The Canadian furniture industry can rely on worthy assets such as large wood availability, relatively low electricity costs and a long established expertise in furniture manufacturing. Yet the rapid growth of imports has turned Canada into a net importer of furniture in 2007. Nevertheless, today the country economy is facing a slowdown linked to the US scenario, with likely repercussions on the furniture market. As such, a stall in furniture demand is expected in the short run, with a recovery taking place in the medium term. The report offers: an analysis of the forest and semi finished wood products industry; the furniture manufacturing system with a focus on employment and production prices; furniture data by segments (household, upholstery, kitchen and office) in terms of production, consumption and international trade; the main furniture demand determinants including the construction industry trend, housing market characteristics and households annual expenditure; the Canada distribution system, with the main retail channels and the names of the major retailers operating in the market; detailed profiles of the leading furniture manufacturers.
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