The rate of furniture price inflation at the factory gate increased last month, according to the Office for National Statistics.

It said the producer price index for furniture increased to 1.3 per cent in the year to April, up from just 0.7 per cent in the 12 months to March 2015.

Total manufacturing output price deflation across all sectors remained constant at -1.7 per cent for the third month in a row.

The price of materials and fuels used by furniture producers remained lower year-on-year, though the 1.5 per deflation figure for April was an easing of the 1.9 per cent decline in March.

The figures were released concurrently with ONS’ consumer price index, which said furniture retail prices declined 0.2 per cent last month.