Furniture sales improved once England were knocked out of the World Cup
England's run to the World Cup semi-finals was good for morale, but not for consumer furniture spending as a second retail monitor found big-ticket goods sales to have been lower than this time last year.


New data from credit card company Visa mirrored that of the British Retail Consortium, finding bulky goods to be in low demand last month.

"Retailers of household goods and those operating within recreation and culture noted significant declines, an indication that household budgets are stretched,” said Mark Antipof, chief commercial officer at Visa.

Overall retail spending advanced 0.9 percent year-on-year as food and drink propped up consumer spending.

The sunshine and World Cup were cited as hampering furniture retailers' efforts, though there have been signs of improvement.

The CEO of one of the UK's largest independents, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Furnishing Report that sales had picked up considerably in recent weeks "basically once the weather returned to normal and England were knocked out of the tournament."