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There was a surprise summer drop in the amount of furniture imported from Poland and Vietnam, two of the fastest growing sources of goods for UK buyers in recent years.


August data from HM Revenue & Customs put key residential categories down for both countries. For Poland, that meant a 13 per cent drop in sofa sales to £5.5m and a 23 per cent drop in bedroom cabinet to £3.4m.


Vietnamese upholstery imports are low, though were still down by almost half to £1.4m, while the more important bedroom category saw a decline of 9.1 per cent to £5m.


Living and dining cabinet was more encouraging for Vietnamese buyers, rising 6.4 per cent, also to £5m, while Polish imports in the category declined 10 per cent to £1.7m.


Related: Weak summer imports in key furniture categories