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Furniture inflation drops back

InteriorsroomsetFurniture saw annual price inflation drop for the first time in over a year in April.

The Office for National Statistics says the annual rate dropped from 17.2% to 16.5%.

This is the first drop since April 2021. In April 2021 the rate was 5.7%.

Furniture and furnishings also saw a drop for the first time in at least a year, from 16.8% to 16.3%. In April 2021 the rate was 5.6%.

Garden furniture inflation jumped from 11% to 32.8%.

The inflation rate for lighting was static at 12.4%.

Household textiles saw a drop in the annual rate from 7.1% to 4.2% as price rises in furnishing fabrics, curtains and bed linen eased but table and bathroom linen saw rises increase.