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Retailers make final push to ring up Christmas sales

Shopping ahead of the holiday season has given many retailers a big boost this year

Retailers make final push to ring up Christmas sales
Consumers peruse the shops on New Bond Street on the penultimate Saturday before Christmas Day (Getty Images)
Retailers make final push to ring up Christmas sales
Consumers peruse the shops on Oxford Street (Getty Images)
Retailers make final push to ring up Christmas sales
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)
Retailers make final push to ring up Christmas sales
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)
Retailers make final push to ring up Christmas sales
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)
Retailers make final push to ring up Christmas sales
Shoppers purchase last minute Christmas gifts at Pitt Street shopping mall in Sydney, Australia (Getty Images)
Retailers make final push to ring up Christmas sales
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)
Retailers make final push to ring up Christmas sales
Shoppers purchase last minute Christmas gifts at Pitt Street shopping mall in Sydney, Australia (Getty Images)