Strong furniture and lighting demand powered total retail sales volume growth of 5.6 per cent in Ireland in October, according to new Government figures.

The Central Statistics Office put furniture volumes up 27.8 per cent against October 2013, with the value of furniture sold — stripping out price effects — up 20.8 per cent.

No other retail category came close to matching furniture and lighting’s year-on-year uplift, though motor trades performed well, up 16.2 per cent by volume and 14.4 per cent by value.

October’s strong figures followed 17 per cent furniture volume growth in September 2014 year-on-year, which was revised downwards from the 19.1 per cent originally released by the CSO last month.

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