Editor's Comment

Peak 2017 and Brexit: how shoppers and retailers are responding to two key events

In today’s InternetRetailing newsletter we’re reporting as Peak 2017 gathers pace, with the latest updates from retailers planning for Black Friday as well as the final figures from Singles Day. If Singles Day does provide a benchmark for UK retailers planning for Black Friday, it seems that there’s appetite for shopping. But those waiting for Black Friday itself could find that shoppers have already spent their money with the retailers who are already offering deals, and promising the price is as good as it gets.

We have a great insight into how Brexit is affecting one online retailer as Richard Longhurst of Lovehoney shares his experiences. The Brexit theme continues in MetaPack research that finds Brexit makes little difference to shoppers’ future buying intentions – though that would change if prices increase.

There’s news today of Ikea and how its UK online sales continue to grow and in other news we’re covering the Tesco/Booker merger, as well as shopping centre operator Land Securities’ take on the state of in-store shopping.

Today’s guest comment comes from Nir Debbi of Global-e on planning for an international Christmas.

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