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UK wood flooring market impacted by Brexit

The UK wood floorcoverings market is forecast to show annual gains of around to to three per cent in the coming years, AMA Research states.

The UK wood floorcoverings market is forecast to show annual gains of around to to three per cent in the coming years, AMA Research states.

The UK wood flooring market grew by one per cent in 2016 and by two per cent at most in 2017, according to AMA Research in its "Wood and Laminate Floor Coverings Market Report - UK 2017-2021 Analysis".

The growth figures have looked better than this, but because this market has a high level of import penetration, it is highly susceptible to fluctuations in exchange rates. As such, it was impacted by the downward movement of sterling following the 2016 Brexit referendum. Prior to this, the market had been showing good growth, increasing by 6 per cent between 2013 and 2015.

Jane Tarver of AMA Research commented: "The wood floorcoverings sector is forecast to show annual gains of around to to three per cent in the period to 2021."

Wood flooring, which includes laminate in the study, is now marginally the second largest floor coverings sector in the UK, currently accounting for an estimated 16 per cent of the market in value terms. The main competition has been the vinyl sector with increasing popularity of LVT (luxury vinyl tiles) in both domestic and contract.

Domestic DIY installations of wood flooring are still below pre-recession levels and seem unlikely to improve in the short to medium term, as major DIY multiples carry out significant restructuring programmes in the face of consumer reluctance to carry out their own home improvement tasks, according to the study. At the same time, the contract sector is now suffering from the uncertainty in business confidence, particularly in the commercial office and retail sectors.

The role of imports into the UK market is growing. The percentage share of imports from the EU has risen significantly from 45 per cent in 2011 to 56 per cent in 2016, while imports from Asia have fallen from 51 per cent to 41 per cent in that period.

| 5 January 2018


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