Store re-openings saw sales soar  

Furniture and flooring sales leapt above pre-pandemic levels last month.

Initial figures from the Office for National Statistics show furniture and lighting sales were 20.6% higher in April in Great Britain (Northern Ireland is excluded) than in April 2019.

Average weekly sales rose to £308,327,000, compared with £280,459,000 in April 2019 and £61,406,000 in April 2020.

Flooring sales were 45.5% higher than April 2019.

Average weekly sales were £41,967,000, compared with £28,842,000 in April 2019 and £7,298 in April 2020. 

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