Bed and bath textiles distributor and retailer Bedeck bolstered liquidity in the year to end September, mitigating the negative impact of the pandemic on its business.

Sales jumped double-digit despite challenging market conditions for lighting supplier Cascade in 2019–20, but profits declined on thinner margins.

Upmarket furniture, lighting and accessories company Porta Romana was impacted by the early weeks of the pandemic, but it said it bounced back after the first lockdown.

Britain's home office furniture market shrank in 2020 despite the move to home-working according to a new report by AMA Research. It says that will reverse this year as consumers make more permanent home office arrangements.

Higher sales helped profits rise sharply for the group behind gift and homeware wholesaler Lesser & Pavey in the run-up to the pandemic.

Imports and exports of furniture and flooring fared worse than other goods and commodities in the first month since the end of the Brexit transition, initial Government data shows.

Living, dining and bedroom cabinet imports reached record levels in January with retailers and wholesalers bringing in never-before seen levels from both China and Vietnam.

The National Lighting Company, one of Europe's largest suppliers of lighting to the retail market, found improvement last year despite the non-linear nature of trading through the pandemic.

The value of furniture output from U.K. furniture factories fell for the eleventh straight month on an annual basis in January according to official data out this morning.

Laura Ashley home ranges to be sold through the Next brand network will feature soft furnishings sourced through Ashley Wilde, the Hertfordshire headquartered fabrics group.

International interior furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group has relaunched websites for all its individual brands along with refreshing its corporate presence online.

Headlam, Europe's largest flooring wholesaler, says it will add almost 40 new trade counters over the next four years in response to rising demand from retailers and fitters for click-and-collect.

Danish furniture design brand BoConcept and U.S. furnishings conglomerate Haworth have announced a strategic partnership they say will open up access to global markets for both entities.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published a guide to alternative materials and the pressures from specific consumer groups which might accelerate their adoption across the furniture trade.

The CEO of Recticel has pinned rising prices for foam at the door of the chemicals sector, citing numerous force majeure events for creating supply shortages of polyols and isocyanates.

Profits advanced at designer kitchenware and housewares brand Joseph Joseph in 2019–20 with the privately-owned design and wholesale company citing strong growth in the period since.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is supporting a series of virtual round table events as it looks to gather industry opinion on the sector's path to a net zero carbon future.

The new owner of the Laura Ashley brand and other intellectual property has agreed a manufacturing and product development partnership with Graham & Brown, the wallpaper and paints manufacturer.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' output was down by more than a fifth in 2020 after falling in 11 of the 12 months of the year as the industry grappled with the virus and restrictions on trade.

The plug was pulled on the U.K. operation of a leading maker of high-end furniture for luxury yachts and private planes after it was adversely impacted by a range of factors including Covid-19.

Routine factory maintenance in the upstream foam supply chain could lead to further disruption for furniture manufacturers and their retail customers later this year, BFM has warned.

Diversified homewares distributor Sabichi booked seven-figure profits after a sharp rise in revenue in the year to October 31, 2020.

The co-founders of soft seating category leader Bazaar Group have sold a majority stake in the business to Comhar Capital to help fund expansion in the U.K. and mainland Europe.

Colefax Group, the fabrics and wallpaper company with a big international business, says sales have been more resilient despite the imposition of new restrictions across the U.K. and export markets.

One of the executive directors at high-end British furniture and lighting company Established & Sons now owns almost a fifth of the business following a share issue last year.

Furniture makers' price inflation climbed for the sixth straight month at the end of 2020 suggesting fears from within the sector of forceful headwinds ahead are well founded.

Furniture maker Ercol returned to profit at EBITDA level in 2020 after orders and delivered turnover outperformed levels management were budgeting for during the first lockdown, its chairman said.

Profits at Sanderson Design Group, the luxury interiors manufacturer and wholesaler formerly known as Walker Greenbank, will rise after the company outperformed expectations.

The diversified furniture, mattress and home accents distribution group Gallery Direct built out revenue in 2019 including a 50 percent rise in U.K. sales. Profits fell on higher costs.

Danish furniture wholesale giant Actona has launched a programme of desks and chairs specially designed for gamers and the home office.

A management reorganisation helped speed up decision-making and boost profitability at household textiles giant Turner Bianca in 2019–20.

The company behind the Balmoral Furniture operation in Northern Ireland says it should break even in the year to March 2021 despite sales being hit by the pandemic.

British furniture manufacturing output continued to accelerate deep into the autumn but total production levels remain well down on last year as a result of the pandemic.

North West wholesaler recovers sales following a I.T. virus attack in the spring of 2019.

Sales grew for a fourth straight year at northeast distributor Baker Furniture despite the first lockdown clipping the final weeks of its financial year. Profits also climbed.

Cabinet imports climbed at their fastest pace in 18 months as distributors and wholesalers rushed to build inventory according to the latest Government figures.

Home and gift wholesaler Ancient Wisdom has agreed a ten-year lease on a recently refurbished distribution centre in Yorkshire.

North West carpet and flooring wholesaler Rolfe Carpets has agreed a multi-million deal for a new distribution centre in Accrington, a short distance from its current base.

Robust trading through the first wave of the pandemic helped furniture importer Seconique record sales growth and strong cash generation in 2019–20. Adjusted profits were also up on the previous year.

U.K. furniture companies are being quoted sky high prices to ship containers while inbound product is being delayed. Data compiled by The Furnishing Report already shows the strain on upholstery and cabinet at ports such as Felixstowe.



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