RiazAhmedScholefieldMillSweet Dreams has invested in growing its workforce as strong demand helped sales reach an eight-year high in the 12 months to end March.

glasswellsBurySEdEast of England furniture and home department store giant Glasswells posted its highest sales since 2010 and its strongest profits since 2007 in the year to end February.

Last month’s Manchester Furniture Show featured more visitors and bigger orders, according to event organisers and exhibitors.

The British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) has appointed Jeremy Stein as its new managing director.

barkerStonehouseStocktonSales trended up in double-digits for a second successive year at Barker and Stonehouse in the period leading up to the opening of its new Stockton HQ and flagship store.

Furniture and furnishings retailers enjoyed standout growth in the second quarter of 2015, according to the British Independent Retailers Association (bira).

AndersonsInverurieMajor furniture independent Andersons of Inverurie enjoyed a fifth successive year of top and bottom line growth in the 12 months to end October.

kozeeSleepYorksThe tax man heads a long list of unsecured creditors of collapsed mattress maker Kozee Sleep, with 33 bed industry suppliers owed five and six figure sums.

VictoriaWhitestoneAcquisitive floorcoverings manufacturer and distributor Victoria is preparing to get the chequebook out again, its executive chairman says.

Furniture retailer Willow & Hall has opened its first showroom with a two-storey space in a period property in London.

Clearance ended strongly at department store chain John Lewis with Home sales trending up in the mid-teens.

hslDewsburyInterview with HSL CFO Ian Jones on where the firm goes next — including which towns — as the upholstery vertical continues its rapid, self-funded growth path.

Retailers and manufacturers have until tomorrow night to enter the 2015–16 National Bed Federation Industry Awards.

designClassicReprosRetailers of repro furniture design classics — who had been preparing to rip up their business models following a law change — have been given a boost by the Government.

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.

vietnamImportsFurniture imports rose 5.1 per cent in May thanks to demand from UK buyers for Vietnamese cabinet and Polish upholstery.

Furniture manufacturer Herman Miller has completed building work at its new manufacturing plant in Melksham, Wiltshire.

DIY retail stalwart George Adams has joined the board at listed sofas and carpets retailer ScS.

corndellThis weekend marks a year since Corndell changed hands. A look at the ownership structure of the heritage Oxfordshire case goods manufacturer and distributor.

The number of buyers pre-registering to attend the Manchester Furniture Show is up on last year, with greater interest from visitors in the South of England.

coachHouseAlthamPrivately owned furniture and homewares wholesaler Coach House enjoyed another bumper year in 2013–14 with rising sales, profits and cash.

dunelmStoreEfforts to galvanise the furniture category paid off for Dunelm in the year to end June as the chain confirmed Keith Down as its new chief financial officer.

Retailer ScS is raising funds for children’s literacy charity Springboard for Children by selling bookmark designs created by two school children.

harveysBensonsCoUK trading margins improved 30 basis points in the first half of Steinhoff’s financial year, with the group saying its refurbishment programme is well advanced.

bentleyDesignsBedroom, living and dining furniture distributor Bentley Designs posted record profits as it returned strongly to growth in 2013–14.

General merchandise sales at Marks & Spencer were flat in the retailer’s first quarter despite a big improvement from its online business.

healsWestbourneGroveExtModern furniture and design retailer Heal’s has opened its new concept Westbourne Grove store in London.

neptuneShowroomNeptune has posted double-digit growth for a fifth consecutive year, with the cabinet and upholstery group now nearly four times as large as it was five years ago.

Floorcoverings retailer Carpetright will this month launch the first of a number of test stores as it looks to transition its brand image away from price.

Rising demand helped Lincolnshire case goods wholesaler Classic Furniture to double profits in the year to end September.

The BFC has lauded the work of Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland, saying he has done more than any other politician to champion the industry over the past half decade.

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Sentiment among furniture manufacturers remains positive despite lower-than-hoped-for output and order levels, according to trade association BFM.

Home retailer Taskers says its new superstore at Hunts Cross — in the planning for more than two years — will open late Autumn and be nearly twice as big as first thought.

wbhHQPricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has earned nearly £500,000 in fees since its appointment as administrator at failed cabinet maker Woodberry Brothers & Haines last summer.

Furniture and electricals retailer Harvey Norman is to take over the iconic former Fultons store at Balmoral Plaza off Belfast’s Boucher Road.

Dreams will this week open the first of six stores in the North East of England with plans to open 30 overall across Britain over the next year.

The organisers of the January Furniture Show are to expand the available space to exhibitors in Hall 5 of the NEC following demand and market confidence.

retailParkThe pace of furniture retail sales growth slowed in Ireland in May, according to the Central Statistics Office.

BoConcept fasciaThe British furniture retail market is going from strength-to-strength according to urban furniture retail franchise operation BoConcept.

Rising demand coupled with a proportionally lower cost base helped flooring market leader Carpetright to a big profits turnaround in 2014–15.

sofaworksCOUpholstery chain Sofaworks has lost its IP court battle with Sofa Workshop owner DFS.

cormarTownCountryCarpet manufacturer Cormar made further inroads into the flooring market as it posted double-digit sales and profit gains in 2013–14.

Pep & Co, the discount retailer run by the former boss of Asda and backed by a South African billionaire, will commence a quick-fire store launch programme this week.

Value furniture and homewares retailer JYSK will have grown its UK footprint by a third with the opening of its fourth store in a year.

dunelmCoJoBrowFormer Apple, Dixons and Monsoon executive John Browett is to become chief executive at furniture and homewares retailer Dunelm.

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