American Home Furnishings Alliance seeks participants for survey tracking quarterly shipments of US-made home furnishings, says production is fragmented, difficult to track, needs third-party survey on broad group of smaller companies

HIGH POINT, North Carolina , June 27, 2014 (press release) – The American Home Furnishings Alliance has partnered with Association Research Inc., of Gaithersburg, Md., to produce a new survey tracking quarterly shipments of home furnishings produced in the United States.

Association Research serves hundreds of associations by developing and conducting surveys to produce industry-specific statistics and economic research. Data from these surveys is used by companies within the targeted industry to gauge performance results, as well as by analysts from outside the industry, who use results to develop forecasting.

As a third-party fiduciary, Association Research is able to provide complete confidentiality to survey participants. No outside parties, including AHFA, will ever have access to individual company data.

"Domestic production has become fragmented, making it more difficult to track," explains AHFA CEO Andy Counts. The Alliance represents both domestic producers and importers, as well as many companies that do both. "For many years a survey of leading domestic companies produced statistics that were representative and reliable. Now the survey needs to be broader, reaching a greater number of smaller companies who, together, are responsible for a much higher percentage of today's domestic production."

"Our industry needs these numbers from the most reliable sources possible," says Jerry Epperson, whose firm, Mann, Armistead & Epperson, Ltd., specializes in the furniture sector and produces the most comprehensive industry statistical profiles available. He supports the new, expanded survey base and encourages all companies that receive an invitation from AHFA to participate.

"The industry needs this combined information to keep tabs on our changes over time," Epperson notes. "If you receive an invitation, please participate."

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