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

The company behind the Elphicks of Farnham department store business and a separate bed shop in Dorking cut its net loss in half in the period preceding the closure of its New Malden store this summer.

Made-to-measure cabinet maker and retailer Neville Johnson grew revenue and claimed a bigger share of a challenged market in the year to April 30, but profits declined on narrower margins.

Retail sales beat year-earlier levels in October after retailers — in particular apparel stores — slashed prices to stimulate activity, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

A return to sales growth helped 2018–19 profits inch forward for Yorkshire and Teesside based floorcoverings retailer Calverts Carpets.

Ecommerce group Shop Direct, owner of the Littlewoods and Very brands, has appointed former Clarks executive Ben Fletcher as group chief financial officer.

Shallower margins hit profits at South Coast furniture and department store retailer Bradbeers in 2018–19 despite continued top line growth. A property revaluation impacted reported net income.

Home furnishings ecommerce giant Wayfair recorded a wider loss in the third quarter citing greater-than-anticipated impact from tariffs, which in turn led to customers extending the 'think time' before buying.

Oldrid & Co., the privately-owned company behind the furniture and department store fascia Oldrids and Downtown in Lincolnshire, said the acquisition last year of additional land ahead of a major new development protects the asset.

Margins widened at soft furnishings company Gordon John Textiles in the year to March 31, 2019 after it made the decision to reduce low margin turnover and seek more profitable customers.

Organisers of The Furniture Awards have opened the entry process for the 2020 edition and confirmed who will be the judges. Winners will be named at the January Furniture Show.

Shop Direct, owner of the Very and Littlewoods brands, said furniture and homeware sales returned to growth in the six months to end June after a series of initiatives yielded positive results.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding producer, said the past quarter was its best ever as it delivered double-digit top and bottom line growth.

But margin swing and higher tax charge contributes to profits halving for the three-store business.

For the eighth straight month, the score used to measure big-ticket consumer confidence moved in the opposite direction to that in the period immediately prior.

The CEO of Tempur Sealy International told analysts on its Q3 earnings call that rival Casper Sleep, said to be exploring an IPO, is less relevant to the company than other competitors.

Flooring market leader Carpetright could be taken private after it began discussions with Meditor European Master Fund, a lender and shareholder in the retailer, regarding a possible takeover with a debt-for-equity swap to transform its capital structure.

The book value of the group behind retail department store giants Selfridges, Brown Thomas and Arnotts has been transformed after it satisfied outstanding debt following a share issue.

Another leap in sales helped North West bedding producer and licensee Comfy Quilts mitigate the impact of trading headwinds in 2018–19. The company maintained profits.

Marks and Spencer (M&S) is for the first time introducing a buy now pay later option for online shoppers of furniture and other goods above a certain price threshold.

Full price sales climbed ahead of guidance for general merchandise retailer Next in the third quarter, but at a slower rate than in the first half of the year.

Former head of home and furniture buying at Shop Direct appointed to key role at Steinhoff UK Retail, the company behind the Bensons for Beds and Harveys businesses.

Privately-owned store group Oldrid & Co. cut its deficit by two thirds and slowed the rate of sales decline for high value items such as furniture in 2018–19.

Furniture Village and Carpetright are to expand their partnership with the latter to open another five concessions across the former's store estate this year after what they described as a successful trial.

Sales of home merchandise slid for the second straight week at department store chain John Lewis & Partners in the seven days to October 26, 2019.

U.K. bed retailer Time4Sleep donated over 650 blankets to Barnardo’s as part of a world-record attempt by the children's charity to construct a gigantic blanket fort.

Out-of-town furniture retail pioneer Sterling has launched a new concept store — branded Sterling Home — at one of the U.K.'s most competitive retail destinations for residential furnishings.

Tony Judge was previously chief operating officer at Headlam and worked with the West Midlands group for more than a quarter of a century.

The top and bottom lines diverged for the owner of motion bed and chair specialist Adjustamatic in the year to December 31, 2018.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding manufacturer, has refinanced $850 million (£661m) of revolving and term debt in a move it says lowers its borrowing costs.

