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Waiting for the Christmas rush

Retailers will be hoping for robust Christmas sales this year after what was for many a subdued first quarter. More than halfway through November, there doesn’t seem to be as much Yuletide enthusiasm as might have been expected. In the past two years, November has been a bigger month for retail sales than December, the month which includes not just last-minute Christmas shopping but also the Boxing Day discount sales. November replaced December as the biggest month for retail sales in 20