The rate at which furniture prices rose against year-earlier levels was unchanged last month though remained well ahead of other consumer goods and services.

While consumer price inflation moved negative—going from 0.0 per cent in the year to August to -0.1 per cent in the year to September—furniture consumer price inflation remained at +2.3 per cent for a second consecutive month.

By contrast, prices in the floorcoverings sector continued to decline against year-earlier levels, according to the Office for National Statistics’ figures.

However, September’s 2.3 per cent drop was less marked than the year to August (-2.8 per cent). Flooring prices have now deflated for the past seven consecutive months.

A smaller than usual rise in clothing prices and falling motor fuel prices were the main contributors to the fall in the overall Consumer Price Index for September, ONS said.