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'Blizzard of discounts' in troubled High Streets


Today sees the start of the traditional post-Christmas sales, with one estimate indicating that 13% of the population will be heading out before 9am to find festive bargains. But can we say yet whether enough shopping has been done in recent days for the needs of the economy to be satisfied. Stephen Robertson, director general of the British Retail Consortium, analyses the prospects for a Yuletide retail boom.

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