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

Retail sales rose in February with shoppers keen on furniture and white goods, according to the British Retail Consortium.

dfsThumbCommentary: If you ignore the cost of servicing debt then DFS is unquestionably one of Britain’s most profitable furniture businesses.

The future of furniture-to-fashion retail chain BHS will be resolved sooner rather than later with owner Sir Philip Green close to finalising a deal.

Interfloor, the company behind the Duralay and Tredaire trade brands, has named John Cooper as its new managing director.

dfsCo 2Upholstery chain DFS has set its IPO price at 255 pence per share valuing the furniture retail group at £543.2m.

Upmarket cabinet furniture firm Grange has invested £1m rationalising its property portfolio and has tailored its product line to the young and wealthy.

Flooring wholesale group Headlam grew profits by 44 per cent in 2014 as sales climbed 5.3 per cent to £635.2m.

Online sales were up by more than a quarter at John Lewis last week supported by price-matching activity.

bensonForBedsSteinhoff says upping the quality of its British store portfolio is paying off with stronger trading densities and market share gains.

Industry furniture repair specialist FIRA Service Technicians is to expand its service to take bookings directly from consumers.

recticelBrandedRecticel said its Geltex Inside product line together with foam sales to British customers were bright spots as it narrowed FY 2014 losses.

Selling space reached around 700,000sqft at off-price furnishings retailer HomeSense in the year to end January as its store footprint increased.

bespOakVancouverFurniture supplier Besp-Oak posted strong 2013–14 earnings growth as it made the most of rising wholesale demand.

Luxury beds brand Somnus has promoted a key executive to the new position of European sales and marketing director as part of a series of moves that expands its sales force.

Cabinet furniture manufacturers invested heavily in 2014 as the world’s largest woodworking machinery manufacturer and supplier enjoyed double-digit growth.

SMDiLivPrivately owned fabrics and furnishings group SMD enjoyed strong growth in 2013–14 as its iLiv brand took on greater significance.

UK representation at the Paris furniture and home accents trade fair Maison et Objet increased in January with a 4 per cent year-on-year rise.

htlSofaLeather upholstery giant HTL made the most of strong trading in Europe and foreign exchange gains to double profits in 2014.

A return to top line growth and selling more higher margin oak furniture helped manufacturer and distributor Devonshire to its highest profits since 2008 in the year to end July.

A three-fold rise in the Outdoor Living category helped John Lewis to growth in its Home directorate in the seven days to 21st February.

furniture123The ecommerce group behind Furniture123 took sales past £100m as it grew its top line for a second successive year in 2013–14.

EBITDA climbed 50 per cent at luxury bed manufacturer Hypnos in the year to end June as the group made the most of rising demand.

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.