retailParkStoresYEAR-ON-YEAR furniture sales have been higher in each of the past 24 consecutive months though growth slowed down in May.

New figures from the Office for National Statistics put the amount spent on furniture and lighting up 4.1 percent last month compared with May 2015.

That was the slower than the 7.8 percent growth recorded by ONS in April, which was revised downwards from its original +8.0 percent figure.

May’s growth completed two years of furniture retail sales growth, with the last year-on-year fall occurring in May 2014, when they declined 2.0 percent.

Overall retail sales across all categories were up 3.1 percent last month by value, with the quantity bought (volume) up by 6.0 percent year-on-year. The difference reflects price changes with many categories seeing price deflation, bringing down the increase in total amount spent.

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