Mohawk Industries, the world's largest flooring company with businesses operating across the world, recorded lower profits in the third quarter.

Wider margins and higher like-for-like sales order intake helped North West furniture and home department store retailer Housing Units book profits up by more than a third in 2018–19.

Upholstery chain heading to one of the counties with the lowest concentration of national furniture chains in all of England.

Business confidence among U.K. furniture makers has improved in the past four months according to the latest survey from trade association BFM, British Furniture Manufacturers.

Wren Kitchens, the expanding kitchen maker and retailer, has strengthened its board with a number of senior director appointments.

There is little that unites mattress company Simba Sleep and department store retailer Fenwick. One is a disrupting force that didn't exist just four years ago while the other is a long-established enterprise whose roots date back to 1882.

Expanding furniture and home retail fascia Homesense delivered high double-digit growth in 2018–19 as the U.S. owned business grabbed a bigger share of the U.K. furnishings market.

Discount and entry-level mattress vendors made the most of consumers trading down in the six months to September according to new research carried out on behalf of the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Headlam Group, Europe's largest floorcoverings wholesaler, has acquired the trade and assets of Edel Telenzo Carpets, the U.K. distribution company for Dutch carpet maker Edel Carpets.

Walker Greenbank announces four senior appointments including former Amtico, Tesco, LVMH and Roberto Cavalli executives.

A judge has sentenced Pascal Blasio, owner of furniture store Homes In Style, to 20 years in prison after he was found guilty of causing an explosion likely to endanger life and of fraud in relation to an insurance claim.

Deficit at department store group — a major U.K. retailer of furniture — was the result of falling sales, but also heavily impacted by a series of non-cash charges, and credits.

Third quarter gain as U.K. kitchens chain rolls out trade concept.

Five-store mattress retailer restructured via a prepack after losses at two of its stores prompted need to withdraw from leases, says administrator.

Furniture retailer Lombok is launching a new programme of quick-ship made-to-order furniture products which it says will be available in seven days, far outpacing industry norms.

Wayfair, the ecommerce home retailer, has introduced a range of flexible credit options for its U.K. customers after extending its partnership with Klarna, the payments company.

The new chief operating officer at upholstery retailer Sofology says he is joining "one of the few retailers with opportunities to open more stores at a time when most are looking to shrink."

Cash and asset rich independent further shores up balance sheet in year that saw it book a wider deficit on lower sales.

Wayne Nortjé has joined privately-owned bed manufacturer Breasley as operations director, with responsibility for both its East Midlands sites.

Beter Beheer, a subsidiary of Dutch bed retail group Beter Bed Holding, has agreed a sale-and-leaseback of its 783,000sqft distribution centre and headquarters at Uden, Holland.

Three straight weeks of home sales growth came to an end at John Lewis & Partners last week as the chain shifted its promotional message to its apparel lines.

Two senior managers at Clive Christian Furniture Co. have led a management buyout of the luxury cabinet maker, supported by David Dare, the former owner and md at high-end interiors company Shaws of Darwen.

Resurgent bed maker and retailer Warren Evans has begun manufacturing a range of wooden bed frames, expanding on the new mattress line introduced when the brand relaunched earlier this year.

Underlying profits declined at East of England retail, property and business services group Jarrold & Son in 2018–19 on the back of narrower gross margin.

Casper updates on U.K. financial performance amid speculation of stock market float in the U.S. to support planned physical store expansion.

Ian Peers of Ercol and Paul James of One-Call Furniture have been elected board members of trade association British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Monomarket, the privately-owned company behind one of the largest regional mattress and beds chains in the U.K. and a significant ecommerce website, has been placed into liquidation.

Biggest shareholder has provided seven-figure loans to the group holding company in each of the past two reported years.

Department store chain Watt Brothers, which carries a limited home offer across its eleven stores situated across Scotland, has been placed into administration.

Privately-owned southeast England retailer Sussex Beds is expanding to the north and east of its existing store base with its latest new showroom, slated to open next month.