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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

SHOPPERS stay away from stores Saturday and Sunday

SALES down for first time in over two years, but it wasn’t all bad news

FRESH Government data proves pressure is building on British furniture makers despite factory gate price inflation falling to its lowest level in more than a year.

FURNITURE retail deflation continued for the second straight month in July but at a lower rate as companies offered shallower discounts compared with June.

polishUpholsterySOFA shipments into Britain were up double-digit in all bar two of the first six months of this year, with the rise in June driven by higher imports from Italy and Poland.

UK retail sales rose by 1.9 percent year-on-year in July quelling fears that consumers would stop spending amid uncertainty regarding Britain’s future outside the EU.

highStreeJULY saw the biggest month-to-month fall in consumer confidence since 1990, according to GfK’s long running monthly Consumer Confidence Index.

FURNITURE and floorcoverings customers held back from spending in the early weeks after the EU referendum, according to a survey by business group CBI.

FURNITURE price inflation at the factory gate was unchanged in the year to June though input cost data suggests the period of cheaper production is coming to an end.

retailParkCONSUMERS steered clear of retail stores in June with out-of-town shopping parks seeing their worst performance in over two and a half years, according to new research.

sprungMattressPOCKET and coil sprung mattresses were the standout categories for the UK furniture manufacturing sector in 2015, with upholstery producers also growing market share.

CONSUMER confidence fell sharply following the EU referendum vote, according to a one-off special Brexit survey carried out by research consultancy GfK.

CONSUMERS enjoyed lower prices in stores for the 38th consecutive month in June according to the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index.

THE UK furniture market rose 3 percent to £10.6 billion in 2015 as rising imports offset a decline in home produced furniture.

cabinetWarehousingThe European market for flat-pack furniture was worth €14 billion last year with the UK among the most prominent consumers of kit form furniture.

retailParkStoresYEAR-ON-YEAR furniture sales have been higher in each of the past 24 consecutive months though growth slowed down in May.

THE RETAIL price of furniture has been higher year-on-year every month in 2016 so far, with May’s inflation rate inching up. Flooring price inflation slowed.

ukFurnitureManufacturingUK FURNITURE factory inflation last month fell for the third straight month to its lowest level in almost a year and a half, according to new Government data.

RETAIL footfall inched 0.3 per cent up in May thanks to a big turnout over the May bank holiday weekend, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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