Upholstery 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.
Homewares 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.
The 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.
Rent-to-own chain BrightHouse has seen a near double-digit like for like sales rise as sales approach £300m.
Carpetright 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%.
Underlay company Ball & Young has updated its packaging to reflect the birth of Prince George.
Improved stock management and reduced markdowns have delivered a £10m boost to Next.
B&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.
Interface is to give its environmentally inspired Net Effect carpet tile collection its UK debut at The Flooring Show.
Furniture Village will open its 40th store on 22 August when it opens a branch in Ipswich.
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