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Smith Leonard: Furniture Orders Down 8% in May

New orders in May were down 8% from May 2019 and up 166% over April 2020. The May, April and March results offset the fairly good results of January and February resulted in a decline in year to date orders of 18%, according to a report by the Smith Leonard accounting and consulting firm.

The firm’s monthly survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributers showed new orders increased for only 19% of the participants for the month from May 2019.

The survey also showed shipments in May 2020 dropped 31% over May 2019. The lower shipments was expected as a result of the decline in orders the last three months. A few participants reported increased shipments over May 2019. Year to date shipments were down 18%.

Backlogs increased 20% over April and were 13% higher than May 2019. Receivable levels were down 25% over May 2019. Inventories fell 10% from April and were 6% below May 2019.

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