Furniture price inflation at the factory gate narrowed to its lowest level in more than a year last month as upholstery and wood furniture price pressures eased.

Retail park footfall increased 0.9 percent year-on-year in January, its strongest annual comparison since September last year.

An inflation-driven rise in food sales masked decline in non-food goods including furniture in January according to the British Retail Consortium's closely-followed monthly retail sales survey.

Consumer confidence improved in January with the measure monitoring sentiment towards big-ticket spend making the largest stride forward.

Consumer price inflation for furniture rose for the first time in four months in December but evidence from the factory gate suggests it may be a blip, rather than the start of a new trend.

Retail sales advanced year-on-year in December as consumers prioritised essential spending on food at the expense of discretionary items.

But smaller independent retailers are getting pushed out, according to a new report

Shop prices were lower in December than the same month a year ago as retailers cut prices to stimulate sales, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Retailers saw fewer people on Boxing Day as earlier discounting and structural change continues to impact shopping habits.

Retail sales climbed in December as consumers made the most of Black Friday promotions, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Output price inflation eased at British upholstery factories in November, ending what had been a six-month run of increases in the rate for sofa buying retailers.

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Data: BRC-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor; Image: The Furnishing Report
Black Friday bargain hunters helped out-of-town retail footfall return to growth in November. The previous month had seen a first year-on-year fall since February.

Home sales climbed as more retailers in the category embraced Black Friday promotions, according to new figures from BDO.

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Retail sales returned to growth in December
Retail sales returned to growth in November fuelled by higher food spending, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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Consumer confidence fell in November with the measure looking at major purchases such as furniture falling steepest.

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Consumer price inflation for furniture eased for the second month in a row in October though remains at historic high levels.

Sales of home goods missed year-earlier levels for a seventh successive week at John Lewis despite positive comps from sub-categories including beds.

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Shopper numbers at out-of-town retail parks fell in October, ending seven straight months of rising year-on-year footfall according to the BRC-Springboard Footfall Monitor.

Furniture makers' turnover dipped in September according to new Government figures, despite the inflationary pricing environment boosting the value of sales.

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Sales in physical retail stores were down 5.2 percent last month according to a closely-followed retail monitor, marking the measure's worst October on record.

Retail sales struggled in October with non-food goods setting negative trading records, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Year-on-year furniture sales will fall this Christmas according to a leading retail analyst, with demand dampened by weaker spending power and the housing market.

A sharp increase in promotional activity pushed furniture and apparel prices lower in October, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Concerns over the economy weighed on consumer confidence in October but people felt better about their own personal circumstances, with big-ticket sentiment improving.

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Mattresses were the standout category as furniture retail sales returned to growth in September.

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Rising sofa and cabinet prices pushed factory gate furniture inflation to a five-year high in September, just as consumer furniture price inflation eased for the first time since December.

Rising costs have left retailers with little 'wiggle room' to make their stores more attractive and arrest the continued slide in footfall, according to the head of the British Retail Consortium.

Household expenditure declined for a fourth month in five in September according to data from Visa, with spend on household goods among the categories in decline.

Big-ticket consumer confidence advanced again in September in a further sign that furniture retailers may have seen an uplift in sales during the month.

A NEW report on global ecommerce furniture sales says nearly one in every twenty dollars spent on furniture is now derived from the online channel.

CASE goods were the strongest performing furniture category for retailers in August in what was a flat month overall for big-ticket lines.

ONLINE furniture retail spend will ramp up over the next five years as consumers become ever more comfortable buying big-ticket items on the Internet.

RATE jumps in August to highest rate since June 2007 with imported furniture and UK-made upholstery among the main drivers.

EDGE and out-of-town retail parks continued to attract more shoppers year-on-year as other retail destinations suffered declines according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium.

RETAIL sales advanced 1.3 percent on a like-for-like basis in August with homewares a key driver as retailers enjoyed their fastest growth since Easter.

CONSUMER confidence improved in August as Brits digested better economic news, according to a closely followed survey.

RETAILERS of non-food goods have few options open to them to protect shoppers from the rising cost of imports, according to the British Retail Consortium.

UPHOLSTERY makers' price inflation jumped to a record high in July as producers across other big-ticket sectors passed on lower increases to their customers.

CONSUMER price inflation for furniture reached a new ten-year high in July as the rate increased for the sixth consecutive month.

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SHOPPERS conformed to received wisdom in July as the heavy rainfall gave a boost to big-ticket traders on out-of-town retail parks.

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