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.
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.
The use of misleading sale prices is 'endemic' in the interiors sector, according to the Office of Fair Trading as it warns shoppers to double check offers ahead of the Bank Holiday. The OFT has accused seven major chains – Bensons, Carpetright, DFS, Dreams, Furniture Village, Harveys and ScS – of misleading shoppers with fake sale reductions.
With six months still to go before its 20th anniversary, the Malaysian International Furniture Fair is celebrating a major milestone. Exhibitors have taken 80% of the expanded 80,000sqm floor space at the Putra World Trade Centre and nearby Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre.
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.
John Lewis saw 'a tough week' for homeware sales last wek but was lifted by its At Home stores. John Lewis saw homeware sales rise by 1% in the week to 17 August but the department store chain's At Home stores delivered double digit growth as total sales rose by 7.6%.
Retail sales volumes grew by the fastest pace in almost a year in early August, with retailers expecting growth to continue in September.
Upholstery manufacturer Lebus saw sales jump by more then £2m last year and are forecast to reach £27m this year. Accounts recently filed at Companies House show that sales rose by 13.3% to £22.97m.
Dwell owed more than £16m, including almost £5m of consumer deposits, when it collapsed in the summer.
Floors-2-Go is to unveil a franchise model for its Allied Carpets brand, more than a year after it bought the brand from administration. The model will be presented at The Flooring Show from Sunday.
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