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

Designer Contracts, the national floorcoverings contractor, says it has near-doubled the size of its North East depot to accommodate an increase in volume.

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UK sales continue to rise for Wayfair. TV presenter Lorraine Kelly is a brand ambassador here.
Wayfair's top line focus continued in the first three months of 2019 with the company's chief financial officer citing an outsized growth rate in Britain and Germany.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bed company, is to extend the European distribution network of its Tempur brand after reaching a sales agreement with Beter Bed Holdings.

Likewise Group has made its first international move after acquiring H&V Carpets BVBA, a Belgium based supplier of full rolls of carpet to flooring retailers in the UK and Germany.

IKEA has appointed Peter Jelkeby as country retail manager for its UK and Ireland division, replacing Javier Quiñones who left to run its USA operation.

The directors of a privately-owned British furniture manufacturer say they are convinced a police investigation into alleged modern day slavery offences will absolve the company of any wrongdoing.

Privately-owned heritage furniture retailer Greens Furnishers & Bed Centre, which has been trading for over 100 years, is to close after the owners' decision to retire.

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Next is ramping up the number of trade and consumer brands available via its web marketplace.
General merchandise retail giant Next added big-name mattress brands to its marketplace offer in the past quarter as it listed another 40 new home brands in all.

West Yorkshire beds retailer Time4Sleep has invested £3.5 million on a Midlands warehouse that will enable it to deliver faster and hold greater quantities of stock.

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JYSK launched a new format last summer.
Value furniture and homewares chain JYSK has reported another seven-figure UK loss after weaker gross margin and higher costs countered the impact of a leap in sales.

Kitchen giant Howden Joinery Group said it grew revenue in the early weeks of 2019 after opening new depots and raising its prices back at the beginning of the year.

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Andrew Jackson, Richard Elsey, Tom, Liz and Alan Colleran — all from Duvalay — are pictured with presenter Josh Baterip of Vanilla Tech Solutions.
Duvalay was a winner at the 2019 Made in Yorkshire Awards earlier this spring and was shortlisted, along with another local bed maker, in another category.

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Heal's has been trading for over 200 years on Tottenham Court Road, London.
Designer furniture and home retailer Heal's will be profitable before non-cash costs and writedowns, numbers for 2017–18 are expected to show. It follows an outsized increase in revenue last year.

General merchandise sales were flat for J Sainsbury as the supermarket giant completed its integration of the Argos and Habitat businesses bought in 2016.

Consumer confidence for major purchases such as furniture and floorcoverings slipped to a negative score after a second straight monthly decline in April, according to a closely-followed survey.

John Lewis & Partners again cited the later fall of Easter as sales across the chain slipped as a result of a six-day week and low footfall on Bank Holiday Monday.

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All stores in the national bed specialist's estate will feature the Sleepmatch system.
Retailer Dreams is to install technology that helps consumers select the most appropriate mattress for their own personal characteristics across its entire UK store network after a pilot launched last autumn.

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The group behind the Mlily brand has an increasing presence in Europe.
Revenue jumped by nearly a third for the company behind the Mlily mattress brand as the conglomerate invested in Europe including buying a minority stake in a bed company in the North of England.

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Sofa chain ScS has strengthened its board.
National sofa specialist ScS Group has appointed the former chief executive of home shopping group N Brown and discount store chain Original Factory Shop to its board as a non-executive director.

Victoria, the Kidderminster headquartered manufacturer and distributor that has been buying up floorcoverings companies in recent years, says it has agreed new long-term debt finance.

Privately-owned retailer QLM has relaunched its Yorkshire business as a quality furniture specialist after years spent serving customers in Leeds with entry-level variety home goods.

South East furniture maker and retailer Spacemaker Group posted lower profits in 2017–18 after costs climbed and sales fell.

Expanding direct-to-consumer mattress and ancillary products business Simba Sleep has extended its already-completed financial year-end by three months.

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Maisons du Monde, the French furniture and home décor retailer, has Debenhams concessions.
Just one of the 22 Debenhams stores slated for closure by the chain as part of its company voluntary arrangement (CVA) is occupied by its principal furniture and homeware concession partners.

Floorcoverings retailer United Carpets & Beds has opened a new store with a unit at one of the North East's most significant home furnishings retail destinations.

Upholstery maker and retailer Sofa.com has opened at Oxford Street, London, the first of a series of new concessions to open in the stores of House of Fraser.

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Most of the stores to close will be in the south of England. Image is a Debenhams corporate photo, not depicting a threatened store.
Debenhams, the department store retailer, has confirmed plans to launch a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that will see 22 of its shops close early next year and rent reductions secured elsewhere.

Debenhams has pinned part of a slowdown in sales in the past six months on weak furniture sales, saying its decision to exit own-bought lines impacted revenue online.

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Greiner wants to buy Recticel's Flexible Foams unit.
The owner of the Eurofoam business supplying comfort fillings to the Central and Eastern European markets wants to buy the Flexible Foams division of Recticel in a move that will prick the ears of many UK furniture makers.

The intellectual property (IP) of Allied Carpets and Floors-2-Go — the one-time market leaders in the carpets and wood flooring retail sectors respectively — is up for sale.

