retailParkFurniture retailers’ five month run of consecutive year-on-year double-digit sales rises came to an end in August but were still ahead of year-earlier levels.

The value — total amount spent — of furniture and lighting retail sales climbed 4.7 per cent in August compared to the same month in 2014.

That was the weakest annual figure since May 2014 (-0.2 pc), when sales last fell. It was also the first time sales haven’t risen in double-digits since February 2015 (+9.5pc).

Office for National Statistics figures put volume growth — the quantity of goods sold — ahead by a slightly weaker 4.2 per cent last month in the furniture and lighting category.

The figures, like those for inflation released earlier in the week, are likely impacted by the later timing of many furniture retailers’ summer sales.

Total retail sales across all sectors were up 0.2 per cent in August compared with August 2014, which was the worst total annual increase since March 2013 (+0.1pc).