A family stand near a prominent department store in London's Oxford street looking for bargains as sales start early in central London, Thursday, Dec., 23, 2010. Britain is battered by economic woes, ... more 
A family stand near a prominent department store in London's Oxford street looking for bargains as sales start early in central London, Thursday, Dec., 23, 2010. Britain is battered by economic woes, and the shopping season was shortened by bad weather, so the final hopes of rescuing the retail season rest on last minute shoppers, predominantly men who are desperate to find a credible gift before it's finally, utterly, too late. This pressure is expected to bring record number of nervous, credit-card-ready consumers into Britain's malls and shops Thursday night as retailers predict the most intense shopping binge of the year. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Alastair Grant
Thu, Dec 23, 2010 10:33 AM EST