Furniture inflation leaps again as flooring eases

Furniture inflation leapt again in March but flooring inflation rates eased.

Household furniture inflation jumped from 14.7% to 17.2%.

The rate for carpets and other floorcoverings dropped from 8.7% to 7.4%.

Figures from the ONS show that all furniture indexes rose in March. Furniture and furnishings rose from 14.4% to 16.8%; garden furniture jumped from 8.4% to 11%; lighting climbed from 10.9% to 12.4% and other furniture and furnishings rose from 13.5% to 14.8%.

Carpets and rugs saw the rate drop from 6.6% to 5.6% and other floorcoverings dropped from 20.1% to 17.9%.

Household textiles saw the rate increase from 5% to 7.1%; furnishings fabrics and curtains increased from 6% to 9.6%; bed linen rose from 5.1% to 5.9% and table linen more than doubled from 2.2% to 4.8%.

In the past 12 months the overall furniture, furnishings and carpets rate has increased from 7.5% to 15.1%.

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