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The final quarter of 2014 got off to a strong start for Britain’s furniture exporters thanks to big orders from far off lands.


October exports — across cabinet, upholstery and beds — rose 9.1 per cent to £77m, despite a 4 per cent drop-off in demand from the EU, where sales fell to £41.2m.


Non-EU revenues reached £35.8m for the month, according to HM Revenue & Customs, a rise of 29 per cent on the same four-week spell last year.


A huge 75 per cent leap in sales to £9.8m to North America — primarily the US — was the principal growth driver, though exports to Asia also climbed by 27 per cent year-on-year to £6.2m.