Process of household furniture purchasing in Italy
September 2002, III Ed. , 232 pages
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Language: Italian - Report in Italian language only
Report Code: IT.1
Copyright: CSIL Milano
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The Italian market for home furniture (including kitchens, bedrooms, dining rooms, upholstery, kids furniture, home office, outdoor furniture) is worth about Euro 14 billion. Between March 2001 and March 2002 almost 5 million Italian families purchased household furniture: 61% of purchases were made through furniture retailers and 16% through large scale distribution.
This report studies the behaviour of the Italian consumers of household furniture, taking into consideration: characteristics of purchased home furniture, purchasing process, consumer's profile. The study is based on 903 telephone interviews with families who purchased home furniture worth at least Euro 260 over the previous 12 months.
Purchases of household furniture are broken down by product type: kitchens (with or without built-in appliances), tables and chairs, bedroom furniture (bedroom suites, beds, wardrobes), dining room furniture (bookshelves, cupboards, tables, chairs), upholstered furniture (sofas, sofa beds, armchairs, recliners), children's furniture (beds, wardrobes, shelves, desks), home office furniture (desks, swivel chairs, bookshelves, pc tables), bathroom furniture, garden and outdoor furniture. The style of household furniture (contemporary/modern, classic/traditional/rustic) and purchase price range are also considered. The average total spend on home furniture is provided, as well as spend on single furniture item.
All the above mentioned data on purchases of household furniture are broken down by socio-demographic characteristics of purchasers (geographic area, size of urban centre, sex, age and profession of head of family), purchase price range and distribution channel. Availability of computer and Internet connection is also considered.
The purchasing process is analysed according to: reasons for purchase, criteria of choice in the purchase, decision-making process within the family nucleus, sources of information about furniture, degree of recollection of names of furniture brands, criteria of choice and type of distribution channel (specialized dealers, furniture retailers, large scale distribution, Do-It-Yourself, craftsmen, direct sales, antiques shops), degree of customer satisfaction and reasons for any dissatisfaction, means of payment.
The consumer's life-style is examined on the basis of socio-economic status, decision-making process within the family nucleus, living conditions.
Products covered include: home furniture, kitchen furniture (fitted kitchens, kitchens without built-in appliances, kitchen tables, kitchen chairs), bedroom furniture (bedroom suites, beds, wardrobes), dining room furniture (bookshelves, cupboards, tables, chairs, occasional furniture), upholstered furniture (upholstery suites, sofas, sofa beds, armchairs, recliners), children's furniture (children's bedrooms, beds, wardrobes, shelves, desks), home office furniture (desks, swivel chairs, bookshelves, pc tables), bathroom furniture, garden furniture, outdoor furniture, contemporary/modern furniture, classic/traditional/rustic furniture.
Abstract of Table of Contents
- Research objectives, methodology and main results in brief
- Household furniture consumer's profile
- Socio-demographic characteristics of purchasers: geographic area, size of urban centre, sex, age and profession of head of family, number of family members
- Characteristics of purchased household furniture
- Number of purchases by price range
- Breakdown of purchased household furniture by product type
- Breakdown of purchased household furniture by style
- Reasons for household furniture purchase and criteria of choice
- Reasons for household furniture purchasing
- Criteria of choice in household furniture purchase
- Decision-making process within the family nucleus
- Degree of recollection of names of furniture brands
- Criteria and process of selection of the distribution channel
- Breakdown of purchased furniture by product type and distribution channel
- Reason for choosing the sales outlet
- Number of visited sales outlets
- Services available at the sales outlet
- Degree of customer satisfaction, reasons for any dissatisfaction
- Means of payment
- Sources of information
- Magazines or newspapers as a sources of information
- Availability of computer and Internet connection
- Some focuses on household furniture purchasing
- Upper-range, middle-range, economic-range household furniture; independent sales outlets, large scale distribution, craftsmen; north and south; small and large centres