Leader: December election – keep calm and carry on retailing

George MacDonald

The last thing retail needs is a December election, as Boris Johnson has called for.

Falling as it would in the most intense trading period of the year – a year that has been hard grind for a host of reasons – the danger is that the associated political and economic uncertainty might derail seasonal spending.

Months and years of Brexit paralysis have hung over retail like the sword of Damocles. Retailers have had to prepare for all sorts of contingencies ranging from delays at the ports to a volatile pound.

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