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Furniture Distribution in Europe

This Report offers a comparative analysis of home furniture distribution in 13 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The report provides trends in home furniture consumption, analysis of the furniture distribution system by channel, retail formats and leading players sales performances.

The aim of this report is to provide information on the following topics:

  • the main structural changes affecting the sector
  • the evolution of the market share of each distribution channel
  • country peculiarities in furniture retailing
  • new approach and strategies in furniture retailing
  • policies and initiatives affecting the competition in the market
  • listing of the leading furniture retailers in each country, with contact details

Home furniture import flows are analyzed by country of origin and by product segment (upholstered furniture, non-upholstered seats, kitchen furniture, dining and living room furniture, bedroom furniture).

The furniture retail market is broken down by the following distribution channels: furniture chains, franchises, buying groups; independent furniture retailers; non-specialist distributors (department stores, multi-stores, hypermarkets, DIY, mail order); direct sales and craftsmen.

The report includes addresses of about 540 furniture retailers and buying groups of which 245 with detailed profile.

Among the products considered: home furniture, upholstered furniture, kitchen furniture, living room furniture, dining room furniture, bedroom furniture.

CSIL worked on an extensive data gathering, including market data and detailed figures for over 200 retailers (all the main actors operating in Western Europe).

Highlights

Over 20% of world furniture consumption takes place in Western Europe which makes it a large and profitable market, with per capita spending in furniture purchases still higher than the world average. Western Europe is a large and mature market for furniture sales which boasts around 400 million consumers. The Western European home furniture market contracted and it is now in a process of slow recovery.

Western Europe. Home furniture market,
breakdown by geographical area of origin,

2008-2013

The trend in Western Europe is for greater dependence on imported items, mainly from Eastern European and Asian countries. Growth rates were in the range of 4% for the first and 7% for the seconds (average yearly growth rate in the last decade).

Table of Contents

  • Methodology and Scopes of the report
  • Western Europe
  • 1.1. Executive Summary
    • Main factors affecting the furniture market in Western Europe and the furniture retailing system
  • 1.2. Home Furniture Market and Performance
    • The home furniture market development
  • 1.3. Domestic supply and Import penetration
  • 1.4. Market trends
  • 1.5. Market forecasts 2014-2015
  • 1.6. Other issues affecting competiveness in the furniture market
    • R&D, innovation and design
    • Policy issues
  • 1.7. Home Furniture Distribution Channels
  • Home furniture distribution in Western Europe
  • Trends in furniture retailing
    • Western Europe. Home furniture consumption by distribution channels, 2008-2010-2013. Specialists and non specialists
    • Western Europe. Home furniture consumption by distribution channels, 2008-2010-2013. Percentage shares
    • Western Europe. Market concentration, 2010 and 2012. Market shares of the top 5, top 10 and top 15 operators.
    • Western Europe. Home furniture sales by distribution channel. Analysis by country, 2013
  • 1.8. Leading Furniture Retailers
    • Western Europe. The sample of leading furniture retailers, by country.
    • Western Europe. The sample of leading furniture retailers, by retailing format
    • Western Europe. The sample of leading furniture retailers, by product specialization
    • Western Europe. The sample of leading furniture retailers, by on-line sales*
    • Western Europe. The sample of leading furniture retailers, by price range
    • Western Europe. The sample* of leading furniture retailers, by performance in 2010-2012
    • Western Europe. The sample* of leading furniture retailers, by expansion through stores in 2010-2013
    • Western Europe. Leading furniture retailers with an international presence
  • 1.9. Summary tables
  • FOR AUSTRIA, BELGIUM-LUXEMBOURG, DENMARK, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM:
  • Home furniture market and performance
    • Home furniture consumption at retail price
    • Home furniture imports
    • Furniture prices
    • Consumption by segments (Kitchen furniture, Upholstered furniture, Bedroom furniture, Furniture for dining and living rooms, Mattresses, Non-Upholstered seats)
  • Home furniture distribution channels
    • Furniture distribution channels (furniture chains, franchises, buying groups; independent furniture retailers; non-specialist distributors (department stores, multi-stores, hypermarkets, DIY, mail order); direct sales and craftsmen)
  • Leading furniture retailers
  • Forecasts, demand determinants and market opportunities
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