The two chains have continued to see weak performances in home categories as shoppers avoid big ticket items.
Two new and two existing London trade shows are to become the May Design Series as DX, Interiors LDN, kbb LDN and The Arc Show combine.
Hot on the heels of its Sheffield stockist support show centre opening, Vale-Bridgecraft is to open its eighth in March in the North-East of England.
Domotex saw visitor numbers return to above 40,000 as retailers from across the globe visited the Hannover show from 12-15 January.
For the next few days we'll be bringing you the latest news and thoughts from Heimextil, Domotex and IMM Cologne: time machine. Visitors to IMM Cologne were greeted with a bitter wind and snow underfoot, but the wintery conditions did nothing to dispel the feeling that the show was almost a step back in time.