Balta, Europe's largest textile flooring manufacturer and a major supplier to the U.K. carpet market, says it will start ramping up production in June but warned it won't be operating at full capacity any time soon.

Upholstery inflation at the factory gate was in negative territory for an eighth straight month at the end first quarter, dropping to its shallowest level on record.

The Yorkshire wool supplier that ceded control of Axminster Carpet earlier this year booked a bigger loss for the period that led up to its spring 2019 restructure, but made inroads into debt.

The future of the Breasley mattress and foam conversion group will be finalised imminently after Duff & Phelps were formally installed as administrators late last week.

Silentnight, the country's biggest bed maker, is proposing the closure of its Sealy U.K. factory in Cumbria. Here is what it means for the future of the brand and business in Britain.

Higher costs and a slight fall in sales meant profits were lower but still class-leading at South East furniture retailer Vale Furnishers last year.

Equity holders subscribing for newly-issued shares have taken total investment in the now-five-year-old floorcoverings retail chain Tapi Carpets to well over £50 million.

Revenue climbed sharply in the first quarter of 2020 for the acquisitive conglomerate behind the Mlily mattress brand.

Ecommerce giant Wayfair has near doubled sales since lockdowns were introduced across the markets it operates, as customers shifted spending to the Internet for home goods.

Sweden's Nobia kitchen conglomerate says its U.K. business, headlined by retail chain Magnet, has experienced the worst impact from Government shelter-in-place orders.

Sealy U.K.'s manufacturing plant at Aspatria in Cumbria is to close, the company has announced, putting more than 250 jobs at risk.

Strong orders late last year and into the early part of 2020 helped upholstery brand Stressless achieve high revenue growth in the U.K. and Ireland in the first quarter despite late March pandemic disruption.

Strachan, the direct-to-consumer maker of fitted bedroom, home office and living room furniture, booked higher profits and bolstered cash last year after it grew sales.

Organisers of The Malaysian International Furniture Fair have given up their bid to host the event this year, cancelling its already-revised 2020 edition fearing travel disruption.

New finance chief for £50m vendor of Sheraton, Mackintosh, English Rose and Chippendale brands.

A small Cheshire wholesaler of household goods including bedroom storage is in administration and up for sale despite wiping out earlier deficits in recent years.

Home department store group Leekes has begun a partial reopening of its retail portfolio, starting with two of its units in Wales to shoppers seeking selected product lines.

The majority of the off-price department store chain TJ Hughes was sold for £24.4 million ahead of the residual nine-store business being restructured via a prepack deal earlier this spring.

Heavy investment above and below the line took the edge off the impact of a tough bed market for Leeds mattress and components manufacturer Harrison Spinks last year.

Italian furniture company Natuzzi says the possible delisting of its publicly-traded shares from the New York Stock Exchange will not have an impact on its day-to-day operations.

David Tyler, former chairman at retail giant Sainsbury's, has been appointed to the same post at furniture, home and apparel business The White Company.

Exit from Internet furniture, home and lifestyle retailer coincides with appointment in the aviation services sector.

Four-store furniture and home accents retailer Graham and Green says it believes it has enough cash to survive the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic but it is still talking to bankers regarding securing additional finance in case the situation doesn't improve.

The loss of business due to Covid-19 has changed retail mindsets towards the Internet, according to the boss of the world's biggest bed company.

General merchandise retailer Argos, one of the largest retailers of beds and furniture in the U.K., says its bulky goods home category has suffered despite overall sales spiking since the end of February.

Habitat is to strengthen ties with its parent company J Sainsbury under plans to raise interest in and extend the product catalogue of the iconic furniture and home accents brand.

Worldwide order intake in April fell 55 percent according to Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding manufacturer, with the second half of the month improving on the first.

Westbridge, one of Europe's largest upholstery producers, is to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for the NHS, as it joins the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

There was a drop in the number of U.K. furniture and furnishings companies filing for insolvency in the first quarter of 2020 but early April data has already overtaken the same month a year ago, with still a week to report.

Out-of-town home and furniture retailer Dunelm is heading to the High Street, with plans to open a small-format store with a new fascia in the South East of England.

Keen & Able, the specialist white-glove home delivery company, is resuming operations with an initial focus on supporting customers to unwind their existing order books.

