Out-of-town retail parks welcomed more shoppers in August compared to the same month last year amid weakening figures across other types of retail destination.

Retail sales flatlined in the U.K. last month according to the British Retail Consortium, which represents many of the country's largest retailers.

Big-ticket sentiment among prospective buyers fell back in August as consumer confidence took a dive over fears regarding the U.K. economy.

Upholstery, cabinets and bed sales all ticked up year-on-year in July as retailers annualised weak comparatives following the heatwave and men's football World Cup last year.

Consumers paid considerably more to buy furniture in July after inflation in the category climbed to its highest level since February 2018.

Record temperatures didn't deter more shoppers from visiting retail parks last month despite other types of destination making it the worst July footfall in seven years.

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Growth returned in July, but it was weak, according to industry figures from the British Retail Consortium.
Year-on-year retail sales inched forward last month after two straight declines in the months immediately prior, according to industry lobby group the British Retail Consortium.

British furniture buyers make the U.K. one of the top five worldwide markets for the international trade of furniture, according to a new forward-looking market report.

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June sales improved against weak comparatives with last summer.
June saw furniture retailers recover some of the revenue lost last year when Britain was going through one of the hottest summers on record.

Consumer price inflation for furniture eased fractionally in June as retailers passed on a softer increase to their customers.

Consumers deferred non-essential purchases as June sales fell after annualising against strong comparatives according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

No furniture or floorcoverings specialists are among Britain's very largest private companies but several with an interest in the home furnishings sector did maker this year's Top Track 100 list.

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Mattress production climbed though the overall bed market was impacted by divan production.
British furniture manufacturers' collective output declined last year with cabinet furniture producers and sofa makers among those seeing the biggest falls, new figures for 2018 reveal.

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Confidence for major purchases fell to its lowest level since November.
Consumer confidence slid in June with Brits' collective propensity to splash out on high value items such as furniture falling to its lowest level since November last year.

Furniture makers price inflation eased to its shallowest rate in over five years last month, driven by a sharp month-to-month decline in the rate for kitchen manufacturers.

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Retailers shifted more upholstery in May.
Higher upholstery sales led the way as furniture retailers enjoyed year-on-year growth in May.

Consumer price inflation for furniture and furnishings moved out of deflationary territory to its joint highest figure in 13 months in May, new Government figures reveal.

Retail footfall declined at its steepest monthly rate in six years last month but destinations most commonly housing furniture and flooring stores were among those to suffer the least, new figures show.

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Bank holidays were a positive for home retailers as other categories suffered.
Retailers suffered in May as year-on-year sales fell 2.7 percent, the worst figure recorded by the British Retail Consortium since its records began more than 20 years ago.

Shoppers' propensity to spend money on high value items such as furniture improved for the first time in three months in May, according to the closely-followed Consumer Consumer Index.

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Upholstery sales trended up in mid single-digits.
Rising upholstery and carpet revenue powered retail sales growth in April as retailers made the most of calendar differences to post higher revenues against the same month a year ago.

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Easter was later in 2019, impacting inflation.
Furniture retail prices were below year-earlier levels in April according to new Government data as the later fall of Easter in 2019 prompted deflation in the category for the first time this year.

Retail sales climbed in April though good weather over the bank holiday was a limiting factor in some categories, according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium.

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The value of sales dipped in Q1 2019, though beds were again the strongest category.
The later arrival of Easter and flaccid demand left UK retailers of furniture and carpets struggling to match year-earlier trade in the first quarter of 2019.

Retail footfall grew in March according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium, boosted by weather events that negatively impacted shopper turnout last year.

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Overall confidence remained unchanged.
Save not spend remains the message from British consumers polled for GfK's monthly Consumer Confidence Index in March with fewer people believing now is the right time to splash out on high value items.

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Carpet price inflation narrowed in February.
Easing input cost pressures helped furniture and flooring price inflation at the factory gate narrow in February, according to new Office for National Statistics data.

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Upholstery was the weakest category in February.
Retailers suffered weaker sales in February with all four of the main categories — upholstery, cabinets, beds and carpets — seeing year-over-year declines.

Consumer price inflation for furniture items advanced to its highest level since the spring of 2018 last month according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Footfall dipped across all three principal types of physical retail destination in February though retail parks, home to many comparison goods retailers selling furniture and flooring, saw the shallowest declines.

A greater number of people believe now is the right time to splash out on big-ticket items such as furniture according to the latest Consumer Confidence Index figures from GfK.

Year-on-year UK sofa retail sales advanced in January, marking a first annual rise for the category in the past eighteen months, though the total was still lower on a two-year basis.

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Upholstery, particularly leather, was cited as impactful on January's inflation rise.
Retailers held their nerve last month as furniture retail price inflation climbed to a nine-month high in January, driven by shallower discounts.

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Sales were up 2.2 percent in January, said the British Retail Consortium.
Retailers enjoyed sales growth in January after flat sales the month before according to new figures out overnight from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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Big-ticket sentiment was unchanged in January
Consumer confidence was unchanged in January as fears over the economy were countered by improving sentiment regarding personal finances.

Mattress and bed retailers ended 2018 on a high as the value of sales in December topped £200 million for the first time, a record high for a single month.

Furniture retailers discounted at deeper levels in December according to new official data but price pressures further down the supply chain threaten to push costs up.

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Year-on-year footfall fell 3.1 percent Boxing Day
Retailers saw fewer shoppers on Boxing Day for the third consecutive year but the total number still beat forecasts, according to retail analysts Springboard.

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Footfall set to fall mid-single digits Boxing Day
Boxing Day, one of if not the most important shopping days of the year for big-ticket furniture chains, will see reduced footfall next week putting greater emphasis on sales craft if retailers are to secure orders.

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November ended six months of falling or flat year-on-year furniture retail prices, according to the Office for National Statistics
Furniture retail price inflation returned in November after being negative or flat over the six months immediately prior, calming fears heavy discounting was needed to stimulate sales.



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