retailParkUK furniture retailers delivered a seventh consecutive quarter of growth in the three months to end June, as sales rose double-digit again last month.

Q2 furniture and lighting sales volumes climbed 17.4 per cent year-on-year, as the quantity of goods bought in June rose 15 per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics.

That builds on revised growth of 20.8 per cent and 17 per cent in May and April.

The figures mean quarterly sales have been positive in every period since the third quarter of 2013, when volumes in the category fell 1.4 per cent, ONS said.

The June rise was the 13th consecutive year-on-year increase, and the sixth double-digit rise in a row. June furniture sales increased 14 per cent by value, which strips out price change effects and measures against the total amount spent.

ONS’ data will be welcomed by the industry, if not universally accepted, given the prevailing view that many consumers were spooked ahead of the General Election in May.

Total retail sales volumes during June rose 4 per cent against June 2014, though that figure slows to +0.9 per cent by value, reflecting deflation in many categories.

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