Lower sales to the UK’s largest customer was behind a fall in furniture exports in November, according to new figures.

Imports rose sharply towards the end of 2014 driven by demand for Chinese and Polish sofas and Vietnamese cabinet furniture.

Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge stadium will host merged textiles exhibitions London Fabric and Sofitel next month.

The final quarter of 2014 got off to a strong start for Britain’s furniture exporters thanks to big orders from far off lands.

Demand for goods made in the factories of Belgium and Holland — the two main overseas sources for carpet sold in the British market — slowed at the start of Q4.

Chinese-furniture-importsUK spend on Chinese made furniture jumped nearly £23m at the start of the final quarter of 2014, new figures show.

Chancellor George Osborne has bowed to lobbying and agreed to review business rates, though wholesale change to the tax is at least a year and a half away.

flammability-vertProposed changes to the furniture fire and flammability regulations are not viable and leading trade associations and manufacturers are against them, according to a Conservative MP.



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