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Figures out today show only a slight rise in consumer sales over the festive period - up 0.3%.
Big stores like Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis have reported a sharp increases. And, of course, online shopping saw a big boost.
But it has been a tough 12 months for retailers, with the loss of names like Game and Comet. So, what's the verdict in our high streets?
Charlotte Wilkins finds out, speaking to shopping centre manager Gill Buchanan, sales director Graham Russell, joint managing director Melanie Wakefield and shop owner Donna Camera.
Figures out today show there was an 18% jump in internet sales this Christmas. The British Retail Consortium said December was an "underwhelming" month for stores, but retail giants like Bracknell-based John Lewis are reporting a surge in online sales.