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Kitchen exports reach previous year’s level in Q4

In the fourth quarter of last year, German kitchen-furniture manufacturers succeeded in compensating for the reduction of 2.2 % registered as at the end of September 2020. As revealed by the foreign-trade statistics published by the German... more


Bathroom furniture: shortages in supply of

materials restrict production processes

German manufacturers of bathroom furniture reported very different trends in development for the first three months of the current year, depending on sales channel. In the specialised furniture trade, a significant drop in incoming orders was... more

German federal states adjust retail trade regulations

Some federal states have adjusted their corona regulations concerning the retail trade as a result of various court rulings. These adjustments also affect the furniture trade. According to a decision of the higher administrative court in... more

Steelcase turnover also

declines in fourth quarter

Turnover of US office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) also decreased in the fourth quarter of the 2020/2021 financial year (end February), with a clear double-digit percentage range decline of 28.4% to US$677.1m... more

Otto: growth in home & living

and DIY segments

In the 2020/2021 financial year (end Feb.), online retailer Otto GmbH & Co. KG (Hamburg) increased its turnover by 30% to €4.5bn (2019/2020: 3.5bn). The company thus recorded growth for the eleventh consecutive year. The increase in... more

Nowy Styl to cut 120 jobs

at Steyerberg site

Polish office furniture manufacturer Nowy Styl Group (Krosno) intends to restructure production and logistics at the Voigtei-Steyerberg site. As a result, approximately 120 of the current 300 jobs are to be cut. A corresponding social plan has... more

Roche Bobois records

sustained strong demand

The positive development in demand recorded by French furniture retailer Roche Bobois S.A. (Paris) since the second half of 2020 continued in the first two months of 2021. Per end of February, incoming orders of the almost 130 company-owned... more

Westwing intends to double turnover in first quarter

During the 2020 financial year, online furniture retailer Westwing Group AG (Munich) achieved turnover growth of €165.6m, or 62%, to a total of €432.9m (2019: 267.3m). Similarly high increase rates were recorded in the DACH region... more

Polipol to consolidate Hukla production in Wagrowiec

The Polipol Group (Diepenau) is to close its factory in Torgelow on 30 September 2021. At present, approximately 100 employees produce armchairs of the Hukla brand at the location. Activities still based in Torgelow are to be relocated to the... more

Ashley Furniture opens

new plant in Pottsville

At the end of February 2021, US furniture manufacturer and retailer Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. (Arcadia, Wisconsin) opened a new production location for upholstered furniture in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. A total sum of several million US... more

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