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Tuesdays 16:00-16:30
Intelligent and entertaining conversation about business, money, technology and workplace issues.

Presented by Heather Payton, each programme picks up on trends and returns to stories that have moved out of the headlines.
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Tuesday 16 December 2003



Merry Christmas everybody?

Christmas apparently costs us the grand total of 522 per household, which may seem a bit hard to believe. (Maybe, to some, it feels like even more).

But of course for every 522 - or 12 and a half billion nationwide -- someone is making a whacking great profit. And the fact is that while we're prepared to spend all that money, lots of people and businesses are going to benefit. Christmas spending is, after all, more than two percent of total consumer spending and for many retailers the most vital period of every year.

Shop Talk will discuss the business of Christmas, where that 522 disappears, and who'll be celebrating.

Guests:

Bill Moyes
British Retail Consortium

James Roper
Chief Executive, Interactive Media Retail Group

Carol Stockill
Head of Christmas, M&S

Robert Newman
The Nutcracker Christmas Shop

Tom Baker
The Creative Christmas Company

Mark Taylor
Christmas Dinner Company

plus reporter Dylan Winter meets Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen who has redesigned the Christmas Tree for Save The Children.


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