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Two shopping days to Christmas!

Many shops are reporting a rise in sales this Christmas Credit: PA

With Christmas looming fast, many shops in the South West are reporting sales up on last year. Saturday and Sunday was one of the busiest weekends of the year for Drake Circus in Plymouth - but the shopping centre is expecting today and tomorrow to be even busier.

In terms of online shopping we've definitely seen a big shift this year in terms of going to click and collect.

– Greg Lumley, Drake Circus

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Festive trading is vital to South West economy

We are not yet in December, but the Christmas season is well and truly up and running with businesses across the South West attempting to cash in on the season of goodwill.

Although some people get annoyed that Christmas seems to begin earlier and earlier every year, for the local economy it's crucial. In Exeter thirty per cent of the year's trade takes place in the run up to the big day. Our business correspondent Seth Conway reports.