Getting Ready for the Great Christmas Escape

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Although Christmas is usually a time to get together with loved ones, more Brits than ever are choosing a family get away this Christmas with many skipping the stresses altogether by booking a break.

Argos has seen an 81% increase in demand for luggage compared to this time last year, with a 52% increase in the past month alone, showing that getting away from it all and leaving the stress of entertaining behind, has become an increasingly popular option over the festive period.

Matthew Mountain, Luggage buyer at Argos says, "Christmas can be a stressful time of year, no matter how much you love the holiday. Packing a bag and getting away from it all can take away all the pressure of being host or guest and allows all the family to relax. Whether you are planning a romantic weekend away, or a family get together, Argos has a great range of luggage to suit all vacations."

The recent and forthcoming bad weather means many Brits have decided to trade in the harsh weather for some sun this winter.

Liz Bartlett from Thomson says, "Jetting off to warmer climes is one way us Brits deal with the winter blues. We've seen bookings for holidays abroad increase annually over the festive period as people make the most of the extended break from work and attempt to escape the colder conditions."

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Jo Lippold 020 7922 8125
Laura Wing 020 7645 4783
Argos Pressoffice 020 7922 8111

About Argos
Argos is a unique retailer recognised for choice, value and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from over 750 stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland, online and over the telephone. In the last financial year, Argos sales were £4.3 billion.

Argos serves over 135 million customers a year through its stores. On average, 17 million UK households, or around two thirds of the population, have an Argos catalogue at home at any time. Argos expects to add around 10 stores this year and its internet site, http://www.argos.co.uk, was the most visited high street retailer online in the UK in 2009.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK's leading home and general merchandise retailer.

Home Retail Group has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard which certifies that we have genuinely reduced our carbon footprint. We call our responsible approach 'the basis of good business'. Find out more at:http://www.thebasisofgoodbusiness.com

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