Looking up and looking ahead

January 2005
Cabinet Maker;1/14/2005, Issue 5421, p22
Trade Publication
The article reports that the German furniture industry has not been without disappointments but the pointers are there for some happy faces in the market. German exhibitors will head this month's to Cologne, Germany, in better heart than for some years. The industry seems to have stemmed the steady decline in annual turnover, and while sales fell by 3.5% in 2003. Industry association VDM expects stable or slightly positive full-year figures. Even though the numbers were less impressive once stripped of kitchen units-demand for upholstered furniture fell 2.6% in the first half--Dirk-Uwe Klass, VDM head believes things are finally looking up after years of painful consolidation.


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