Employees of Lebus, one of the largest sofa makers in the U.K., now own 100 percent of the Lincolnshire manufacturer after its shareholders decided to sell the business.

Sales and profits declined at Brighouse fabrics supplier Mobus last year but the company said it is well placed to prosper amid a changing landscape in the upholstery sector.

The debt repayment schedule agreed with creditors of Celebrity Motion Furniture is progressing as planned as the rise and recline chair maker continues to emerge from the problems of former associated companies.

Upholstery retailer Sofology will next weekend open its fourth new store this year as it accelerates its overall plan to launch double-digit store numbers across the entirety of 2021.

Upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow has hosted its first external Open Day as it looks to attract a new generation of home grown talent into the industry.

The CEO of Sofa Brands International (SBI) says the upholstery manufacturing group has seen a strong and sustained bounce back since the end of the first lockdown last year.

The growth in sofa shipments to the U.K. slowed in the spring as retailers came closer to unwinding late 2020 orders and were left with only digital sales channels to replenish them.

Lower operating costs helped West London upholstery manufacturer and retailer The Sofa & Chair Company narrow losses last year despite the pandemic impacting sales.

The southern Italian sofa manufacturer behind the Digiò Leather Sofas brand will launch a new upholstery programme here next week as it looks to build on rapid growth following its reintroduction to the U.K. market last year.

A showroom on Tottenham Court Road has doubled the number of Noble Souls stores in London as brand owner Timothy Oulton continues its worldwide expansion strategy.

International trade in upholstered furniture ticked up last year despite Covid-19 wreaking havoc through the supply chain, limiting the ability for manufacturers to produce and retailers to open stores.

Sofa fabrics supplier Mobus has paid tribute to md Ian Bostock following his decision to retire, saying he made a huge contribution and that it will look to build on his legacy.

Ships rammed front-to-back with upholstery landed on U.K. shores in the first four months of 2021 with imports up 43 percent year-on-year and 10 percent on a more comparable two-year basis.

The soft furnishings supplier behind the ILiv brand found margin expansion as it mitigated the impact of a double-digit pandemic-influenced fall in sales last year.

Pent up demand meant comparable orders almost doubled for DFS as the retailer emerged from lockdown, with online business remaining high but returning closer to pre-Covid levels.

Demand continues to be high despite supply chain constraints according to the md of Lebus Upholstery, one of the U.K.'s largest sofa manufacturers.

The U.K. represents a big market opportunity for European companies as producers in the Far East are grappling even tougher supply chain issues than are being experienced here, according to upholstery producer Nicoletti Home.

Employee numbers at a small-to-medium sized upholstery producer in the North East doubled in the period leading up to and including the early months of the pandemic.

Upholstery brand Arlo & Jacob has launched a new programme called the Ready Made collection as it looks to take advantage of a surging housing market part-fuelled by the stamp duty holiday.

Higher delivered sales, a disposal and judicious cost management helped Italian upholstery conglomerate Natuzzi return to profit in the first quarter of 2021.

Sofology, Britain's third largest upholstery specialist, has teamed a new A-List celebrity for its latest television advertising campaign, which aired for the first time Monday night.

Five of the existing leadership team have completed a management buyout at East Midlands sofa designer, importer and distributor Siren Furniture. They plan to expand the business' customer base.

The managing director of one of the country's largest sofa manufacturers says keeping everybody working through the latest lockdown has proven correct, with it unwinding its order book and demand surging since stores reopened.

The world's largest leather processing business and a key cog in the global upholstery supply chain says it has developed new technology enabling it to produce leather that inactivates bacteria and viruses, including Covid-19.

Delivered revenue jumped more a third in the first three months of the year for upholstery group TCM Living, though rising sales costs owing to supply chain challenges weighed on profits.

The U.K. arm of upholstery conglomerate La-Z-Boy said it had performed very strongly in a challenging market even if the pandemic overshadowed the last knockings of its just-reported financial year.

U.K. upholstery imports surged at the end of the first quarter on a mix of higher demand and annualising production problems in China because of the pandemic last year.

The unwind of pre-lockdown orders wasn't enough to keep revenue positive in the U.K. for Stressless brand owner Ekornes in the first quarter of 2021 as the lockdown prevented an immediate building on full year growth here for last year.

Italian upholstery vertical Natuzzi has hired a former McKinsey consultant as its new CEO with current incumbent and founder Pasquale Natuzzi to become executive chairman.

Sofa Club, the upholstery retailer that operates open-plan lounges across major shopping centres, is readying a second Manchester presence amid plans to ramp up its U.K.-wide network.

Upholstery retailer Sofology will open its 48th store ahead of the late May Bank Holiday weekend, the first of ten planned for the entirety of 2021.

Whitemeadow, the upholstered furniture manufacturer that employs over 650 people across its East Midlands factories, has launched an online Careers Hub.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com found extra margin and modest pro-rata sales growth in the first period since it was bought by Frasers Group in 2019.

Sofa maker Furnico said excellent cost management and internal efficiencies helped it find additional margin last year, mitigating a lockdown-induced turnover drop.

Upholstery market leader DFS has appointed a new creative agency to manage its advertising account, ending a 10-year association with current incumbent Krow Communications.

Upholstery conglomerate La-Z-Boy is among a number of investors joining a $15 million Series B funding round for U.S. furniture ecommerce company Floyd.

Nicoletti Home, the Italian sofa manufacturer, will host a U.K. appointment-only event for its British and Irish furniture customers in Nottingham next month.

44 people a day lose their lives to bowel cancer in the U.K. and sofa retailer ScS, in partnership with its local football team and broadcaster ITV, organised a stunt to raise awareness of the symptoms.

Profits climbed on higher sales and wider margins last year for sofa manufacturer Ashwood Designs against a backdrop of increasingly difficult market conditions with the impact of the pandemic and Brexit.

Nicoletti Home says worldwide revenue is up 20 percent so far this year with the Italian sofa maker calling for raw material suppliers to better support manufacturers so the industry can continue to meet demand.



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