Irish furniture retail sales returned positive in July after a rare fall in June according to official retail sales from CSO Ireland.

The Central Statistics Office said furniture and lighting category sales were up 8.7 per cent year-on-year in July, having fallen 4.5 per cent in June.

Its June figure has been revised upwards, with CSO Ireland originally recording a 7.8 per cent decline in June furniture sales values.

The figures continued to be heavily impacted by changes in prices, with volumes (quantity) 13.8 per cent ahead in July. This is being largely driven by price deflation.

Total retail sales were up 6.5 per cent by value (total amount) and 9.9 per cent by volume. The combined furniture and lighting category was beaten into fourth place by motor trades (+15.9pc), electrical goods (+9.7pc) and bars (+11.4pc).