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Karlsson to head Cole & Son

£50m wallpaper group Wallvision has named Marie Karlsson, head of its international business division, to be md of its UK subsidiary Cole & Son.

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Silentnight completes sustainability double

Bed manufacturer Silentnight has won The Furniture Makers’ Company’s Sustainability Award for the second year running after successfully demonstrating that it has taken its commitment to the environment to the next level and in doing so became the first company to win the award twice.

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Staingard acquires Gliptone

It was announced in July that the Gliptone distributor for the UK was closing its doors. However Staingard, one of the UK’s leading providers of furniture care products has recently acquired the business.

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September suffers sales fall

Retail sales suffered a ‘summer hangover’ in September according to the latest results from the British Retail Consortium/KPMG Sales Monitor.

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Interiors quartet make 1,000 list

Four UK interiors companies have been included in the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe report, looking at high-growth small and medium sized businesses across Europe.

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Victoria makes £50m ceramic push

Ceramiche SerrajpgVictoria has returned to the acquisition trail with the £50m purchase of Italian ceramic flooring manufacturer Ceramiche Serra, and indicated it tends to make further buys in the sector.

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YFM exhibition attracts hundreds

YFM17The Furniture Makers’ Company’s largest Young Furniture Makers exhibition attracted hundreds of visitors as a record breaking 120 pieces from GCSE and A Level students through to BA and MA graduates from around the UK packed out the Dutch Church and Furniture Makers’ Hall in Austin Friars, London.

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NBF boosts technical support

Tristine Hargreaves technical manager NBFThe National Bed Federation has appointed a full-time technical manager, who will provide technical advice to members as well as informing them about changes in standards and legislation

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Profits fall by a fifth at DFS

dfsinsidestoreThe upholstered furniture retailer has reported a 22% fall in profits despite sales growing by £10.4m.

The preliminary results show for the 52 weeks ended 29 July 2017, gross sales rose 1.1% to £990.8m from £980.4m in 2016. Online sales rose by 10.7%, whilst Sofa Workshop achieved double-digit percentage sales growth and solid profitability during the year.

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Whitemeadow sees sales and profits rise again

whitemeadow2017Upholstered furniture manufacturer Whitemeadow has reported top and bottom line gains in what it described as a year of two halves in the 12 months to end December 2016.This is a fourth consecutive year of turnover growth as sales rocket past the £40m milestone.

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ScS directors transfer shares

ScSCroydonTwo directors of upholstery and flooring chain ScS have transferred major shareholdings to their spouses, totalling nearly 1.5% of the retailer’s shares.

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Back in the saddle

QSGiroQuick-Step is to become the title sponsor of Belgian World Tour cycling team, after five years as co-sponsor.

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Making the most of Ambiente

ambiente livingPractical items as everyday aids, innovations with awards, sustainable products distinguished by outstanding design, remarkable product presentations and utensils for professionals – Ambiente from 10 to 14 February makes it easy for companies to present outstanding new products with creative, design-oriented and innovative exhibitors being invited to apply for inclusion on several different platforms.

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Interfloor looks for Festive cheer

InterfloorWarehouseUnderlay and flooring accessories manufacturer Interfloor says it has stocked-up ahead of the pre-Christmas trading period and will be delivering until the week before Christmas.

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Next generation hailed

Philipp Stummer and Mini Maestro1The next generation of furniture designers and makers has been hailed at The Furniture Makers’ Company’s annual Young Furniture Makers exhibition.

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New look for Jenners

Jenners16The furniture and flooring department of the Jenners department store in Edinburgh has received a major overhaul as part of a £100,000 investment.

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Kährs Design Studio opens in Clerkenwell

Kahrs Design StudioFlooring company Kährs has opened a new design studio in Clerkenwell, London. It will also showcase décor styles, furnishings and heating technology from brand partners - Earthborn, BoConcept and Nu-Heat - with Kährs’ resident interior design team on-hand to provide help and expertise.

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Village life for Wool Week

WoolweekBicesterOxfordshire designer shopping outlet Bicester Village is helping to celebrate Wool Week, in association with the Campaign for Wool and the British Fashion Council, with a quintessentially British collection of wool products including Brintons' carpets and Manolo Blahnik wool covered shoes.

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Branded ranges boost DFS

DFSCLivingSales of branded upholstery ranges have risen by 35% in the past year at DFS, helping the chain to record profits but it has warned exchange rates will hit profits.

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Advent cashes in 15% stake in DFS

DFS store frontPrivate equity firm Advent International has taken the advantage of the increase in DFS’s shareprice since it floated in March to sell a 15% stake in the upholstery retailer and manufacturer.

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Sharp to quit in 2016

Debenhams2015Michael Sharp, Debenhams chief executive is to leave the retailer next year, saying he always planned to leave after five years.

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John Lewis will open massive £30m department store in Cheltenham High Street

johnlewisstoreJohn Lewis has announced it will take over the entire Beechwood Shopping Centre in Cheltenham

The whole building will be converted into a massive department store, which will open in 2017.
It will stock the retail giant's full offering, from fashion and homeware to electronics.
Current shops in the building have started to move out and work on redeveloping the space will start early next year.

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DFS sales and profits surge as it buys Spanish business to target expats

dfsinsidestoreDFS has reported a surge in full-year revenues and profits as it buys a Spanish business to target the British expat community.

• Pre-tax profits jump to £10.7m as sales surge 7%
• The retailer has secured DFS trademark in Spain as it targets 800,000 expats
• DFS believes it has grabbed a larger share of the ‘aspirational customer segment’

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Proven growth strategy delivers record results

DFS roomsetDFS Furniture plc Preliminary Results

DFS Furniture plc, (the "Group"), the market leading retailer of upholstered furniture in the United Kingdom today announces its preliminary results for the 52 weeks ended 1 August 2015 (prior year: 53 weeks ended 2 August 2014)

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Move to NAEC May 2016

minerva logoMinerva Furnishers Guild announces a change of venue for their very successful Minerva private members show to be held on the 17th – 18th May 2016.

