Year-on-year furniture retail and lighting sales fell for Irish retailers last month, though the quarterly picture remained positive.

Sales volumes — the total quantity of goods bought — dropped 4.9 per cent in June, according to the Central Statistics Office. The total amount spent in the category (value) fell by 7.8 per cent.

The difference reflects price changes — such as deflation — in the furniture sector in Ireland.

Quarterly furniture sales remained positive on a year-on-year basis, with April to June sales volumes up 5.9 per cent and the value by 2.2 per cent against the same period last year.

Furniture and lighting was the only category to record negative year-on-year figures in June, according to the CSO, with total retail sales across all sectors up 5.4 per cent by volume and 3.1 per cent by value.