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Office Furniture Wholesaling in the UK: Market Research Report

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Office Furniture Wholesaling Market Research Report | SIC G46.650 | Feb 2017

Tough trading: Wholesalers face short-term pain of higher import costs and low business spending

IBISWorld’s Office Furniture Wholesaling market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Spicers Limited Spicers Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Revenue is expected to dip in the short term, as low business confidence stifles demand
  • Following the EU referendum, import costs are expected to increase, affecting profit margins
  • Demand from commercial building construction and expansion is expected to improve revenue growth
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Office Furniture Wholesaling industry has shown fairly consistent growth over much of the past five years, excluding the current year, growing at a compound annual rate of 0.6%. The industry started the five-year period through 2016-17 on a low base, owing to prolonged financial uncertainty in downstream markets. This meant growth was particularly high in the initial years of the period, as the economy recovered, although this steadied in 2014-15. Both business confidence and business capital expenditure are expected to fall through the current year, following the result of the EU referendum. This is expected to curtail revenue as the resulting economic uncertainty discourages firms from expanding and investing in new furniture... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

The Office Furniture Wholesaling industry has performed relatively steadily over the five years through 2016-17, with revenue increasing at compound annual rate of 0.6%. Revenue expanded at the beginning of the period as the economic recovery drastically improved the operating backdrop for industry participants. As business confidence improved and UK businesses subsequently expanded their workforces and invested in additional office space and furniture, downstream demand increased, boosting revenue. However, following the result of the EU referendum, the value of the pound fell sharply. This is expected to be problematic for industry operators when sourcing products from overseas as, with a weak pound they will become more expensive. Alt.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Office Furniture Wholesaling Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Office Furniture Wholesaling Industry are

  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business capital expenditure and Demand from commercial building construction in the Office Furniture Wholesaling industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Office Furniture Wholesaling Industry?

    Office furniture wholesalers stock a range of office furniture including bookshelves, cabinets, chairs, desks, filing cabinets, furniture parts and cubicle partitions. Furniture may be ordered off the shelf or it can be custom-made. Items may be sold assembled or unassembled.

    Industry Products
    SeatingOffice systems and desksFiling cabinetsCasegoodsTablesStorage
    Industry Activities
    Wooden office furnitureSteel office furniturePartition, shelving and locker

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business capital expenditure
  • Demand from commercial building construction
  • Business confidence index
  • National unemployment rate
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Current Performance
  • Changing conditions
  • Profit performance
  • Structural issues
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Office expansion
  • Wholesale takes a back seat
  • Profit trends
  • Table: Office Furniture Wholesaling Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Office Furniture Wholesaling Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Furniture, Lighting & Homeware Retailers
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Office & Shop Furniture Manufacturing
  • Products & Services
  • Seating
  • Office systems and desks
  • Filing cabinets
  • Casegoods
  • Tables
  • Storage
  • Other
  • Chart: Office Furniture Wholesaling Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Contract outfitters
  • Construction firms
  • Retailers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Office Furniture Wholesaling Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Office Furniture Wholesaling
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Office Furniture Wholesaling Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Spicers Limited
  • Table: Spicers Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Office Furniture Wholesaling Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Office Furniture Wholesaling Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Business Confidence Index
  • A measure intended to track business confidence in the UK economy.
  • Casegoods
  • Furniture made from hard materials like metal, wood, plastic or glass (such as bookcases and cabinets).
  • Wholesale Bypass
  • The process by which manufacturers and retailers deal directly with each other, cutting out the wholesaler.

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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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