Trade is challenging and a number of hitherto heavily-lauded ecommerce furniture retail businesses have hit tough times in recent months. Figures from retailers like Ponsford serve to remind why the balance of power remains with established independents.

The Shenzhen International Furniture Fair, due to take place this spring, has been postponed following the spread of Coronavirus across China, organisers have announced.

The sale of Sherwood Bedding to Tempur Sealy International closes another chapter in the history of Steinhoff International Holdings, and its ties with the global furniture trade.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry's dedicated charity, has surpassed its target of 100 companies signing up to its One Step at a Time campaign three months early.

Like-for-like order-intake slipped in mid single digits for sofa and carpets chain ScS in the past six months as improved trading in recent weeks countered an earlier slide.

David Knight, ScS chief executive and a 32-year veteran of the U.K.'s second largest upholstery chain, is to retire from full time executive duties and leave the group. He will remain until a successor is found.

Former company officials last month completed a prepack deal for the assets of the circa £4 million turnover furniture retailer HOS Home, which ceased trading last October.

John Lewis & Partners is breaking with years of tradition by ending the public disclosure of its weekly sales figures. The department store went out with a whimper, revealing an eighth straight decline in home merchandise.

Flatpack pioneer IKEA will take the number of U.K. locations where its furniture home assembly service is available to 27 with the addition of another six in the days ahead.

A third straight decline in the value of furniture invoices processed through the central paying agent of Associated Independent Stores (AIS), whose members include many of the country's top privately-owned retailers, underscore the challenge facing elite traders in the furniture category.

Mattress retailer and wholesaler Casper Sleep said it expects to raise up to $182.4 million (£140m) from its initial public offering. It follows the filing of its IPO prospectus earlier this month.

Profits jumped 3.9 percent for global furniture superpower Lars Larsen Group in 2018–19 with Danish furniture wholesaler Actona among its standout performers.

Half-year sales and profits declined for high-end upholstery producer Kingcome Sofas, but owner Colefax Group said it was upbeat about the business unit's prospects.

Abingdon Flooring, the Victoria-owned carpet manufacturer, has appointed Paul Murphy as managing director — group manufacturing.

Houseology, the high-end Internet home and furniture retailer that had accumulated losses north of £9 million at the time of its last public disclosure, has stopped trading and been placed into administration.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's biggest bedding company, has acquired a majority stake in Sherwood Bedding, one of the largest bed manufacturers in the U.S. and formerly owned by Steinhoff, for $40 million (£31m).

Ecommerce design platform Decovry has acquired the assets of German furniture marketplace Monoqi and plans to build a bigger U.K. business as a consequence.

Fast-expanding home and leisure goods retailer The Range is to expand its distribution infrastructure in the North after agreeing a 20-year lease on a large pre-existing warehouse.

Organisers have announced details of the 14th edition of the Scottish Interiors Showcase, whose 2020 event takes place next month.

Since the turn of the year all four of the pre-eminent bed-in-a-box companies operating in the U.K. market have made the news.

Investment firm True has appointed former N Brown executive Ralph Tucker as chief executive at The Cotswold Company, the major U.K. cabinet furniture retailer with sales north of £50 million.

Carpetright has returned to private ownership after the court-approved scheme of arrangement, which sees lender Meditor Fund take full control of the U.K.'s largest carpet retailer, came into effect.

The Internet will account for a fifth of all U.K. retail spend within the next four years, according to new research by GlobalData, the analytics and data company.

A number of retailers who formerly sourced bedroom cabinet from the now-defunct Kingstown Furniture business are turning to One Call Furniture, the East London manufacturer has said.

Upholstery, beds and cabinet furniture retailer Loaf says profits will grow at a faster rate in 2019–20 if it can maintain its performance in the next three months.

A run of growth that began in 2016 came to an end at Northern Ireland headquartered furniture maker and retailer Starplan Furniture last year.

Market consolidation means an increasing share of the market for furniture in Western Europe is in the hands of relatively few businesses, according to a new report.

Designer Contracts, the national floorcoverings contractor, has promoted Stacey Brereton to its board as HR and health and safety director.

Direct-to-consumer mattress company Emma Sleep says worldwide sales near-doubled to €150 million in 2019 with the company making money at the operating line for the second straight year.

