Mattress companies shrugged off the wider malaise in the furniture sector in April, growing year-over-year sales where other big-ticket categories declined.


New data from the Office for National Statistics put furniture and lighting sales down 3.1 percent to £1.07 billion in April, a drop of £34.2 million compared with April 2017.

Separate, proprietary research by The Furnishing Report concurs with ONS on upholstery and cabinet, though our data shows mattress sales climbed by nearly £10 million compared with April last year.

Carpet sales fell 4.5 percent in April with sofas, living, dining and bedroom cabinet all declining by a low single-digit percentage compared with the same month in 2017.

The ONS said all retail sales, across all product categories but excluding petrol, advanced 0.8 percent to £27.64 billion in April.

The full dataset from The Furnishing Report is available to Omnia subscribers via the Indicators section in the menu above.

* all figures are value of sales, and are not seasonally adjusted

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