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The European market for office furniture



This is the twenty-nine edition of the report The European market for office furniture and it analyses production, consumption, prices, distribution channels and international trade of office furniture in the European continent. A forecast on office furniture consumption in 2017 and 2018 is provided. The report analyses sales data and market shares of top European office furniture manufacturers. Ranking of company sales are broken down by country, by segment (seating, desking systems, executive office furniture, filing systems/storage, wall-to-wall units, meeting rooms and communal areas). The report also analyses the office furniture competitive system: prices, distribution channels and short company profiles. Office furniture industry production is broken down by product type (seating: Executive office chairs, Operative office chairs, Visitor chairs, Folding/Stackable chairs and others; operative desking systems: adjustable and not adjustable, free standing and panel based; executive office furniture; filing systems/storage; wall-to-wall units; furniture for meeting rooms and communal areas). Trends of office furniture prices by country and data on employment and turnover per employee are also provided. The report also provides a focus on office swivel chairs in Europe: a detailed analysis on office seating quantities and brand positioning. The number and the performance of swivel chairs sold in 2015 and 2016 and brand positioning by average "net price", is given for seven major countries (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Poland and Sweden). Values include both products manufactured in Europe and products imported from Extra European countries. The analysis of office furniture distribution channels by country covers: direct sales, office specialists, non-specialists and other. A breakdown of office furniture sales by distribution channel is available for the top companies. A breakdown of European office furniture exports and imports is provided by country and by product type (office furniture and office seating). Addresses of about 210 office furniture companies mentioned in the report are also included. The European considered countries of the study have been expanded from 16 to 30: Northern Europe: Denmark (DK), Finland (FI), Norway (NO) and Sweden (SE); Western Europe: Belgium (BE), France (FR), Ireland (IE), Netherlands (NL) and the United Kingdom (UK). Unless otherwise specified, figures for Belgium include those for Luxembourg; Central Europe (DACH): Germany (DE), Austria (AT) and Switzerland (CH); Southern Europe: Greece (GR), Italy (IT), Portugal (PT) and Spain (ES); Central-Eastern Europe: Poland (PL), Czech Republic (CZ), Slovakia (SK), Hungary (HU) and Romania (RO), Slovenia (SL), Croatia (HR), Bulgaria (BG), Cyprus (CY), Malta (MT), Estonia (EE), Latvia (LV), Lithuania (LT).

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  • Mauro Spinelli & Michela Amico, 2017. "The European market for office furniture," CSIL reports EU02, CSIL Centre for Industrial Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:mst:csilre:eu02

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    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • L68 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Appliances; Furniture; Other Consumer Durables
    • L81 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce

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