Furniture sales decline by a fifth

The value of furniture and lighting retail sales plummeted in April, reaching its lowest April figure since the pandemic.

The value of sales in England, Scotland and Wales was £1,125,749,000: 22.89% lower than in March 2024 and 14.2% down on April 2023.

Sales were 3.4% down on April 2021 and just 0.3% higher than April 2019. You have to go back to April 2018 – £1,081,998,000 – to find an April that recorded a lower value of sales.

Despite the falls, April 2024 was still the 84th highest value of sales in any month recorded by ONS since comparable records began in January 1986.

The data is not seasonally adjusted and does not allow for inflation.

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