Spending rises year on year in December but falls short of industry expectations.
Retail bodies optimistic RBA rate decision will build consumer confidence.
Thousands of last minute shoppers to be out this weekend, with almost $3 billion expected to be spent.
Sydney retailers given last minute boost following decision to allow 24 hour trade.
Next two weeks of Christmas spending to be biggest of the year.
New data reveals pre-Christmas shopping patterns for men and women.
Australian consumers upbeat despite slow wage growth.