Christmas rush begins in earnest with 3.8bn expected to be spent on high street"s big day

Christmas rush begins in earnest with 3.8bn expected to be spent on high street's big day Retailers are predicting a last-minute spending spree of 3.8billion tomorrow on the British high streetUnprecedented rush could see as much as 5billion spent over coming two days, according to British Retail Consortium The spree – combined with predicted heavy downpours – is expected to result in gridlock in town centres across the country | UPDATED: 19:51 GMT, 21 December 2012 Retailers are predicting the biggest high street shopping day in British history tomorrow with a last-minute spending spree of 3.8billion. The British Retail Consortium believes as much as 5billion could be spent over the coming two days in an unprecedented rush

Christmas 2012: Inside the vast Royal Mail depot that is dealing with half a million presents a day

That's Christmas sorted: Inside the vast Royal Mail depot that is dealing with half a million presents a dayGiant temporary facility will sort four million parcels in the run-up to ChristmasBoom in online shopping is behind spike in demandMore than 300 seasonal staff will handle deluge of post | UPDATED: 19:07 GMT, 10 December 2012 Here's where Christmas is sorted on a giant scale – a massive postal centre dealing with half a million parcels a day. The giant temporary facility has been set up to handle the avalanche of online shopping over the festive period. More than 300 seasonal staff have been taken on to run the sorting centre in Swindon, Wiltshire – one of eight set up by the Royal Mail around Britain.