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

SHOP prices fell 1.0 percent year-on-year in February as food costs rose for the consumer for the first time since April last year.

CONSUMER confidence in spending on high-value goods such as furniture declined in February though remains robust overall, new data shows.

sofaFrameA BREAKDOWN of furniture makers’ price inflation across mattresses, upholstery, living, dining, bedroom and kitchen cabinets, plus carpets

FurnStocksThFURNITURE prices at the factory gate climbed to a five-year high in January, though producers are still absorbing the bulk of their own rising costs.

RETAILERS held back price increases in January to stimulate demand, ending a three-month upward trend in the pace of furniture price growth.

FOOTFALL on retail parks — popular locations for big-ticket home furnishings retailers — fell for the third straight month in January.

DECEMBER growth slower when compared with final quarter as a whole

BUT same-store sales decline, says trade body

MAJOR purchases index down. Others rise

inflationThumbFURNITURE retailers ended 2016 with a fifth consecutive rise in year-on-year sales, according to the Office for National Statistics.

UK furniture makers finally succumbed to input price pressures in December, with factory gate inflation rising to its highest level since March.

Furniture retail price inflation rose 30 basis points in December to its highest level in fifteen months.

OUT-OF-TOWN shopping park footfall declined last month while High Streets saw the first year-on-year December increase in five years.

FurnRetailSalesChartThFOOTFALL down high single-digits Boxing Day; worse still over the New Year’s weekend

inflationThumbFIVE consecutive months of furniture retail price deflation came to an end in November as prices climbed at their fastest rate in twelve months.

FACTORY gate furniture price inflation slowed in November as manufacturers absorbed higher input costs rather than pass them on.

primeRetailTOTAL footfall across all types of retail destination down 1.0 percent

HIGH street retailers enjoyed their best November since 2010 and their strongest year-on-year growth throughout the whole of 2016, according to the BDO High Street Sales Tracker.

RETAIL sales grew in November but at a slower pace according to the UK stores group the British Retail Consortium.

MORE important than price, brand and product knowledge, survey finds

FurnRetailSalesChartThCONSUMER confidence took a knock in November but shoppers remain bullish in their intent to spend on high value items such as furniture.

primeRetailMORE THAN 30 percent more companies launched in third quarter compared to Q3 2015. Nearly half are based in the South

CONSUMER sentiment towards big-ticket spending increased in October despite overall confidence taking a knock over fears regarding the economy.

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