British furniture retailers ended 2014 on a high despite the four month run of double-digit growth coming to an end in December.

Retail sales volumes of furniture were up 9.9 per cent last month, according to the Office for National Statistics, with value growth — stripping out price effects — up 9.6 per cent.

The figures mean furniture retail sales were up in 11 of the 12 months in 2014, and follows revised growth of +14.8 per cent in November. ONS originally recorded November growth of 15.4 per cent.

May was the only month to see a year-on-year decline.

ONS added that overall retail sales volumes were up 4.3 per cent year-on-year in December, and by 1.9 per cent by value. Prices were down sharply chiefly because of cheaper fuel costs, it said, explaining the difference between the value and volume rises.