Sales climbed at Knowsley furniture maker Dams last year as it continued its programme of upgrading its factory and equipment across upholstery and cabinet production.

Lower turnover last year didn't prevent furniture wholesale group Seconique booking underlying EBIT up two-thirds. Net income advanced higher still on an annual basis after an upwards property valuation.

Prestige kitchen brand Poggenpohl could have a third owner in as many years after the company filed for a German insolvency process similar to administration.

The new owner of the 90,000sqft Greater Manchester superstore of independent furniture retailer Cousins has timetabled its plans for the site and disclosed the value of its investment in the property.

General merchandise giant Next, one of the largest retailers of furniture in the U.K., says 70 percent of its product range is now available to buy online again, including smaller furniture merchandise.

A business retailing high-end designer furniture brands online and from premises in North Yorkshire folded last month leaving nearly 200 consumers owed an average of about £2,000 apiece.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint regarding advertising by ecommerce retailer Furniture123 in a ruling instructive for others in the industry.

Independent floorcoverings retailers bolstered their market position amid challenging trading conditions last year according to Brintons, the major Kidderminster carpet conglomerate.

Narrower margins and lower group revenue prompted a fall in profits at major upholstery group Sofa Brands International last year. Three of its business units still achieved higher sales.

Business leaders will this week join politicians and senior trade association officials to agree the key impacts of Covid-19 on the furniture and furnishings sector in the hope of bolstering Government support for the industry.

Maisons du Monde, one of Britain's largest Internet furniture and home décor retailers, says it has seen a spike in online orders but not at a level to prevent the closure of its international store network harming total sales.

Foam conglomerate Recticel reported lower first quarter sales after its plants and customers worldwide were laid low by the impact of Covid-19.

The carve up of the Axminster Carpets group leaves creditors facing a shortfall of up to about £9 million, despite a number of asset sales generating cash for their benefit.

Designer Contracts, the national floorcoverings contractor, is unfurloughing staff and resuming fitting services as its customer base emerges out of lockdown.

The loss of a contract to supply retail giant Next and the ill-fated acquisition of the Montgomery brand contributed to the insolvency of Ena Shaw, the heritage soft furnishings manufacturer and home store retailer.

The impact of the enforced closure of retail stores from March 23 onwards after the lockdown was introduced has been spelled out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

IKEA, the U.K.'s largest home furnishings retailer, is planning to add a Cambridgeshire order-and-collect store to its roster of smaller-format outlets across the country.

Having secured £8 million in debt and equity funding, retailer has "firepower to increase market penetration."

Blue Sun Tree, the Loughborough based etailer of modern, contemporary and classic designer furniture, folded last month leaving creditors facing a shortfall.

Staff at Lincolnshire sofa manufacturer Lebus Upholstery have been producing personal protective equipment (PPE) for local organisations, aiding the effort to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Sofa market leader DFS will not make any opportunistic acquisitions if rivals fall by the wayside through the Covid-19 crisis after it agreed with lenders to a moratorium on takeovers.

The future of Breasley, the East Midlands mattress maker and foam converter, could be resolved as early as next week as a sale process and restructure nears its conclusion.

Gordon Brothers, the turnaround investor and buyer of distressed businesses, has acquired the Laura Ashley brand, archive and other intellectual property.

Bed makers Hypnos and The Natural Mat Company were among at least eight industry concerns to receive Queen's Awards for Enterprise 2020, which recognises business achievement across various criteria.

There is life left yet in the imperilled Laura Ashley brand after the intellectual property of the fashion-to-furnishings retailer was sold to Gordon Brothers, the global advisory, restructuring, and investment firm.

Upholstery chain DFS has raised access to £134 million in additional debt and equity and says it now has enough liquidity to survive through December, even if a full lockdown were to remain through that period and trading conditions continue to be weak thereafter.

The U.K. arm of ecommerce giant eBay is enabling British retail SMEs in the furniture and homewares categories to list for free on its platform through spring as it aims to drive its own business and help support the economy.

Clive Christian Furniture Co, the luxury furniture and cabinet maker bought by a private investor last year, has hired its former sales and marketing director after a 16-year absence.

The Foam Company — the Oxfordshire mattress maker which has produced goods for well-known brands including Mammoth and Sleepshaper, says it has been supporting the NHS to help limit the impact of the coronavirus.



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