Furniture prices eased at both the factory gate and retail stores in February, according to inflation data from the Office for National Statistics.

Leisure activities helped out-of-town shopping parks to attract higher footfall as consumers avoided high streets and shopping centres last month.

Furniture and lighting sales trended up in high single-digits for Irish retailers in January as the new year continued along the same vein as 2015.

The number of people working in retail will drop by almost 1 million over the next decade as stores close and new technologies displace many existing roles.

Consumer confidence took a knock in February as stock market turbulence prompted fears the economy could take a hit.

More furniture and flooring retailers saw falling sales in February compared to those reporting rises, according to the first of the monthly retail monitors.

retailParkStoresPrice inflation returned to the furniture retail sector in January as rate rises at the factory gate remained at a two-year high.

Shopper numbers increased sharply in January with rises across both types of destination most popular with furniture and floorcoverings retailers.

Big-ticket furniture lines were the headline act in January as retailers enjoyed their strongest month since September according to the British Retail Consortium.

Furniture and lighting retail sales in Ireland climbed double-digit for a fifth consecutive month in December as traders ended 2015 in positive fashion.

UK households had more disposable income to spend in December compared to last year but the rate of growth slowed to its lowest level in over a year.

Furniture sales remained in the ascendancy in December but falls in other sectors meant the total year-on-year value of retail sales fell for the first time in over six years.

Deflation returned to the furniture retail sector in December after four consecutive year-on-year rises. Carpet prices were lower for the tenth month in a row.

Out-of-town shopping parks were the only retail destination to see more shoppers in December as footfall fell on high streets and shopping centres.

furnitureQueueShoppers were out in force on Boxing Day with all types of retail destination seeing more people than the same day in 2014.

retailParkBritish shoppers’ predisposition towards spending big on home furnishings slipped in December, despite overall consumer confidence rising for the first time since the summer.

Output at UK furniture factories declined at the start of the final quarter of 2015, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics.

furnitureRetailersGenericFurniture retailers clocked up an eighteenth consecutive month of year-on-year sales growth in November, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Out-of-town retail parks saw more shoppers year-on-year for a 23rd consecutive month in November, though total retail footfall still declined.

Furniture manufacturers’ prices climbed in November, rising 20 basis points to a level reached only once before in over two years.

New research into flame retardant (FR) technologies used in the furniture and furnishings industry has been carried out by FIRA, the Furniture Industry Research Association.

Furniture and home categories excelled in what was an otherwise lacklustre November for retailers, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Consumer confidence took a knock in November but shoppers remain well disposed to buying big-ticket goods such as electricals and furniture.

retailParkSeventeen months and counting. Furniture retailers grew sales again in October, but the rate at which they grew slowed compared to most other months this year.