Recliner giant Man Wah Holdings has not given up its attempt to take control of HTL despite the already-completed sale of the leather upholstery colossus back to its founder.

A key cog in the U.K. upholstery supply chain that lost out following the failures of QFC, Multiyork and Ultra more than recovered all that revenue and more in the year to March 31, 2020.

Insolvency practitioners say efforts to recover a seven-figure debtor balance from one of the U.K.'s largest retailers of upholstery after the failure of a major British sofa manufacturer are over.

Upholstery vertical DFS has joined the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) in a move that sees it become the largest single member of the national trade association.

A six-month stretch of falling upholstery imports into the U.K. has come to an end as orders from Eastern Europe and the Far East delivered growth for the category.

Three stores, all in the North of England, planned between now and next year, with the first opening on Saturday.

Upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus continued to build out revenue in the first full year following a management buyout and ahead of its move to a new West Yorkshire warehouse this year.

West Yorkshire upholstery source Scan-Thors (U.K.) says it has successfully secured new custom and pointed to signs of improving business confidence in the market.

One of the Sofa Workshop London stores acquired from DFS last month is to be repurposed for a first dedicated U.K. standalone showroom for Timothy Oulton's Noble Souls upholstery brand.

DFS, the U.K.'s largest upholstery retailer, has been building an arsenal of storied brands to attack the furniture market in recent years.

Mid-autumn launch as expanding sofa chain prepares to open its westernmost store on street dripping in British upholstery heritage.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS said business has rebounded strongly since lockdown to limit the impact on full-year results to July 25 and put it on track for growth in 2020–21.

The eponymous founder of Italian upholstery company Natuzzi says the U.K. is among its priority markets as it looks to bounce back after the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Italian sofa maker Natuzzi says it could outsource some of its production in Eastern Europe having completed a similar process in the Far East to combat tariffs.

Upholstery and flooring retailer ScS has signed a ten-year lease on a 32,000sqft warehouse in Liverpool.

The BFM Fabric Show London 2021 will take place as scheduled next year as long as indoor events are permitted, organisers have said.

Sofa.com has deepened its ties with its sister company after adding fabrics from a key House of Fraser in-house brand. It has also introduced lighting to its offer for the first time.

Lockdown hasn't shunted Lebus Upholstery off course as the Lincolnshire sofa maker looks to build on double-digit growth achieved last year. Order intake and volumes are currently ahead of 2019.

Upholstery market leader DFS has launched a new programme of leather sofas and chairs in collaboration with Halo Group, the multinational furniture business to whom it has just sold Sofa Workshop.

Man Wah Holdings, owner of the Cheers recliner brand, has built a mammoth new factory to bolster production in the Chinese market.

Prestige upholstery producer Kingcome Sofas says it was on track for mid single-digit sales growth when the virus hit the U.K. earlier this year.

Upholstery imports continued to decline at the height of summer, but the drop-off was the narrowest since the start of the year.

The Chinese furniture group that has owned HTL International since 2016 is planning legal action after the leather sofa maker was sold under its nose against its wishes.

The founder of Far East upholstery producer HTL International has bought back the business after agreeing a takeover deal that takes it out of judicial management and back into private hands.

A Bristol based upholstery and soft furnishings specialist opened its new-look showroom on Tuesday this week after it took advantage of lockdown to complete refurbishment works.

ScS, Britain's number two upholstery retailer, says its new financial year has started where the old one left off with orders up by more than half since the end of July.

Intellectual property disposal follows the collapse of the £1.6 million turnover Bedfordshire upholstery manufacturer earlier this year.

New consumer touch point for expanding upholstery retailer.

Upholstery manufacturer Nicoletti Home says it has boosted production capacity at its Italian base to ensure surging demand for products doesn't mean customers will have to compromise on pre-Christmas delivery timeframes.

The North West upholstery producer behind the Timeless Chesterfields brand is calling on other sofa makers to follow its lead so that traditional skills aren't lost to British industry.

Upholstery fabrics and soft furnishings show Proposte will take place in the north of Italy from April 19–21, 2021, exhibition organisers have announced.

Upholstery fabrics supplier Mobus is finalising its move to a new West Yorkshire warehouse HQ that effectively gives it twice the stock space and will deliver upgraded service levels for its customers.

The Norwegian owner of recliner brand Stressless reported revenue in the U.K. and Ireland down by almost 36 percent in the second quarter as mandated store closures impacted trade.

Demand has rocketed since the Buoyant Upholstery factory reopened but its md Mike Aramayo says the surge has brought with it fresh production headaches.

The acquisition of upholstery vertical Sofa.com can buttress Frasers Group's plan to trade up, the diversified retail giant said today.

Factory and customer closures meant revenue was down sharply for TCM Living, owner of the Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James brands, in the second quarter of 2020.

Harvey Ellis, who for decades ran what became one of Europe's largest sofa manufacturing operations as production director for DFS, formally left the business earlier this summer.

Employees at Formation Furniture, historically one of the country's largest upholstery factories, face redundancy after a successful sale out of administration failed to materialise.

A fifth straight decline in upholstery imports means the value of goods shipped to the U.K. is down by a third in the first half of 2020. But June figures were an improvement.

The owner of furniture brands including Cassina and Cappellini, has signed a letter of intent with a U.K. listed nano tech materials company as it looks to develop and commercialise an enhanced leather product.



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