Sourcing, 2006

Staff Staff, September 10, 2009

Number of markets or trade shows attended annually Percentage of stores attending/planning to attend
Attended in 2006 Plan to attend 2007
None 13% 12%
One or two 55% 56%
Three to five 26% 26%
Six or more 6% 6%

Buying group membership

24% of retailers belonged to a buying group in 2006

Buying group membership is up from a reported 21% in 2005. In 2006, three percent more retailers say they'll join a buying group, but two percent who already belong to one say they'll drop their membership.

Damaged goods
Percentage of goods received from vendor that must be repaired or returned
Case goods 5%
Upholstery 2%
Accessories 2%
Products they import directly
Percentage of direct importers importing each product category
Master bedroom 65%
Dining room/casual dining 47%
Leather upholstery 44%
Entertainment centers 36%
Desks/home office 32%
Youth bedroom 29%
Occasional tables 26%
Fabric-covered upholstery 20%
Recliners 14%
Area rugs 10%
Other decorative accessories 10%
Bedding 10%
Lamps 9%
Outdoor furniture 6%
Wall decor 5%
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