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The US market for upholstered furniture

This report offers a comprehensive picture of the upholstered furniture sector in the United States, providing trends in upholstered furniture production and consumption, upholstery imports and exports, prices, marketing policies and distribution. A comparison with the European market for upholstered furniture is also provided. The US production of upholstered furniture is broken down by product (stationary upholstery, motion upholstery) and by covering material (fabric, leather, microfibres). Data on the supply structure (employment, number of companies) in the upholstered furniture sector are provided for the main US states. Data on turnover and market shares are provided for the leading upholstered furniture manufacturers active on the US market. A focus on the leather upholstery segment is provided, with data on the US consumption and imports compared with those of Western Europe and the rest of the world, as well as sales and market shares of the leading upholstery firms active on the US market. A breakdown of the US upholstered furniture imports and exports is provided by country and area, as well as foreign companies' sales on the US market. The consumption trend is considered in the time span 2000-2006, and it is broken down by product (stationary upholstery, motion upholstery, recliners) and by covering material (fabric, leather, microfibres). Data and forecasts on the upholstered furniture consumption are provided by type of covering and for the main local markets. Factors determining the demand for upholstery products are also considered, as well as a profile of the US consumer. The analysis of household furniture distribution channels covers: specialized chains and shops (independent shops, leading furniture retailers), non-specialised chains and shops (department stores, discounts, etc.), other distribution channels (leasing, warehouse clubs, direct sales, mail order, e-commerce). List prices for upholstery products are provided for the main manufacturers, by product (sofas, recliners), price range and covering material (fabric, leather). Short profiles are provided for the most representative upholstered furniture manufacturers and distributors (both US and foreign companies), with data on turnover, market shares, product mix, brands, marketing policies and distribution channels, mergers & acquisitions. The report also examines the opportunities on the US furniture market, with current and future trends.

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Paper provided by Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL) in its series CSIL reports with number S04.

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Length: 129 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2007
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Handle: RePEc:mst:csilre:s04
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