattress retailer will receive a final dividend under 1p for every pound owed after rejecting modifications to a CVA.

buoyantUpholsteryThe double-digit growth trend at expanding sofa manufacturer Buoyant Upholstery continued in the first year since it was acquired in a private equity backed MBO.

carpetsWholesaleWholesale giant Headlam has added one the country’s largest remaining independent carpet distributors to its growing roster of businesses in a deal worth £2m.

sofaBrandsThe group behind sofa firms G Plan Upholstery, Parker Knoll and Duresta has been sold to its management and an investment firm headed by the former CEO of Bank of Scotland.

Furniture and accents retailer MADE this weekend opened a showroom space in the Soho area of London, its third in the capital and fourth overall.

The organiser of the January Furniture Show has expanded its team into double-figures with two key appointments.

A balance of four in every five furniture stores saw growth in early January trading, according to business group CBI.

Profits jumped strongly at London based rugs distributor Asiatic Carpets as sales output grew last year.

The co-founders of Dutch furniture and lighting firm Moooi have regained total control of the company after acquiring the stake held by Italian design brand B&B Italia.

Beds helped sales climb last week at John Lewis, though the chain was reliant on the web to make up for a 2.6 per cent decline across its stores.

JulianBowenA 130 basis point gross margin improvement helped profits rise at Midlands furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen in the year to end June.

The addition of a seventh store boosted sales by nearly a fifth at large regional non-food retailer Charlies in the year to end July.

General merchandise retailer Argos is to open small format digital stores in Sainsburys supermarkets, the two retailers have announced.

tescoHomeplusRetail giant Tesco’s decision to close 43 stores nationwide will have a major impact on physical store space devoted to furniture and other Home category lines.

Worldwide profits at IKEA were flat despite rising sales across many of the markets in which it operates, the retailer said.

Furniture retailers continued their 2014 growth run in December with stronger year-on-year trading than any other product category.

monoqiHome furnishings, design and lifestyle retailer Monoqi has acquired assets belonging to MyDeco, the heavily backed UK based Internet venture.

Upmarket retailer Feather & Black has hired a former senior Orla Kiely and Robert Dyas executive to the post of commercial and finance director.

Memory foam pioneer Tempur has launched mattresses featuring springs for the first time, but its UK md says there are no plans to launch the line here.

starplanFurnitureCoFalling gross margin dragged profits down by a quarter at eleven-store bedroom furniture vertical Starplan in the year to end April.

Premium bedroom and lifestyle retailer Feather & Black is launching the London Collection, a British themed beds range featuring what it describes as the UK’s highest spec mattress.

Third quarter sales lifted at national flooring chain Carpetright buoyed by promotional activity and the Boxing Day launch of interest free credit.

British furniture retailers ended 2014 on a high despite the four month run of double-digit growth coming to an end in December.

Independent furniture retailer Woodstock Interiors is expanding into the bedrooms sector with the opening of a second Surrey showroom.

philGreenBHSTakeover interest in furniture-to-fashion business BHS has prompted its owner Sir Philip Green to consider selling the retail chain, according to press reports.

scsOldSofa and carpets chain ScS has confirmed its return to the stock market in a move that values the retailer at around £70m.

New stores and online helped John Lewis creep past year-earlier figures as poor weather conditions impacted performance in the seven days to 17th January.

British independent flooring retailers ended 2014 on a high to help wholesale giant Headlam offset weakness abroad last year.

Sofa retailer DFS is close to a return to the stock market with its private equity owner Advent International hoping to achieve a valuation approaching £1bn.

Britain’s biggest online flooring retailer says it has invested heavily to negate the impact of a change in the way search giant Google ranks websites.

Privately owned Midlands furniture distributors Serene and Carlton have each made senior sales appointments in the past month.

jyskCONew stores and the launch of an ecommerce arm helped JYSK grow UK sales by more than half in the year to end August.

In-the-home window dressings specialist Hillarys is to roll out its carpets and flooring offer nationwide after a successful trial.

Furniture suppliers Bentley Designs, Henderson Russell and Gallery Direct were the winners of The Furniture Awards, held for the first time at this year’s January Furniture Show.

leeLonglandsDerbyLee Longlands enjoyed strong sales and earnings growth in the period that saw it launch its £1m superstore in Derby city centre.

Vitafoam’s Prima Foam division has been awarded FIRA Gold Certification for its Primalux seat and back cushion.

Duresta says it has enjoyed a bump in demand from export markets including Australia, Japan and the Middle East while external factors have caused others to wobble.

Diversification into new product areas helped West Yorkshire cabinet furniture and components group Decorative Panels put £10m more on its top line in the year to end March.

The organisers of the January Furniture Show — which took place at the NEC last week — say the inaugural show was beyond their wildest dreams.

British buyers spent less on tufted and woven carpets in November, with overall imports only keeping pace with previous years thanks to Far East sourced rugs.