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UK retailers look to penguins, WW1 soldiers to keep tills ringing

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AS Christmas nears, British television screens are filled with heart-warming tales of lonely penguins, family reunions and homesick soldiers in an attempt to get customers to part with their cash.

More and more retailers are ditching traditional product advertisements for mini-movies about love and friendship and these have become a national talking point, ranked against each other by the media and subject to parody online.

High-street department store John Lewis, which started the trend a few...

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