Year-on-year furniture sales were down more than £14 million in May as upholstery and case goods underperformed.


Combined sofa, beds and living, dining and bedroom cabinet sales fell 2.3 percent to £608.4 million according to proprietary data compiled by The Furnishing Report.

Down 5.7 percent, cabinet furniture was the weakest of those categories. As it has been all year apart from January, beds — the smallest of the sub-groups by value — was the strongest category.

Carpet sales dropped below £100 million for the first time in 2018, falling 4.0 percent year-on-year, 110 basis points wider than the drop reported by the Office for National Statistics in the official data.

Excluding automotive fuel and at current prices, total retail sales across all categories advanced 6.3 percent by value to £28.81 billion in May, according to the ONS.

* total retail sales figure is from ONS and non-seasonally adjusted; all other data is from FR proprietary research. For more, Omnia subscribers see Indicators/Retail Sales

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