ikeaAberdeenMockupIKEA says it will build a new web platform for its UK business as it looks to capitalise on high sales and profits growth here last year.

Leeds mattress and bed technology firm Harrison Spinks has appointed Michael Dingwall as manufacturing director.

Participation in The London Fabric Show ramped up this year underscoring positive sentiment in Britain’s upholstery industry.

AnthonyJoyceSlumberlandSteinhoff plans to expand its Wellington and Huntingdon bed factories as it builds capacity following high demand for its relaunched Slumberland and Dunlopillo brands.

Flooring giant Headlam said its UK operation outperformed the market in 2015 as profits jumped by almost a fifth.

mattressGenThe md of Sleepeezee owner Simmons Bedding Group says it is business as usual for the manufacturer despite financial problems at its French parent company.

Furniture was the top performer within John Lewis’ Home directorate last week, rising 11.2 per cent on the same week a year ago.

bensonsCOBensons for Beds expanded its retail footprint to 268 stores as Steinhoff’s UK retail business grew sales by 11 per cent in the six months to end December.

Furniture and lighting sales trended up in high single-digits for Irish retailers in January as the new year continued along the same vein as 2015.

wayfairFurniture and home goods retailer Wayfair is ramping up UK advertising spend as it looks to build on its prior investment in job creation here and across Europe.

The number of people working in retail will drop by almost 1 million over the next decade as stores close and new technologies displace many existing roles.

Consumer confidence took a knock in February as stock market turbulence prompted fears the economy could take a hit.

furmanacAdjustable beds and upholstery manufacturer Furmanac grew sales 15.9 per cent last year with its turnover having more than doubled in under five years.

Sharps has relaunched its flagship London showroom with a new store format described as a ”huge jump forward” by the national furniture chain’s marketing director Tim Moore.

AISexhibitionBig-ticket furniture sales trended up in high single-digits for members of buying group Associated Independent Stores in 2014–15, building on 4.2 per cent growth the year before.

More furniture and flooring retailers saw falling sales in February compared to those reporting rises, according to the first of the monthly retail monitors.

Foreign buyers attended in greater numbers at the Stockholm Furniture & Light exhibition, which took place in the Swedish capital earlier this month (9–13 Feb.2016).

simbaMattressBoxMattress brand Simba has launched into the ecommerce beds market and announced a partnership with department store retailer John Lewis.

hypnosBedLuxury bed maker Hypnos expanded its international dealer network as it grew its top line by almost a third in the year to end June.

Sainsbury’s has been given an extension to decide whether or not to make a firm bid for Home Retail Group, owner of Argos, after Steinhoff made an approach Friday.

H.Dawson Sons & Company, a wool supplier based in Yorkshire, has acquired a majority stake in Axminster Carpets, the Devon manufacturer rescued from administration in 2013.

Harveys and Bensons for Beds owner Steinhoff has approached Home Retail Group with a possible cash offer that threatens to scupper Sainsbury’s takeover bid for the Argos owner.

JasonTSofologyUpholstery specialist Sofaworks completed the last of its 33 store branding changes last week as it transitions to its new Sofology name.

Upholstery retailer Sofology is planning to open six new stores this year, bringing the chain to almost 40 shops by the end of 2016.

Italian furniture and design brand Kartell has opened its first UK monobrand showroom with a store in the Knightsbridge area of London.

achicaEcommerce group Worldstores is to merge its flash sales businesses under the Achica brand with the Casafina label to be dropped and customers migrated over.

Furniture logistics specialist Andrew Porter has announced two new management hires as part of a restructure designed to make the business more customer focused.



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