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Sweet dreams for bed winners

Bed and upholstery manufacturer Sweet Dreams, celebrating 30 years in business, launched a special anniversary competition for retailers in the autumn and the first three winners have been announced.

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Lighting shines for John Lewis

Lighting was a standout product category for John Lewis in the past week with a double-digit sales increase as the chain recorded increased total sales.

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Walk the West Highland Way in aid of the Furniture Makers

If criss-crossing the city during Milan design week wasn’t enough exercise, The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity is offering the opportunity for more just days later: a 100 mile sponsored trek of the West Highland Way with 2 Rifles, the Company’s military affiliate.

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Mammoth signs for Spurs

Bed manufacturer Mammoth has become the official mattress and pillow supplier to Premiership football club Tottenham Hotspur.



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Go that extra mile

Porro DuriniquindiciStill looking for that elusive interiors Christmas gift that shows how much you care? Interiors Monthly may have found it for you.

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The £100,000 challenge

DamianWaltersClimbing Mount Everest will be the centre of 2017’s fundraising for the Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity.

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John Cotton heads down under

TontineBedding group John Cotton Group has expanded to Australia, buying Tontine, the country’s leading pillow and duvet producer for an undisclosed amount.

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Stevens & Graham completes TI clubhouse

Trump Aberdeen BarWhile the Scottish Government and Robert Gordon University may have disowned him, Donald Trump has continued to invest in his Aberdeenshire Trump International Golf Links with new tartan carpet.

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CIFF gets larger

Ciff2016To meet industry demands China International Furniture Fair (Guangzhou) is to expand witha new home for the show's outdoor and leisure section.

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Contract shares London Fabric focus

LF2016London Fabric Show 2016 will include a greater offering for buyers of fabrics for the contract and hospitality sectors with the range of exhibitors having broadened and the selection of fabrics on show at the BFM-hosted 29 February - 1 March event has widened.

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Leekes sees profits leap

LeekesCInteriors chain Leekes has seen profits leap in the first half of the year. EBITDA jumped by £1.5m to £2.3m in the six months the end of September.

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HOME Autumn 2014 – last chance to register

 ethnicraft A visit to the new autumn edition of Home presents a chance to see the most exciting, hand-picked collection of design- led tableware brands in the UK this season. Doors open this Sunday 14 September at Olympia, London.

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First time buyers 'driving mortgage market forward'

signsFirst-time buyers have been 'driving the mortgage market forward' in the past year, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). The number of loans made to first-time buyers was up by 23% in 2013 compared with 2012 but, on average, these borrowers still needed to find a 20% deposit.

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Meyer-Bruhl adds to awards honours

BruhldeepspaceKati Meyer-Bruhl, Bruhl creative director has received her 60th and 61st design award, including a German Design Council Interior Innovation Winner for the Deep Space upholstery.

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Johnlewis.com reaches £1bn milestone

JLPHouseJohn Lewis has seen online sales reach the £1bn milestone a year earlier than forecast. In unveiling the group's half year results, Sir Charlie Mayfield, John Lewis chairman revealed almost half of the traffic to johhlewis.com comes from smartphones or tablets.

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Home continues to deliver for Next

next-shorehamNext has revealed that its latest Home stores are continuing to beat its internal forecasts as it boosts its dividend by 16%. The chain says that the Home stores it has opened in the past year have delivered sales 6% higher than forecast and they have a forecast profitability of 19%.

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Buying group alliance offers ‘dual’ membership

AW2Two major buying groups unveil a 'collaboration arrangement' designed to offer furniture and flooring opportunities. The SMG and Minerva buying groups have announced a new alliance 'that will enable them to formally work together to promote each other's organisations as their preferred partner for the furniture and flooring sectors respectively'.

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Strong food sales at M&S help offset a slump in general merchandise…

Marks and_Spencer1Marks & Spencer’s fourth quarter figures have turned out better than expected but, it is a strong performance from food that is holding up the figures. Also, sales in the troublesome general merchandise category fell by less than feared. Housing the chain’s furniture, furnishings and clothing, general merchandise fell by 2.2% for the 13-week period to 30 March 2013. Like for like UK sales dropped by a further 3.8% for the same sector. For now, chief executive Mark Bolland has bought some time but, there is work still to be done. In September last year Mr Bolland restructured the directorial team within the general merchandise sector with shareholders expecting to see a marked improvement within that area.

Future of one of the Borders’ largest furniture stores in doubt

CoopselkirkThe future of one the largest furniture stores in the Borders has been placed in doubt after the Co-op tried to find other retailers to occupy its Selkirk branch. 'We remain open minded regarding the future of Selkirk Store and are looking at a number of options including interest from other retailers in sharing occupancy. This is in no way a reflection on the staff who continue to make every effort to make the store a success in a tough trading environment,' says Co-op statement.

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Black‘s departure leaves Feather & Black without either founder

AdamblackFour years after Robbie Feather, Feather & Black co-founder left the bed and bedroom chain, his fellow co-founder Adam Black has left. The pair founded the chain in 2002. 'Adam leaves the business on good terms and is working in co-ordination with the Wade Group to ensure a smooth transition to the new md, Daniel Wade. We would like to thank Adam for his contribution to the business and wish him well in his future endeavours,' says a statement from Feather & Black owner Wade Group.

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Dunelm sees profits rise

dunelm2The homewares chain saw gross margins climb by 30 basis points to 49.5% as pre-tax profits rose by 14.6% to £59.8m in the six months to 29 December.

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Tempur opens first European store

tempur-logo-500x300Tempur Mattresses, has chosen Bluewater for its first standalone store in Europe. The 4,000-sq ft store, situated on Bluewater’s lower Thames Walk, will open early this summer.

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House sales continuing to pick up, surveyors say

house-sold-SmallProperty sales continue to pick up across the UK, according to the latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics). Its survey of members who work as estate agents said sales in January rose for the fourth month in a row.

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Housing boost for Tarkett

tarkett462 homes will share 16,000sqm of flooring. Tarkett is to supply 16,000sqm of its 22mm Professional Oak Nature and 13mm Rumba Oak Nature flooring to the Vivo housing development in East London.

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BoConcept confirms Finchley opening

bc12 January opening will come three weeks after Bristol debut. BoConcept has confirmed the opening of its Finchley Road, north London store as 12 January, becoming the chain's thirteenth mainland UK branch.

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CML expects positive 2013

signsLenders anticipate improvement in housing market. The Council of Mortgage Lenders is confident that an upswing in mortgage lending heralds a more active housing market in 2013.

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Harvey's settles Raft copying case

raftharveysHarvey's has stopped using the name Raft for one of its dining ranges and pay legal costs to rival retailer Raft after copying its trademarked name. Anti Copying in Design has asked the chain to sign its code of conduct.

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Heimtextil day two

 

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The British are out in force at Heimtextil – taking coffee, not tea, and for those lamenting the state of British manufacturing Heimtextil would have provided a large tonic.

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Hunter Douglas adds to portfolio

integraHunter Douglas, the world leader in window coverings, has added to its huge portfolio of companies.

The group has completed the acquisition of UK distributor of packaged window covering products and drapery hardware Integra.

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Sutcliffe shut down

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Cabinet company Sutcliffe Furniture has been closed after it ran out of money and 100 of its 110 staff have been made redundant. Administrators said the company had failed to find a buyer before their appointment.

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Administration looms

After closing nine of its 13 branches in the past two weeks, Lombok looks poised to enter its second administration in two years and largely move online after applying to the High Court to appoint an administrator.

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