The value of retail sales only rose by 1.5 % over the Christmas period, which is under the rate of inflation. There's concern it could mean more businesses having to close in town centres like Dudley which already has many empty shops.
But Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce says retailers are fighting back with innovative tactics to draw in customers.
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The Conservatives have lost two seats.
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats each gained a seat from the Independents.
Here is the breakdown of the Birmingham results - one of the biggest councils in Europe. Labour have retained power and gained two seats.