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Christmas shopping habits under the microscope

Are shopping habits over the festive season changing? Credit: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

A survey carried out this month for the Drama television channel has found that around 76% of people under 40 admit to being unprepared for Christmas Day - and have to do some last minute shopping.

However 64% of the over 60s say they have already wrapped all their Christmas shopping. Three quarters of the age group say they start their Christmas shopping before December and even buy their Christmas gifts in the January sales - 11 months early.

The survey involved 3,000 people. ITV asked some shoppers about their Christmas shopping habits, and whether they would be shopping in person or online.


Sinkhole puts Northfleet businesses under threat

Shopkeepers at a precinct in Kent are worried they'll go out of business, because people don't realise they're open. Six shops on one side of Lawrence Square in Northfleet had to close when a sinkhole caused their building to subside. But the traders on the other side of the square are still up and running. Andrea Thomas spoke to cake shop owner Christine McGrath.

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Jewellery store to close after 110 years of business

One of the country's oldest family-run jewellery stores is to close after more than a century of trading. The Major store in East Grinstead was set up in 1903, and is now run by the grandsons of the founders.

However, Keith and Nick Major will shut up shop soon because their own families do not want to continue with the business. Iain McBride reports.


HMV to close three stores in region

The administrators of Music retailer HMV are to close sixty-six stores including three in the Meridian region, in a move that will cut almost 1,000 jobs. Branches in Camberley, Bournemouth Castlepoint and Walton-on-Thames will shut in the next one to two months. The chain currently has 220 stores.

The administrators 'Deloitte' were called in to the struggling retailer last month, and a restructure is underway. Deloitte said the shops facing closure are all loss-making.

However there are hopes that a rescue deal may be forthcoming after Hilco, the company behind HMVCanada bought the firm's debt.

"This step has been taken in order to enhance the prospects of securing the business' future as a going concern.

"We continue to receive strong support from staff and are extremely grateful to them for their commitment during an understandably difficult period."

– Nick Edwards, Administrator of HMV

Counting the High Street cost of Christmas

Figures out today show only a slight rise in consumer sales over the festive period - up 0.3%.

Big stores like Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis have reported a sharp increases. And, of course, online shopping saw a big boost.

But it has been a tough 12 months for retailers, with the loss of names like Game and Comet. So, what's the verdict in our high streets?

Charlotte Wilkins finds out, speaking to shopping centre manager Gill Buchanan, sales director Graham Russell, joint managing director Melanie Wakefield and shop owner Donna Camera.

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