Laura Chiddey, who joined AHF in the newly-created head of commercial role last year, has been promoted to commercial director and appointed to the retailer's board.

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The retailer was loss-making in the first half of its financial year.
Furniture-to-fashion retailer Laura Ashley has revised down its profit forecast for 2018–19, saying it expects its results to "be significantly below market expectations."

In the words of CEO Wilf Walsh, it has been a "transitional year" for Carpetright, the UK's largest retailer of carpets and other floorcoverings.

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Two straight weeks of home growth for department store mutual.
The later arrival of Easter this year helped John Lewis & Partners break a negative home growth record stretching back to the autumn of 2017, with revenue climbing again last week.

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UK like-for-like sales trend improved significantly, Carpetright said.
Floorcoverings market leader Carpetright says returning customer confidence in the chain after its 2018 restructure has delivered a sales boost and put it "on the path to sustainable profitability."

Doug Collier, the president of La-Z-Boy's international business and the executive that led the strategy to create a wholly-owned UK arm, is to retire.

Sports Direct International's bid to buy Manchester home shopping group Findel looks doomed to fail unless the House of Fraser and Sofa.com owner improves the terms of its offer.

Ball & Young, the carpet underlay maker behind the Cloud 9 brand, returned to growth last year after taking action to offset the impact of rising input costs.

Retailer Dunelm Group is to open in Yeovil after agreeing to take over the former BHS unit at the Quedam Centre.

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Timothy Rhys-Evans MBE (far left) with members of the Leekes finance team.
Leekes Retail and Leisure Group has been named Medium/Large Finance Team of the Year at the second annual Finance Awards Wales, which were announced at Cardiff’s City Hall earlier this month.

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The value of sales dipped in Q1 2019, though beds were again the strongest category.
The later arrival of Easter and flaccid demand left UK retailers of furniture and carpets struggling to match year-earlier trade in the first quarter of 2019.

Chinese upholstery conglomerate Kuka — which last year acquired German furniture company Rolf Benz and a controlling stake in a joint venture with Italy's Natuzzi — built out its top and bottom lines in the first quarter of 2019.

Embattled department store chain Debenhams is said to be planning to close 20 stores at the turn of the year but needs the backing of creditors if it wants to follow through on the proposals.

Management reshuffle at 1000-store pan-European bedding retail group.

Portadown furniture wholesaler Annaghmore Agencies has taken on Damon Culley as its sales agent for southern and central England.

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Dreams' Buckinghamshire HQ.
National bed specialist Dreams has appointed Tony Holdway as chief marketing officer, filling the role vacated when Lisa Bond left the business at the end of last year.

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Three generations of the Spinks family: Daniel Spinks (buyer), Simon Spinks (managing director) and Peter Spinks (chairman).
Bed maker Harrison Spinks has received a Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development, the fifth time the 179-year-old company has been recognised by the awards programme.

Furniture Brands International, a new wholesale arm formed by furniture and interiors company Pavilion Broadway, has become UK distributor for the Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture and Theodore Alexander Modern brands.

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Sergio Bucher (inset) has resigned as Debenhams chief executive.
Terry Duddy has become interim executive chairman at Debenhams after chief executive Sergio Bucher stepped down last week in the aftermath of its prepack sale to lenders.

Sales grew at a faster rate for national floorcoverings supplier Designer Contracts in 2017–18 as the business continued to build out its depot network.

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Cintique moved to Celebrity Motion Furniture as part of restructuring of JDP group operations.
The chairman and owner of the JDP Furniture Group says 2017–18 was a painful year in a very tough market but insists he is looking ahead with confidence and has vowed to continue investing in its upholstery brands.

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Hilco has reintroduced furniture to Homebase.
Underlying half-year losses narrowed at home improvement retailer Homebase as the Hilco-backed chain cut costs and reintroduced higher-margin furniture products.

Rent-to-own furniture and electricals chain BrightHouse has named Anth Mooney as successor to Hamish Paton, who resigned as chief executive earlier this year.

Topps Tiles, the market leader in the UK wall and floorcoverings retail sector, has agreed to buy commercial tile supplier Strata Tiles from its private shareholders.

A one-time manager of the now defunct Dewsbury mattress maker Hick Lane Bedding has been disqualified as a director for six years following an investigation by The Insolvency Service.

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Buoyant Upholstery faced headwinds last year.
Lancashire sofa maker Buoyant Upholstery has found cost savings, a major new customer and introduced a more inspirational product range as it bids to bounce back from trading headwinds in 2017–18.

James Sturrock, the boss of mattress vendor Eve Sleep since last September, said yesterday's appointment of Tim Parfitt as CFO completes the new management line-up.

Suppliers, customers and the taxman face a combined seven-figure shortfall from the insolvency of southeast mattress and bedroom furniture retail chain Beaumont Beds.

Sales of home merchandise climbed at John Lewis & Partners for the first time in six weeks with big-ticket furniture and floorcoverings leading the way.

A long hot summer in the UK wasn't enough for Gloster Furniture, the high-end outdoor furniture brand, to grow sales in the British market last year.