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Christmas begins slower and later than last year

The Christmas trading boost has started, albeit slower and later than last year, according to figures released today

A report by research group FootFall shows that in November, the Retail FootFall Index (RFI) recorded the highest month-on-month rise in shopper numbers across the year.

However, overall 2007 FootFall numbers are trailing behind 2006 by nearly 3%.

FootFall attributes the decline to a shopper exodus online and cites sister company Hitwise, which reported a 22.4% rise in online visits to all shopping sites during October.

Martin Davies, a spokesman from Experian, the owner of FootFall, said: “Our research suggests that the relatively poor show on the high street is due to shifting channel choice rather than declines in spending. The boom in online activity shows that UK consumers are still determined to celebrate this Christmas."

"Despite fragile financial markets, uncertainty about house prices and the likelihood of rising utility bills, consumer spending this Christmas is likely to exceed that of last year.”

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