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

argosCoMattresses and flat-pack cabinet kits are among 20,000 product lines available for same-day order and delivery as part of a new initiative from general merchandise retailer Argos.

Members of the National Bed Federation and their guests raised more than £6,000 for industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company at the NBF Gala Dinner.

wrenLivingFurniture vertical Wren Living grabbed a bigger share of the kitchens, bedrooms and living room market in 2014 with sales closing in on £200m.

Year-on-year price falls for non-food merchandise widened in September as retailers competed to offer consumers the keenest deals.

atkinsonsSheffieldUrban regeneration in the centre of Sheffield will bring benefits, according to heritage furniture and department store independent Atkinsons.

Industry leaders including DFS and FIRA are to speak at an event designed to address the potential skills shortage in the British furniture industry.

ahfStoreFrontFurniture chain AHF says its new and upgraded stores can help it build on improving 2014–15 sales and profits with another leap in performance this year.

The group behind the Habitat retail fascia outside the United Kingdom has refinanced and plans to use the cash to support its global expansion of the heritage British brand.

Upmarket furniture and interiors retailer OKA Direct plans to more than double store numbers over the next 36 months.

Fair-trade furniture and accessories retailer Myakka has top scored in the Good Shopping Guide, a consumer reference book compiled by the Ethical Company Organisation.

GardinerHaskinsBristolPrivately owned South West home department store retailer Gardiner Haskins returned strongly to growth in 2014 and boosted already high profit margins.

The new Consumer Rights Act — which came into effect yesterday — fundamentally affects the furniture retail sector’s relationship with its customers.

British consumer confidence declined in September but still remains well ahead of year-earlier levels, according to research group GfK.

Nottinghamshire upholstery producer Whitemeadow more than doubled profits on the back of rising sales and a 60 basis point swing in gross margin.

home24European consumers propelled Home24 and Westwing — two of the continents main home and living ecommerce retailers — to new heights in the first half of 2015.

The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) is funding a research project designed to address the 1bn kilograms of waste furniture and mattresses sent to landfill annually in the UK.

DickinsonsFurnishersPrivately owned retailer Dickinsons Furnishers has grown sales by more than £3m in three years and plans to maintain its sales momentum.

The Yorkshire based sales office of Belgian carpet manufacturer Associated Weavers posted its strongest sales in eight years in 2014.

The seventh South West Furniture Show will take place from 13th–15th September 2016, organisers have confirmed.

scsFasciaExpanding its store footprint boosted sales for upholstery chain ScS in the year to end July, though profits were down as a result of its spring sales blip and concession costs.

The CEO of upholstery and flooring chain ScS says he believes the retailer maintained market share during its “short, sharp dip” in spring trading momentum.

Major independent retailer Forrest Furnishings says it is trading ahead in high single-digits in the first three quarters of 2015 as it looks to build on strong growth last year.

westbridgeFactoryWestbridge put another £6.5m on its top line last year and will grow again in 2015 with its new factory supplying sofas to IKEA fully operational since the first quarter.

Demand in the UK and Italy was strong for Natuzzi in the first six months of 2015 as the upholstery producer made the most of more efficient production to narrow losses.

Clive Christian has sold his majority stake in his eponymous furnishings and fragrance company to a consortium of private investors.

conranSelfridgesModern furniture specialist bolsters its management team plus a look at The Conran Shop’s worldwide performance in the year to end March. Sign in for more.

John Lewis yesterday opened its new £35m Birmingham department store, which anchors the Grand Central retail development above New Street Station.

lebusFactoryRevenue growth escalated at Lebus Upholstery with the Lincolnshire sofa manufacturer posting a third successive double-digit sales climb.

Carpets group AIREA posted higher profits as sales climbed at home and abroad and in both contract and domestic markets in the year to end June.

International furniture brand BoConcept has revised its 2015–16 profit forecasts on the back of better-than-expected sales and order growth over the summer.

ercolEdwardRomanaHeritage furniture brand Ercol is to make a major investment in machinery at its Buckinghamshire factory as it looks to build on another year of strong growth.

Leeds mattress and bed technology manufacturer Harrison Spinks was last night named bed manufacturer of the year for 2015.

National retailer Furniture Village has retained its bed retailer of the year crown, with Newbridge Street Bedding Centre winning the independent category.

Four-store furniture and home furnishings retailer Alan Ward has opened a new floorcoverings and interiors department at its Shrewsbury store.

sofaBrandsSofa Brands International posted double-digit top and bottom line growth in the year to end June with its Parker Knoll brand among its stellar performers.

Diversified furnishings group Ena Shaw is forecasting growth of almost a fifth this year driven by market tailwinds and the full year contribution of its Montgomery brand.