The Centre for Retail Research expect Christmas 2012 to be somewhat better than last year with sales growth averaging 1.3% in real terms – “The past 12 months have been quite grim, but we feel that (a) many consumers find their economic prospects are improving, and (b) after four years of recession many families are looking for a ‘traditional’ family Christmas, perhaps less bling but more conviviality. People are likely to spend more upon decorations and festivities and slightly less on

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