Office furniture looks up

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Orders and shipments of office furniture grew by double digits in March for the second consecutive month, according to statistics released by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers’ Association (BIFMA).

Orders as reported by BIFMA members increased 12.2 per cent year-over-year to an estimated $830 million, as companies continued to expand their workforces. Shipments grew 14.5 per cent year-over-year to an estimated $790 million.

February’s growth was faster, however, with office furniture shipments rising 20 per cent.