More British high street retailers are expected to collapse in 2013 as traders battle poor sales over the 2012 Christmas season, says the country’s retail consortium.

A total of 52 retail chains had collapsed in 2012 leading to the closure of 3,936 stores and loss of jobs for 48,080 employees.

Comet, JJB Sports and Blacks were few of the big names in a total of 194 retailers to shut stores over the year.

BRC spokeswoman Mandy Murphy was quoted by The Guradian as saying that December 2012 trading figures are expected to create a challenging and tough environment for retailers to survive in.

"At this time of year there will be some retailers for whom the sums don’t add up, and it will be a challenge," Murphy added.

Centre for Retail Research thinktank (CRR) director Professor Joshua Bamfield told the website that the average British household spent £80 less than expected in December.

About £70bn was spent in shops and online over the six weeks to the end of December, a £2bn less than what the CRR expected in November 2012.

According to a report from Deloitte, retail bankruptcies have risen for third yea growing over 6% from previous year and up almost 18%on 2010 figures.