An eagle-eyed reader contacted us on Friday after spotting what they believed was an anomoly. [Premium]

Andrew Paul Furniture has broken through the small company threshold and outed itself as one of the U.K.'s larger sofa manufacturers. [Premium]

Nectar Sleep said there has been an increase in buyers' remorse in just-filed accounts, but that didn't reflect its returns rate, which appears to have improved. [Premium]

Attacks by Houthi rebels on merchant ships transporting goods such as furniture from Asia to Europe has led to vessels being diverted away from the Red Sea and around the Cape of Good Hope. [Premium]

The just-filed accounts of the Vita Group, the maker of mattresses, underlay and supplier of block and converted foam to sofa and bed makers, are packed within a weighty 67-page tome, full of numbers. One of which is more remarkable than most. [Premium]

Three months ago, furniture importer Julian Bowen filed accounts revealing strong profits in the immediate post-Covid period. Turns out they were even better than originally disclosed. [Premium]

HSBC provides comfort to high-end fabrics and wallpaper supplier after covenant breach. [Premium]

More on the just-filed accounts of Alpha Designs Upholstery and Larkbury Group, parent to The Sofa & Chair Company. [Premium]

Charts showing the number of U.K. carpet and floorcoverings retailers by turnover sizeband, from £0–£99,000, £100–499,000, £500,000–£1.99 million, £2–4.99 million and £5 million and over between 2017–2023 inclusive.

A property write-down meant 2022/23 was another tough year for Oldrid & Co, the independent furniture, garden and home store retailer trading as Downtown.

TradeChoice Carpet & Flooring built on a return to the black in the first year under Nestware Holdings' stewardship with further profitable growth in 2022.

Corporate insolvency in the furniture/flooring sectors over the past five years.

International furniture group Halo Creative & Design group increased its equity position in Dudgeon Sofas last year, as we reported on Tuesday (see related).

Consumer confidence for major purchases remains depressed but is on the mend, as the long-term data confirms.

DFS earlier this month revealed it had successfully refinanced, agreeing £250 million of debt facilities across a revolving credit facility (RCF) and a £50 million U.S. private placement with one or more unspecified debt investor(s).

Readers with a long memory will recall Silentnight achieving near double-digit sales growth in 2021/22 on the back of high demand and the unwind of a big order book.

A generous HMRC official has overpaid a refund, and then overpaid it again to the U.K.'s one-time third largest independent sofa maker, which folded nearly five years ago.

First signposted in January, more details about the property sale and its owner are now public.

Andrew Martin continued to grow its business with the South Wales upholstered furniture manufacturer in which it acquired a majority stake back in 2021.

Headlam Group, the U.K.'s largest flooring wholesaler, paid a significant premium over book value to acquire the country's largest independent supplier to the online rugs market.

This Thursday marks exactly one month since homewares brand Amara announced the introduction of Sofa.com upholstery on its platform, with it prominently — but all too briefly — promoting its sister brand's products on its website.

When Loaf rocks up in Yorkshire later this year it will likely do so in a store unlike any other it has opened in the eight years since it first transitioned into a clicks-to-bricks retailer.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' sales at current prices between January 1998 and March 2023.

A list of the biggest worldwide markets for direct-to-consumer and wholesale mattress company Emma Sleep.

The West Midlands street where at least five bed manufacturers have collapsed.

An updated DFS cash position; and the detail of who owns key Maker&Son intellectual property.

The insolvent buyout of assets of the predominantly mail-order business Scotts of Stow earlier this month came as a surprise given its last public record figures show it recorded profits of almost £4 million.

Halo Group's Timothy Oulton United Kingdom subsidiary acquired a majority position in London upholstered furniture maker Dudgeon Sofas late 2021 but that wasn't the only external investment made in furniture companies that year.

Orders placed on or before the date of the Cox & Cox buyout late last month will not be fulfilled by the new owner of the ecommerce business, it has now been confirmed.

Profits declined for upholstery supplier La-Z-Boy U.K last year in a period when the wholesale business invested heavily in product inventory.

Dormeo U.K. was among the big success stories of the early pandemic period, with sales growth accelerating at twice the pace that it had before Covid.

An improved financial performance saw the value of furniture retailer OKA rise by tens of millions of euros according to accounts filed in Luxembourg by its holding company.

Five years ago, 65 percent of Airsprung group business went through just two major retail customers.

British furniture and interiors retailer OKA posted improved numbers and traded through its just-reported financial year without new external funding.

General merchandise retail giant Next made an equity investment in online furniture retailer Swoon earlier this year, in a transaction first revealed by The Furnishing Report back in May.

The main destinations for British exports in the first nine months of 2022, and year-on-year comparisons.

Multi-year series of transactions followed director departure back in 2019.

Greenapple Systems played a pivotal role in our story. Here's why.

The collapse of Made.com will hit suppliers ranging from furniture makers and importers through to service providers, in addition to employees, shareholders and customers.

Flooring market leader Carpetright was still a publicly-owned company when it agreed a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) that impacted certain landlords back in the spring of 2018.



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