European furniture and flooring producers are among importers buying more American hardwood timber, after a major drop in demand last year.
More retailers are interested in recycling carpet in response to rising requests from consumers for responsible disposal solutions to their end-of-life carpets and installation off-cuts.
Hampshire flooring and furniture retailer Habels is to close one of its stores after falling footfall.
After 30 years in the furniture industry Matthew Hurst has branched out on his own, opening Three Rivers Furniture in Truro.
Department store chain House of Fraser is increasingly seeing its customers shop online.