Israeli Arabs buy furniture on-line

Some 66% of Israeli Arabs prefer to purchase Israeli furniture, with most respondents indicating that quality was the deciding factor.

When it comes time to buy furniture, some 32 percent of Israeli Arabs head for their computers to look on the Internet, a Furniture Industry Union poll revealed Monday. The figure is double the number of Israeli Arab on-line furniture shoppers in the past two years, the Manufacturers Association of Israel said. Some 66% of Israeli Arabs prefer to purchase Israeli furniture, with most respondents (42%) indicating that quality was the deciding factor, according to the poll. The average annual expenditure on furniture within the Arab sector was NIS 9,250, up 23% from the past two years. Israeli Jews spent an average of NIS 9,525 annually on furniture over the same period, a 12.6% increase. Some 38% of Israeli Jews use the Internet to look for furniture, compared to 26% who did so two years ago, the study showed. Popular Web sites for furniture searches include Google (used by 11%), Walla (7%) and Zap (6%).