LATE BOOST FROM CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

RETAIL sales jumped sharply last week, reversing the negative trend that has defined much of 2011, according to data out yesterday from the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Sales rose 2.3 per cent on the week before, and 2.6 per cent on the same week of last year. Heavy promotions and discounts led to the jump, the BRC believes.

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