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Imports of living, dining and bedroom cabinet fell sharply in April as all six of the UK's top trading partners shipped fewer goods here.

 

The figures, compiled by The Furnishing Report from HMRC import data, show total case goods imports, excluding kitchens, fell 17 percent to £72.5 million.


As was the case for mattresses and sofas, it was a bad month for China, which sent £15.6 million of goods here as the second quarter began. That represented a year-over-year drop of 38 percent against April 2017.


But Vietnam, down 12 percent to £9.7 million, and Poland, off 21 percent to £5.7 million, meant China wasn't alone in sending less to British ports.


There were also declines from the next three most significant exporters of living, bedroom and dining cabinet — the U.S, Italy and Malaysia — with the latter recording the shallowest decline (-1.0pc).


April's weak figures contrast with year-to-date growth for the cabinet import category. So far this year, Britain has welcomed in £351 million of cabinet furniture, up 8.1 percent (£26.3m) on January to April 2017.

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