retailParkFurniture retailers made double-digit sales gains for a fifth consecutive time in July, with sales now trending upwards in each of the past 14 months.

Year-on-year sales grew 17.8 per cent by value for the furniture and lighting category last month, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Category volumes climbed 19 per cent, reflecting price deflation in the furniture sector. Furniture sales have now been positive — both in terms of the quantity bought and the total amount spent — in each month since May 2014.

Overall retail sales rose 1 per cent in July against the same month last year, ONS said, with volumes — the quantity bought — rising 4.2 per cent, reflecting falling prices across many retail goods categories.

Online retail sales were 13 per cent higher year-on-year in July, ONS added.

RelatedEditor’s Note: Value over volume