FIRST quarter wood cabinet imports increased 4.3 percent on the back of a double-digit uplift in Polish-made living, dining and bedroom furniture.


Imports into Britain were worth £232.9 million in the first three months of 2017, according to HMRC data compiled by The Furnishing Report.

That was up nearly £10 million on the first quarter of 2016 and was largely down to Polish living/dining cabinet imports increasing by a fifth to £5.3 million, and a 14 percent rise in Polish bedroom, to £14.3 million.

There was a fall in shipments from the Far East, with Chinese living, dining and bedroom furniture down 2.5 percent to £82.4 million and Vietnamese made cabinet down 7.6 percent to £34.5 million.

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