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Tough time for the High Street as shoppers switch online

It was a tough festive season for high street shops as shoppers switched to online sales.

The festive retail figures are continuing to reflect the growing trend towards buying online which is having an impact on many stores in shopping centres and on traditional High Streets.

Next has reported a sharp increase in online sales over Christmas while trading in its stores declined.

The retailer is traditionally seen as a good indicator of the general health of the High Street.

Click to watch a report from Chelmsford by ITV News correspondent Kevin Ashford

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