UK like for like retail sales increased by 0.6% last month, compared with 2015 when they had dropped 0.4%.
LVT manufacturer Moduleo is to open a series of showrooms in stockists' stores.
Consumer confidence has fallen, with shoppers less confident about their personal finances, the economy, making major purchases and savings.
Black Friday delivered an increase in furniture sales, bucking the trend of the overall homewares market.
The British Furniture Confederation has published its 2017 manifesto calling for strong action from Government with clear, implementable calls for action to bolster the furniture, furnishings and bed industry.
Furniture shone for John Lewis last week in what was a record week for the department store chain.
Flooring group Headlam has seen no adverse reaction to its post-Brexit price increases and expects to makes more profit than analysts forecast.
A lack of sleep is costing the UK economy £40bn a year but this could be more than halved if the most sleep deprived workers had an extra hour of sleep.
Ikea has enjoyed its fifth consecutive year of UK sales growth and grown its market share.
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