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La-Z-Boy heads outdoors

LZBoutdoorUpholstery manufacturer La-Z-Boy is to enter the outdoor furniture market, with a collection which includes reclining backs and footrests. The Seabrook range, built around a rust-proof aluminium frame with recliners featuring UV-protected resin weave and UV-protected quick-dry upholstery, will be launched at the GLEE exhibition in September.

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Kitchen drives homewares sales growth

KitchenikeaHomewares sales continued to strengthen in June, as kitchens drove the market. The overall homewares market saw year on year growth of 2.8% in June, up from the 2.5% growth in May and the 1.7% seen in April, according to research firm GfK.

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Services boost sees economic growth double

20poundnotesThe UK economy grew by 0.6% in the second quarter of the year, according to Office for National Statistics initial estimates, thanks mainly to higher growth in the services sector. The increase compares with a 0.3% rise in the first quarter. ONS says all four main industrial groupings within the economy – agriculture, production, construction and services– increased in Q2 2013 compared with Q1 2013.

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Weather loser: Carpetright

CarpetrightguideCarpetright emerged as a weather loser, with the heatwave deterring shoppers from flooring. The chain saw UK sales drop by 3.3% in the 13 weeks to 20 July and by 1.9% on a like for like basis. Like for like retail sales were down by 1%.

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Weather winner: B&Q

bandqB&Q emerged as a weather winner, with the heatwave boosting demand for garden furniture. Sales in the ten weeks to 13 July were up by 1.7% and by 1.6% on a like for like basis. Sales of outdoor products rose by almost a fifth, accounting for 40% of sales.

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