Non-carpets sees deflation again but flooring inflation continues

Flooring prices rises dropped in April, but only fell back to the rate seen in February.

Annual prices rises dropped from 2.5% to 1.7% in April for carpets and other floorcoverings, according to ONS CPI data.

Flooring saw seen rises in 12 of the past 13 months – January’s deflation of 0.5% was the exception – peaking at 103% in May 2023.

The increase was driven by higher carpet and rug prices, which saw an annual rise of 3.3%. Although smaller than March’s 3.8%, it is still the 11th rise of at least 3% of the past 13 months (January and February saw increases of 0.2% and 2.3% respectively).

Other flooring products saw the fifth consecutive month of price deflation, with prices 4.2% lower, and almost double March’s 2.2% fall.

In April 2023 prices in this category jumped by 15.3%.

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