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Imports fell from Vietnam, China and Poland
The value of imports of key cabinet categories from all three of the UK's main trading partners — China, Vietnam and Poland — all declined in the first six months of 2018.

 

Living, dining and bedroom shipped from China fell 13 percent to £147.7 million according to HMRC figures compiled by The Furnishing Report, with June seeing a 17 percent drift.


Vietnamese wood furniture imports were down 27 percent in June — the worst month of the year so far for the country — as the total amount arriving in the year-to-date (Jan–Jun) declined 5.6 percent to £64 million.


Poland, the third largest source of wood living, dining and bedroom, endured an 18 percent fall in June to bring half-year imports to £34.5 million, a fall of 16 percent.


Malaysia bucked the trend. The fourth largest exporter to the UK sent 4.3 percent more to Britain between January and June 2018 — reaching £31 million — though it too suffered a June slide, with the amount falling 17 percent.

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