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Boxing Day sales start early

The traditional Boxing Day sales have been brought forward to Christmas Eve. Dozens of retailers are trying to out-do each other and win customers' hard-earned cash.

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Reluctance to spend means Xmas shoppers have 'left it late'

People have left it very late this year because of their reluctance to spend - they are holding out for bargains - and we've had a final weekend just before Christmas. It's been a very busy weekend which will be crucial to delivering a Christmas that is acceptable, rather than exceptional.

– Richard Dodd, British Retail Consortium

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