Interiors inflation shows no signs of slowing

Interiors inflation showed no sign of easing in February, with furniture and flooring prices again rising.

Prices for household furniture were 14.7% higher in February than 2021, according to ONS. This compares with a 14.1% rise in January.

Prices for carpets and other floorcoverings were 8.7% higher than a year earlier, up from 8.1% in January.

The overall furniture, furnishings and carpets index saw the annual inflation rate climb from 12.6% to 13.3%, while all product indexes saw inflation rise.

Furniture and furnishings rose from 13.7% to 14.4%; garden furniture climbed from 7.6% to 8.4%; lighting jumped from 5.7% to 10.9%, carpets and rugs rose from 6.5% to 6.6% and other floorcoverings leapt from 14.3% to 20.1%.

Textiles also saw inflation gather pace: furnishing fabrics and curtains saw the annual rate rise from 3.3% to 5%; bed linen saw a rise from 4% to 6% and table and bathroom linen rose from 0.8% to 2.2%.

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