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International Wooden Furniture Markets

A Review

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This publication presents a Review of wooden furniture markets in United States, Canada, China, Japan, Egypt, and selected countries in the European Union. For each country, it provides an overview of market trends and developments; distribution channels and market access conditions; as well as international and national certification schemes in the furniture sector. It also identifies furniture networks and clusters, outlines strategy for developing a wooden furniture sector in tropical countries, and more.

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World overview

The global economic outlook deteriorated in 2002 as a result of severe short-term disturbances, waning consumer confidence and the slowdown in the major economies into near-recession levels. The fragile growth prospects did not materialize in the required strength during 2002, and the geo-political conflicts in the Gulf region, exacerbated by the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) episode in Asia, postponed recovery further. Estimates of world economic growth settled at the 2.5% level for 2003 (close to the recession threshold), and somewhat higher at 3%–3.5% for 2004. The growth prospect is still subject to many uncertainties.

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