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Christmas boost to online sales

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) released figures showing an 18% jump in internet sales this Christmas.

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Overall December sales rise well below inflation

A festively-dressed man goes about his Christmas shopping. Credit: PA

Despite the online boost to Christmas sales, December was still an underwhelming month for retailers, with overall like-for-like sales edging up well below inflation at just 0.3%, according to a closely watched survey from the BRC and KPMG.

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