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UK furniture makers race to catch up with orders
The value of furniture production was down by more than a quarter in the first seven months of 2020.
Production struggled to keep pace with demand at the height of summer as U.K. furniture factories reopened to a surge in orders.
The value of U.K. manufacturing turnover across the all-encompassing furniture sector — across all category sub-segments — totalled £671.9 million according to July data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Though up by almost £200 million month-to-month as manufacturers resumed production after lockdown in June, the total remained well down on the same month last year — a decline of 18.6 percent.
Jan.–Jul. 2020 turnover across U.K. furniture manufacturing totals £3.88 billion according to ONS, down 28 percent on the first seven months of 2019.