Inflation kept the value of furniture sales positive in February as volumes in many categories declined.


Data compiled by The Furnishing Report shows key segments including upholstery, carpets and wood furniture, excluding kitchens, all grew but at sub 1.0 percent in February.

Consumer price inflation for furniture totalled 4.4 percent in the year to February, indicating the quantity of goods sold may have fallen.

The beds category proved the outlier with above-inflation sales value growth of 6.3 percent — or £9 million — to reach a total of £151.1 million for the month.

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Total retail sales data released by the Office for National Statistics yesterday recorded total retail sales growth of 3.4 percent to £29.9 billion.*

* all figures are non-seasonally-adjusted. ONS total sales value excludes petrol sales