The high street struggled over Christmas, with few retailers enjoying a bumper festive period amid tight consumer conditions. Justin King, the chief executive of J Sainsbury, called Christmas trading "very tough", while Debenhams issued a shock profit warning, followed shortly by the departure of the retailer's chief financial officer. Read more >>
The cartoon by Matt from the Daily Telegraph shows a man at the returns counter in a store. He tells the assistant, "I bought this 5p carrier bag before Christmas and I'd like to return it."
Customers usually return clothing items or household goods for a refund, but the situation is so bad that now they are returning carrier bags.
1. A slump is a sudden large fall in price, value, number, etc. • There has been a big slump in profits. Slump is also a verb. • Sales have slumped this year. In the headline "Retail sales slump", slump could be either a noun or a verb.
2. If you return something to a shop, you take it back in order to get a refund. • I returned that sweater because it was too big.