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Rise in online Xmas spending

Shoppers in the run up to Christmas spent more online this year, in spite of the squeeze on incomes, according to the British Retail Consortium.

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Rise in online Christmas spending in 2012

Online spending for Christmas rose by 17.8% compared to the previous year, according to figures released by the British Retail Consortium. High Street spending only rose by 0.3%.

Experts say the convenience of shopping online for comparing prices led to a big increase in the internet sector.

Retailers knew they were facing a challenging Christmas. Some did better than others but they were generally well prepared for shoppers' limited spending power.

After a sluggish start, the final few days leading up to Christmas saw a last-minute sales boost.

– Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium

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