The UK economy grew by 1.9% last year, its strongest rise since 2007 when growth was 3.4%.
Europe's four major producers of polyurethane foam operated a cartel for almost five years in 10 EU countries, including the UK, and three of them have been fined almost £100m. The fourth avoided a fine of £50.9m as it told the competition authorities about the cartel.
Norcro Exhibitions has announced its intention to launch The Spring Floorcoverings Exhibition in Brighton next March.
Ikea has paid a dividend to its parent charitable foundation for the first time in six years. It says it has enjoyed an upturn in UK performance in recent months.
The organisers of the new furniture exhibition to be held at the NEC next January have moved the show earlier in the month to prevent it clashing with Domotex and IMM Cologne.
Homewares has continued to deliver growth for John Lewis, across a range of product sectors.
The final and 29th Interiors UK saw visitor numbers leap during last week's event, but were still more than 10% down on the 2012 show.
SMG The National Furnishing Group has revealed its new logo.
The National Bed Federation has today launched its Approved logo scheme to consumers, designed to protect shoppers from recovered and illegal mattresses.
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