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Online shopping

online shopping

Do you prefer to shop online or go to the high street?

High street shops are finding it difficult to stay in business because sales are down for the third year in a row. On the other hand the trend of online shopping is increasing and a quarter of all Christmas shopping will be done online. Retailers are making it much easier to buy things over the internet.

This week's question: according to an international poll by The Neilsen Company, what is the most popular item that is bought online? Is it:

a) Music – downloaded or CDs

b) Travel tickets

c) Books

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme!

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Vocabulary

trend

a general direction in which a situation is developing

the high street

the main street of a town where most of the shops are located

discounts

amounts of money taken off the full price of things - sometimes used as an incentive to get people to buy them

in the black

to be in profit (opposite of in the red)

struggling

trying hard to do something in a difficult situation or when there are problems

estimated

not an exact calculation but an approximate idea of the number has been worked out

transactions

The selling of things from one person to another

accustomed

to become familiar with doing something so that it becomes normal or usual

retailers

people or businesses who sell goods to the public

convenient

useful, easy or quick to do

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