Hello again, and thanks for giving me the go-ahead on this.
Here's what I found:
A very detailed report from the UK can be purchased for $895 at:
The site includes a detailed table of contents for the "The UK
Households Textiles Market Report 2003"; I've included here only the
main chapter headings, but the site has much more detail that this:
3 Economic Environment
4 Household Textiles
6 Filled Products
7 Bathroom Textiles
8 Table Linen
10 Domestic Distribution
11 Future Prospects
Here's another UK report at:
KEY NOTE HOME FURNISHINGS 2002 £ 340.00
"This report covers: home furnishings,textile products,window
dressings,curtains,curtain fabric,linings,net curtains, window
textiles,towels,bath mats,pedestal mats,toilet seat covers,cushions,
covers,loose covers,throws,table linen,tablecloths,napkins,fabric
placemats,blinds,roller blinds,vertical blinds,sheets,pillowcases,
"Companies covered include: Coats PLC,Courtaulds Textiles Ltd,CWV
Group Ltd,Headlam Group PLC,John Cotton Group Ltd,Colefax Group,Conran
Shop Holdings,Debenhams Retail,Dunelm Soft-Furnishings,
Englewood,Fogarty,Homestyle Group,House of Fraser,IKEA,John Lewis
Partnership,Laura Ashley Holdings,Marks & Spencer,Matalan,Osborne &
Little,Plumbs,Scotts of Stow,Coats Viyella,DuPont (UK),Walker
[site also includes a fairly detailed Executive Summary and a detailed
Table of Contents for the report ... both worth checking out]
At this same site, and also worth a look, see the link on their page
to custom-tailored market research: "...try our ad-hoc market report
service - define your own report research!"
Here is a fairly comprehensive global overview of the bedding and
linen market from a report from Pakistan:
Bed-wear & Linen Sector Brief
A series of reports on commercial buyers of bed linens in the UK is
BRITISH HOME TEXTILES IMPORTERS
"The home textiles market is one of the most buoyant import markets in
Businesses listed in our Home Textiles reports are ALL GENUINE
Each report lists the most active importers of the specified home
Buyers in these reports imported the specified products regularly in
the past year
and plan to do so again in the coming year. Every item of information
in the reports has been thoroughly researched and telephone verified."
Each report is 100 British pounds, with a discount for more than one
report. Titles include:
From the Office for National Statistics in the UK, there is a series
of reports available at no charge at:
PRQ17403 Product Sales and Trade: Household Textiles Product
"This report (containing SIC code 17403) is an update of statistics
previously published in report PRQ5.
Examples of products covered:-
Blankets and travelling rugs;
Toilet linen and kitchen linen;
Furnishing articles including cushion covers, loose covers for
Sets of woven fabric and yarn, for making up into rugs, tapestries,
embroidered table cloths, serviettes or similar textile articles;
Articles of bedding including quilts and eiderdowns, cushions,
Floor-cloths, dish-cloths, dusters and similar cleaning cloths;
Made up textile articles including life-jackets and life-belts, flags,
bunting, pennants and banners; rosettes; webbing carrier straps..."
You get the idea, I'm sure.
Another freebie from the European Union is at:
The textile and clothing industry in the EU: A survey
This is not exclusively focused on beddings, towels and the like, but
still seems to contain a lot of valuable information on the sectors of
interest to you.
And yet another UK market report on Household Textiles, available for
UK Household Textiles 2003
"The UK Household Textiles 2003 report provides 2002 year-end market
data, with 2003 estimates and five-year forecasts. The report gives an
instant overview of the UK household textile market and covers
curtains, bedding, cushions and covers, bathroom textiles and fabric
blinds. The data is supplied in both graphical and tabular format for
ease of interpretation and analysis. UK Household Textiles 2003 forms
part of The Household industry coverage."
This report from the Netherlands is a bit dated, but nonetheless, it
seems quite comprehensive and the price is right...free! You can
download it at:
Household and furnishing textiles
That's it! I hope these meet your needs.
If anything here is not clear, or needs more elaboration, just let me
know by posting a Request for Clarification, and I'll be glad to
assist you further.
Good luck with your project!
search strategy: various combinations of the terms "bed linens"
"table linens" "household textiles" market study