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Q: Household Textile Market Trends (blankets, sheets, pillowcases, etc) ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Household Textile Market Trends (blankets, sheets, pillowcases, etc)
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: minnesota19-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 27 Aug 2003 16:48 PDT
Expires: 26 Sep 2003 16:48 PDT
Question ID: 249418
Here goes first venture into the world that is Google

As stated in the subject, I am interested in up-to-date (published
within the last year), comprehensive research relating to trends in
the bath and bedding market (blankets, sheets, comforters, pillows,
etc).  My goal is to understand the future of textile (bath and bed
related) manufacturing.  Interesting research would include, but not
be limited to:

   *  Trends in the Overall Industry
   *  Domestic(US) vs International sourcing initiatives
   *  Distribution channel trends

Please do not refer me to general textile/apparel industry sites
unless it is a specific link to the information I am interested in.

I will accept either "free" or "paid" research, though I would like to
know what I am paying for.  I wish I could give more detail with
respect to "how much will you pay", but I cannot specify without
getting a feel for the material offered.

I am concurrently running my own search and my initial feeling is that
the information is out there, yet I am drowning in other types of
textile research.

I do not have a specific number of reference points in mind, though my
thought is to value quality over quantity.

I hope to receive an answer sometime on Thursday the 28th.  Like I
said earlier, this is my first venture to Google Answers and haven't a
clue as to whether I priced this question appropriately.  I do believe
a thorough response deserves a tip.

Clarification of Question by minnesota19-ga on 27 Aug 2003 16:52 PDT
I have found one site from the UK that seems to provide information,
though it seems to be a bit pricy.  I guess that's why I asked the
question...for reference points.

Clarification of Question by minnesota19-ga on 27 Aug 2003 17:05 PDT
Also, it appears that KSA Technopak performed a study on bed and bath
market.  Is this available?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 27 Aug 2003 19:06 PDT
There seem to be a number of reports of the type you described, but
they all have purchase prices in the neighborhood of a thousand
dollars or more -- which is not unusual for professional market
studies.  Some of the reports can be purchased section by section, so
you can get only the chapters of most interest for a somewhat smaller

Do you want a few of these reports listed as an answer to your
question?  If not, what sort of information would best suit your

Clarification of Question by minnesota19-ga on 28 Aug 2003 06:44 PDT
Pafalafa -

I believe that such reports would suffice, as long as you are fairly
certain that other less expensive material is unavailable.  I want to
be as exhaustive as possible within reason (that being a limited

Please keep in mind that while my question appears to be quite
specific (Bath and Bed textiles), I am willing to compensate

Thanks for your help.

Clarification of Question by minnesota19-ga on 28 Aug 2003 15:02 PDT
Pafalafa et al:

It has come to my attention while running this search that one may
better find resources using "home textiles" or "household textiles".

FYI - I have already found some interesting research at,, and, but am looking for more.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 29 Aug 2003 19:32 PDT
Hello again,

I haven't forgotten our question, but I've gotten sidetracked with
other things (life, wouldn't you know!).

Hopefully, I can get back to this soon.  In the mean time, though,
here's the best single report I've come across so far, from the looks
of it -- you can see a detailed table of contents to get an idea of
what the full report is like:

Household Linens Market (The) - US Report 
August 2002

See you soon.


Clarification of Question by minnesota19-ga on 29 Aug 2003 21:02 PDT
Pal -

Your dedication is appreciated.  

At first glance, the report looks to be of interest (better than most
things I have been coming across).  Ideally I would like to gain
insight into more recent trends, but as I am discovering in my own
research, such information is rarely available.

I will not need the information until Tuesday, Sept 1st, so do not
feel any undue deadline pressure (unless you thrive under such

I hope you have a clear idea what I am looking for...

Again, thanks for your time.

Clarification of Question by minnesota19-ga on 03 Sep 2003 06:41 PDT
Pal - 

I will still tip, but I upped the question to $40 for your continued help.

Clarification of Question by minnesota19-ga on 05 Sep 2003 08:48 PDT
Pal -

I may have to close this question if I do not receive your response by
Monday, September 8.  It's just that this information is time


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 05 Sep 2003 10:09 PDT
Hello again,

Thanks for the reminder note.  Truth is, I have been hesitant to
tackle this question as you are asking for very comprehensive
information (trends, sourcing initiatives, distribution channels) for
a topic on which there is only limited information.

I've identified about half a dozen reports, mostly from Europe, that
cover the household textiles market in considerable detail.  A few of
the reports are available at no charge, while the rest are commercial
market reports that cost hundreds of dollars.

Would this information -- in addition to that which has already been
posted -- suffice as an answer?  If so, let me know, and I can provide
a response in fairly short order.



Clarification of Question by minnesota19-ga on 05 Sep 2003 12:31 PDT
It appears that you have put forth enough effort at this point.  My
main reason for posting the question was not only to find valuable
resources (which the Mintel report most definately is), but also to
ensure that I have run an exhaustive search.  The latter is just as

How does this sound?

Post the links that you feel may be relevant (paid, free, US or UK). 
No need too spend to much time qualifying each report.  Maybe post
them in order of relevance.  I will tip $10 and give a 5 star rating. 

Like I said above, I just want to know what is out there and that I am
analyzing the most pertinent information.
Subject: Re: Household Textile Market Trends (blankets, sheets, pillowcases, etc)
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 05 Sep 2003 12:50 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
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:

Chapter headings:

1 Introduction 

2 Summary 

3 Economic Environment 

4 Household Textiles 

5 Bedlinen 

6 Filled Products 

7 Bathroom Textiles 

8 Table Linen 

9 Suppliers 

10 Domestic Distribution 

11 Future Prospects 


Here's another UK report at:


"This report covers: home furnishings,textile products,window
dressings,curtains,curtain fabric,linings,net curtains, window
blinds,bedding,bed linen,duvets,pillows,blankets,bathroom
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


"The home textiles market is one of the most buoyant import markets in
the U.K.
Businesses listed in our Home Textiles reports are ALL GENUINE
Each report lists the most active importers of the specified home
textiles type.
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:

Bed Linen
Table Linen
Household Cloths


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;
Bed linen;
Table linen;
Toilet linen and kitchen linen;
Furnishing articles including cushion covers, loose covers for
furniture, antimacassars;
Sets of woven fabric and yarn, for making up into rugs, tapestries,
embroidered table cloths, serviettes or similar textile articles;
Sleeping bags;
Articles of bedding including quilts and eiderdowns, cushions,
pouffes, pillows;
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
224 euros:

UK Household Textiles 2003 
Date Published:5/30/2003   
"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! 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
minnesota19-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
The researcher was very pleasant to work with and I much appreciated
the clarifications posted prior to the answer.

Good first experience with GA.

Subject: Re: Household Textile Market Trends (blankets, sheets, pillowcases, etc)
From: pafalafa-ga on 05 Sep 2003 14:15 PDT
Thanks so much for your generous words...not to mention the rating and
the tip.  Enjoyed working with you as well, and hope we'll see you
back here one day soon.


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