Retail sales crept forward in December with a return to form for Britain's online traders.
Strong demand for Italian sofas in October helped furniture imports into Britain inch 1 per cent ahead of last year.
Retailers in Scotland will need to hold their nerve and hope punters press the spend button if they don't want to be left holding excess inventory.
Furniture and lighting stores eked out a year-on-year increase in orders last month according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Steep falls in furniture and flooring price inflation put downward pressure on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) last month, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The growth in Vietnamese furniture imports into Britain is affecting smaller Far East nations rather than China, figures suggest.