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File photo dated 6/12/11 of a shopper carrying shopping bags. High street sales dropped by 2.2% last month in an "underwhelming" Christmas for many retailers, according to a report. ... High street sales ... 06-01-2014 ... London ... UK ... Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire. Unique Reference No. 18604411 ... Issue date: Monday January 6, 2014. Figures from accountancy firm BDO showed the sales surge hoped for by many shops failed to materialise in the crucial trading period, with like-for-like sales - excluding online trade - dropping by as much as 6.7% in the week to December 22. See PA story ECONOMY Retail. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire