Furniture sales were up for a sixth successive month in November with the latest four months all seeing double-digit volume gains.

Volumes rose 15.4 per cent last month, according to the Office for National Statistics, which revised upwards the October furniture figure to +19.1 per cent (originally +18.4pc).

November furniture sales value growth came in at +14.6 per cent.

The figures mean furniture volumes have risen every month in 2014 save for May, when they fell 2.4 per cent. Last month’s furniture figures contributed to what was an excellent month for retail at large.

ONS said that — across all retail sectors — volume growth hit 6.4 per cent, which was the fastest annual pace of growth in a decade, since May 2004.