Floorcoverings distributor and manufacturer Victoria is to repay all its outstanding senior bank borrowing with the issue of £170 million of corporate bonds.

Penthouse Carpets, one of the U.K.'s largest independent floorcoverings manufacturers, posted rising revenue and profits in 2018–19 despite facing headwinds in the market sectors it operates.

Sales of home goods fell for the seventh straight week at department store retailer John Lewis & Partners as customers shopped its final week of clearance.

A private investor group led by the former U.S. national sales manager at Gloster Furniture has acquired North Carolina based upholstery producer Our House Designs.

British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) has awarded Lancashire sofa maker Buoyant Upholstery its champagne prize for the best use of its new revamped branding at this week's January Furniture Show.

Direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress brand Eve Sleep says it will book a smaller deficit for 2019 after it made headway in its plan to transition to profit on a revised business model.

British furniture manufacturer Ercol, which is celebrating its centenary year in 2020, has recruited Roset (UK) director Arno Koch as its new sales director.

Department store retailer Beales has been placed into administration through KPMG after talks to find a solvent solution to its problems ended in failure.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the premium kitchens, bedrooms and freestanding furniture maker, says chairman Gary O'Brien has resigned with immediate effect for personal reasons.

Blue Group's retail division, which comprises Harveys and Bensons for Beds, has announced a partnership with Mind, the mental health charity.

The managing director of Cookes Furniture, one of the largest independents in the country, says he is confident the market will improve in 2020 after last year proved "undeniably challenging for retail."

Sales of furniture and lighting continued to climb in 2019 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) but at the weakest rate in all of the past decade.

Heavyweight brands Collins & Hayes and Silentnight headlined the winners of The Furniture Awards 2020, announced yesterday at the January Furniture Show.

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry charity, is encouraging visitors and exhibitors at the January Furniture Show to visit its Hall 1 stand and sign up to its One Step at a Time campaign.

LifestyleGarden, a division of ScanCom International, will this spring launch what it has described as "the first mass market piece of furniture crafted from recycled plastic waste."

Consumer prices for furniture rose at their fastest pace in nearly two years last month, just as overall inflation in the U.K. fell to its lowest level since the back end of 2016.

Losses narrowed at East Midlands upholstery group JDP Furniture despite lower sales in 2018–19, aided by the privately-owned collective annualising against one-off costs from the previous year.

Upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus has moved into a new 65,000sqft distribution centre that will allow it to consolidate its operations on a single site.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has given Danspin more time to complete a sale of Yorkshire based carpet yarn spinner Lawton Yarns to an as-yet unnamed buyer.

National floorcoverings contractor Designer Contracts has for the second time sponsored Childline, the counselling service provided by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Unsecured creditors of West Midlands furniture wholesaler Serene Furnishings will likely get less than three pence in the pound back following the prepack deal that rescued the business last month.

The ready-to-assemble furniture arm of diversified Yorkshire manufacturer Decorative Panels posted a fall in sales last year but group revenue picked up on higher component sales.

Shop Direct's transition to become The Very Group has completed with the North West home shopping retailer reporting mid single-digit growth over the festive season at its principal brand.

Headlam, Europe's largest floorcoverings distributor, says its new £26 million regional distribution centre at Ipswich is on track for operational completion by Easter.

Robert Aramayo, son of Buoyant Upholstery md Mike Aramayo and known to many of the sofa maker's customers after assisting during NEC shows, has landed a leading role in Amazon's new Lord of the Rings series.

A sharp drop in foam and sprung mattress imports in November pushed the year-to-date total negative, threatening a first full-year decline in the value of foreign-made goods in seven years.

Furniture retailer Loaf has appointed a replacement chief financial officer for Tim Parfitt, who left the company for a new role in the beds sector last year.

Home sales fell for the sixth straight week at John Lewis & Partners with the chain annualising against a strong competitor promotion from this time last year, which it price-matched.

Wood bedroom, living and dining cabinet furniture imports climbed ahead of the year-to-date trend in November on strengthening trade with two of the three biggest Far East markets.

Harrison Spinks' Ruairi Giles is to raise money for industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company by taking part in the 2020 London Marathon.

Sofa market leader DFS reported a mid single-digit decline in sales for the second half of 2019 but said it will meet profit expectations for its financial year if it can hit its revenue growth target.

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