Flooring inflation slips back despite smooths jump

The rate of retail price inflation for flooring slipped back in May, despite higher prices for smooth flooring.

According to ONS, the rate for carpet and other floorcoverings fell from 9% in April to 8.1% in May. In the past year it has averaged 8.17%.

The rate for carpets and rugs dropped from 7.6% to 6.1% but other flooring saw the rate rise from 15.2% to 21%.

The overall furniture, furnishings and flooring index saw the rate edge down from 15% to 14.7%: a year ago it was 6.8%.

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