Shortages of foam and particle board are reducing production capacity and driving costs up, according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), which says retailers should brace for price increases.

Case goods supplier Willis & Gambier has a new visual identity after its new owner revealed the outcome of its largest investment yet since acquiring the brand last summer.

Rauch Möbelwerke, the German furniture manufacturer with a big U.K. presence, has named Markus Jansen as its new international sales director.

Multi-depot wholesaler STS Flooring Distributors booked higher profits last year on wider gross margin and tight control over costs.

But North West conglomerate said it has still restructured its workforce to cut staff headcount by 20 percent, anticipating falling demand.

Living, dining and bedroom cabinet furniture importer Fortune Woods U.K. has moved into a new combined office and warehouse facility at Pontyclun, South Wales.

Mattress giant Tempur Sealy International has promoted Tobin James amid a raft of appointments including a strengthening of its senior leadership team in the U.K.

The Belfield Group, owner of Westbridge Furniture, Tetrad and one of the U.K.'s largest mattress factories, booked higher consolidated profits in 2019 despite a fall in group-wide revenue.

Growth in wholesale revenue for Kettle Interiors U.K. helped counter a decline in sales at its retail unit last year. Underlying profits for the case goods business were up nearly a fifth.

Production struggled to keep pace with demand at the height of summer as U.K. furniture factories reopened to a surge in orders.

John Lewis of Hungerford, the premium kitchens, bedrooms and furniture vertical, says it has been trading at record levels for a number of months.

The Senator Group, the North West furniture giant, is proposing up to 174 redundancies as it braces for reduced demand for new and replacement workplace furniture.

Furniture prices at the factory gate inched forward last month ahead of manufacturers facing the impact of a spike in raw material prices this autumn.

Calligaris Group, the contemporary Italian furniture maker whose products are sold in over 100 countries worldwide including the U.K., says the medium-term outlook is positive despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Furnishings conglomerate Hunter Douglas has been told to divest at least 51 percent of its shares in window dressings etailer 247Blinds after a ruling by the U.K. competition watchdog.

Britain's furniture and bedding retailers should brace for imminent price increases with sofa and mattress makers here coming under intense raw material price pressure, particularly for foam.

The value of case goods imports into Britain weakened from every major source nation in July, new Government figures show.

Woodbender, a family-owned and run South African cabinet maker specialised in handcrafted made-to-order solid bentwood furniture, is launching into the British market.

Headlam Group says it will either sell or terminate the leases at four properties as Europe's largest flooring wholesaler consolidates more of its southeast England operations at its new Ipswich distribution centre.

German bedroom supplier Wiemann is to showcase an upgraded programme of finishes and options for its popular Monaco VIP range at three separate U.K. furniture events this autumn.

The value of wood cabinet imports shipped to the U.K. in the first six months of 2020 is down just over a fifth on last year, a less severe decline than those seen in all other big-ticket furniture categories.

One-time major U.K. cabinet distributor says it will record a loss for the first half of 2020.

Sales growth is returning according to soft furnishings group Walker Greenbank, whose Clarke & Clarke brand last month enjoyed its best yet since it signed a new distribution agreement.

Britain's leading furniture and bed trade associations will today announce the launch of the Buy British Furniture Event, designed to encourage retailers to promote U.K. made products and support local manufacturers heading into the key autumn/winter trading period.

A survey of U.K. furniture makers suggests the effect of the lockdown has been worse than anticipated, according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

Grandeco Wallfashion Group, a pan-European interiors company based in Belgium, has agreed to buy Darwen wallpaper specialist Holden Decor from its private shareholders.

FIRA International has awarded Humanscale, the designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products, an Ergonomics Excellence Award for its FR 500 Ergonomics Foot Rocker.

Profits were down by a third for one of the country's largest privately-owned bedding and home textiles manufacturers last year after a double-digit decline in sales.

Birlea Furniture recruited two of the best known figures in the U.K. furniture industry to lead the launch of the first new products from Willis & Gambier, the premium cabinet brand it acquired last year.

A loan provision and the decision to write down slow moving and obsolete stock ahead of a major range overhaul hit profits at decorative lighting group Elstead last year.

Supplier to U.K. furniture industry will next month launch the first needle punch non-wovens from a new production line.

David Lane, the longtime face of mid-high end cabinet furniture company Willis & Gambier, has left his role at Birlea Furniture, the owner of the brand.

Year-on-year furniture prices at the factory gate turned negative in June as British manufacturers emerged from lockdown to record the lowest official reading in more than 14 years.

A wholly-owned U.K. business unit of prestige designer furniture brand Ligne Roset is solvent and retains group backing amid the uncertainty surrounding the virus, its French owner has said.

Furniture and lighting design company Established & Sons has appointed Steve McGuire, md at Tom Dixon since 2018, to lead the company through the post-Covid landscape.

Another chunk of Italy's storied furniture industry is American-owned after one of the world's biggest manufacturers added a €90 million maker of furniture under prestige lifestyle labels to its roster of subsidiaries.

The company behind the multinational Light & Living brand paid £800,000 to acquire the business and assets of Gloucestershire home accents wholesaler Parlane International, administrator Mazars has revealed.

Revenue climbed at Coach House last year with the furniture and home accents wholesaler's profits up sharply as it finalised an earlier-reported settlement with the tax authorities.

One of the U.K.'s largest wholesalers of domestic cabinet furniture returned to the black last year after a rise in output and cost controls.

Designer furniture business Carl Hansen & Søn booked a big increase in profits as it built out revenue to record levels last year. The Danish company said it still hoped for a positive result this year, despite the pandemic.



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