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.