Year-on-year furniture sales will fall this Christmas according to a leading retail analyst, with demand dampened by weaker spending power and the housing market.

A sharp increase in promotional activity pushed furniture and apparel prices lower in October, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Concerns over the economy weighed on consumer confidence in October but people felt better about their own personal circumstances, with big-ticket sentiment improving.


Mattresses were the standout category as furniture retail sales returned to growth in September.


Rising sofa and cabinet prices pushed factory gate furniture inflation to a five-year high in September, just as consumer furniture price inflation eased for the first time since December.

Rising costs have left retailers with little 'wiggle room' to make their stores more attractive and arrest the continued slide in footfall, according to the head of the British Retail Consortium.

Household expenditure declined for a fourth month in five in September according to data from Visa, with spend on household goods among the categories in decline.

Big-ticket consumer confidence advanced again in September in a further sign that furniture retailers may have seen an uplift in sales during the month.

A NEW report on global ecommerce furniture sales says nearly one in every twenty dollars spent on furniture is now derived from the online channel.

CASE goods were the strongest performing furniture category for retailers in August in what was a flat month overall for big-ticket lines.

ONLINE furniture retail spend will ramp up over the next five years as consumers become ever more comfortable buying big-ticket items on the Internet.

RATE jumps in August to highest rate since June 2007 with imported furniture and UK-made upholstery among the main drivers.

EDGE and out-of-town retail parks continued to attract more shoppers year-on-year as other retail destinations suffered declines according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium.

RETAIL sales advanced 1.3 percent on a like-for-like basis in August with homewares a key driver as retailers enjoyed their fastest growth since Easter.

CONSUMER confidence improved in August as Brits digested better economic news, according to a closely followed survey.

RETAILERS of non-food goods have few options open to them to protect shoppers from the rising cost of imports, according to the British Retail Consortium.

UPHOLSTERY makers' price inflation jumped to a record high in July as producers across other big-ticket sectors passed on lower increases to their customers.

CONSUMER price inflation for furniture reached a new ten-year high in July as the rate increased for the sixth consecutive month.

SHOPPERS conformed to received wisdom in July as the heavy rainfall gave a boost to big-ticket traders on out-of-town retail parks.

A WET July galvanised furniture sales last month according to the head of retail at KPMG, survey sponsor for the British Retail Consortium's monthly retail sales monitor.

RETAIL sales growth slowdown in all furniture categories during the first six months of 2017.

CONSUMER confidence declined in July with all bar one of the five measures monitored showing a fall compared with the previous month.

RISING Internet sales and changing retail property demand has resulted in a net 10,000 comparison goods stores disappearing from the UK in the past five years.

HALF-YEAR furniture and lighting sales totalled £6.68 billion, down 1.1 percent on the first half of 2016, according to new Government figures.

THE GROWING importance of Asia and the Pacific regions has driven global furniture consumption to a value of 410 billion U.S dollars (£315 bill.) according to new research.

OVERALL inflation may have fallen last month but consumer price inflation for furniture climbed to its highest rate in exactly a decade.

BUT rise in the rate for UK-made cabinet furniture

SHOPPING parks saw more shoppers in June this year than last, as overall footfall across all retail destinations trended upwards.

FOOD and fashion boost sales but consumers "cautious" regarding discretionary spend.

CHANGES in shop prices moved closer to parity in June with sterling's depreciation and rising commodity costs causing deflation to narrow.

FURNITURE sales fell 4.0 percent in May according to the Office for National Statistics, which also revised upwards its earlier estimate for April.

FURNITURE makers price inflation was unchanged in the year to May as pressure eased on manufacturers of sofas, mattresses and standalone cabinets.

FurnRetailSalesChartThRISING input costs forced furniture retailers to hike prices in May with category inflation reaching its highest level since early 2013.

LOWER footfall and weaker consumer spending pointed to a soft month for furniture retailers in May though data from retail parks offered some solace.

RETAIL sales declined in May with non-food categories bearing the brunt of the fall, according to a closely-followed retail survey.

CONSUMER confidence improved in May with the Major Purchase Index rising for a third month straight, according to a closely-followed survey of UK citizens.

FurnRetailSalesChartThLARGER retailers outscore independents, who fail to gain traction during April. March figures revised down

sofaFrameSOFA prices at the factory gate climbed to their highest level since March 2010 last month, pushing overall furniture makers' inflation to a five-year high.

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