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January findings hint at consumer confidence turnaround, says GfK 

GfK’s Consumer Confidence Index increased two points to –9 for January. Four measures increased, but the Major Purchase Index, which monitors willingness to spend on big-ticket items such as furniture, decreased two points +1 (one point lower YoY). Joe Staton, client strategy director at GfK, says: “The first month of 2020 has given us a mini Boris-bounce with a […]

JYSK earnings down but parent sees record growth

​With a turnover of €4.7b and earnings before tax of €499m (up +3.9%), 2018/19 was a record financial year for the Lars Larsen Group, owner of the JYSK global retail chain, despite significant investment. ”It is a result which we in the family are very satisfied with,” says chairman Jacob Brunsborg (pictured). “As a result of heavy investment, the earnings […]

Prime Portugese upholstery options at January Furniture Show, hall 4 stand E25

Suffa, available in the UK through The UK Agency, is an experienced Portugese manufacturer recognised for high quality, durable sofas. Suffa is exhibiting at the January Furniture Show in Birmingham – in hall 4 on stand E25. In recent years, the business has grown at a fast, solid and consistent pace driven in the main by […]

The winners of The Furniture Awards 2020

The results are in for The Furniture Awards 2020, as the UK’s top suppliers present their latest products at the January Furniture Show (Birmingham NEC, 19th-22nd January). After inspecting the shortlisted entrants at the exhibition, a panel of top retailers and other industry experts has picked this year’s winners: Living & Dining Cabinet Winner: Fortune Woods […]

Clarkson Textiles brings eco-friendly coating to fabric show

Clarkson Textiles is a leading specialist in flame-retardant coating applications for the domestic and contract upholstery markets. With a dedicated team of experienced staff, Clarkson Textiles offers a wide range of treatments, supported by a cutting-edge barcode process control and traceability system. The latest addition to the company’s range of treatments, PurePass, allows customers to meet their environmental […]

Retail footfall sees “difficult ending to tough year” says Springboard

The five weeks to 28th December proved a “difficult ending to a tough year” in retail footfall terms, according to Springboard, whose index saw a decline of -2.5%. Although a decrease was unsurprising – footfall has declined in December in all but one year since 2009, states the tracker – the size of the decrease was […]

Rose & Grey: the sweet smell of success

Rose & Grey sells everything from sofas to wall art, with a predominantly online customer base alongside a flagship showroom in Altrincham, south of Manchester. The company was founded by Lyndsey Goodger in 2008, and today she runs it with her husband, Guy. Its newly relaunched website offers 3000 SKUs and receives approximately 60,000 unique visitors […]

The Furniture Awards 2020 shortlist revealed

The shortlist for this year’s edition of The Furniture Awards has been confirmed. The awards, which recognise the event’s champion suppliers, were developed by Furniture News in partnership with the organiser of the January Furniture Show, and are an integral part of the exhibition. Across five product categories, 18 businesses have been shortlisted for closer […]

2020 vision: Peter Harding, Fairway Furniture

When the going gets tough, the tough reassess, refine, and reap the rewards. Furniture News asks the businesspeople leading the charge towards success to share their views on the past year and what the future might hold – in this article, Peter Harding, MD of four-store independent Fairway Furniture, offers his perspective … The best deal we struck […]