He insisted that the rises were necessary but not as drastic as the 12 per cent he predicted last year (HW, 24 September 2010).
Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Manufacturers' Association secretary Richard Plowman said five to 10 per cent price rises reflected Chinese labour issues, increased exchange rates and transport costs.
Inflation jumped from 5.1 per cent to 5.5 per cent in February, according to the Retail Price Index.
Furniture and household goods were 4.1 per cent up in price this year. Food had gone up 6.2 per cent. DIY materials were 10.2 per cent up.