10 March, 22:17
Japan’s 2016 wooden furniture imports fell around 3% in yen terms against levels in 2015, ITTO reported.
Overall, wooden office furniture imports were down 6% year-on-year, wooden kitchen furniture imports dropped around 4% year-on-year and bedroom furniture imports also fell but by a smaller margin (-2.3%).
While there is no clear cyclical trend in imports of either office or kitchen furniture, imports of bedroom furniture in 2015 and again in 2016 show a distinct cyclical trend.
In both years in the first half of the year imports drifted down only to begin climbing again in the second half of the year.