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I have chosen to describe the furniture market in this report. In UK, more precisely in Coventry there is a lot of Furniture Shop: IKEA, Home base, Harveys, B&Q, Argos, etc.
I’m particularly interested to know how IKEA has succeeded to be one of the strongest furniture companies in UK and in the rest of the world. That’s why I have decided to study the furniture market in UK forthis report. In this way, I will study IKEA Company in the third report. Furthermore, the major part of students in Coventry has bought their furniture at IKEA. In deed, the main target of IKEA is people who haven’t a strong purchasing power. I have wanted to know why IKEA is today one of the most attractive furniture stores for students. In this report we are going to see the current statement ofthe furniture market.

Market Analysis

The United Kingdom population is about 60 million inhabitants, there were already 24.1 million households in 2001. Experts predict that this number will increase to 26.2 households by 2011. The country is characterized by the high number of single person households (5.8 million in 2001, predicting 8.5 million in 2021).
The acquisition of furniture isinfluenced by the housing market, which has worked very hard until 2008. However, an area hard hit by the current economic crisis, the housing market suffers soaring prices and thereby also affects the furniture market in the United Kingdom. In 2009, sales of furniture in the United Kingdom were similar to those of its main European neighbours:

|Country|Furniture Sales in 2009 |
|United Kingdom |16,32 billion dollars |
|Germany |15 billion dollars |
|France|14 billion dollars |

(Source: www.mdeie.gouv.qc.ca)
This figure includes $ 16.32 billion sales of five categories of furniture:

|Furniture category |Sales in United Kingdom |
|Living room|6,10 billion dollars |
|Bedroom |4,39 billion dollars |
|Kitchen |3,57 billion dollars |
|Dinningroom |1,17 billion dollars |
|Other furnitures |1,08 billion dollars |

(Source: www.mdeie.gouv.qc.ca)

Analysis of the different furniture category:

Living room:
• Sales of sofas includeabout half of the market for upholstered furniture
• Declining sales of three-room furniture (a sofa with two armchairs)
• Trend towards smaller households, which favour individual seats and / or sofas
• Increase of sales of upholstered furniture in leather (Italian imports increase and more contemporary models)
• Increase of the demand for efficient storage solutions (formultimedia equipment)
• Trend towards less formal meal, which increased sales of occasional tables, coffee tables, etc

• Small increase in overall market share compared to areas of the dining room and kitchen
• Consumers are increasingly willing to increase its expenditures for a quality bed and buy all new (mattress, headboard and frame), comfort is more important than...
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