Call You and Yours - Have consumer attitudes and behaviour changed now budgets are tight?
Call You&Yours with Julian Worricker - How have you changed the way way you shop now budgets are tight? How should retailers be responding.
Latest retail figures up to January 6th - show a growing grocery market in the battle for Christmas between Tesco and Sainsbury's, a sales decline for Morrison's and a strong performance by Waitrose. There were positive performances, too, for Aldi, Lidl and Iceland.
But this goes beyond food. Jessop's, the camera retailer, became the first high street casualty of 2013 when it announced last week that it had gone into administration. And that followed some familiar names falling by the wayside in 2012 including Comet, Clinton Cards, JJB Sports and Game Group. And now, today, the music and DVD chain HMV, where an administrator has been appointed and more than four thousand jobs are at risk.
What does it tell us about the way we're shopping for food and other essentials, and how are we being persuaded to change our habits?
Against the backdrop of tough economic times what's happening when we shop?
We want to hear from you if you spent less money on food and other items this Christmas past. Was that because you have less money to spend or have you finally managed to tighten your belt, and want it to stay that way? Or did you throw caution to the wind and spend, spend, spend?
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Presenter: Julian Worricker
Producer: Maire Devine.