Shops open all night to ease Christmas chaos on Sunday (the busiest day of the year)

Shops open all night to ease Christmas chaos on Sunday (the busiest day of the year) | UPDATED: 01:26 GMT, 21 December 2012 Supermarkets are trading around the clock in a bid to avoid a chaotic crush on Sunday – December 23, the day before Christmas Eve. The date is normally the busiest day of the year as families stock up for the holiday, but Sunday trading laws will restrict large outlets to just six hours opening.

Christmas 2012: Desperate stores slash prices again as shoppers shun the high street

Desperate stores slash prices again as shoppers shun the high streetMany retailers make more than 40 per cent of sales and profits in the run-up to ChristmasBut they are faced with a slump in the numbers coming through their doorsThe figure is down by 5.7 per cent in out-of-town malls, 5.5 per cent in shopping centres and 2.1 per cent on the high street | UPDATED: 23:27 GMT, 19 December 2012 Desperate retailers are slashing prices as shoppers shun stores, with numbers down by up to 5 per cent compared to last year. Many retailers make more than 40 per cent of sales and profits in the run-up to Christmas, but they are faced with a slump in the numbers coming through their doors. The figure is down by 5.7 per cent in out-of-town malls, 5.5 per cent in shopping centres and 2.1 per cent on the high street, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Christmas shopping: Behind the scenes at Sainsbury"s Waltham Abbey distribution depot

The final Christmas countdown: Behind the scenes at giant supermarket depot as millions of shoppers hit streets hunting for late bargains Depot in Waltham Abbey, Essex, makes 1,800 deliveries a week to 90 stores in London and two other countiesAmazing pictures give backstage look at 700,000 sq ft centre as British shoppers hit high streets across the UKRetailers aim to lure shoppers out of their warm homes with discounts of up to 50% nine days before Christmas | UPDATED: 17:45 GMT, 16 December 2012 These pictures give a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a 700,000 sq ft supermarket distribution centre as Britain goes Christmas shopping crazy. Goods were in storage at a Sainsbury's depot in Waltham Abbey, Essex, which employs around 1,200 people and covers the size of eight football pitches.

Second cruise liner Azura arrives in the UK with passengers suffering norovirus… and it"s getting ready to sail again tonight

Second cruise liner arrives in the UK with passengers suffering norovirus… and it's getting ready to sail again tonightCruiseliner Azura brings passengers back from trip with vomiting bugShip docked in Southampton just one day after 'plague ship' OrianaWas due to leave later on a 12-night Christmas cruise to the Canaries | UPDATED: 16:05 GMT, 15 December 2012 Just one day after the 'plague ship' arrived back in the UK, a second cruise liner hit by the norovirus vomiting illness has docked in the same port