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AHF approaches £20m sales

ahf store aboutAHF has seen sales rise by more than 5% in the past financial year on the back of higher investment.

Sales grew by 6% to £19.5m in the year to 31 March at the 19 store chain as EBITDA increased from just under £350,000 to a little over £432,000.

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Savoir continues international expansion

SavoirSeoulBed manufacturer Savoir has continued its international expansion by opening a showroom in Seoul.
The 700sqft showroom in the South Korean capital is in the recently opened Hyundai department store in Pangyo, close to the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood, the Gangnam district – known as the ‘Mayfair of Seoul’.

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Be friends with Santa

ChristmasshoppingRetailers must gear up for Christmas, or risk losing out on their share of an extra £2.3bn of consumer spending, they have been told.

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Czech boost will end Malaysian imports

UnilinPA mulit-million pound investment by Unilin has delivered a major boost to production at its Czech Republic factory in Vyskov, meaning it will no longer have to import engineered wood floors from Malaysia.

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Loaf rising nicely

LoafFlopsterOnline interiors retailer Loaf has continued its expansion with a major sales increase in the past six months.

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Biggest fall in UK shopping since 2008, though furniture spending remains strong

logo brcBritish Retail Consortium says warm September partly to blame but says spending on big-ticket items remains strong
 
The continued weakness of spending in supermarkets has hit retail spending figures.
The weakest underlying performance by high street and online stores since the depth of the 2008-09 recession provided fresh evidence on Tuesday of a slowdown in the economy.
 

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MOOD 2014: It was all about a strong belief in the future

moodHow to sum up MoOD 2014? More than clear is that MoOD once again scored high in the field of quality and that in this way, it offers a solid basis for the future. One cannot conclude otherwise than that MoOD gained in aura and charm, which is the result of a move towards new halls, in combination with its new look & feel.

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MoOD reveals Blue Drop winners

Mood2014The winners of the coveted Blue Drop awards at fabric exhibition MoOD have been chosen, with visitors to the Brussels show having their final opportunity today to decide the Visitors award.

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Flooring holds back Low & Bonar

BonarFibre group Low & Bonar saw a mixed performance in the first half of the year, with 'lacklustre' demand in the flooring sector partially offsetting demand in building products.

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Funeral held for Walter Wilson

WalterWilsonThe funeral of Walter Wilson, Ulster Carpets honorary president took place at Tullylish Parish Church, Gilford, County Down on 3 June. He died on 31st May aged 84.

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Adrian Laffey's Pedal for Pounds

AdrianThis year the Pedal For Pounds 5 bike ride starts at the Emirates Stadium in London, 250 gruelling miles later we will arrive back in Huddersfield.

All donations will contribute to the Keep It Up Campaign, which is an equal split between the Huddersfield Town Academy and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

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Milan blog: Innovation back on the agenda

bfiAfter a couple of years where rooting about in the archives and celebrating anniversaries by reissuing classic designs was the agenda for many established firms, this year’s Milan Design Week saw new products return to the fore.

Yes there were updates, but the mood was more Athletico Madrid’s attack at pace than Barcelona’s pass the ball for ever: companies recognised that they had to grab visitors’ attention with something new, rather than variations on a theme.

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Colour is all at Heimtextil

KasIf day one of Heimtextil was florals and geometric shapes, day two was colour you could not ignore.
Particularly among the better-end, branded bed linen exhibitors, colour was everywhere.

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Karndean to give back as part of anniversary drive

Karndean40Karndean Designflooring is to mark its 40th anniversary with a series of flooring donations. The company, founded by Mike Walker, is launching a year-long campaign looking at where it began and its position today while supporting charities in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

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Show organiser looks to Indonesia

8826furniture-exhibitions-events-resizeExhibition organiser UBM is adding to its network of trade shows, following claims the Indonesia furniture export industry is worth £1.14bn and is forecast to triple within five years.

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Blog: The difference of a day

HengeSince ISalone moved to the out of town Rho venue it has been blessed with lovely spring weather on every opening day. However this year proved as reliable as a hotel's wifi connection.

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End for Manor

manorfurnLiquidation for Swindon store after rival buys stock. The doors of Swindon furniture retailer Manor Furniture will close for the final time this week after administrators failed to find a buyer for the 18-year old company.

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Sales soar at John Lewis

jllinenSales leap by 15% in record week. John Lewis enjoyed its best sales week last week, boosted by the row over Amazon's UK tax payments.

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GT looks west

gtKitchen and bathroom makeover chain Granite Transformations is to target the North West of England and the West Midlands as it seeks to grow its franchise operations.

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Retail rents set to drop

emptyshopRetail rents will fall across the country thanks to reduced demand and increasing availability, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' UK Commercial Market Survey.

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Multiyork reshuffle

multiyork2Multiyork has moved swiftly to bolster its senior management following the departure of former executive chairman Indira Thambira and reconfimed its position as a top-end retailer.

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House of Reeves: man arrested [Updated]

A 21 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life following the fire that destroyed the 144 year-old House of Reeves furniture store in Croydon on Monday night.

The Metropolitan Police said the suspect was detained on Tuesday night and was being questioned at a south London police station.

There have been no other arrests in connection with the incident so far.

UPDATE: The store was today demolished and the Reeves family repeated that they would continue trading but were unsure if they would rebuild on the site.

Link: Watch the demolition. Click here.

Picture: Peter Paces.