GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The office furniture industry grew 5.5% in 2007, according to mlive.com.

Reportedly, the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Assn. said industry-wide shipments in North America increased to $11.42 billion, which is up from $10.82 billion in 2006. The trend is not expected to continue into 2008 as BIFMA’s last quarterly outlook projected flat or slightly lower shipments in 2008.

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Total shipments for the office furniture industry:

Year Shipments

2006 $10.82 billion

2005 $10.07 billion

2004 $8.93 billion

2003 $8.50 billion

2002 $8.89 billion

2001 $10.97 billion

2000 $13.28 billion

Source: BIFMA

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