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

Mail order and Internet furniture retailer Myakka will this weekend open its first dedicated retail showroom and says more could follow.

Kitchens group Howdens says it plans to return surplus cash to shareholders after a bumper 2014 that saw it post record sales.

franksFlooringStore25-store flooring and beds chain Franks posted record sales and maintained its near double-digit pre-tax margin as it traded strongly in 2013–14.

Sofa chain DFS says grabbing share from local independents is behind its plan to pilot sub-5k sqft showrooms in urban centres and small market towns.

Darren Shapland — who led flooring chain Carpetright for a brief spell two years ago — is returning to the industry as chairman at Topps Tiles.

healsTCRHeal’s says it will place greater emphasis on ecommerce in the future following a strategic review that sees it scale back its store portfolio and write-down its value.

Trading standards is backing UK bed manufacturers after it awarded the National Bed Federation’s Code of Practice Assured Advice status.

Upmarket furniture design brand Lema is to open its first UK showroom with a dedicated flagship store on London’s Kings Road.

Fewer than one in three British retailers managed to grow sales in the early weeks of February, according to business group the CBI.

retailParkThe new year kicked off with another leap in furniture retail sales but the UK’s official number crunchers have downgraded December’s figures.

Upholstery retailer DFS has announced the price range for its IPO ahead of shares beginning to trade on the London Stock Exchange on or around the 6th March.

Gainsborough Beds has open a second showroom with a permanent space in the Harrington Mills complex in Long Eaton.

The January Furniture Show will return to a Sunday start and four day format from 2016, the exhibition organiser has announced.

ukFurnitureManufacturingUK furniture production grew for a fourth successive year in 2014 but remained short of record pre-recession levels racked up in 2007.

Westex Carpets’ first numbers under the Victoria PLC group are as stellar as those that preceded them, with bumper sales and profits for the Yorkshire firm.

Mohawk Industries posted sales up 6 per cent to $7.8bn — or just under £5.1bn — in the 12 months to end December as the effects of higher demand and acquisitions kicked in.

JohnLewisMatMatching competitor activity helped big-ticket lines to strong sales at John Lewis last week with beds a healthy performer.

dunelmStoreFurniture represented only a small proportion of retail chain Dunelm’s revenue in the second half of 2014, but the pace of growth for the category highlighted its potential.

Vitra is to relaunch its shopfitting business as part of a plan to harmonise all its component parts — including its Furniture and Office divisions — in the UK.

stresslessAdUK demand for upholstery brand Stressless picked up through 2014 after a slow start, according to its Norwegian owner Ekornes.

Three months of falling furniture retail prices came to an end in January, according to official data.

Children’s furniture specialist Aspace says it won’t be profitable before next year after it made significant board changes and losses escalated in 2013–14.

Mattress and bedding giant Tempur Sealy has defended its record and management after coming under fire from an activist shareholder.

dfsCo 2DFS acquired the Sofa Workshop and Dwell furniture businesses for not far off one tenth of its 2013–14 interest and finance expense. Both can be key growth drivers.

Britain imported a record amount of floorcoverings in 2014 with the total passing the landmark £800m figure.

Midlands distributor Serene Living will debut at the Manchester Furniture Show later this summer.

worldstoresAn affiliate of global finance giant Goldman Sachs has taken a share in the furniture and home retailer Worldstores after making an eight-figure investment.

Rampant housebuilding in the capital helped power growth for one of Britain’s largest privately owned kitchen manufacturers in the year to end September.

carpetShowroomFormer Carpetright development director Martin Harris — son of the chain’s founder Lord Harris — is planning to launch a floorcoverings retail chain of his own.

rocketInternetHQOne of the investors fuelling the rapid growth of furniture ecommerce firms Westwing and Home24 is targeting a €590m (£440m) fund raise through a rights issue.

Demand for big-ticket merchandise such as furniture helped out-of-town retail parks stay top of the footfall charts at the start of 2015.

National kitchens chain Magnet resumed its store opening programme in the final quarter of 2014 as underlying full year sales inched ahead for the group behind the brand.

johnLewisFusionDepartment store chain John Lewis says customers are taking to its new Fusion collection as Home sales lifted 6.6 per cent last week.

hslDewsburyYorkshire based furniture vertical HSL has taken its store total past 40 and hired a former partner at one of the world’s largest private equity groups to its board.

UK furniture manufacturers helped power growth for one of the world’s largest component, hardware and fittings firms in 2014.

irishUpholsteryManufacturingFurniture exports were up strongly in 2014 though Ireland — which represents UK producers' biggest market — proved an exception despite what was clearly a strong year for Irish furniture retail sales.

dunelmCoDunelm says expanding its furniture category is at the heart of ambitious plans to grow sales across the home furnishings chain.

British furniture makers grew export output by almost £68m through 2014 thanks to strong sales to markets near and far.

magnaParkJohn Lewis is to open a dedicated distribution centre for furniture, furnishings and electricals at its Magna Park logistics hub in Buckinghamshire.

Retail sales grew faster than the 12 month average in January as retailers beat strong comparatives for the same month a year ago.