Analysts have warned that slashing prices will not work as a method for driving sales if the expected retail downturn comes to pass.
Nick Bubb, an analyst at Pali International and a member of retail think tank KPMG/SPSL warned that consumers will not purchase on impulse in a downturn – which is exactly what price cuts are designed to drive.
"People are sated by bargains. They will not buy things in 2007/8 that they don't need, simply because they're cheap," he said.
"Retailers who are successful now and will be successful in a downturn are not necessarily the slash and burn discounters," he added.