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EPLF members manage to sell 2.7% more laminate flooring

04.03.2021 − 

In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, companies belonging to the association European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) posted their first small improvement in sales in a while in 2020. This performance reversed a downward trend seen in the three previous years. Last year’s 2.7% growth to 459.0 million m² meant that EPLF members had sold more laminate flooring than in 2018 (453.5 million m²) and 2019 (446.8 million m²). A significant improvement was also recorded compared with 2015 (452.4 million m²). By contrast, sales were again lower last year than in 2016 (477.5 million m²) and 2017 (477.0 million m²).

The variations between the different quarters were much more pronounced last year, as well. EPLF members sold significantly more laminate flooring than in the prior-year period between July and December 2020, which more than made up for a weaker performance in the first half of the year. European laminate flooring manufacturers had started off the year in slightly better shape than the prior-year period in the first quarter (+0.5%). Restrictions imposed in almost all countries a short time after the pandemic broke out, which included the closure of DIY shops to foot traffic, culminated in a 9.7% drop in second-quarter sales. By contrast, total sales improved substantially compared with the previous year in the third (+9.1%) and fourth (+11.2%) quarters.

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