Online shopping bolsters Christmas sales
8 January 2013 Last updated at 13:35 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%.
Without a 17.8% jump in online non-food sales, total sales would have fallen.
Emma Simpson reports.