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SECOND quarter UK cabinet sales weakened on macro-economic factors according to the parent company of kitchen maker Moores Furniture.


Diversified home improvement conglomerate Masco Corp. cited a softer UK market as worldwide case goods sales declined 4.0 percent to 251 million dollars (£191.4 mill.) in the three months to end June.


Wetherby-based Moores represents only a fraction of that, but enough for CFO John Sznewajs to attribute the fall in total cabinet sales in part to the UK when talking to analysts on its earnings call.


"We’re starting to see a little bit of softness broadly across the UK," he said, citing the election taking place during the quarter and "more discussion on Brexit," resulting in the "consumer pulling back in the UK."


Cabinet forms only part of Masco's business, while it also runs a number of UK home improvement companies. These span a circa £100 million turnover windows operation to bathroom brands including Bristan and Hansgrohe, which have UK sales of £71 million and £45 million respectively.


* Moores Furniture Group full year sales in 2015, its latest reported accounts, totalled £53 million.

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