Kitchen Textiles, Table Linens See Modest Growth in 2010
Cecile Corral -- Home Textiles Today, February 9, 2011
NEW YORK - 2010 could have been a lot worse for kitchen textiles and table linens suppliers, who enjoyed modest low singledigit gains - but gains, nonetheless - in a period when the still-sluggish economy continued act as a drag on the home textiles industry. (Click here for the report Table and kitchen linens 2011)
For the year, the table linens business industry-wide was up by 0.9% to $800 million from $793 million, and kitchen textiles grew 4.6% to $620 million from $593 million.
But considering the sister categories' recession-proof resemblance to decorative pillows as affordable redecorating options for homes, kitchen textiles and table linens could have fared better than they did.
Acting against them was the onset of cotton price hikes, which started a rapid incline in the second half of the year and persists today, compounded by growing costs in alternative fibers worldwide.
For the complete article see the Feb. 7 print issue of HTT, or click here for the exclusive online report.
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