retailParkConsumer furniture and floorcoverings prices dropped again in May despite overall price deflation ending after just a single month.

The Office for National Statistics said the consumer price index for furniture widened from -0.2 per cent in the year to April to -0.8 per cent in the year to May.

That marked a fourth consecutive month of year-on-year price deflation for the category, ONS said, while floorcoverings prices were down for a third month in a row.

Consumer floorcoverings prices were down 4.3 per cent in the year to May, from 4 per cent deflation in the 12 months to end April.

The ONS data came as overall CPI rose from -0.1 per cent in April to +0.1 per cent in May. It said the largest upward contribution to the change came from transport services, notably air fares, adding that the timing of Easter in April was a likely factor in the movement. There were also significant upward effects from food and motor fuels.

The largest offsetting downward effect came from recreation and culture, particularly games, toys and hobbies — such as computer games — and data processing equipment, ONS added.