House prices rose by 5.5% in the first quarter of the year, amid a warning the rise will slow because of stamp duty.
Barker & Stonehouse is to open its first London store, a 25,000sqft unit in Battersea, in July.
Interiors and clothing chain Next has revealed the extent of sales volatility of the past three months, with sales fluctuating by about £25m a week.
Axminster Carpets has enjoyed better than expected performance since it was bought out of administration, and plans to boost its workforce.
Mohawk Industries, the world's largest flooring manufacturer, has completed its acquisition of Spano Group.