Champagne and treats: Britons fight the Christmas COVID blues

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Reuters UK

By James Davey LONDON (Reuters) – British shoppers nervous about the rapid spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant may have kept away from bars and restaurants this Christmas, but they made up for it at home, splashing out on champagne, upmarket food and sportswear. Following a difficult 2020 that ended with restrictions being tightened again, Britons spent big in December 2021, with supermarkets and retailers of clothing and homewares reporting better than expected results so far. “Customers really wanted to trade-up this year,” Sainsbury’s chief executive Simon Roberts told reporters on We…

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