Furniture Stores

Industry Profile Report

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Industry Overview Current Conditions, Industry Structure, How Firms Operate, Industry Trends, Credit Underwriting & Risks, and Industry Forecast.

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Financial Insights Working Capital, Capital Financing, Business Valuation, and Financial Benchmarks.

Industry Profile Excerpts

Industry Overview

The 12,800 furniture retailers in the US sell new furniture and furniture-related goods, such as appliances, home electronics, home furnishings, and floor coverings. Major product categories include living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture; upholstered furniture; sleep equipment (mattresses, waterbeds); kitchen/dinette furniture; office furniture; and sleeper sofas, daybeds, and futons. Companies may specialize in a particular type of product (sofas, beds), style (contemporary, traditional), or price tier.

Dependence On Credit

Furniture is a large ticket purchase and many consumers depend on credit for funding.

Competition From Alternative Retailers

Furniture stores compete with a variety of alternative retailers, including department stores, retail arms of furniture manufacturers, mass merchandisers, warehouse clubs, home furnishings stores, and Internet and catalog retailers.

Industry size & Structure

The average furniture store operates out of a single location, employs 16 workers, and generates about $5.8 million annually.

    • The furniture store industry consists of about 12,800 companies that employ about 212,000 workers and generate about $75 billion annually.
    • Some companies are vertically-integrated - large retailers, such as Ethan Allen, may produce proprietary lines of furnishings.
    • The industry is fragmented; the top 50 firms account for 51% of industry sales.
    • Large companies include Ashley Furniture, Rooms to Go, Mattress Firm, and Haverty's.
                              Industry Forecast
                              Furniture Stores Industry Growth
                              Source: Vertical IQ and Inforum

                              Recent Developments

                              May 20, 2024 - Sales, Producer Prices Down
                              • Furniture store sales were down 11.5% in March 2024 compared to a year ago, but were 5.1% higher than the previous month, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau. Producer prices for furniture retailers were down 0.7% in March 2024 compared to a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Single home sales, a demand indicator for furniture stores, were up 8.3% in March 2024 year over year and were 8.8% higher than the previous quarter, per the Census Bureau.
                              • The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) monthly jobs report shows that unfilled job openings were up in April 2024, with a seasonally adjusted 40% of business owners reporting jobs they could not fill. The reading is up three points from March 2024, which had the lowest reading since January 2021. A seasonally adjusted net 12% of small business owners plan to create new jobs over the next three months, up one point since March. About 19% of owners reported labor quality as the most important problem facing the business. According to NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg, “Hiring plans among small businesses once again in April, but open positions remain largely unfilled as owners struggle month after month to find employees. Overall, small businesses are not reporting net gains in employment as wage pressures and inflation keep the labor market tight.”
                              • Consumer confidence levels fell in April 2024 from March 2024, marking a third consecutive month of weakness, according to data from The Conference Board. The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index was 97 in April 2024 from 103.1 in March 2024. According to Dana Peterson, Chief Economist at The Conference Board, “Confidence retreated further in April, reaching its lowest level since July 2022 as consumers became less positive about the current labor market situation, and more concerned about future business conditions, job availability, and income.” Peterson added that confidence declined among consumers of all age groups and for all income groups except those in the $25,000 to $49,999 range. Plans for vacations, home purchases, and large appliances decreased on a six-month basis.
                              • A new report from the National Retail Federation and Appriss Retail shows returns for the retail industry reached $743 billion in merchandise in 2023, according to Chain Store Age. The rate in 2023 was 14.5%, down from the 16.5% in 2022 and 16.6% in 2021. The average retailer faces $145 million in merchandise returns for every $1 billion in sales. Online sales have a higher return rate; 17.6% of merchandise purchased online is returned compared to 10% for pure brick-and-mortar returns. Over 15% of holiday gifts are expected to be returned, totaling some $148 billion. Fraudulent returns account for 16.5% of total holiday returns. Types of return fraud in 2023 included returns of used, non-defective merchandise (49%), the return of shoplifted or stolen goods (44%), returns of goods purchased on fraudulent or stolen tender (37%), and return fraud from organized retail crime organizations (20%).
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