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.

October retail sales in Scotland were disappointing with declines in both the total value of sales and like-for-like demand.

Retailers had their worst October in six years according to the British Retail Consortium, though the furniture category bucked the wider trend.

The rate at which prices dropped in UK retail stores decelerated in October according to stores group the British Retail Consortium.

Consumer confidence for big-ticket furniture spend has taken a knock over fears regarding the UK and wider global economy.

September brought a sixteenth consecutive month of rising furniture sales, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Production output at British furniture plants dipped at the height of the summer though remains well ahead of 2014 on a year-to-date basis.

Shoppers ventured out of town in greater numbers in September though the wider trend—for falling overall retail footfall—continued.

UK furniture manufacturers’ prices continued to rise in the year to September despite deflationary conditions across all British industry.

The rate at which furniture prices rose against year-earlier levels was unchanged last month though remained well ahead of other consumer goods and services.

Retail sales bounced strongly in September, aided by the later than usual Bank Holiday period that lifted categories including furniture.

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