Christmas season sales 'below par'

Press Association
Christmas high street
Christmas high street

Sales for the Christmas season have been "below par" as families try to make their budgets stretch as far as possible, the CBI has said.

Its distributive trades survey revealed the balance of retailers reporting that sales were up year-on-year fell back to a worse-than-expected 19% this month, from a five-month high of 33% in November.