Frayed fortunes: The industry is expected to return to growth, after two years of decline

Demand for furniture, carpet and lighting is often based on aesthetic preferences, changes in fashion trends and capital expenditure on dwellings. Changing consumer tastes towards carpets have benefited the industry over the past five years. Carpet sales have risen at the expense of substitute products such as laminate, wood and vinyl flooring, which are not included in the industry. The level of activity in the housing market affects demand for furniture, carpet and lighting. At the start of the five-year period through 2018-19, a strengthening housing market resulted in greater demand for the industry’s products.The industry was off to a strong start in 2013-14 with revenue rising 13.4%...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£4.5bn
Annual Growth 14-19
-0.2%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
21,002
Businesses
2,547

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry is expected to return to growth following two years of relatively sharp decline
  • Industry operators have benefited from people purchasing replacements to incandescent bulbs systems
  • Lifestyle trends, such as the rising prominence of home offices, are expected to stimulate demand
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Indoor furnitureIndoor furniture is the largest segment in the industry, accounting for approximately 51.5% of revenue in 2018-19. This broad segment includes a range of products, such as sofas, dining tables, drawers and mattresses. Despite rising household disposable income and a booming number of residential property transactions, IBISWorld estimates revenue derived from this segment to have decreased as a result of wholesale bypass and intense price competition.Carpets and rugsThe carpet and rugs segment includes woven or tufted carpets and rugs, needle-loom fibre carpets and rugs, and knotted carpets. Carpets may be manufactured from wool or synthetic fibre such as polypropylene or nylon. All...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Furniture, Carpet & Lighting Wholesaling Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Furniture, Carpet & Lighting Wholesaling Industry are

  • Ability to avoid wholesale bypass
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Having a wide and expanding product range
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from furniture, lighting and homeware retailers and Capital expenditure on dwellings in the Furniture, Carpet & Lighting Wholesaling industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Furniture, Carpet & Lighting Wholesaling Industry?

    Operators in this industry wholesale and distribute carpet, furniture and lighting equipment. Sofas, armchairs, dining tables, wardrobes and outdoor furniture are all included in the industry, but office furniture is not. Lighting equipment includes electrical light fixtures, ceiling light fixtures, chandeliers and table lamps.

    Industry Products
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Indoor furniture
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Lighting products
  • Industry Activities
  • Carpet wholesaling
  • Sofa wholesaling
  • Table wholesaling
  • Wardrobe wholesaling
  • Outdoor furniture wholesaling
  • Ceiling and wall lighting fixtures wholesaling
  • Table lamp wholesaling
  • Chandelier wholesaling
  • Light bulb wholesaling
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from furniture, lighting and homeware retailers
  • Capital expenditure on dwellings
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from department stores
  • Real effective exchange rate

  • Current Performance
  • Attractive backdrop
  • Lit up
  • Sparking competition
  • Losing sleep
  • Profit performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Downstream demand
  • Continued challenges
  • Table: Furniture, Carpet & Lighting Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Furniture, Carpet & Lighting Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Supermarkets
  • Department Stores
  • Carpet, Rug & Curtain Retailers
  • Furniture, Lighting & Homeware Retailers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Carpet & Rug Manufacturing
  • Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • Other Furniture Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Indoor furniture
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Lighting products
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Chart: Furniture, Carpet & Lighting Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Construction activity
  • Income and confidence
  • Wholesale bypass and e-commerce

  • Major Markets
  • Specialised furniture stores
  • Specialised carpet retailers
  • Department stores
  • Specialised paint, hardware and glass stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Furniture, Carpet & Lighting Wholesaling Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent and utilitiesDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Furniture, Carpet & Lighting Wholesaling

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Furniture, Carpet & Lighting Wholesaling Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Headlam Group plc, Howden Joinery Group plc, Rexel UK Limited,
  • Table: Headlam Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: Howden Joinery Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: Rexel UK Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Furniture, Carpet & Lighting Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Furniture, Carpet & Lighting Wholesaling Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Axminster Carpets
  • These are multicoloured and often intricately patterned carpets manufactured using a power loom.
  • Tufted Carpet
  • A form of carpet manufactured using a tufting machine. Needles punch fibres through a backing material to form loops.
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • This is when retailers purchase directly from the manufacturer.
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