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

Furmanac — the West Midlands motion furniture manufacturer behind the Mi-Bed and Mi-Chair brands — maintained its sales momentum in the year to end June.

discounting 1Furniture retail price deflation narrowed in March despite the earlier fall of Easter and its associated bank holiday promotions.

retailParkMarch looks odds-on to continue furniture’s double-digit growth trend as the category top scored in the British Retail Consortium’s monthly retail sales survey.

Thousands of furniture and design professionals trooped through the doors of the Fiera Milano showgrounds at Rho yesterday for day one of the 2015 iSaloni series.

cousinsDudleyFurniture independent Cousins’ product sourcing strategy paid off in 2013–14 as it made the most of a 160 basis point upswing in gross margin.

Two of Britain’s furniture ecommerce specialists are among a list of eight competing for the main prize at the Tech & Ecommerce Awards 2015.

lauraAshleyLaura Ashley said furniture like-for-likes inched up in the year to end January though overall category sales declined as it closed space dedicated to Home products.

Rent-to-own furniture and electricals chain BrightHouse says it wants to double store numbers to 600.

Department store retailer Debenhams has named Terry Duddy — former Argos CEO — as a non-executive director.

parkerKnollMontanaThe group behind the Parker Knoll, G Plan Upholstery and Duresta sofa businesses says it has laid the platform for substantial growth in 2014–15.

UK and Ireland furniture distributor VIDA Living says growing its international business will help it increase investment and reduce product cost.

Andrew Porter is investing £200k as part of a refurbishment programme at its purpose-built furniture warehouse headquarters in the North of England.

achicaSGLifestyle ecommerce retailer Achica has taken investment in the business beyond £30m with a new seven-figure rights issue.

Harrogate retailer Smiths The Rink has become the latest stockist for Spink & Edgar Upholstery, the upmarket sofa business launched by the Harrison Spinks group late last year.

freemansUS furniture chain Crate & Barrel and UK catalogue and online business Freeman Grattan Holdings were key growth drivers for the Otto group in 2014–15.

North West carpet manufacturer Penthouse said new product introductions and POS material were behind a big uplift in performance in 2013–14.

dunelmCoOut-of-town home retailer Dunelm says its will open another four stores and launch its new web platform before the end of June.

Furniture was among the few sectors to enjoy growth in March as retailers in other categories struggled, according to consultancy BDO.

Year-on-year sales fell at John Lewis last week as it struggled with tough comps against the run-up to Mother’s Day 2014 and cooler weather hindering apparel demand.

martinAndFrostHeritage Edinburgh furniture retailer Martin & Frost reopens today following a £1m refurbishment that sees both the store footprint and product offer expanded.

Home categories made sales gains at retail giant Marks & Spencer in the final three months of its 2014–15 financial year.

Industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company (TFMC) has named Hypnos as the recipient of its Sustainability Award for 2015.

seconiqueUnderlying profits jumped 30 per cent for Seconique as the Midlands furniture wholesale group benefited from the cheaper cost of moving goods from A to B.

Luxury kitchens chain Harvey Jones launches its first ever television advertising campaign today (1st Apr) with targeted spots aimed at specific consumer demographics.

Steve Lamb has joined furniture distributor VIDA Living as key account manager for its UK business.

BandQBritain’s biggest home improvement retailer B&Q is to cut its store portfolio by 60 stores while UK and Ireland CEO Kevin O'Byrne is to leave.

Irish furniture retailers continued to make up lost ground in February as big-ticket lines — including motor cars — topped the sales charts.

Sales fell in low single digits for the UK arm of Canadian office furniture giant Global in 2013–14 as the company arrested a long-running top line decline.

natuzziFactoryUpholstery giant Natuzzi has taken a leaner product line into 2015 as it looks to build on an improving sales picture through last year.

Thousands of shoppers attended the official opening of Barker and Stonehouse’s £4.5m Stockton store this weekend.

GregSuthernFVFurniture Village has hired industry heavyweight Greg Suthern to the newly created post of chief operating officer.

Furniture retail sales growth is accelerating again with a double-digit rise in volumes recorded in February.