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.

Year-on-year furniture retail prices were positive for the first time in seven months in August and up 280 basis points on the year to July.

The high street and shopping centre footfall malaise continued in August though the floors of UK retail parks were trodden in greater numbers than last year.

Year-on-year retail prices were lower for a 28th consecutive month but unchanged in August, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Like-for-like retail sales dropped in August as retailers relied on new space to make up the shortfall, according to the British Retail Consortium.

retailParkFurniture retailers made double-digit sales gains for a fifth consecutive time in July, with sales now trending upwards in each of the past 14 months.

inflationThumbFurniture prices slipped back into negative year-on-year territory in July to clock up a sixth successive month where category inflation has been flat or sub-zero.

retailParkThe number of people shopping out-of-town retail parks grew at its fastest rate in over a year in July, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Retail sales growth slowed in July despite furniture and home furnishings remaining strong sellers, according to the British Retail Consortium.



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