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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.

Home sales climbed as more retailers in the category embraced Black Friday promotions, according to new figures from BDO.

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Retail sales returned to growth in December
Retail sales returned to growth in November fuelled by higher food spending, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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20 straight months of falling consumer confidence
Consumer confidence fell in November with the measure looking at major purchases such as furniture falling steepest.

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Source: Office for National Statistics
Consumer price inflation for furniture eased for the second month in a row in October though remains at historic high levels.

Sales of home goods missed year-earlier levels for a seventh successive week at John Lewis despite positive comps from sub-categories including beds.

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Shopper numbers at out-of-town retail parks fell in October, ending seven straight months of rising year-on-year footfall according to the BRC-Springboard Footfall Monitor.

Furniture makers' turnover dipped in September according to new Government figures, despite the inflationary pricing environment boosting the value of sales.

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Sales in physical retail stores were down 5.2 percent last month according to a closely-followed retail monitor, marking the measure's worst October on record.

Retail sales struggled in October with non-food goods setting negative trading records, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Year-on-year furniture sales will fall this Christmas according to a leading retail analyst, with demand dampened by weaker spending power and the housing market.

A sharp increase in promotional activity pushed furniture and apparel prices lower in October, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Concerns over the economy weighed on consumer confidence in October but people felt better about their own personal circumstances, with big-ticket sentiment improving.

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Mattresses were the standout category as furniture retail sales returned to growth in September.

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Rising sofa and cabinet prices pushed factory gate furniture inflation to a five-year high in September, just as consumer furniture price inflation eased for the first time since December.

Rising costs have left retailers with little 'wiggle room' to make their stores more attractive and arrest the continued slide in footfall, according to the head of the British Retail Consortium.

Household expenditure declined for a fourth month in five in September according to data from Visa, with spend on household goods among the categories in decline.

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