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Production output at British furniture plants dipped at the height of the summer though remains well ahead of 2014 on a year-to-date basis.


Turnover at UK furniture factories declined 3.3 per cent to £624.9m in August, according to the Office for National Statistics.


Its latest data set brings the year-to-date total to £5.24bn, still up 6.9 per cent on the first eight months of 2014.


The chart below shows the annual comparison per month for furniture destined for the UK market during 2015 so far with August being the first annual decline. The chart doesn't include exports.


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The drop-off in August was almost entirely down to fewer exports, with turnover of goods destined for overseas down 38 per cent to £30.2m, and merchandise for the home market down just 0.4 per cent to £594.7m.


* figures from ONS’ Turnover and Orders in Production and Service Industries data series