[London, November 2. Image via Getty]

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: A girl takes a picture of a window display at Selfridges department store on Oxford Street on November 2, 2009 in London, England. Figures released today by consumer research firm Mintel, suggest that shoppers expect to spend around the same this Christmas as last with consumer confidence rising to it's highest levels in 18 months according to research by the British Retail Consortium. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)