Cold chill to blast UK high street this Christmas as spending set to be down on 2016 levels

- Household expenditure set to fall -0.1% on the year during crucial Christmas shopping period - Declining real wages and tepid economic growth to weigh on spend - Fall in spend at end of 2017 rounds off challenging year - E-commerce to take record share of Christmas spending in 2017 - Christmas ‘getaways’, ‘big-ticket’ items and clothing all set to record lower sales
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