discounting 1Furniture retail price deflation narrowed in March despite the earlier fall of Easter and its associated bank holiday promotions.

retailParkMarch looks odds-on to continue furniture’s double-digit growth trend as the category top scored in the British Retail Consortium’s monthly retail sales survey.

Furniture was among the few sectors to enjoy growth in March as retailers in other categories struggled, according to consultancy BDO.

Irish furniture retailers continued to make up lost ground in February as big-ticket lines — including motor cars — topped the sales charts.

Furniture retail sales growth is accelerating again with a double-digit rise in volumes recorded in February.

Internet orders helped keep Scottish non-food retail sales ahead of last year in February, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium.

Demand for big-ticket merchandise such as furniture drove footfall to a nine-month high in February, according to stores group the British Retail Consortium.

Retail sales rose in February with shoppers keen on furniture and white goods, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Fewer than one in three British retailers managed to grow sales in the early weeks of February, according to business group the CBI.

retailParkThe new year kicked off with another leap in furniture retail sales but the UK’s official number crunchers have downgraded December’s figures.

Three months of falling furniture retail prices came to an end in January, according to official data.

Demand for big-ticket merchandise such as furniture helped out-of-town retail parks stay top of the footfall charts at the start of 2015.

Retail sales grew faster than the 12 month average in January as retailers beat strong comparatives for the same month a year ago.

Seven in every ten consumers are planning to make a purchase for their home this year, with floorcoverings top of the wish list.

A balance of four in every five furniture stores saw growth in early January trading, according to business group CBI.

Furniture retailers continued their 2014 growth run in December with stronger year-on-year trading than any other product category.

British furniture retailers ended 2014 on a high despite the four month run of double-digit growth coming to an end in December.

Shopper numbers at out-of-town retail parks maintained their 2014 growth run with a 1.3 per cent rise in December.

Furniture producers face higher costs than other UK manufacturing sectors, but they were still able to recover margin last month.

Furniture retail price deflation narrowed in December suggesting firms were able hold off on major discounting until the post-Christmas sale period.

Retailers squeezed an extra 1 per cent out of consumers in December compared to last year, according to the trade body representing the largest UK firms.

UK retailers are confident of higher sales through 2015, according to new research.

UK furniture manufacturing turnover climbed by almost £66m year-on-year at the start of the final quarter of 2014.

furnitureQueueYear-on-year shopper numbers fell sharply on Boxing Day as fewer consumers braved the cold to visit physical store locations.

Furniture sales were up for a sixth successive month in November with the latest four months all seeing double-digit volume gains.

discounting-1Discounts were deeper in November as furniture and furnishings prices slipped further against year-earlier levels despite rising prices at the factory gate.

Shoppers eschewed the high street in favour of online shopping and out-of-town retail parks in November, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Black Friday demand for electricals helped retailers to their strongest year-on-year sales performance in three months in November.

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