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Made.com launch 'Social Showroom'

Made.com has launched a social media platform that allows interior design enthusiasts to connect with each other and see products within the context of a home. Made Unboxed is the latest venture from the online design company. Using the site, cust...
08:51AM - Fri 25th July 2014

Ikea pull advert after MH17 tragedy

Ikea have decided to pull their latest video advert due to fears it may cause offence following the recent tragedy in Ukraine.The advert, titled ‘Theres No Bed Like Home’ features a woman cascading through a city skyline. It begins with her waking...
02:59PM - Wed 23rd July 2014
An Ikea bed in-store

Ikea cosies up to customers in new advert

Home furnishing retailer Ikea is taking more a personal approach to the way it markets its products to a British audience.In conjunction with a revamped in-store customer programme, the retailer is seeking to show more of an interest in customer’s...
09:07AM - Mon 14th July 2014
A Dunelm store

Dunelm grows profit to £116m

Homeware chain Dunelm has posted a full-year profit of £116m as it successfully capitalised on the UK housing boom.The group, which sell blinds, bedding, curtains and kitchenware, increased profits by 7.4 per cent as its aggressive store expansion...
04:07PM - Tue 8th July 2014
Carpetright lost £7.2m last year but has refurbished almost 100 UK stores

Carpetright sees losses widen in 'challenging' market

Floor covering firm Carpetright has seen its year losses widen to £7.2m as market conditions remained “challenging” for the business.Total sales fell 2.2 per cent as poor trading in mainland Europe, particularly the Netherlands, hit profits for th...
12:32PM - Tue 24th June 2014

LFL sales edge up 0.7% at Laura Ashley

British home retailer Laura Ashley has posted a 0.7 per cent rise in like-for-like sales for the 19 weeks to 8th June 2014.Despite a total retail sales fall of 0.9 per cent year-on-year, the firm remained upbeat and pointed towards growth in its i...
09:45AM - Thu 12th June 2014
The multi-channel retailer now employs 150 staff

OKA hires Peter Chappelow as non-executive chairman

Upmarket furniture retailer OKA has appointed retail veteran Peter Chappelow as non-executive chairman as it continues in its mission to be a £100m turnover company.Chappelow has served as chairman at M&M Direct, art and craft retailer Baker Ross ...
10:06AM - Tue 27th May 2014
Jason Bannister, MD, Oak Furniture Land

Interview: Jason Bannister, MD, Oak Furniture Land

Wood furniture retailer Oak Furniture Land posted record sales of £85m last year and successfully opened 41 additional stores by December 2013, bringing the total to 50. The firm, which posted profit of £9.2m in 2012, was ranked 19 in The Sunday T...
03:19PM - Tue 20th May 2014

Paul Simon to close all remaining stores, 209 jobs to be lost

Home furnishings retailer Paul Simon is to close all 22 remaining stores, with 209 jobs to be lost.The phased closure will take place over the next three weeks into mid-June. Paul Simon, which sold curtains, binds, carpets, sofas and beds, had bee...
08:57AM - Fri 16th May 2014
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