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The Morning Briefing: How retail will fare in 2013

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about the retail sector in 2013.

1.) Report: Retail bankruptcy increased in 2012. Business advisory firm Deloitte said the number of retailers falling into administration in 2012 increased by 6%, compared with 2011.

2.) Analysis: What does 2013 hold for the retail sector? 2013 is likely to be another turbulent year for retail, so what are the key trends retailers need to be aware of?

3.) Retailers face 2013 gloom as Britons prepare to save. Retailers are being warned to brace themselves for a tough 2013 after the first shoppers' confidence figures since the crucial Christmas trading period revealed almost two-thirds of Britons plan to cut spending over the next six months.

4.) Three important retail trends for 2013. Even as the cash registers and virtual shopping carts continue to rack up holiday sales for retailers, savvy merchants are casting a critical eye into their crystal balls to determine how their customers will shop in 2013.

5.) Two thirds of etailers forecast sales growth for 2013. Nearly two thirds of online retailers are predicting sales growth in the year ahead, according to a poll by the Royal Mail.

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— By on January 2, 2013, 4:36 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure