Chinese furniture importsFalling demand for living, dining and bedroom cabinet merchandise offset growth in upholstery imports at the height of the summer this year.

Imports* of key residential case goods sectors—in combination  with sofas—declined 6.6 per cent to £97.7m in August, according to new HM Revenue and Customs data.

Bedroom cabinet was down 16.9 per cent to £26.6m, while living and dining cabinet fell by 13.4 per cent to £28.4m year-on-year.

August upholstery imports proved the exception, with strong Chinese (+15pc to £24.1m) demand the main success in an overall uplift of 7.3 per cent to £42.7m for the category.

* Combined figure for upholstered seats with wooden frames, wooden furniture for bedrooms, and wooden furniture for living and dining rooms