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Home Accents Today's 2012 Universe Study

Home Accents Universe grows 4% in 2012

HAT Universe CoverThe 2012 Universe Study breaks the home accent universe into seven product categories: Decorative Accessories, Accent Furniture, Lamps, Wall Decor, Area Rugs, Lighting Fixtures and Permanent Botanicals. Estimated 2012 total sales are provided for each product category, along with 2011 estimated sales by distribution channels.

It's been two years since the last Home Accents Today Universe Study was published. And while the feeling that the U.S. economy is still seriously underperforming remains even now, the industry and our overall economy has come a great distance over the past two years. All this economic improvement, happily, translates to improvement in the home accents business as well. We estimate the 2012 Home Accents overall Universe to be $57.15 billion, an improvement of 4% over 2011.

Drilling down into the home furnishings business with this year's Universe data, there are several trends worthy of note. The channels of distribution most represented by the readership of Home Accents Today - namely the furniture stores, interior designers, direct-to-consumer and home accent/gift stores - were all among the strongest channels for overall sales this year - with each at or above the overall growth rate.

For the complete report, see the December 2012 print issue of Home Accents Today or click here for the exclusive online edition.

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