Author: CEPS, Economisti Associati, CSIL and Demetra for DG Enterprise and Industry
This study examines the economic situation of the EU furniture market and assesses the need for and added value of improved information on furniture products to consumers in view of the overall objective of raising industrial competitiveness.
While the EU furniture industry has so far remained competitive worldwide, it has increasingly faced problems in signalling the quality and sustainability of its products and in using these features as a competitive advantage vis-à-vis foreign competitors.
The study hence analyses existing measures promoting the quality of furniture products, and results from a consumer survey as well as from a public consultation to draw a more comprehensive picture of those problems. The study finally outlines and evaluates possible policy options to tackle the identified problems, aimed at improving market transparency and increasing consumer awareness in decision-making when buying furniture products.