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State of the British high street? It's rubbish. Don't take my word for it: some of the best-known names in retailing have reported poor results over the Christmas period, and they can't blame it all on shoppers staying at home because of the snow. The companies that own Argos, Homebase, PC World and Currys recorded a decline in like-for-like sales, with the electrical retailer Dixons reporting a 4 per cent fall in the UK and Ireland. Even chocolate sales are down on the high street, with the chocolate maker Thorntons suffering a decline of almost 6 per cent.

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Rising sales are boosting retailers' hopes for a strong Christmas on the high street, but the longer-term outlook remains fragile and unpredictable.

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I remember Dixons – didn't they used to sell tellies and stuff?

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The group behind Currys and PC World today said first quarter sales leapt 6% thanks to a World Cup boost for televisions and strong demand for Apple's iPad.

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It's already time to search out those "back to school" deals, and Marks & Spencer's uniform offer is well worth taking advantage of. While stocks last, the M&S website is selling a child's cotton polo shirt for £1, a pure cotton jumper for £2 and a pair of adjustable-waist trousers for just £3.50. Better still, the company offers free delivery on all schoolwear products, below.

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The activist investor Knight Vinke has acquired a 3 per cent stake in Kesa Electricals, which owns the Comet chain in the UK.

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