Retail sales climbed in April though good weather over the bank holiday was a limiting factor in some categories, according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium.

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The value of sales dipped in Q1 2019, though beds were again the strongest category.
The later arrival of Easter and flaccid demand left UK retailers of furniture and carpets struggling to match year-earlier trade in the first quarter of 2019.

Retail footfall grew in March according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium, boosted by weather events that negatively impacted shopper turnout last year.

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Overall confidence remained unchanged.
Save not spend remains the message from British consumers polled for GfK's monthly Consumer Confidence Index in March with fewer people believing now is the right time to splash out on high value items.

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Carpet price inflation narrowed in February.
Easing input cost pressures helped furniture and flooring price inflation at the factory gate narrow in February, according to new Office for National Statistics data.

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Upholstery was the weakest category in February.
Retailers suffered weaker sales in February with all four of the main categories — upholstery, cabinets, beds and carpets — seeing year-over-year declines.

Consumer price inflation for furniture items advanced to its highest level since the spring of 2018 last month according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Footfall dipped across all three principal types of physical retail destination in February though retail parks, home to many comparison goods retailers selling furniture and flooring, saw the shallowest declines.

A greater number of people believe now is the right time to splash out on big-ticket items such as furniture according to the latest Consumer Confidence Index figures from GfK.

Year-on-year UK sofa retail sales advanced in January, marking a first annual rise for the category in the past eighteen months, though the total was still lower on a two-year basis.

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Upholstery, particularly leather, was cited as impactful on January's inflation rise.
Retailers held their nerve last month as furniture retail price inflation climbed to a nine-month high in January, driven by shallower discounts.

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Sales were up 2.2 percent in January, said the British Retail Consortium.
Retailers enjoyed sales growth in January after flat sales the month before according to new figures out overnight from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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Big-ticket sentiment was unchanged in January
Consumer confidence was unchanged in January as fears over the economy were countered by improving sentiment regarding personal finances.

Mattress and bed retailers ended 2018 on a high as the value of sales in December topped £200 million for the first time, a record high for a single month.

Furniture retailers discounted at deeper levels in December according to new official data but price pressures further down the supply chain threaten to push costs up.

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Year-on-year footfall fell 3.1 percent Boxing Day
Retailers saw fewer shoppers on Boxing Day for the third consecutive year but the total number still beat forecasts, according to retail analysts Springboard.

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Footfall set to fall mid-single digits Boxing Day
Boxing Day, one of if not the most important shopping days of the year for big-ticket furniture chains, will see reduced footfall next week putting greater emphasis on sales craft if retailers are to secure orders.

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November ended six months of falling or flat year-on-year furniture retail prices, according to the Office for National Statistics
Furniture retail price inflation returned in November after being negative or flat over the six months immediately prior, calming fears heavy discounting was needed to stimulate sales.

Retail footfall declined in November with all three types of destination — high streets, retail parks and shopping centres — seeing fewer people than they did in the same month last year.

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Despite confidence falling in November, consumers are as likely to splash out on beds and other big-ticket items as they were this time last year
Big ticket spend intention among UK shoppers worsened in November according to a closely-followed consumer confidence survey, but is unchanged year-on-year.

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Retail sales were up overall in October, said ONS
The value of retail sales lifted mid single-digits in October according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), though furniture and lighting sales were fractionally lower year-on-year.

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Footfall figures a worrying portent for winter trading, says consultancy
Retail footfall fell in October but edge and out-of-town shopping parks — where many of Britain's residual furniture and flooring stores are sited — near maintained year-earlier levels.

Consumer confidence declined last month with shoppers less enthusiastic about splashing out on high value items such as furniture and cars, according to new figures from GfK.

September retail sales roundup.

Retail sales climbed mid-single digits year-on-year in September according to official data from the Office for National Statistics.

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Furniture prices have been deflationary since April
Consumer furniture prices fell for the fourth month in five in the year to September and at their steepest rate since the autumn of 2016 as retailers defied rising product costs.

BRC-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor figures for October.

Retail sales inched forward last month according to the British Retail Consortium, but at the slowest rate in five months.

Consumer propensity to purchase high-value items such as furniture and white goods maintained its level in September, according to GfK's long-running monthly survey.



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