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

Year-on-year furniture retail and lighting sales fell for Irish retailers last month, though the quarterly picture remained positive.

The floorcoverings showcase at next year’s January Furniture Show has doubled in size and already sold out, less than four months since the initiative was launched.

Oak Furniture Land fascia coOak Furniture Land and SofaStore owner JB Global has earmarked another three locations for new stores in the coming months.

Offloading its commercial furniture division masked what would have been a return to profit in 2014–15 for Glasgow furniture group Morris.

Colefax Group profits passed £5m as its fabrics and premium sofas businesses performed strongly in the year to end April.

home24Furniture retailer Home24 more than doubled first quarter 2015 sales ahead of a €120m funding round led by a leading Scottish investment group.

Floorcoverings wholesale giant Headlam has opened a new central London showroom in a bid to woo architects and specifiers.

Consumer confidence has risen to its highest level in nearly a decade, according to global research consultancy Nielsen.

Lifestyle retailer Westwing says the launch of its new WestwingNow brand has been positively received by its customer base.

Silentnight is a bellwether for the UK furniture industry’s journey through recession.

retailParkUK furniture retailers delivered a seventh consecutive quarter of growth in the three months to end June, as sales rose double-digit again last month.

National beds specialist Dreams is filling a gap in its offer for premium ‘natural’ mattresses with a new collection called Flaxby.

Danish furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen & Søn says the UK was instrumental as it grew sales for a fifth successive year in 2014.

The name of iconic Dublin department store retailer Clerys may live on with liquidators seeking to sell the now defunct retailer’s IP.

silentnightHQBeds and mattress giant Silentnight has repaid a big chunk of debt owed to an affiliate of owner HIG through a mix of its own cash resources and new bank borrowing.

Furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen is to expand with the opening of a new 50,000sqft warehouse across the road from its existing site.

B&Q’s shift in pricing strategy began to pay dividends in the second quarter with rising sales of its kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.

mfiHeritage furniture brand MFI has closed with immediate effect with its business to transition to that of sister company Victoria Plum.

jonMasseyDFS chief operating officer Jon Massey is to retire after more than 20 years in the role and nearly three decades with the company in all.

Upholstery chain DFS is to expand its Dutch store footprint as tough comps slowed growth in the second half of its 2014–15 financial year.

Shoppers continue to head out of town at the expense of other retail locations, with retail parks seeing more people for an 18th consecutive month.

kozeeSleepYorksTrade suppliers to Dewsbury manufacturer Kozee Sleep Beds are unlikely to received a dividend following the collapse of the company earlier this year.

The UK home furnishings retail arm of fashion giant Zara posted strong growth in 2014–15.

Half year sales jumped for UK kitchens chain Magnet with its owner citing the introduction last year of its lower-priced Simply Magnet collection.

Furniture retailer Made.com Design Limited has secured around £38m from investors and appointed Susanne Given — well known to the furniture trade — to its board of directors.

Retailer IKEA says it will pay all its workers at least the National Living Wage from next year.

Sales across Europe increased for the multi-fascia beds and mattress retailer Beter Bed Holding in the three months to end June.

fishpoolsContinued investment in the business and brand helped Fishpools grow profits by a third and achieve a record top line performance in 2014–15.

Corndell Furniture and Wood Bros — two of Britain’s best known cabinet furniture suppliers — have made senior sales appointments.

Big-ticket lines sold through as John Lewis grew Home sales by 4.5 per cent year-on-year last week. That was an uplift against the year-to-date figure (+3.9pc).

fwgContainersSales grew in double-digits for bedroom supplier FWG in the year to end March with the North West company making more than £700k at the EBITDA line.

Furniture and flooring supplier TCS is looking to build on the strong sell-in of its January launched carpet programme, with over 200 independent stores having already taken displays.

Fears that up to 100 workers at Dundee furniture manufacturer JTC may be made redundant have receded after the firm won new business.

inflationThumbJune broke a four-month run of falling furniture retail prices, marking only the fourth time in the past 12 months that prices haven’t been deflationary.

Premium stoves and furnishings group Aga Rangemaster is to be sold to US kitchen equipment corporation Middleby in a deal worth £129m.

Beds and components group Harrison Spinks was the top ranked home industry company in a list of the top 200 privately-owned UK exporters.

Heritage sofa maker Wade Upholstery has appointed Mike Greasley as its representative in a number of regions across Britain.

birleaBarcelonaMidlands living, dining and bedroom distributor Birlea Furniture posted record sales and profits in the year to end October and looks set to do so again in 2014–15.

Carpet trade between the UK and the rest of the European Union weakened in May, chiefly because of lower sales to and from the Netherlands.

Furniture sales were strong in June according to the British Retail Consortium, which said big-ticket benefited from free-flowing credit and low prices.