High Street Sales on Boxing Day a Flop With Spending Down by Over a Quarter

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High Street Sales on Boxing Day a Flop With Spending Down by Over a Quarter
High Street Sales on Boxing Day a Flop With Spending Down by Over a Quarter. image: Pixabay

High Street Sales on Boxing Day a Flop With Spending Down by Over a Quarter.

BOXING Day sales were a flop on the high street — with many shops closed and spending down by more than a quarter. Due to Tier 4 restrictions, London’s usually rammed West End shopping district, including Oxford Street and Regent Street, was closed for the first time in 150 years.

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Barclaycard, which sees nearly half of the nation’s credit and debit card transactions, said 68 per cent of deal-hunters shopped online and spent an average of £162 each. Shoppers physically entering stores spent just £78 each, the worst result for retail in 20 years. Chris Daly, boss of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, said: “This was a Boxing Day like no other. Retail footfall was significantly lower than at any time in recent memory. The Prime Minister told us to avoid ­Boxing Day crowds and many people heeded this.”

But some in Tiers 2 and 3 started queuing in the early hours. About 200 were outside Next in Leicester before 6 am yesterday.






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