DREAMING OF A PLENTIFUL CHRISTMAS

TWO thirds of Britons are planning to spend more or the same on Christmas as last year, according to the HSBC Christmas Survey. On average, Brits are planning to spend £378 on the holiday, with £183 of that going on food, drink and entertainment. In a positive sign for retailers, the 22 per cent who plan to spend less say they will cut their spending by £96.53, while the 20 per cent who are planning to spend more say they will shell out an extra £82.23 – almost cancelling out the implied drop.