BRC director general Helen Dickinson
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Online shopping bolsters Christmas sales

8 January 2013 Last updated at 11:10 GMT

Strong growth in online shopping stopped retail sales falling in December, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Sales in December were up 1.5% compared with a year earlier, while like-for-like sales, which exclude new store openings, rose 0.3%.

New BRC director general Helen Dickinson told BBC News that the figures were neither a cause for celebration nor a disaster.