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.

Sofas by Saxon, the Lancashire furniture manufacturer, has begun producing personal protective equipment (PPE) and called on its industry peers not already doing so to follow suit.

Bed-in-a-box brand Casper Sleep says it will close its European operations to save costs and focus on its core markets in North America.

Savoir Beds, the high-end London based bed maker, says it has been able to continue manufacturing and delivering to customers' homes throughout the lockdown period.

Adova Group, parent to storied Kent bed manufacturer Sleepeezee, has named its new chief executive following the departure of Jacques Schaffnit, who had run the business since 2017.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners says its worst-case scenario would see sales drop by more than a third this year, with rising online sales not enough to supplant the absence of store income.

Scottish homewares retailer The Rug Stores has rebranded its business to reflect its broader product offering. It is now called Ornatus Interiors.

ACL, one of Britain's largest privately-owned sofa manufacturers, has turned its production expertise to the effort to equip front-line health and care workers.

Organisers of the Manchester Furniture Show have postponed this summer's exhibition as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, with the next edition now to take place July 2021.

Blue Group has recruited from the bed manufacturing sector for the newly-created chief operating officer role at its Harveys and Bensons for Beds businesses.

Applications for the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme opened yesterday (April 20) and companies will have to be organised and prompt if they wish to secure cash in time for April's payday runs.

Dunelm, the major home goods retailer, has restarted two-man furniture deliveries this week. It is unlikely to be the last of the major companies to do so before restrictions are eased, but it will be much harder for some than it is for others.

The Wiltshire group behind the Neptune furniture and home interiors brand slipped to a loss last year after it recorded a one-off seven-figure charge. Underlying profits also declined.

B&Q, the home improvement and DIY giant, has reopened more than a dozen stores across the U.K., putting in place new measures aimed at keeping staff and customers at a safe distance from each other.

Some of Europe's largest upholstery producers have re-platformed their manufacturing towards personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Upholstery market leader DFS says it is close to agreeing an additional debt facility to aid liquidity until it can unwind its order book, which has been bolstered by recent ecommerce gains.

Home and furniture etailer Amara Living has in the past month completed a high seven-figure refinancing exercise that sees it generate millions of pounds in equity and debt funding.

John Lewis has temporarily mothballed its interest free credit offer for furniture purchases, hampering its ability to sell higher value items.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has published new guidelines aimed at improving testing quality and consistency for mattress makers, and the laboratories that test their products.

Debenhams, which called in administrators early April, says it has agreed new terms with landlords across 85 percent of its estate but has called time on seven of its shops and is in talks regarding others.

Andrew Porter, the storage and fulfilment specialist, has repurposed part of its warehouse to provide emergency furniture storage to companies unable to take in incoming stock.

Ayiaz Ahmed, a serial company owner that has run some of the most storied brands in U.K. furniture retail and production, has been disqualified as a director by The Insolvency Service.

March saw British retailers endure the sharpest decline in sales since records began according to a closely-followed retail survey, despite double-digit growth in the first three weeks of the month.

Upholstery boss since 2018 moves on to the marketing sector, returning to a CFO position.

Tessutica, owner of the Ragolle Fabrics and Beaulieu Fabrics brands, has introduced a 100 percent recycled and recyclable upholstery covers product line.

Organisers of the twice-yearly High Point Market in the U.S. have cancelled the spring edition, having earlier rescheduled the furniture exhibition from its original April dateline to June.

FIRA International, the Stevenage based testing and furniture services provider, has been supporting the new NHS Nightingale hospitals with free product testing for a key medical mattress supplier.

The coronavirus pandemic has posed myriad challenges to the entire U.K. furniture industry but those that bring product in from far-off lands face additional and potentially existential threats.

Home furnishings retailer Dunelm has paved the way for a return to bulky goods furniture delivery while it said all other parts of its online business are now fully operational.

Creditors of a circa £6 million turnover North West bedding supplier face a seven-figure shortfall after it ceased trading earlier this year.

Customers have praised the appointment of Andy Kennaugh as managing director at sofa maker Alstons, describing him as one of the best in the trade.

Luxury interior furnishings group Walker Greenbank says it has reduced its cash burn after many employees, including those not furloughed, accepted a temporary salary reduction.

Foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. declined for the fifth consecutive month in February, new Government figures show.

Some of the highest profile names in worldwide designer furniture manufacturing have issued a plea to legislators, fearing the loss of 7,000 businesses in the sector across Italy because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Recticel, the Belgian foam conglomerate and major supplier to U.K. sofa and bed manufacturers, has agreed to sell its 50 percent stake in Eurofoam.

Wood furniture imports across the living, dining and bedroom categories fell for a third straight month in February, though German exports made big gains.

Global furniture chain JYSK is spending €200 million building a new distribution centre in Hungary designed to meet its logistics needs across seven Central European markets.

Next, one of the biggest retailers of furniture in the country, is to reopen its online business from today with a limited product catalogue and restrictions over order levels.

Upholstery imports into the U.K. declined from most major source nations with one notable exception as Poland continued to emerge as the dominant origin of European-made sofas sold here.

U.K. mattress factories along with suppliers to the bed trade have pivoted production towards supporting the effort to confront the coronavirus pandemic, says the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Revenue jumped by well over a third for the business unit housing the Millbrook Beds business last year, lifting earnings for the company.

Imports of carpets from Belgium declined by almost a third in February as U.K. retailers and wholesalers pivoted to its biggest national competitor.

Debenhams, the department store retailer, has today been placed into administration. It follows an earlier notice of its intent to do so filed earlier this week (see related).

DFS has disclosed the individual business unit breakdown for its upholstery and furniture chains Sofology, Dwell and Sofa Workshop in the 2018–19 period for the first time.

The Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy has written an open letter to U.K. manufacturers across all sectors paying tribute to the work being done to keep the economy moving.

The insolvency of a West Midlands based direct-to-consumer manufacturer of soft furnishings products has left creditors facing a shortfall.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the industry's dedicated charity, has issued a new clarion call highlighting financial support it can provide to hard-hit furnishing industry workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the bed industry trade association, is offering housebound bed store workers free training during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tomorrow (Apr. 9) is the last day of lent. This year, many in the furniture industry have given up two things fundamental to their continued existence: selling and delivering furniture.

Home furnishings giant Wayfair says its "ecommerce model is uniquely suited to serving customers’ very real needs at this challenging time," as it announced sales growth has rocketed in the past fortnight.

Britain's competition watchdog is to escalate its investigation into the completed takeover of the company behind ecommerce retailer 247Blinds by the owner of Hillarys into a Phase 2 inquiry, heightening the possibility of enforcement action.

Sherborne, one of the U.K.'s best capitalised upholstery manufacturers, found margin gains to boost profits last year. Sales were flat.

A soft furnishings manufacturer wholly-owned by Laura Ashley that does most but not all of its business with the retail chain has also filed for administration.

North West distributor Flair Rugs achieved a decade of consecutive year-on-year sales growth after output climbed again last year, new accounts show.

James Sturrock is to step down as chief executive at Eve Sleep, the direct-to-consumer mattress and ancillary products brand, to take up a new post outside the company.

Consumer confidence for big-ticket items has plummeted to its lowest level since records began, sparking alarm for the eventual planned delivery of orders already taken in the pre Covid-19 period.

An estimated 100,000 jobs across the furniture and furnishings sector have either been furloughed or eliminated since the coronavirus crisis began, with the future of many now dependent on Government funds.

A private investment group already with skin-in-the-game in the mattress sector has acquired a 50.1 percent stake in direct-to-consumer beds business Emma - The Sleep Company.

Debenhams has confirmed it filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators, a move that buys the retailer protection from creditor action for nearly two weeks.

East Midlands upholstery manufacturer JDP Furniture Group has been placed into administration after it was adversely impacted by the insolvency of Laura Ashley, a major customer of one of its production units.

Hopes are high for the future of rise and recline upholstery producer Celebrity Motion Furniture despite the company and its parent being placed into administration late last week.

ScS chief executive David Knight, who announced his intention to retire back in January, has agreed to remain in place for an extended period of time as the group navigates the coronavirus crisis.

Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Emma says it near doubled sales in the U.K. in the first three months of the year, adding that it continued unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Department store retailer Debenhams is considering ways to protect the business from creditor action including a possible second insolvent restructure within the space of a year.

Family-owned department store retailer Fenwick has reshaped its senior management team, with its chief executive and chairman both to depart.

Cabinet furniture maker and distributor Devonshire incurred a bigger loss on lower sales ahead of its sale last autumn and subsequent relaunch earlier this year.

The release of selected financial figures indicate a breakout year for privately-owned ecommerce retailer Furniture Box in 2018–19.

Chief marketing officer Tony Holdway and director of retail Paul Owen will depart national beds specialist Dreams, its CEO has told Retail Week, a trade newspaper.

Bed manufacturers and their customers can access up-to-date advice on support packages available to them via a newly-created Coronavirus Hub put together by the National Bed Federation (NBF).

More than 90 years of history and heritage has been salvaged after a U.S. bed-industry investor acquired North West mattress maker Burgess out of administration.

Returns for the secured creditors of fallen department store retailer Beales will depend on the value administrators can extract out of the company's three principal property assets.

The release of January furniture and flooring trade data offers insight into inventory levels ahead of feared supply chain disruption out of China and subsequent demand concerns with enforced store closures.

Diversified manufacturer GNG Group says it is working around the clock to meet demand within its healthcare unit with the company having been awarded Key Supplier Status by the National Health Service (NHS).

Fashion-to-furnishings retailer Laura Ashley has withdrawn the option to buy big-ticket furniture lines from its ecommerce offer, though the company continues to sell other merchandise as it trades through administration.

Living, dining and bedroom furniture supplier Bentley Designs recorded lower sales in 2018–19. It continued to generate profits and boosted its balance sheet with a capital contribution.

Blackburn bedroom cabinet manufacturer Klever Furniture left creditors facing a shortfall of almost £650,000 according to new statutory filings.

British bed and mattress vertical The Original Bed Co. is to launch into mainland Europe with the introduction of a dedicated German sales channel.

Consumers were already minded to tighten the purse strings for high-value items like furniture ahead of the nationwide lockdown imposed by the Government a week ago, new data reveals.

Upholstery manufacturing giant La-Z-Boy has taken steps to conserve cash including salary cuts and the furloughing of thousands of employees worldwide.

National upholstery retailer Sofas & Stuff celebrated a decade in business last year, expanding its showroom network and booking six-figure profits.

A serial investor in consumer brands has completed a buyout of high-end furniture and lifestyle retailer The Conran Shop, bringing an end to 47 years in charge for its founder.

Embattled weekly payments furniture and electricals retailer BrightHouse has been placed into administration, putting 240 stores and 2,400 jobs at risk.

Organisers of the U.K.'s leading summer trade furniture exhibition says they "fully support the need to prioritise the greater good" as the event venue was named a temporary NHS field hospital. Preparations for the July furniture event continue.

Lombok, the mid-high end East-inspired furniture retailer, has been placed into administration for the third time. Insolvency professionals hope to find a buyer for the brand and other intellectual property.

One of the U.K.'s largest retail park landlords says it has taken steps to support customers who are being hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has been urged not to forget furniture manufacturers when evaluating state support for U.K. industry amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The organiser of the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) has rescheduled the dates of its postponed spring exhibitions.

A Glasgow based upholstery, window-dressings and interior fabrics retailer has been placed into administration after closing its three stores and ceasing trading a week ago.

Organisers of the Milan furniture fair (Salone del Mobile) have cancelled the rescheduled exhibition. It will now not take place at all in 2020.

The number of retailers still delivering bulky furniture goods amid the coronavirus pandemic continues to fall, though some are sending delivery crews out to customers homes with heightened safety measures in place.

The Swedish beds manufacturing conglomerate that lists British bedroom chain Feather & Black among its interests has re-platformed some of its manufacturing operations to help battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Victoria, the diversified flooring producer and distributor with operations in multiple countries worldwide, says it can survive even the most severe scenarios presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

Direct-to-consumer mattress brand Eve Sleep has doubled the length of time consumers have to return products free-of-charge to over six months.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) and the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) are working together to provide clarity to industry over the support package available to businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.



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