It’s that time of year. No, I’m not thinking of Veganuary (I can’t even pronounce the word), no, I’m thinking of that time of year when most retailers declare their Christmas trading figures…..kind of. Because as we know, reporting periods are massaged and margin and returns are never disclosed. However, although we may have to reach for a rather large pinch of salt, the annual list of Christmas winners and losers still gives a good indication of the relative state of the market. A quick look at the Retail Week Golden Quarter league table for Christmas 2019 trading is at once both revealing, and depressingly predictable. The Liverpool of the retail industry? Boohoo, who else? Closely followed by ASOS. Meanwhile, a scan further down the table shows the Norwich City’s of the retail world have one thing in common: a) they are older more established businesses who b) have their heritage grounded firmly in bricks and mortar retailing. Read more at Forbes.