Furniture and furnishings retailers enjoyed standout growth in the second quarter of 2015, according to the British Independent Retailers Association (bira).

Year-on-year furniture retail and lighting sales fell for Irish retailers last month, though the quarterly picture remained positive.

retailParkUK furniture retailers delivered a seventh consecutive quarter of growth in the three months to end June, as sales rose double-digit again last month.

Shoppers continue to head out of town at the expense of other retail locations, with retail parks seeing more people for an 18th consecutive month.

inflationThumbJune broke a four-month run of falling furniture retail prices, marking only the fourth time in the past 12 months that prices haven’t been deflationary.

Furniture sales were strong in June according to the British Retail Consortium, which said big-ticket benefited from free-flowing credit and low prices.

retailParkThe pace of furniture retail sales growth slowed in Ireland in May, according to the Central Statistics Office.

Rising furniture sales in May completed 12 months of consecutive volume and value growth for the category, according to the Office for National Statistics.

retailParkConsumer furniture and floorcoverings prices dropped again in May despite overall price deflation ending after just a single month.

Shopper numbers at out-of-town retail parks rose for a seventeenth consecutive month in May, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Furniture performed strongly in a tough month for retail in May, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Furniture stores in Ireland enjoyed robust growth in April, a month in which higher car sales drove an overall retail uplift.

Brits haven’t been this bullish in nearly a decade, according to a consumer confidence survey by global research consultancy Nielsen.

Fewer than one in every ten retailers saw sales decline in early May trading, according to business group the CBI.

Shoppers stayed away from big-ticket shopping destinations over the Bank Holiday weekend, according to a leading retail research consultancy.

Year-on-year furniture retail prices remained lower in April though the rate slowed for a third successive month, according to the Office for National Statistics.

retailParkThe number of shoppers fell in all retail locations bar out-of-town parks in April, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Like-for-like retail sales slipped in April as the early timing of Easter impacted the year-on-year picture, according to stores group the British Retail Consortium.

furnitureQueueFurniture retailers ended the first quarter in rude health with strong March sales and an upwards revision for February, according to official data.

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.



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