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No festive cheer for retailers as December rounds off the worst year for consumer spending since 2012

Headline findings: - December household expenditure falls by -1%, following the -0.9% drop in November - 2017 marks the first annual decline in consumer spending in five years, down -0.3% compared to 2016 - Spending at Food & Drink retailers edges up for first time in three months (+0.4%)

October spending declines at fastest rate in four years, driven by poor performance on the high street

Headline findings: - Overall spending falls at quickest rate since September 2013 (-2.0% year on year) - The high street suffers from the second-steepest drop since April 2012 (-5.0%) - Clothing & Footwear sees record decline in spend (-9.0%) - Hotels, Restaurants & Bars show resilience, reporting growth of +3.2%