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Tempered optimism – looking ahead to Christmas trading

With the end of the year fast approaching, Inside Retail asked retailers and analysts what they expect from the coming Christmas trading period. The Christmas trading period is undoubtedly the most important time in the retail calendar, and as the end of the year inches closer, market conditions are pointing towards a generally average silly season for retailers. According to Westpac’s monthly consumer sentiment index, general confidence is on the uptick in October and is currently 3.6 points