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Indonesia: Furniture exports see recovery as orders rise

Indonesian furniture exports have recorded a strong recovery during the past several months after a plunge of about 40 percent during the first half of last year as a result of the worldwide economic downturn, an executive of a furniture association said on Friday.

According to Ambar Tjahyono, Indonesian Furniture Entrepreneurs Association chairman, Indonesian furniture has begun to regain its position in the global market on the back of economic recovery. Ambar said Indonesia should learn from Vietnam, where exports rose by 40 percent in 2009 despite the financial crisis, and was upbeat that Indonesian furniture exports would be able to fully recover this year thanks to the fact that overseas buyers have begun to increase their orders.