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New homes could get larger

VerysmallroomNew homes could become larger in the future under proposals to streamline housebuilding. The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a consultation on cutting red tape for builders and has raised the possibility of introducing nation space standards.

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Lebus sees sales boost

Lebus-PadstowUpholstery manufacturer Lebus saw sales jump by more then £2m last year and are forecast to reach £27m this year. Accounts recently filed at Companies House show that sales rose by 13.3% to £22.97m.

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Logue for Dreams

MikelogueBed chain Dreams has recruited Mike Logue, former Mothercare UK md as chief executive. Logue, who left the parent and baby specialist retailer in January, succeeds Nick Worthington, who stepped down in June after five years running the retailer.

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End of the line for Montgomery Tomlinson

MontTomMore than 500 jobs go as curtain retailer and manufacturer Montgomery Tomlinson fails to find a buyer and appoints administrators. Some 530 employees at its 123 department store and retail concessions and its factory and warehouse facility in Bretton, near Chester, were made redundant by administrators.

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Named and shamed

DFSsale813The use of misleading sale prices is 'endemic' in the interiors sector, according to the Office of Fair Trading as it warns shoppers to double check offers ahead of the Bank Holiday. The OFT has accused seven major chains – Bensons, Carpetright, DFS, Dreams, Furniture Village, Harveys and ScS – of misleading shoppers with fake sale reductions.

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Bernard Fox dies

Bernard-FoxThe National Bed Federation has announced the death of its former president Bernard Fox, aged 90. Fox was a former md of Batley Padding and a director of Rest Assured; and NBF president from 1978-1980.

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Axminster adds to sales team

AxminsterDHAxminster Carpets has continued to add to its sales team, with the recruitment of two account managers. Robert Simpkins, who has previously worked for Cavalier Carpets and Mohawk, will cover the South West and South Wales, while Marcus Bowes will cover East Anglia.

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At Homes deliver for John Lewis

JohnLAW13John Lewis saw 'a tough week' for homeware sales last wek but was lifted by its At Home stores. John Lewis saw homeware sales rise by 1% in the week to 17 August but the department store chain's At Home stores delivered double digit growth as total sales rose by 7.6%.

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