Romania’s furniture exports totalled EUR 1.080 billion after the first eight months of 2013, up 14.9 per cent compared to the similar period of 2012, when they stood at EUR 940 million, according to figures released by the Romanian Furniture Manufacturers’ Association (APRM), money.ro informs, quoting Agerpres. The value of imports stood at over EUR 250 million, up 10.6 per cent from EUR 226.4 million in 2012. Germany was the main market for Romania’s furniture exports, with their value amounting to EUR 243.79 million, followed by France (EUR 141.003 million) and Italy (EUR 104.067 million). Furniture exports to Russia totalled EUR 29.606 million and to the US reached EUR 18.388 million. By pieces of furniture, the producers have exported chairs worth EUR 650.480 million and other pieces worth over EUR 409.331 million. Romania ranks the 13th among world’s furniture exporters, is the 28th big furniture maker, and it comes the 48th in terms of furniture purchase, the chairman of APMR chairwoman Aurica Sereny told in September at the opening ceremony of the International Trade Fair for Furniture, Equipment and Accessories, Bucharest 2013 (BIFE-SIM). ‘Romania’s low ranking in terms of furniture purchase is due to the population’s low purchasing power. And this is also the reason why in Romania, people mostly buy cheap furniture made in China or Turkey, and less average class furniture that generally goes to exports. Nevertheless, very expensive style furniture is pretty much in demand, particularly for the refurbishment of the palaces and mansions,’ said Sereny.