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Retailers are optimistic ahead of the Christmas trading period, and are convinced this week’s election will not deter consumer spending in December.
Middlesbrough-based premium independent store Psyche has unveiled its festive shop display, which this year aims to highlight the “darker side” of seasonal shopping.
Fashion and footwear business leaders have voiced growing concerns about the impact the general election and uncertainty over the next steps for Brexit will have on consumer confidence in the run-up to Christmas.
The general election and political instability will have no significant impact on consumer spending this Christmas, new research shows.
The industry is calling for government support as scores of retailers across the UK cut head office roles in a bid to reduce costs and combat tough trading conditions.
Debenhams has filled 7,000 Christmas jobs across its 165 UK stores in the run up to Christmas, to help offer better customer service during the busiest time of year.
Independent department store McElhinneys has kicked off the festive season in Ballybofey, County Donegal, with the unveiling of its Christmas windows.
Christmas shopping budgets in the UK are expected to increase by £6 compared with last year to £567, new research has shown.
Independent retailers across the UK are going the extra mile to draw in cautious customers in the build-up to a “tough and lean” peak trading season.
Despite a 3.7% uplift in total like-for-like sales in October, retailers face additional obstacles this Christmas, including on-going political and economic sagas.
Retailers have been warned that trading could be slower this Christmas, as less than half of consumers (47%) are confident they will be able to spend as much as normal.
Primark is bolstering its Christmas gifting offer to drive footfall over Black Friday on 29 November, John Bason, chief financial officer at parent company Associated British Foods, has told Drapers.
The UK high street is facing a disappointing festive season as concerns over Brexit cause shoppers to rein in their spending.
Selfridges has unveiled its iconic Christmas window campaign, becoming the first department store in the world to launch its in-store displays and windows for the Christmas season.
The Royal Mail could face huge disruption this Black Friday and Christmas, if workers agree to a strike.