Retail sales did not grow in November, as worries increased over customer spending in the run-up to Christmas.
After an 0.8 per cent fall sales volumes in October, a bounce was expected, but sales remained flat in November.
Here's the BBC:
This year has seen a number of casualties on the High Street, the latest being electrical retailer Comet, whose last stores closed this week.
British Retail Consortium director-general Helen Dickinson, said that the coming weekend would be crucial for retailers.
"With Christmas falling on a Tuesday this year, this weekend will be the critical one - I'm expecting a last-minute rush but overall in sales terms it will be neither a bumper Christmas nor a disaster."