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Retail Week predicts this year\'s big Christmas trends

The 12 trends of Christmas: this festive season's big themes

Christmas is fast approaching and retailers are preparing for a frenetic shopping season. Retail Week looks at the themes that will dominate this Christmas.

Retail Week’s cartoonist Patrick Blower’s take on Amazon trialling its first bricks-and-mortar store in New York over Christmas.

Blower’s retail cartoon: Amazon to trial physical store in NYC this Christmas

Retail Week’s cartoonist Patrick Blower’s take on Amazon trialling its first bricks-and-mortar store in New York over Christmas.

This Christmas, the vast majority of shoppers are connected through smartphones and tablet access, and thus have, unsurprisingly, higher expectations than ever for exceptional, connected digital and real world experiences.

Comment: Are retailers ready for connected Christmas shoppers?

With Christmas fast approaching and customers more digitally connected than ever, how will retailers rise to the challenge of engaging consumers?

M&S Back to School standalone pop-up store in the Trafford Centre

In pictures: Marks & Spencer opens back to school standalone store

Marks & Spencer has opened its first standalone back to school store in Manchester’s Trafford Centre.

Planning for the Christmas period is well under way, and with more channels than ever the pressure on supply chains has never been greater.

Analysis: How are Christmas supply chains evolving?

Planning for the Christmas period is well under way, and with more channels than ever the pressure on supply chains has never been greater.

Latest Christmas news

The single-price retailer 99p Stores has unveiled rising profits and plans to increase its food offer to rival convenience supermarkets.

99p Stores enhances grocery offer as profits rise at the retailer

99p Stores has unveiled rising profits and is preparing to expand its grocery offer in its biggest investment programme.

Consumer confidence has edged down again this month, raising concerns for retailers as they enter the critical festive season.

Consumer confidence slips as Christmas season approaches

Consumer confidence has edged down again this month, raising concerns for retailers as they enter the critical festive season.

John Lewis boss Andy Street has predicted Black Friday will be bigger than last year and said convenience will be king.

John Lewis boss Street: Black Friday will be huge, convenience will be king

John Lewis boss Andy Street has predicted Black Friday will be bigger than last year and said convenience will be king this Christmas.

Shop Direct is evolving from print catalogues to digital platforms.

Shop Direct gears up for week-long Black Friday bonanza

Shop Direct is set to unleash a week’s worth of promotions during this year’s Black Friday as the group’s personalisation strategy bears fruit.

Selfridges has decked out its iconic Oxford Street store with 25 fairytales.

In pictures: Selfridges unveils fairytale-themed Christmas at Oxford Street flagship

Selfridges has launched its ‘storytelling’ Christmas displays that draw inspiration from fairytales including Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel.

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