UK BUSINESSES spent more than £10 million on hardwood from the USA during the first quarter of this year, latest figures indicate.
According to data from the US Bureau of Census, importers and manufacturers bought almost £10.5 million-worth of American hardwood sawn timber, up 16 per cent on last year's figures.
Sales volumes also increased during the first quarter of 2005 compared with the same period last year, up by 5 per cent thanks largely to an increased market for white oak.
Import volumes for this material climbed to 9,483 cu m and the census also showed an increase in volumes for imported ash, cherry, walnut and red oak.
David Venables, European director of industry association the American Hardwood Export Council, said the boost in import volumes was due to a drive to promote the material to architects and specifiers.