Conservatory furniture supplier Desser has relaunched its website as part of its online marketing campaign. The revamped website boasts a number of design upgrades including a streamlined, contemporary look, a simple navigation bar to ensure consumers can access the information they require instantly and easily and nationwide stockist details.
Upholstery producer HTL has seen profits almost vanish in the first half of the year as it is hit by falling sales and currency losses.
John Lewis lifted sales of furniture and carpets, with some categories enjoying double digit increases.
New 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.
The British Retail Consortium has abandoned its campaign for business rates to be frozen, despite the tax costing £7bn a year.
Bed 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.
More 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.
Ikea is recalling thousands of children's beds because of a design fault that could leave children at risk of cutting themselves.
The 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.
Axminster 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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