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.

inflationThumbSEPTEMBER prices fall further year-on-year than at any time since March 2000

FACTORY gate price inflation unchanged for third straight month

SEPTEMBER retail sales returned to growth after a weak August according to the British Retail Consortium.

CLOSELY-followed survey shows return to pre-Brexit level consumer confidence

HIGH STREETS also ahead thanks to diners and drinkers

FACTORY gate price inflation unchanged in August despite input pressures

FURNITURE retailers discount for longer this summer compared to 2015

WEAKEST reading since the autumn of 2014

INITIAL Brexit shock dissipates as interest rate cut prompts savers to rethink plans to stockpile cash

RETAILERS sell more, but cash in the tills broadly unchanged