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Retail therapy gets seal of approval for a long healthy life

Shopping regularly can help people to live longer, a study has suggested.

Scientists in Taiwan found that older men and women who went out shopping frequently tended to outlive those who went less often -- even when other factors were taken into account.

Those who shopped every day were 27pc less likely to die within the 10-year study period compared to those who never shopped, or those who went shopping less than once a week.

The study, published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, showed that older men were particularly likely to benefit from regular retail therapy, with a 28pc reduction in mortality risk compared to 23pc for women.