After two months of falling retail sales, sales picked up again in August, although the increase was lower than in 2013.
BrightHouse, the market leader in the rent to buy furniture and electricals sector, is to be investigated by a group of MPs.
Upholstery manufacturer Collins & Hayes is to open a permanent showroom in Long Eaton, following this month's Long Point show, where it will make its debut.
Price rises in the housing market are costing consumers almost £4bn a year that they could otherwise be spending or saving, according to the CBI.
Furniture sales jumped by almost a quarter at John Lewis last week, driven by strong bed and bedroom sales.