SHOPPERS conformed to received wisdom in July as the heavy rainfall gave a boost to big-ticket traders on out-of-town retail parks.

A WET July galvanised furniture sales last month according to the head of retail at KPMG, survey sponsor for the British Retail Consortium's monthly retail sales monitor.

RETAIL sales growth slowdown in all furniture categories during the first six months of 2017.

CONSUMER confidence declined in July with all bar one of the five measures monitored showing a fall compared with the previous month.

RISING Internet sales and changing retail property demand has resulted in a net 10,000 comparison goods stores disappearing from the UK in the past five years.

HALF-YEAR furniture and lighting sales totalled £6.68 billion, down 1.1 percent on the first half of 2016, according to new Government figures.

THE GROWING importance of Asia and the Pacific regions has driven global furniture consumption to a value of 410 billion U.S dollars (£315 bill.) according to new research.

OVERALL inflation may have fallen last month but consumer price inflation for furniture climbed to its highest rate in exactly a decade.

BUT rise in the rate for UK-made cabinet furniture

SHOPPING parks saw more shoppers in June this year than last, as overall footfall across all retail destinations trended upwards.

FOOD and fashion boost sales but consumers "cautious" regarding discretionary spend.

CHANGES in shop prices moved closer to parity in June with sterling's depreciation and rising commodity costs causing deflation to narrow.

FURNITURE sales fell 4.0 percent in May according to the Office for National Statistics, which also revised upwards its earlier estimate for April.

FURNITURE makers price inflation was unchanged in the year to May as pressure eased on manufacturers of sofas, mattresses and standalone cabinets.

FurnRetailSalesChartThRISING input costs forced furniture retailers to hike prices in May with category inflation reaching its highest level since early 2013.

LOWER footfall and weaker consumer spending pointed to a soft month for furniture retailers in May though data from retail parks offered some solace.

RETAIL sales declined in May with non-food categories bearing the brunt of the fall, according to a closely-followed retail survey.

CONSUMER confidence improved in May with the Major Purchase Index rising for a third month straight, according to a closely-followed survey of UK citizens.

FurnRetailSalesChartThLARGER retailers outscore independents, who fail to gain traction during April. March figures revised down

sofaFrameSOFA prices at the factory gate climbed to their highest level since March 2010 last month, pushing overall furniture makers' inflation to a five-year high.

CONSUMER price inflation for furniture reached its highest level since September 2015 last month as retailers began passing on some of their own rising costs.

TOTAL retail sales up 6.3 percent with furniture among the contributing categories

ONLINE retailers enjoyed double-digit growth in April as the later arrival of Easter positively impacted year-on-year comparatives.

SHOP prices fell at their shallowest rate in three and a half years in April according to the British Retail Consortium as inflationary pressures continued to build.

furnitureQueueBIG-TICKET spend intention improved in April fuelling hopes for a bounce in furniture and floorcoverings retail sales, according to new consumer confidence data.

A MAJORITY of British furniture and flooring retailers failed to match year-earlier trade in pre-Easter April trading according to business group CBI.

retailSalesChThCONSUMERS spent £27.8 million less on furniture and lighting last month compared to March 2016, according to new Government figures.

CONSUMER price inflation for furniture climbed for the third straight month in March but continues to lag overall CPI.

RETAIL sales dipped in March as consumers held off shopping for non-essentials, according to stores group British Retail Consortium.

SHOPPERS paid less for non-food items for the 47th consecutive month with deflation widening in March, according to the British Retail Consortium.

CONSUMER sentiment towards buying big-ticket items such as furniture moved slightly ahead in March, according to a widely-watched survey.

FEBRUARY saw a second straight decline in furniture sales with the Office for National Statistics also revising January figures down.

sofaFrameOVERALL furniture makers price inflation eased in February despite the largest year-on-year rise in living, dining and bedroom cabinet in seven years.

CONSUMERS paid more for furniture for the fourth straight month in February though increases remained well below those of other goods and services.

RETAIL lobby group on February 2017 sales and future outlook