– Retail sales saw a significant rise in May, notwithstanding the persistently high inflation rates, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF) Retail Monitor.
– Furniture and home furnishing stores experienced a 2.1% month-over-month seasonally adjusted increase.
– A year-over-year increase showcased a whopping 196.3% growth for these stores, reflecting heightened consumer demand post-COVID-19 lockdowns.
– The NRF anticipates vibrant growth for the year as a whole, despite inflationary pressures and global supply chain disruptions.

Retail Sales Flourish in May Amid ‘Stubborn’ Inflation: NRF Retail Monitor

Growth Noted in Furniture Sales

According to the NRF Retail Monitor, May saw a substantial increase in retail sales, defying the ballooning inflation rates. Furniture and home furnishing stores particularly stood out, recording a 2.1% month-over-month seasonally adjusted rise.

Year-Over-Year Boom for Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores

Viewed in a year-over-year comparison, these stores marked an impressive 196.3% growth. This trend showcases a resurgence in consumer demand following the easing of COVID-19 lockdowns.

NRF’s Positive Outlook for the Year

Despite the ongoing inflationary pressures and disruptions in the global supply chains, the NRF holds a positive projection for the year’s overall retail growth.


In the face of ‘stubborn’ inflation, the resilience and strength of the retail sector, and in particular the furniture and home furnishing sector, is commendable. Coupled with the significant year-over-year growth following the end of the pandemic lockdowns, these robust numbers testify to the agility and dynamism of the furniture retail industry. While inflation and supply chain disruptions pose challenges, the visible upswing in consumer demand paints a promising picture for the year ahead based on NRF’s forecast. Although the journey isn’t without obstacles, the industry’s buoyant performance offers an encouraging snapshot of resilience and potential.

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