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.

Year-on-year price falls for non-food merchandise widened in September as retailers competed to offer consumers the keenest deals.

British consumer confidence declined in September but still remains well ahead of year-earlier levels, according to research group GfK.

The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) is funding a research project designed to address the 1bn kilograms of waste furniture and mattresses sent to landfill annually in the UK.

retailParkFurniture retailers’ five month run of consecutive year-on-year double-digit sales rises came to an end in August but were still ahead of year-earlier levels.

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