Double-digit wholesale growth negated falling sales at Kettle Interiors U.K.'s retail division in 2019/20, though rising costs weighed on the cabinet company's profits.

The U.K. arm of diversified furniture fittings and ironmongery giant Häfele Group found profit growth last year despite a double-digit decline in revenue because of the pandemic.

Nobia, the Swedish kitchens conglomerate whose interests include U.K. retail chain Magnet, enjoyed a strong sales bounce back here in the second quarter on store reopenings and weak comparatives.

Department store retailer John Lewis & Partners has appointed Kathleen Mitchell, md at fashion brand Accessorize, as trading director.

Ecommerce represented almost a quarter of IKEA's business in Ireland through 2019/20 as customers pivoted online while its large Dublin store was closed.

Andrew Porter UK has rebranded its furniture and homeware storage and fulfilment entity as AP+, specialising in end-to-end third-party logistics (3PL) solutions from its 300,000sqft purpose-built facility.

Development work to complete an online trading platform is continuing at pace says South East furniture retailer Hatfields, with the pandemic having reinforced the urgency of an ecommerce channel.

Retail sales of furniture and lighting climbed again in June against both the weak comparatives of last year and equivalent 2019 data. However, growth was at a softer pace as consumer demand began to abate.

A discount variety store retailer with 12 shops across the U.K. has filed a second notice of its intent to appoint administrators ahead of a hoped-for sale of the company.

The merger between furniture conglomerates Herman Miller and Knoll will lead to the creation of MillerKnoll, which will become the new name for the combined corporate entity.

Sterling Furniture Group has reopened its Glasgow showroom after a remodelling project that has seen it become the third Sterling Home concept store.

The consumer confidence index for major purchases turned positive for the first time since the pandemic started this month, reaching its highest level since February 2020.

Premium furniture brand Roche Bobois has enjoyed fast order and revenue growth so far this year but the U.K. uplift has trailed behind the global trend.

Howdens, the trade kitchen and joinery products supplier, says it now believes there is the scope for 900 U.K. depots, 50 more than previously targeted.

Baby boomers buying garden furniture helped drive revenue during the pandemic for the home, garden and leisure retail group behind brands such as Scotts of Stow last year.

London contemporary furniture and homeware retailer Cult Furniture built revenue, profits and cash amid the disruption of Covid and Brexit.

A new online marketplace targeting interior designers with samples of fabrics, flooring, wallcoverings and other interior materials is gaining traction, with more 40 brands now signed up.

Better-than-expected trading driven by home sales has prompted fashion-to-furnishings retail giant Next to decide to repay a chunk of the business rates relief it has received from the Government.

U.K. furniture and floorcoverings retailers will be compelled to use Alternative Dispute Resolution (AFR) under new proposals put forward to protect consumers by the Government.

A return to more normal margin levels boosted profits for the company behind LPD Furniture in 2019/20 with its furniture division achieving big sales growth despite the pandemic.

The luxury interior design and furnishings group behind the Morris & Co brand has cited post-Brexit demand for British-made goods among three positive sales drivers this year.

Fast-growing family-owned retail chain Sussex Beds will reach a dozen stores next month with it continuing its expansion into neighbouring counties in South East England.

North East cabinet manufacturer and retailer Funky Chunky Furniture has more than doubled sales as it benefitted from the channel shift to ecommerce and higher home furnishings spend.

Lower costs and rising average sales values helped kitchen retailer Harvey Jones narrow its net loss last year despite the impact of Covid on delivered business.

One of the U.K.'s largest decorative lighting suppliers took a large six-figure bad debt charge following Laura Ashley's closure last year, while the pandemic exacerbated the impact on profits.

Officials at J.P. Morgan have exercised an over-allotment option to acquire shares in Made.com Group (MADE) as part of the furniture retailer's initial public offering (IPO).

Owners of The Very Group, one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of furniture and home goods, have hired advisors to explore a possible initial public offering (IPO) or partial sale of the company.

Privately-owned ecommerce retailer Furniture Box has agreed terms on a new distribution centre facility near its Wiltshire headquarters.

The chief executive of United Carpets Group, Britain's third largest floorcoverings retailer, became the sole owner of the Yorkshire based company earlier this year.

1,000 shop roles will be made redundant across John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets, parent John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has confirmed.

Consumer price inflation (CPI) for the combined furniture and furnishings categories increased for a fourth straight month in June, reaching a 47-month high.

Independent retailer Hafren Furnishers will open a second store in Mid Wales after town planners approved proposals for the conversion of a former print works near Aberystwyth.

June saw even larger double-digit growth in annual input costs for U.K. furniture makers with a shift in the main raw materials affected, according to figures out Wednesday.

The U.K. arm of French designer furniture label Ligne Roset recorded a fourth straight loss in a year where revenue declined as a consequence of pandemic disruption.

Home retailer Dunelm Group is pushing further into the furniture category by building a large distribution centre for bulky goods in the East Midlands. It will be operational within 12 months.

Revenue dropped by nearly a third for upholstery importer Scan-Thors (UK) through 2019/20 with the West Yorkshire company citing the dual impact of the pandemic and the closure of Laura Ashley, a significant customer.

The new company behind the renascent department store retailer Beales is to reopen in a third site formerly occupied by its predecessor operation.

Living, dining and bedroom wood cabinet imports have reached never-before seen levels in the first five months of 2021 despite well-publicised supply chain challenges.

One of the largest owners of retail property in the furniture and home goods sectors says revenue and footfall remains well off pre-Covid levels but retail parks are faring far better than in-town destinations.

Amara Living, the Essex based high-end interiors ecommerce retailer, has appointed Matthew Butlin to the newly-created role of chief technology officer.



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