Home and its At Home stores were the stand-out performers for John Lewis last week, but sales growth slipped back.
A new furniture retailer has refuted suggestions that out of town retail parks are not the force they once were. The company has also had to change its name just weeks after opening.
Retail sales were lower than retailers had expected in the first half of November, but retailers remain optimistic about December.
Contract upholstery manufacturer The Chair People has expanded its online offer selling direct to consumers as part of a £100,000 investment.
Furniture wholesaler Julian Bowen has enjoyed a double-digit sales increase, buoyed by strong bedroom and childrens furniture sales.