September brought a sixteenth consecutive month of rising furniture sales, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The UK’s official stats agency said furniture and lighting retail sales rose by 12.8 per cent by value compared to September 2014.

The figures followed year-on-year growth of 3.7 per cent in August, with the ONS downgrading its original 4.7 per cent growth figure from last month’s data release.

Furniture and lighting sales by volume—indicating the quantity of goods sold rather than the total value—were up 12.2 per cent on September last year.

September’s results mean furniture sales have now been higher for eight consecutive quarters, with the third quarter up 11.1 per cent on Q3 2014.

Across all retail sectors, sales values grew 2.7 per cent while volumes climbed 6.5 per cent, reflecting deflationary pressures in many categories.