Furniture and lighting retail sales in Ireland climbed 11.4 per cent in August compared to the same month in 2014.

The figures are even stronger by volume, with the quantity sold up by 17.8 per cent according to Central Statistics Office data, released yesterday.

Only motor trades enjoyed stronger category growth than furniture, up by 14.2 per cent by value on August 2014.

Total Irish retail sales climbed 5.6 per cent, with volumes — reflecting price changes such as deflation — up by 9.3 per cent.

All retail categories were up by volume, though cheaper year-on-year prices as a result of deflation meant the total value of food, beverage, tobacco and fuel sales were all down.