Los Angeles - When the Canadian economy sunk into a recession in late 2008, the Furniture Stores industry faltered as well. Unemployment spiked to 8.3% in 2009 and per capita disposable income growth slowed substantially. Consequently, consumers drastically decreased their spending on furniture. Existing homeowners made do with what furniture they had, despite condition, and high income renters put off making their first home purchase. In the five years to 2013, IBISWorld expects the Furniture Stores industry revenue to decline at an average annual rate of 1.7% to $9.9 billion, with a 0.2% decline in 2013. “Further complicating the situation for industry operators has been the increasing pressure from big box and e-commerce retailers that have easily undercut industry prices, resulting in lower revenue and profit for the industry,” says IBISWorld industry analyst Eben Jose.

With economies across the globe still struggling, Canada has failed to make significant progress despite a steady recovery in the United States. Per capita disposable income levels and consumer confidence remain low, and the housing market is expected to slide over 2013, further hindering a recovery in the Furniture Stores industry. Along with a 9.4% decline in the number of housing starts in 2013, the value of housing is also expected to fall, which will limit current homeowners' ability to switch homes. “Such headwinds have made consumers cautious to spend on large items such as furniture,” adds Jose. “The steady decline in revenue over the past five years forced many furniture stores to increase the number of promotions and discounts, which has eaten into profit margins.” Many industry operators reacted by cutting employees and wages; however, it was not enough to stop consolidation from taking place. In the five years to 2013, the number of enterprises declined at an annualized rate of 2.6% to 3,489. The industry has a low level of concentration; the increased consolidation has occurred because many of the industry's smaller players have been unable to keep their doors open when the country fell into a recession. According to Statistics Canada, the majority of enterprises are small, employing between one and four people.

Consolidation is not forecast to continue over the next five years, however, new operators will find it difficult to enter an increasingly competitive industry. External competition from big-box and e-commerce retailers has and will continue to steal customers and revenue away from industry operators. With their pricing advantages, their presence will offset industry growth and keep profit low over the next five years. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Furniture Stores in Canada industry report page.

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This industry sells household, outdoor and office furniture (except those sold in combination with office supplies and equipment). Sales for living room, dining room and bedroom furniture dominate the industry, followed by demand for upholstered furniture. Desks and home office goods, lamps, recliners, rugs and outdoor furniture make up the rest of sales.

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