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The UK contract market. Furniture and interiors



The contract furniture and furnishings market in the United Kingdom is estimated to total around EUR 2.3 billion, at retail prices. Hotels and hospitality (including bars, restaurants and other leisure) alone account for almost 50% of total contract demand. The contract segment is expected to have significant prospects for future growth. It is a transversal business in the world of furniture, because it involves all types of products, from upholstered furniture to bedrooms, from seating to lamps, and from office to bathroom, kitchen and outdoor furniture. In the UK there are approximately 500 companies, mainly dealing with furniture and lighting, that operate in this market segment. About 90,000 people among architects and designers are main vehicles for the UK contract sector's business. A relevant number of contractors, wholesalers and retailers are also active in this segment. CSIL Market Research offers a comprehensive picture of the contract furniture and furnishings sector in the United Kingdom. Segments considered are: hotels and hospitality - including restaurants, bar and leisure, property market, education, airports, hospitals and healthcare, marine and others. Products covered include: contract furniture, office furniture, upholstered furniture, kitchen furniture, contract lighting, bathroom furniture and wellness, outdoor furniture. The analysis of contract furniture distribution covers: architects, interiors designers, specifiers, main contractors, wholesalers and retailers. Data on selected European manufacturers of contract furniture and contract furnishings are provided, with turnover and market shares. Addresses of 486 key players operating in the contract furniture and furnishings market and mentioned in the report are also included.

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  • Aurelio Volpe & Mariano Peluso, 2009. "The UK contract market. Furniture and interiors," CSIL reports EU21, CSIL Centre for Industrial Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:mst:csilre:eu21

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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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