It is hard to imagine a tougher time for retail; the perfect storm of rising costs, online competition, low consumer confidence compounded by Brexit uncertainty, are all taking their toll. The ghost of retail yet to come looms scarily large, its gnarled finger pointing out a deathly vision and, just like Scrooge, we should fear it, for the sense of foreboding is palpable. But what of the future? According to GlobalData, “low consumer confidence and confusion over Brexit will inhibit big-ticket spend” this Christmas, traditionally the peak trading period in the ‘golden quarter’ – the last three months of the year. Read more at Forbes.