HIGH POINT, NC – Attendance at last month's High Point, NC, Furniture Market was well ahead of last year's event. Furniture buyers saw plenty of American Cherry; the wood was the top species used in four categories of furniture surveyed, says a report by the American Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc., a lumber industry group.

An estimated 1,200 manufacturers and their representatives show in High Point making it the largest exhibition of its type in the world. More than 50,000 manufacturers, sales representatives, furnishings buyers, interior designers, suppliers, and news media attended the 2011 fall market.

Manufacturers boosted introductions at the fall market to generate interest from retailers who have reported poor sales. Most exhibitors said market traffic increased 10-20 percent from one year ago and buyers were again looking for new product to get consumers into stores.

The survey is administered by Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. , a trade association of hardwood lumber suppliers from the 12 states of the Appalachian Mountain region. The analysis began in 1934 to track wood species and design style trends in home furnishings at the High Point market. Crews visiting showrooms to record wood bedroom and dining room groups, wall units, entertainment centers and home office on display.

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