News Sales on Oxford Street in the run-up to Christmas reveal retailers' worries

Shop prices fell at their fastest rate on record in December, in a sign of intense competition on the high street over the crucial Christmas trading period.

Price cutting dents Debenhams sales record

Debenhams has become the latest of the big department store chains to post record Christmas sales, boosted by a surge in online revenues.

Debenhams hailed its best ever December performance today after ramping up pre-Christmas discounting

Online surge helps Debenhams to Christmas record - but markets still disappointed

Debenhams has become the latest of the big department store chains to post record Christmas sales, boosted by a surge in online revenues.

Lustman to depart Warehouse on a high

The managing director of Warehouse is to step down from the women's fashion retailer on a high note after it delivered a sharp jump in sales over Christmas. Meg Lustman, who took the helm at the Aurora Fashions-owned chain in 2009, is expected to leave her operational role at Warehouse next month, although she could remain on the group's board for a while longer.

Next hits an all-time high after Christmas trading lift

The fashion chain Next yesterday raised hopes for a modest improvement in high street trading conditions this year after it posted a robust performance over Christmas and raised its profit guidance.

Next bolsters hopes for high street sales with a festive leap

Profits guidance is raised after a fillip from online business and shares go soaring

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John Lewis has staked a strong claim to be the high street's Christmas winner by posting record sales over the festive period, driven by a scorching online performance.

John Lewis in line to wear festive crown after storming online sales

John Lewis has staked a strong claim to be the high street's Christmas winner by posting record sales over the festive period, driven by a scorching online performance.

Shoppers set Boxing Day sales records online and in store

Britons spent 14 million hours trawling websites yesterday

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Main image: hand tray by Fornasetti, £175, Liberty; macarons, from a selection, Laduree

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Main image: 'Pop' handset (for mobiles) by Native Union, £29.99, Selfridges

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Main image: square wristlet clutch by Kenzo, £230; pink clutch by DVF, £300, both from Selfridges; frames, from £5, John Lewis

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