The value of furniture and lighting retail sales advanced 2.6 per cent year-on-year in January, according to the Office for National Statistics.

January’s data means sales in the category have been positive against the same month the previous year for each of the past 20 months, with the last fall in furniture sales coming in May 2014.

ONS data showed the furniture growth trend to be slowing down (see related) while total sales across the whole of the British retail sector improved.

Across all businesses, year-on-year retail sales values rose by 2.4 per cent in January, having fallen by a revised 1.4 per cent in December, deeper than the 1 per cent drop originally recorded.

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