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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