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US Office furniture demand is improving, analyst says

Friday 5 November 2010

By most measures, the office furniture sector is warming up, according to analyst Michael Dunlap. In his October survey, Dunlap said manufacturers\' shipments jumped to 68.6, and backlogs were up to 62.4. Both employment and hours work also rose; 50 is mid-range, or \"normal.\"
Office furniture executives said their outlook is brighter, too, at a score of 57.2, the highest since October 2007. Overall the industry index hit 58.5 for the quarter, highest in more than three years.
\"The worst is clearly behind us, and we are finally seeing some solid signs of recovery,\" Dunlap said. \"I think we will see this industry come out of this recession more rapidly than was previously predicted. However, it will be led by the health care and education markets, with the office market trailing well into 2011.\"
The largest threats to the industry\'s recovery were in three familiar categories: the U.S. economy, rising health care costs, and competition from low-cost countries.
Dunlap\'s quarterly survey goes to more than 600 leaders worldwide in office furniture manufacturing and supply chain. His next survey will be in January.
\"The improvements are almost across the board for office furniture manufacturers and suppliers,\" Dunlap said. \"It appears that the supplier community is almost as optimistic as the OFMs.\"

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