Christmas comes earlier than ever

Jo Robinson

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With our economy as stagnant as ever retailers are really feeling the strain. So with Christmas just around the corner, they are taking advantage and stretching out the festive period for as long as they can.

So if you've noticed Christmas coming earlier in your department store, you aren't imagining it. But what tricks are they employing to get you to start your Christmas shop early?