US-China trade war

Furniture retailer eyes silver lining amid challenges

A Commune outlet in Chongqing, one of more than 50 stores the furniture retailer has in China. Commune Lifestyle, the retail arm of Singapore furniture manufacturer Koda, will continue with its presence in China, but is also focusing on opening store
A Commune outlet in Chongqing, one of more than 50 stores the furniture retailer has in China. Commune Lifestyle, the retail arm of Singapore furniture manufacturer Koda, will continue with its presence in China, but is also focusing on opening stores elsewhere. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF ERNIE KOH
A Commune outlet in Chongqing, one of more than 50 stores the furniture retailer has in China. Commune Lifestyle, the retail arm of Singapore furniture manufacturer Koda, will continue with its presence in China, but is also focusing on opening store
Mr Ernie Koh, executive director of marketing of furniture business Koda and chairman of its retail arm Commune Lifestyle.PHOTOS: COURTESY OF ERNIE KOH

The global prices of furniture are set to rise in the short term, said business owner Ernie Koh, but he is sanguine. He feels that the escalating trade war between the United States and China may be causing anxiety among businesses, but it also offers fresh opportunities.

Mr Koh is the executive director of marketing at furniture manufacturer Koda as well as the chairman of its retail arm Commune Lifestyle.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2019, with the headline 'Furniture retailer eyes silver lining amid challenges'. Print Edition | Subscribe