Another positive trend developed in Western Europe where total sales reached 225.7 million m² which represents an increase of + 3,6 % compared to 2019. As in the previous year, Germany remains the strongest market in Europe with sales of 52.7 million m² (+ 6,1 % compared to 2019). Although both France and Great Britain sold 37.1 million m² of flooring, the growth rate in Great Britain (+ 13,7 % compared to 2019) was much higher than in France (+ 1,6 % compared to 2019). Similar to Great Britain, sales in the Netherlands increased by + 13,8 % to 21.1 million m² of flooring sold. The only major country in Western Europe which experienced a decrease in sales was Spain (14.6 million m² sold, - 12,8 %).
Sales in Eastern Europe remained stable in comparison to 2019 (- 0,2 %, 134.8 million m² sold). Russia, the biggest market of the region, continued to grow in 2020 with 46.2 million m² of flooring sold (+ 5,6 % compared to 2019). Sales in Poland shrank by - 6,6 % (29.0 million m² sold) while the Ukraine was able to defend its place among the top three markets in Eastern Europe with a growth rate of + 1,1 % in comparison to the previous year (10.4 million m² sold). Sales in Romania shrank by - 4,9 % (9.6 million m² sold) while the market in Hungary grew by + 11,7 % (7.7 million m² sold).
In North America, 49.1 million m² of flooring were sold which represents an increase of 22,4 % in comparison to 2019. The US market experienced a major growth of + 28,1 % compared to 2019 (38.1 million m² sold) while Canada recorded an increase in sales of + 6,1 % (11.0 million m² sold).
In all other regions, EPLF members reported decreases in sales. Asia recorded the
greatest decrease with - 11,9 % (25.1 million m² sold). In Latin America, 14.1 million m² were sold (- 10,1 % compared to 2019), in Australia/Oceania 3.2 million m² (- 10,7 % compared to 2019) and in Africa 4.7 million m² (- 5,6 % compared to 2019).