“Shoplifting for Christmas”

The ‘Shoplifting for Christmas 2012’ report by Professor Joshua Bamfield of the Centre for Retail Research predicts that retailers could lose up to £1 billion over the Christmas period from shoplifting (£522 million), dishonest employees (£431 million) and vendor or distribution losses (£47 million). This represents a 3.4% increase over the same period last year. The product categories most likely to be stolen are: alcohol, women’s clothing and fashion accessories, toys, perfumes / toiletries, smart phones, DVDs, game consoles, food, Christmas decorations, electrical goods, and jewellery.