Chinese-furniture-importsUK spend on Chinese made furniture jumped nearly £23m at the start of the final quarter of 2014, new figures show.

HM Revenue & Customs data put combined upholstery, cabinet and beds spend on Chinese merchandise at £133.7m in October, up 21 per cent on the same month last year.

China — coupled with a £4m increase in Vietnamese furniture imports to £18m — powered an 18 per cent uplift in furniture brought into Britain from outside the EU at the start of the fourth quarter, with the total reaching £199.1m

EU imports of furniture were down 1.7 per cent to £117.8m, bringing the combined worldwide UK furniture import total to £316.9m for the month, up 9.5 per cent.

The EU total was hit by lower imports from Italy and Germany, down 14pc and 9pc respectively, while Poland (+18pc to £27m) and Denmark (+10pc to £6.6m) were among the markets to grow UK sales.