Bed retail sales are marginally ahead so far in 2018, unlike upholstery, cabinet and carpets
Sales declines swept the board across all big-ticket furniture categories in June, leaving only beds and mattresses ahead on an annual basis in the year so far.


The combined retail sales value of bed bases, mattresses, sofas, cabinet furniture* and carpets totalled £805.6 million in June according to proprietary research by The Furnishing Report.

That represented a 4.7 percent fall on the combined total for June 2017, with upholstery retail sales — down 5.7 percent — the weakest of those categories.

In the first six months of 2018, UK retail sales of cabinet, upholstery, carpets and beds have declined 2.9 percent to £4.55 billion.

Of those, only the beds category is ahead of last year, with sales rising 1.5 percent to approaching £900 million at the half-year dateline.

Official figures published by the Office for National Statistics today showed headline June retail sales — across all food and non-food retail products, but excluding petrol — advanced 4.4 percent to £35.6 billion compared with June 2017.

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Retail Sales Data by Category (Omnia)

* excluding kitchens