The July results of our latest survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors continued to show more and more improvements. The survey reflected a 39% increase in new orders over July 2019 following a 30% increase reported in June.
Year to date, new orders were down 16% from the same period last year after an 18% decline reported last month, but there is positive news as June orders are 30% ahead of June last year. Also good news is that 73% of participants reported an increase in June.
May business picked back up and was only down 8% from 2019, a 166% increase from April 2020 numbers. Year to date, orders are down 18%, but the hope is that June and July will continue to show improvement in our latest Furniture Insights.
As expected, Furniture Insights results from April 2020 have shown significant drops in orders, with 100% participants reporting a decline. New orders in April 2020 were down 61% from April 2019 and down 52% from this March. The April results brought the year to date orders to a decline of 21%.
February results are in for our latest Furniture Insights, with orders up 6% over February 2019 and year to date numbers up 4% over last year. About two-thirds of the participants reported increased orders ahead of the slowdown experienced by many, if not all, in March.
January showed modest improvement in several categories, though still paling in comparison to the unusually high January 2019 numbers in our latest Furniture Insights. Overall positive results in furniture manufacturing, housing, and consumer confidence in January will likely give way to less favorable numbers as the March and beyond reports come to light.
After two months of declining orders, December new orders ticked up 4% according to our latest survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors. Orders were down 8% in October and 5% in November, so it was nice to see the negative trend reversed.