Furniture producers face higher costs than other UK manufacturing sectors, but they were still able to recover margin last month.

The rate of factory gate inflation for furniture dropped to 1.2 per cent in December according to the Office for National Statistics, down from 1.5 per cent in November.

Furniture manufacturers’ own input costs dropped from 0.2 per cent in November to a negative figure of -0.1 per cent last month, ONS added, thanks largely to cheaper fuel bills.

However, input costs for furniture firms compares with a -10.7 per cent overall figure across the British manufacturing sector, highlighting how other costs remain stubbornly high for the industry. Output producer prices at the factory gate across all industries dropped 0.8 per cent in December.