ONS retail statistics reveal December’s High Street retail figures slumped to their biggest fall for over four years, while online sales rose 21.3 per cent.
Marks and Spencer has reported a rise in Christmas clothing and homeware sales for the first time in two years. Sales in the division rose 2.3 per cent – well above expectations for about 0.5 per cent.
Shoppers took to the internet to do more of their Christmas shopping in December, according to new figures from the British Retail Consortium.
Supermarket chain Morrisons announced great results for the all-important Christmas trading period,with like-for-like sales in the nine weeks to 1 January (excluding fuel) rising by 2.9 per cent; the store’s strongest performance in seven years.
Next , often seen as a bellwether for the high street, warns on outlook for 2017 after sales fell in the run-up to Christmas as consumers curtailed spending on fashion and clothing.
Christmas Day is the busiest day for mobile shopping in the UK. Nearly two thirds (62%) of online purchases made on Christmas Day are carried out using a smartphone.
Black Friday will be the biggest single online shopping day in the UK in the run up to Christmas – a period in which consumers will this year spend £24.3 billion online, forecasts new research. That total is 10 per cent ahead of the £21.8 billion spent last year according to the latest Adobe Digital… Read more »
Christmas 2015 was a digital one for UK retailers, according to the BRC-Google Online Retail Monitor for Q4 2015.
Retailers should be ready for a rise of almost a third in spending on Black Friday (27th November) this year, to £1.07 billon, making it the first time ever that UK online retail sales exceed £1 billion in a single day. This prediction is according to new figures produced by the global information services company,… Read more »