Verdict Research predict a bumper Christmas

Verdict Research are predicting a bumper Christmas this year – with total retail sales increasing by 1.9% to £85.2 billion (an extra £1.6 billion more than last year). However, the main beneficiaries are expected to be online retailers which will account for over three-quarters (£1.2 billion) of the additional sales. If that is correct, online sales will account for £8.1 billion of sales (9.5% of the total). Non-food will be the main contributor of growth. Popular electricals will be: iPads, video game accessories, smart phones, tablets and e-readers. Less popular will be iPods, portable media players, cameras and high-ticket white and grey goods.