[London, December 14. Image via Getty]

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: A woman carries shopping bags off New Bond Street on December 14, 2009 in London, England. High street stores are expecting a bumper Christmas this year despite the economic dowturn, with shoppers spending around GBP ÂŁ120 million in the past two days alone. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)