Home, and furniture in particular, has continued to be a strong performer for John Lewis.
With more than four months still to go, this year's The Flooring Show is already larger than the 2013 event.
A radio advertisement in which a man goes shopping for a carpet instead of watching football on TV and drinking beer has landed a carpet retailer in trouble with the Advertising Standards Authority.
Italian leather upholstery manufacturer Spagnesi is to make its debut at the Manchester Furniture Show in July as part of its relaunch in the UK.
GoodWeave has launched an industry partner scheme, with online retailer Modern Rugs becoming the first member.