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

dfs-co-1Sofa chain DFS has posted strong double-digit growth in the three months to 1st November with underlying profits up by more than half.

North East distributor Baker Furniture says it expects profits to return to 2010–12 levels after it booked more orders in the year to end March and beyond.

Sales momentum at kitchens and bedrooms specialist John Lewis of Hungerford was hit by the loss of key staff in the second quarter.

welcome-furnitureStronger margins and higher sales helped North Wales bedroom cabinet firm Welcome Furniture grow profits in the year to end March.

Flooring and beds franchise retailer United Carpets says its small format high street stores are performing well and it may open a few more in the next year.

Home improvement giant Kingfisher has sold a controlling stake in its B&Q China operation to one of Asia’s largest chain store retailers.

Berlin, GER — Shareholders have invested another €15.9m in the Internet furniture retailer Home24, which operates across multiple European markets.

sofastoreThe national rollout of SofaStore — sister brand to Oak Furniture Land — has begun with the fascia to be visible across the entire store estate by Boxing Day.

Furniture sales were up for a sixth successive month in November with the latest four months all seeing double-digit volume gains.

Commentary: First numbers since the Horatio Myer & Co beds business was sold to Steinhoff highlight how external retail customers have remained at the heart of its sales strategy.

Furniture Village will relaunch its enlarged Sussex store at Hove’s Old Shoreham Road on Boxing Day.

Demand for decorative papers from cabinet furniture firms helped gloss over weak sales of floorcoverings at industrial giant Egger in the six months to end October.

fryetts-genFurnishings fabrics supplier Fryett’s absorbed rising costs in the year to end February but still made more than 10 per cent at the pre-tax line.

The final quarter of 2014 got off to a strong start for Britain’s furniture exporters thanks to big orders from far off lands.

Upholstery producer Collins and Hayes has named Emma Hughes as sales team manager with responsibility for the South West, Midlands, Wales and Ireland.

Fashion was the top seller as Home category sales flatlined at department store chain John Lewis last week.

discounting-1Discounts were deeper in November as furniture and furnishings prices slipped further against year-earlier levels despite rising prices at the factory gate.

Profits grew 62 per cent at floorcoverings giant Abingdon before the business was sold to the Victoria carpets and flooring group this autumn.

Heritage Newark furniture retailer Holdens is to move to a purpose built out-of-town store next autumn and lease its existing town centre showrooms to one or more other retailers.

designers-guild-krProfits doubled at luxury home fashion brand Designers Guild ahead of its move into a new 80,000sqft West London DC this summer.

Heritage furniture and department store independent Randalls of Uxbridge is to close permanently after a clearance sale next month.

Flooring chain Carpetright is to roll out an interest free credit offer across its store portfolio following a successful trial.

arighi-bianchi-coIconic North West furniture independent Arighi Bianchi posted its highest earnings in seven years as sales climbed again in 2013–14.

belProspects of a return for creditors of Belfast Furniture Mall are bleak with the company’s stock having been sold prior to administrators being appointed.

Shoppers eschewed the high street in favour of online shopping and out-of-town retail parks in November, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Demand for goods made in the factories of Belgium and Holland — the two main overseas sources for carpet sold in the British market — slowed at the start of Q4.

Its new click and collect service is a focus for JYSK in the UK as sales worldwide jumped 10 per cent to €2.8bn in the year to end August.

Chinese-furniture-importsUK spend on Chinese made furniture jumped nearly £23m at the start of the final quarter of 2014, new figures show.

Carpet manufacturer Brockway enjoyed double-digit sales growth in 2013–14 though weaker margins hit profits.

Mattress and divan beds supplier Breasley Consumer Products is reorganising its structure to create an office-based operations team to support the appointment of two divisional directors.

Half year sales across Leekes’ retail stores were up 8 per cent thanks to strong demand for goods linked to the housing market, including furniture.

The cold snap helped John Lewis shift more of its winter fashion stock as total sales climbed 10.8 per cent last week.

futon-company-storeNational furniture chain the Futon Company said revenues have continued to build out following a slow start to 2013–14.

Harveys and Bensons for Beds owner Steinhoff has named Alexandre Nodale as Chief Executive at Conforama, its French based pan-European furniture and electricals chain.

Black Friday demand for electricals helped retailers to their strongest year-on-year sales performance in three months in November.

john-cotton-beddingBedding and fillings group John Cotton increased sales for an eighth year in a row in 2013–14 but one-off costs and customer price pressures stymied earnings growth.

dreams-co-fasciaBed specialist Dreams has launched its £6m seasonal marketing campaign including its first ever investment in the video-on-demand space.

Designer Contracts will near treble the size of its central distribution depot with a move to a larger site in the Midlands next spring.

Global upholstery producer Natuzzi has lofty ambitions for the UK market in 2015 as it looks to build on solid growth here this year.

BoConcept-fasciaInternational contemporary furniture specialist BoConcept is to overhaul its worst performing stores worldwide by targeting closures or installing new franchisees.