Underlying profits up but tax charge impacts net result for London based mail-order and ecommerce brand.

David Ashton, the head of Scandinavian furniture chain JYSK's U.K. retail operation, is to climb Kilimanjaro early next year to raise money for charity.

U.K. and Ireland furniture and soft furnishings retail chain Harry Corry Interiors maintained top line momentum in 2018–19 with a sixth straight rise in sales after it opened new stores.

Italian upholstery giant Natuzzi booked lower sales in the third quarter as rising retail revenues were countered by weakness in its wholesale division and tariffs on goods going to the U.S. from China.

Revenue dipped at heritage department store retailer Austins of Newton Abbot in 2018–19, ending a half decade run of consecutive growth.

Clare Askem has "decided the time is right" to leave furniture and home retailer Habitat and has stepped down as managing director, parent company Sainsbury's has confirmed.

Privately-owned high-end home retailer and design company Day True has opened a third London showroom with a space in the heart of Wimbledon Village.

Furniture retailer West Elm has posted a large increase in U.K sales after it added a third store here and generated higher sales via its ecommerce channel.

Designer furniture and homeware retailer Heal's will next week open a new clearance store in West London, replacing the Cobham unit it briefly traded from until this time last year.

Consumer confidence for purchasing high-value items fell this month to its lowest reading since June, and broke a year-long trend in the process.

Homeware company Bedeck has unveiled a new trade showroom at its Co. Down headquarters along with a refurbished flagship Northern Ireland store.

The company behind the fast-growing U.K. operations of West Elm and Pottery Barn Kids recapitalised its British operation earlier this year, boosting its value.

The opening of three new furniture stores helped retailer NCF Furnishings increase sales in 2018–19 with a first unit in Scotland having opened since, putting it on track to grow again.

Shop prices were lower for the sixth straight month in November with non-food retailers slashing prices to counter weak demand according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

The sale to Asian investors of Matratzen Concord, the circa 850-store beds retailer with shops across Central Europe, has moved a step closer after incumbent shareholders backed the deal.

European ecommerce home and living retailer Home24 had no problems generating higher sales in the third quarter, but money left the business with equal haste.

Boswells, the longest-established department store retailer in Oxford and said to be the second oldest of its type in the world, is "likely to close" next year according to its directors.

Extreme weather during key trading periods coupled with the closure of a store on the expiry of its lease impacted performance at Sterling Furniture Group in the year to February 28. It says the period since has been stronger.

Upholstery and flooring chain ScS Group says like-for-like trading is declining but at a narrower rate than it reported earlier this autumn.

Cambridgeshire headquartered fitted furniture retailer Premier Kitchens and Bedrooms is to be placed into liquidation with the expected closure of all four of its stores.

John Lewis & Partners posted its highest grossing week of 2019 so far but the earlier timing of Black Friday last year meant sales were still some way off 2018 totals.

Ingka Group, which owns the bulk of IKEA's worldwide store network, booked lower profits for the year to August 31 as it invested more money preparing the business for the digital age.

West Yorkshire mattress maker Shire Beds has achieved ISO 9001: 2015, the worldwide recognised certification that recognises consistency of manufacturing operations and processes.

Underlying half-year earnings jumped nearly a third for acquisitive floorcoverings distributor and manufacturer Victoria as it grew sales at its existing businesses and integrated acquisitions.

Ernst & Young (EY) has completed its work on one of the biggest insolvencies in the furniture trade of the past decade, divvying up the last proceeds from asset realisations to outstanding creditors.

Retail sentiment is at its strongest in over six months despite a greater balance of retailers reporting a seventh straight volume decline in November.

Walker Greenbank, the luxury interior furnishings group, is expanding its distribution arrangements with Kravet, owner of British fabrics and wallpaper brand GP & J Baker.

A South Coast company that owns a potentially lucrative website domain and ran temporary shops selling outdoor rattan furniture has filed for insolvency, leaving creditors facing a seven-figure shortfall.

The U.K. sales figures for the major producers of foam — suppliers to the big upholstery and mattress manufacturers in Britain — were once perhaps the best catch-all measure for the performance of both markets. Not so any more.

Experienced retail executive Richard Price is to swap Tesco for Marks & Spencer after being named managing director, Clothing & Home.

Upholstery market leader DFS has migrated its web platform from a private cloud environment to Google Cloud Platform as part of a ramping up of its relationship with the search giant.

