floodingUpholstery manufacturer Vale Bridgecraft has called on its customers to carry on ordering despite suffering severe flooding at its Yorkshire factory.

furnitureQueueShoppers were out in force on Boxing Day with all types of retail destination seeing more people than the same day in 2014.

westwoodYarnsYorkshire carpet yarn spinner Westwood Yarns — sold by Victoria PLC earlier this autumn — has been placed into administration putting the jobs of 130 people at risk.

designersGuildPremium furniture and furnishings group Designers Guild says the UK market is improving despite overseas weakness impacting performance in 2014–15.

retailParkBritish shoppers’ predisposition towards spending big on home furnishings slipped in December, despite overall consumer confidence rising for the first time since the summer.

Heritage independent furniture retailer Macdonalds of York has announced plans to close the business next spring, with owner Martyn Macdonald to retire.

arighi bianchi coHeritage independent furniture and home retailer Arighi Bianchi built sales momentum in 2014–15 with profits more than doubling.

Output at UK furniture factories declined at the start of the final quarter of 2015, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics.

furnitureRetailersGenericFurniture retailers clocked up an eighteenth consecutive month of year-on-year sales growth in November, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Upholstery vertical Natuzzi Italia is to open a dedicated brand store on the Lakeside Retail Park on Boxing Day.

Mattress sales became more important to Carpetright in the first six months of its 2015–16 financial year, despite the closure of a number of bed departments.

Out-of-town retail parks saw more shoppers year-on-year for a 23rd consecutive month in November, though total retail footfall still declined.

home24Online furniture retailer Home24 will smash through the €200m sales barrier in 2015 with nine month sales to end September already passing its full year total for 2014.

Furniture manufacturers’ prices climbed in November, rising 20 basis points to a level reached only once before in over two years.

Floorcoverings chain Carpetright grew its top and bottom lines in the six months to end October against a backdrop of downsizing its UK store portfolio.

Chinese furniture importsCabinet furniture shipments to the UK declined again at the start of the fourth quarter of 2015, with falls from key trading partners including China.

Furniture importer Flexiload Asia has expanded its China based sales operation and is offering FOB terms for customers for the first time.

Furniture and home goods retailer Worldstores has bought a larger slice of the members-only flash sales market with the acquisition of lifestyle retailer Achica.

wesleyBarrellGuildfordUpmarket furniture vertical Wesley Barrell slipped to a trading deficit in the year that saw it sold to an investment firm, despite a rise in output.

New research into flame retardant (FR) technologies used in the furniture and furnishings industry has been carried out by FIRA, the Furniture Industry Research Association.



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