Furniture and lighting sales rose in November.

According to the Office of National Statistics’ first estimate of November’s retail sales, the furniture and lighting sector in England, Wales and Scotland saw sales rise 0.88% compared with October. This compared with a monthly fall of 5.99% in October.

Average weekly sales were £325,755,000.

Compared with November 2020, sales were up 7.77% and compared with November 2019, sales were 3.15% higher.

To put the monthly performance into perspective, November was the fourth best month (of 431) since January 1986. Since January 1986 average weekly sales have averaged £198,115,000.

For the year to date (January to November), furniture and lighting sales were 17.73% higher than 2020 and 0.29% higher than 2019.

The latest figures are subject to revision by ONS.



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