Profits for the U.K. arm of diversified foam supplier Recticel bounced back last year as it annualised against supply issues related to an out-of-spec chemical component that presented production challenges.

New product introductions including a higher proportion of furniture sales helped retail brand West Elm maintain top line momentum in the third quarter.

Fashion-to-furnishings retailer Next's transition from a monobrand business to one offering a plethora of third-party brands through its website continued at full tilt over the past six months.

The completed takeover of the company behind Yorkshire ecommerce retailer 247Blinds by window dressings conglomerate Hunter Douglas is to be investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Sales and profits climbed for the two separate Chinese conglomerates behind the Mlily and Kuka brands in the third quarter of 2019.

National furniture retail chain Harveys will this month launch exclusive living and dining collections spanning upholstery to cabinet from heritage British manufacturer Ercol.

Worldwide sales jumped 6.3 percent for entry-to-mid market Danish furniture chain JYSK in 2018–19 as it added 175 new stores across the globe, including its first in Ireland.

The new name for Steinhoff's divested U.K. furniture and beds operations explained, and why the deal differs from some the South African conglomerate has completed in recent times.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding company, has appointed IMG as its global licensing representative as it looks to secure lucrative deals to take its brands into new product categories.

An unspecified number of workers at West Yorkshire carpet manufacturer Westex were due to go on strike yesterday (Nov. 20) in a dispute over pay according to Unite, the trade union.

Clipper, the specialist in retail and high-value logistics which lists John Lewis among its customers, says it has received a preliminary takeover approach from private equity group Sun European Partners.

Home improvement retailer B&Q said sales in the U.K. and Ireland dropped in the third quarter because of new-product launch implementation and its decision to stop installing merchandise such as kitchens.

Upholstery specialist Sofology says it will turn Black Friday green by launching its own initiative — called Green Friday — in partnership with the Woodland Trust, the U.K.'s largest tree conservation charity.

The insolvency of Monomarket, the North East company that ran a number of regional bedding centres and a prominent online store selling beds, leaves creditors facing a high six-figure shortfall, according to a new report.

John Lewis & Partners put four straight home revenue declines to bed last week in an otherwise challenging seven-day stretch for the department store chain.

Yorkshire cabinet furniture manufacturer Ellis returned to profit in 2018–19 after it grew sales and transformed margins following a series of investments and business improvements.

An India and U.S. based rug maker that supplies companies including Restoration Hardware (RH), Anthropologie and Soho House is launching into the U.K. market for the first time.

Upholstery brand Arlo & Jacob will open its second showroom in the capital and its fifth overall with a new store in a landmark building that once housed the North London Royal Mail Sorting and Delivery Centre.

Brexit and tariffs vexed Far East recliner maker Man Wah in the six months to end September but only the latter impacted its half-year numbers as sales in Europe advanced.

Rhenus Home Delivery will deliver all two-man orders for customers of furniture retailer Swoon after helping it make strides in the success rate for its deliveries.

Sofas were the best-selling category for furniture retailers in October as the wider big-ticket market made gains on the same month last year.

Lancashire sofa maker Buoyant Upholstery has named Paul Longmuir as Sales Agent of the Year for 2019.

Private equity backed furniture retailer The Cotswold Company enjoyed double-digit growth in 2018–19 but profitability was hit by inventory management issues that forced it into spend more than planned on warehousing.

The venture debt provider that completed a takeover of heritage East-inspired furniture retailer Lombok back in 2017 is no longer the sole shareholder.

Furniture retail price inflation eased in October as output prices at the factory gate fell again for upholstery manufacturers and, for the first time in nearly three years, for case goods producers.

Steinhoff has agreed to sell its U.K. furniture and beds assets to the turnaround investor Alteri Investors. A deal has been a long time coming, and few will be surprised at the detail.

Specialist European retail sector investor Alteri Investors has agreed to buy Blue Group Hold Co, a newly formed holding company for Bensons for Beds, Harveys and Steinhoff's U.K. upholstery and bed factories.

The Thai majority owner of Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James said its U.K. upholstery division recorded high double-digit sales growth in the third quarter but production headwinds impacted margin.

U.K. revenue declined for the company behind Norwegian recliner brand Stressless in the third quarter, but still outperformed other world markets. The trend for motorised products has prompted a change of strategy, it said.

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