Late rush hope for shops

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The high street is banking on a "late Christmas rush" after anaemic spending by consumers last month.

Retail sales rose just 0.4 per cent in November, according to the British Retail Consortium and KPMG.

KPMG's David McCorquodale said: "Consumers ... are holding off for as long as they can to see if there might be bargains in the next few weeks."