Supplier to U.K. furniture industry will next month launch the first needle punch non-wovens from a new production line.

Oldrid & Co, the company behind the Oldrids and Downtown home and department store business, will not reopen its Boston store, bringing 216 years of history to an end.

The CEO at online beds retailer MattressOnline says the launch of the company's debut television advertising campaign can help it capitalise on its fast growth during lockdown.

Developers keen to acquire the Manchester site housing the 50,000sqft Stocktons designer furniture store have a little over a week to make their bids. Interest is high, according to the agents charged with finding a buyer.

Just over £5 million worth of foam and sprung mattresses arrived at U.K. ports in May as the value of imports more than halved again.

Wood furniture imports fell sharply as early-year factory shutdowns finally afflicted the living, dining and bedroom categories to the same extent already seen in other product segments.

Delivered sales at both owned and franchisee-run stores surged for Roche Bobois in June as the prestige French furniture brand reopened its retail estate and began to clear its order backlog.

China's furniture industry was first into the coronavirus crisis and looks to be the first out, with upholstery imports into the U.K. showing signs of recovery after deep declines earlier this year.

The first-ever public disclosure numbers from a Midlands-based Internet mattress retailer with its own manufacturing operation suggest it is one of the biggest players in the U.K. bed market.

Mattress and ancillary products brand Eve Sleep was cashflow positive in the first half of 2020 as its new strategy continued to deliver improvement and competitors fell by the wayside.

Carpet imports into the U.K. declined 62 percent year-on-year in May, the weakest comparative so far this year.

Retailers operating 172 stores across the U.K. and Ireland have already signed up to the National Bed Federation's new Retail Champions scheme, within a fortnight of its launch.

Privately-owned retailer Fairway Furniture reversed a skinny four-figure deficit to return to profit in the year to January 31, 2020 as sales inched forward and the value of its investments climbed.

Independent furniture retailer Michael O'Connor will rebuild store numbers with the opening of a second North East showroom later this summer.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com has followed the closure of its Edinburgh store by paring back its physical presence in the English capital too. A second shop will remain permanently shut.

Organisers of trade exhibition The Flooring Show in Harrogate say they will announce new dates soon after postponing the original early autumn dateline.

Premium wood flooring and worktop manufacturer Junckers maintained sales here last year and was budgeting for U.K. growth in 2020 before the coronavirus hit.

Kitchen conglomerate Nobia reported a hefty first half U.K. trading deficit as its Magnet retail chain and manufacturing businesses all closed during the lockdown.

Home, clothing and food retailer Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) says it will create a new retail management structure as it aims to eliminate duplication. 950 jobs could go as a result.

Wind back the clock. It is June 2016, and Britain's future relations with the E.U. are uncertain as Brits head to the polls.

The head of Tempur Sealy International says the company is "fully committed to securing and strengthening the position of the Sealy brand and product range in the U.K." amid uncertainty about who will make the product here and where.

The Dutch owner of a key packaging supplier to Britain's mattress industry has a new CEO.

Customers of John Lewis & Partners will be able to pick up click-and-collect orders from a further 400 locations nationwide as the department store chain looks to make it easier for shoppers to buy online.

National bed retailer Dreams has acquired the Feather & Black ecommerce operation including its brand name. Feather & Black's already-closed eight stores are not part of the deal and will not reopen.

The proposed acquisition of a controlling stake in leather sofa maker HTL International by Man Wah Holdings, if it goes ahead, would transform the recliner giant's U.K. business.

Sofology, the DFS-owned upholstery retailer, has parked plans to open five new stores as it looks to take advantage of opportunities that may emerge in commercial property.

Italian sofa maker and retailer Natuzzi is presenting its new 2020 collection at a dedicated Cardiff at Home Congress for U.K. dealers and partners.

The prepack buyout of a pioneering U.K. self-assembly sofa manufacturer and retailer leaves creditors facing a shortfall on their debts.

The late summer edition of Las Vegas Market, one of the world's largest international furniture exhibitions, will take place as planned but as a showroom-only buying opportunity organisers have said.

National beds specialist Bensons for Beds has unveiled its new senior leadership team following the prepack buyout that saw it split from sister chain Harveys last month.

David Lane, the longtime face of mid-high end cabinet furniture company Willis & Gambier, has left his role at Birlea Furniture, the owner of the brand.

