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

stollersWebRevenue growth escalated at Barrow furniture retailer Stollers in 2013–14 with more to come this year as the privately owned firm celebrates its 110th anniversary.

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Darren Shapland will become chairman at online marketplace retailer Notonthehighstreet Enterprises later this month.

kmFurnitureExtNorth Derbyshire furniture manufacturer KM Furniture has been placed into administration and its workforce laid off.

GilliesBroughtyFerryExtIndependent furniture and home retailer Gillies of Broughty Ferry enjoyed a third year of successive sales growth with all four of its stores making gains in 2013–14.

Ecommerce furniture retailer Loaf is planning to open a showroom at a former furniture store in London’s emerging SW8 postcode.

Beds specialist Dreams has reopened its Kings Lynn showroom featuring its new interior layout and store design.

htlRevenue growth in Europe slowed at Far East leather source HTL in the first quarter of 2015 after having accelerated throughout last year.

Home shopping ecommerce and mail-order group Shop Direct is to close its Woolworths website in under two weeks time.

IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture and home retailer, says the opening of a new wind farm in Sweden has made it energy independent in the Nordic region.

kozeeSleepYorksAdministrators have laid off all bar 14 staff at collapsed Dewsbury mattress manufacturer Kozee Sleep Beds after failing to find a buyer.

RiazAhmedScholefieldMillBeds and sofas manufacturer Sweet Dreams has acquired a historic mill for around £1m, which it plans to use for its growing upholstery arm Comfort Zone Sofas.

Furniture stores in Ireland enjoyed robust growth in April, a month in which higher car sales drove an overall retail uplift.

The Sleep Council has relaunched and upgraded its Sleep Biz website, a resource for retailers providing tools to help them sell more beds and mattresses.

BoConcept, the international contemporary furniture retailer, has revised upwards its sales and profits forecast for 2014–15 because of stronger demand and lower-than-expected costs.

tapiTapi, the new flooring chain from ex-Carpetright director Martin Harris, has launched its first store in London with two more to follow shortly ahead of a national roll-out.

Martin Harris — son of Lord Harris — has launched his new Tapi carpets and floorings chain, with a slew of ex-Carpetright colleagues joining him on the retailer's launch board.

Brits haven’t been this bullish in nearly a decade, according to a consumer confidence survey by global research consultancy Nielsen.

haloTomCatInternational design and distribution group Halo has taken action against a number of companies across China for copying some of its best-known furniture designs.

Fewer than one in every ten retailers saw sales decline in early May trading, according to business group the CBI.

dreamsAtHomeSmlNational beds giant Dreams has opened its first Dreams at Home pilot store at Watford in partnership with a local independent retailer and sourcing company (see related).

Shoppers stayed away from big-ticket shopping destinations over the Bank Holiday weekend, according to a leading retail research consultancy.

Philip Lawrence, CEO at the Coal Authority, is to take a non-executive post at floorcoverings group Headlam.

leekesCovLeekes’ home department store business returned to profit at the EBITDA line in 2014–15 on the back of strong revenue growth.

Stressless brand owner Ekornes made a strong start to 2015 including rising revenues in the British and Irish retail markets.

retail sales thumbSales volumes in the furniture industry were up double-digits for a third successive month in April and you have to go back to May last year for the last year-on-year decline.

The National Bed Federation will this weekend launch a six month consumer advertising campaign designed to highlight the safety, cleanliness and honesty of its members’ beds.

sharpsWardrobeUnderlying profits jumped 30 per cent at national bedroom furniture chain Sharps in 2013–14 as it made the most of new stores and above-the-line promotion.

kozeeSleepYorksDewsbury mattress and bed base manufacturer Kozee Sleep Beds has been placed into administration after a nightmare 12 months.

furnitureVillageStoreExt2015Furniture Village founder and CEO Peter Harrison says it will trade up as it implements its expansion strategy over the next five years.

Year-on-year furniture retail prices remained lower in April though the rate slowed for a third successive month, according to the Office for National Statistics.

atlanticShoppingMargins were squeezed but sales continued to gain momentum for online and warehouse furniture and furnishings retailer Atlantic Shopping in 2014.

Furniture manufacturers wanting to show at this autumn’s I Saloni Worldwide event in Moscow can cut costs after the BFM secured grant funding.

lucasAylesburyPrivately owned furniture retailer Stokers is expanding its store network with the addition of one of Britain’s largest single-site furniture businesses.

Ireland and Scotland furniture and furnishings retailer Harry Corry will pay less rent on a number of stores after all bar two of its landlords agreed a CVA proposal.