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Furniture deflation was at its shallowest since September 2016
Consumers enjoyed keener prices as furniture deflation narrowed to its shallowest level in nearly two years last month.

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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.

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Food and drink shoppers were out in force last month
July retail sales advanced thanks to higher food and drink sales as Brits enjoyed the weather and World Cup. Non-food categories wilted in the heat.

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Bed retail sales are marginally ahead so far in 2018, unlike upholstery, cabinet and carpets
Sales declines swept the board across all big-ticket furniture categories in June, leaving only beds and mattresses ahead on an annual basis in the year so far.

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Manufacturers' prices for mattresses declined 3.1 percent in the year to June
Mattress prices at the factory gate fell for a ninth straight month in June according to figures out yesterday from the Office for National Statistics.

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Shopping centre footfall fell sharply
Retail parks, home to many of the UK's largest furniture and floorcoverings retailers, near maintained footfall last month.

Retail sales went with the form book in June as the World Cup and sunshine boosted food, drink and TV sales but left furniture retailers cold.

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A second straight month of consumer confidence decline for major purchases in June
Consumer confidence slipped in June with the measure taking in big-ticket furniture spend intentions falling for a second straight month.

Year-on-year furniture sales were down more than £14 million in May as upholstery and case goods underperformed.

Furniture prices slipped below year earlier levels for the first time in more than 18 months in a sign that retailers discounted deeper to secure sales last month.

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May footfall was stronger than April, but still down on last year
The decline in footfall across Britain's retail destinations eased in May thanks to improved out-of-town shopper numbers and the evening economy.

UK retailers enjoyed strong May trading on the back of the warmer weather though the sun scorched the hopes of many big-ticket traders.

Mattress companies shrugged off the wider malaise in the furniture sector in April, growing year-over-year sales where other big-ticket categories declined.

Footfall fell again in April as poor weather kept shoppers away from stores according to the British Retail Consortium.

Retail sales fell 3.1 percent in April according to the British Retail Consortium with some of the drop-off down to the earlier Easter this year.

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Consumers felt more ready to invest in big-ticket in April
Consumer readiness to splash out on high-value goods improved in April despite weakening in other areas, according to a closely-followed survey.

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As furniture retail price inflation eases, BFM warns that producers remain under pressure
Furniture retail price inflation narrowed to a 12-month low in March but producers remain under intense input cost pressure according to BFM, the lead trade association for UK furniture makers.

A 15 percent increase in sales over the Easter week offset sub-zero trading in the early part of March, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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Bad weather impacted sales with the so-called Beast from the East keeping shoppers off retail parks
Furniture was among the categories hardest hit as retail sales fell in double-digit percentages in March, according to a closely-followed survey.

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Consumer confidence improved in March, according to GfK
Consumer sentiment towards investing in major purchases is improving though remains adrift of intentions this time last year, according to a closely-followed survey.

The first March temperature check for retailers shows many caught a chill as poor weather put paid to hopes of sales growth.

Inflation kept the value of furniture sales positive in February as volumes in many categories declined.

Consumer price inflation for furniture and furnishings jumped 70 basis points in the year to February, a third straight rise.

Total turnover for Britain's furniture industry advanced 2.8 percent in 2017 according to data compiled by BFM, the trade association representing UK furniture makers, from official statistics.

Edge and out-of-town shopping parks were the best performing retail destination in February as total footfall softened compared with the same month last year.

Furniture retail sales climbed last month as shoppers took advantage of instore credit offers according to the British Retail Consortium.

Consumer confidence inched down in February according to a closely-followed survey by GfK, the research company.

Shop price deflation deepened in February as non-food retailers cut prices at the fastest rate in ten months, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Furniture price inflation at the factory gate narrowed to its lowest level in more than a year last month as upholstery and wood furniture price pressures eased.

Retail park footfall increased 0.9 percent year-on-year in January, its strongest annual comparison since September last year.

An inflation-driven rise in food sales masked decline in non-food goods including furniture in January according to the British Retail Consortium's closely-followed monthly retail sales survey.

Consumer confidence improved in January with the measure monitoring sentiment towards big-ticket spend making the largest stride forward.

Consumer price inflation for furniture rose for the first time in four months in December but evidence from the factory gate suggests it may be a blip, rather than the start of a new trend.

Retail sales advanced year-on-year in December as consumers prioritised essential spending on food at the expense of discretionary items.

But smaller independent retailers are getting pushed out, according to a new report

Shop prices were lower in December than the same month a year ago as retailers cut prices to stimulate sales, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Retailers saw fewer people on Boxing Day as earlier discounting and structural change continues to impact shopping habits.

Retail sales climbed in December as consumers made the most of Black Friday promotions, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Output price inflation eased at British upholstery factories in November, ending what had been a six-month run of increases in the rate for sofa buying retailers.

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Data: BRC-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor; Image: The Furnishing Report
Black Friday bargain hunters helped out-of-town retail footfall return to growth in November. The previous month had seen a first year-on-year fall since February.

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