A season of good tills?

Retailers are optimistic that consumers are starting to spend again for Christmas, but any growth is likely to be tentative, writes Nicola Cooke.

8th December, 2013
The feedback from high street retailers is that business is starting to turn, albeit slowly. Picture: Feargal Ward

The country's retailers are hoping for a merry Christmas this year, one where their tills are finally ringing busily again. And their wishes might just come true.

There is optimism in the sector that this season's sales figures will be higher than last year. However, any growth is expected to be minimal, and it remains to be seen whether rural areas or provincial towns will share in it.

Recent retail sales figures for October showed...

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