Retailers make final push to ring up Christmas sales

Shopping ahead of the holiday season has given many retailers a big boost this year
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Consumers peruse the shops on New Bond Street on the penultimate Saturday before Christmas Day (Getty Images)
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Consumers peruse the shops on Oxford Street (Getty Images)
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John Lewis, Britain's biggest department store chain, said its sales have soared over the last four days, boosting UK retailers' hopes of a late rush of Christmas shoppers (Getty Images)
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Retail analysts have predicted that today will be the busiest day of the year for high street gift purchases with spending set to exceed $1.6bn(Getty Images)
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With Britons' disposable incomes being squeezed by rising prices, muted wages growth and government austerity measures, confidence is at a 34-month low and most retailers are nervous about spending in the key Christmas period (Getty Images)
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Shoppers purchase last minute Christmas gifts at Pitt Street shopping mall in Sydney, Australia (Getty Images)
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Retailers prepared for a rush of customers this week with over 50 percent of Australians planning to finish up Christmas shopping by Frida (Getty Images)
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Shoppers purchase last minute Christmas gifts at Pitt Street shopping mall in Sydney, Australia (Getty Images)