Furniture retailers continued their 2014 growth run in December with stronger year-on-year trading than any other product category.

Furniture sales volumes were up 15.3 per cent last month, with the value growth — stripping out price changes — showing a 9.3 per cent rise.

Motor trades were the only other consumer category with double-digit growth — rising 11.2 per cent against December 2013, according to Ireland’s Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Overall retail sales volumes climbed 5.1 per cent, while retail sales values were up 2.3 per cent, CSO said.