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World Furniture Outlook 2017/ 2018


Published 15th September 2017



Abstract of the ‘World Furniture Outlook 2017/2018 New 100 Countries Edition’ report by CSIL



Since 2000 the ‘World Furniture Outlook’ is the flagship CSIL publication on the status and prospects of the furniture sector. It covers production, consumption, imports, and exports of furniture in a wide selection of countries. The number of countries covered increased gradually from 50 to 70. Now, after 16 successful years, the report has come of age and the time has come for an ambitious step forward. Starting with the July 2017 edition of CSIL ‘World Furniture Outlook’, coverage has been extended to 100 countries.


International Organizations publish socio-economic statistics for more than 200 countries. Excluding small economies (states with low population density and few inhabitants, developing economies with very low per capita incomes), the new countries have been selected by CSIL on the basis of the size of the economy, the importance of the furniture sector and its contribution to world furniture trade.


The 100 countries constitute almost 90% of world population and more than 95% of world GDP. Aggregate furniture production for these countries (at production prices, excluding retail markup) is currently about US$ 420 billion. This means the inclusion of virtually all countries that are significant for the furniture industry.


After the expansion, CSIL coverage includes 40 countries in Europe, 18 countries in the Americas, 21 in the Middle East and Africa and 21 in Asia and the Pacific.


Figure 1. Percentage breakdown of world furniture production, 2016

Source: CSIL


The main furniture producer is China, with 39% of world furniture production. Other major furniture manufacturing countries are the US, Germany, Italy, India, Poland, Japan, Vietnam, the United Kingdom and Canada.

The leading importers of furniture are the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Canada.


Figure 2. Major furniture importing countries. Imports, 2010-2016. Current US$ billion


Source: CSIL processing of United Nations, Eurostat, and national data



Figure 3. Major furniture exporting countries. Exports, 2010-2016. Current US$ billion

Source: CSIL processing of United Nations, Eurostat, and national data


Figure 4. World trade of furniture. Current US$ billion

Source: CSIL 
* projected


The bulk of international trade of furniture originates in China, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Vietnam and goes to the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Canada.

CSIL report assumes that the international scenario will be as follows:
Table 1 Evolution of World GDP.
Annual percentage change in real terms

Source: IMF, World Economic Outlook, April 2017

For the year 2018 consumption is forecasted to grow by 3.5% in real terms worldwide. The fastest growing region continues to be Asia and Pacific, with all other regions growing between 1% and 3% in real terms. 




Read full article at Furniture & Furnishing Export International, Sep-Oct 2017 Issue