Furniture retail sales volumes increased for an eleventh successive month in April, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Volumes were up 16.7 per cent against April 2014, the official figures show, reflecting the continued impact of strong Christmas and early New Year demand (see related).

It was a third successive month of double-digit volume growth for the category and means sales have been up year-on-year each and every month since May last year.

The value of furniture sales — excluding the effect of price changes — rose 16 per cent, with average weekly sales in the furniture category worth £253.4m in April, up from £218.6m in April 2015.

Though rising year-on-year, April’s weekly average was down on the £256.2m recorded in March.

Across all retail sectors, year-on-year sales volumes increased by 4.7 per cent, a 25th consecutive increase according to ONS.

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