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U.S.:September Furniture Orders Up

September Furniture Orders Up 9 Percent Over 2001
HIGH POINT, N.C. (November 27) -- New orders in September for residential furniture increased 9 percent from September 2001, according to the latest survey of manufacturers conducted by BDO/Seidman, which noted that the increase for the month isn't a fair comparison with September 2001 when results were clouded by the terrorist attacks. Orders for September 2001 were down 11 percent from September 2000.

September 2002 orders increased 3 percent over August 2002. Compared with September 2000 levels, orders for the month were down 3 percent. Year to date, orders are up 4 percent over the first nine months of 2001.

Furniture shipments in September increased 4 percent over 2001 levels and 4 percent over August. s with orders, that news was not as favorable as we had hoped, as shipments in September 2001 decreased 14 percent compared to September 2000,?the report said. Year to date, shipments are up 2 percent over 2001.

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