The former chief financial officer at footwear retailer Shoe Zone has been appointed to the same post at TCM Living, the upholstery group behind the Ashley Manor, AMX Designs, Alstons and Alexander & James brands.

Year-on-year furniture prices at the factory gate turned negative in June as British manufacturers emerged from lockdown to record the lowest official reading in more than 14 years.

Expanding kitchens vertical Wren enjoyed profitable growth last year as it expanded its offer into areas previously the preserve of small, independent kitchen boutiques.

Growing direct-to-consumer upholstery brand Snug is to add a sofa bed option, which will also ship in a box like the company's existing product roster.

The annual run-rate outlay of implementing social distancing measures across Dunelm stores and warehouses is costing the business millions of pounds.

Matt Williams, the longtime boss of flooring retailer Topps Tiles, has become executive chairman at The Original Factory Shop, whose incumbent CEO and chairman are both to leave.

The board of Associated Independent Stores (AIS) has expressed its "huge gratitude" for the work of Sheila Cooper, who last week stepped down as managing director after 40 years with the U.K.'s largest independent non-food buying group.

A Long Eaton upholstery manufacturing group with 28 employees has filed for insolvency after it failed to replace orders lost last year.

Online revenue more than doubled from April–June at Dunelm Group as the furniture and homewares retailer scaled its ecommerce business with the support of suppliers.

An outsized incidence of coronavirus cases has prompted a second mattress factory closure in West Yorkshire in the space of a month.

A wholly-owned U.K. business unit of prestige designer furniture brand Ligne Roset is solvent and retains group backing amid the uncertainty surrounding the virus, its French owner has said.

The group behind the privately-owned Morleys department store network in London and South East England bolstered its balance sheet last year, leaving it well positioned ahead of the pandemic.

The combination of pressure distribution and spinal alignment can be used as strong indicators of long term mattress comfort, according to a new piece of work from The Furniture Industry Research Association.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) says it can support producers' efforts to return to work safely with advice on creating Covid-19 secure working environments.

The reopening of furniture stores has unfurled latent demand among consumers with DFS orders spiking by more than half since the beginning of June.

Upholstery market leader DFS has spelled out the forecast impact of the Covid-19 crisis on its 2019–20 results, and says it will incur further costs as a result of restructuring.

Mohawk, the international floorcoverings conglomerate and the biggest company in the sector worldwide, says it will "vigorously defend itself" against allegations made in a class-action lawsuit.

Furniture and lighting design company Established & Sons has appointed Steve McGuire, md at Tom Dixon since 2018, to lead the company through the post-Covid landscape.

Industry charity and City of London livery company The Furniture Makers' Company is to hold a month-long auction fundraiser to raise money to support people in the trade who have been hit hardest by the Covid-19 crisis.

Man Wah Holdings could ride to the rescue of leather sofa giant HTL International, one of the largest suppliers of upholstery to the U.K. market, after it struck a framework agreement to acquire a controlling stake.

Balta Group, responsible for nearly a fifth of all carpets imported into the U.K., said second quarter sales fell more than a third with residential products hardest hit.

The Chinese conglomerate behind the Mlily mattress brand is to step up production at its U.S. manufacturing facility and will go on a hiring spree to meet its target.

Sales and profits climbed at one of the U.K.'s largest privately-owned flooring wholesale businesses last year as it expanded into new geographies.

The break-up of what was Steinhoff's U.K. furniture and bedding business has led to job losses at the site that had been the headquarters of its manufacturing operations.

The pandemic has accelerated the shift from bricks to clicks but the eight stores earmarked for permanent closure by John Lewis were already "financially challenged," the company said.

Steinhoff has disclosed the cash value of the transaction that saw it divest its British based furniture and bedding retail and manufacturing operations and says it will record a loss on the sale.

Value furniture chain JYSK will resume its store opening programme in Ireland amid a reorganisation that sees its country head there assume additional responsibility for its U.K. business.

Mobilux, parent company to French furniture chain BUT, has agreed to acquire furniture and electricals retailer Conforama France from Steinhoff International Holdings.

Sales and underlying profits fell for Yorkshire rug distributor Melrose Interiors last year but a gain on the sale of property meant net income still climbed.



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