A fifth more potential overseas shoppers searched for UK retailers in the last three months of 2016, suggesting growing interest in this country’s retail brands, new analysis suggests. The BRC-Google Online Retail Monitor for the fourth quarter of 2016 found that the volume of overseas customers making online searches for (more…)
Of every £10 spent online in the UK over Christmas, £4.10 was spent over a mobile device, new analysis suggests. Overall, Britons spent £24.5bn online in November and December, according to Adobe’s latest Digital Index – 11% more than at the same time last year. On Black Friday alone, £908m (more…)
Retailers from Dixons Carphone to WH Smith reported this Christmas trading and other strategic updates this week. Here are some of our key findings. New approaches are paying off Dixons Carphone , owner of brands including Currys , a Leading retailer in IRUK Top500 research, PC World and Carphone Warehouse, (more…)
Black Friday and Cyber Week has become the de facto peak pre-Christmas trading period, according to research from commerce consultancy Salmon . The organisation’s analysis, taken from data from its peak trading operations centre, suggests that Christmas sales are declining gradually, giving way to Black Friday, now peak trading time (more…)
We’ve cast an eye over this week’s post-Christmas trading updates from IRUK Top500 ecommerce and multichannel retailers to pull out some key themes and trends, and how they driving multichannel strategies. Online growth Halfords , a Leading retailer in IRUK Top500 research, reported year-on-year online sales growth of 16.3% in (more…)
Online retail could be poised for a ‘War on Christmas’ as consumers ditch Christmas sales for its bigger and more fashionable Black Friday cousin – and mobile is driving the change. Data from ecommerce consultancy Salmon’s Peak Trading Operations Centre shows the Black Friday period (22-28 November) was significantly busier (more…)
It’s still early days in the annual reporting of Christmas sales figures, but here we round up what we know so far to suggest some emerging trends in the way that shoppers spent their money over the holiday period. Shoppers went online to buy Online sales in the week after (more…)
Winter sales are already underway online in the latest phase of discounting that has dominated the run up to Christmas 2016. Gap’s Winter Sale is now live, sharing its home page with the chance to put in those last-minute Christmas orders in time for Christmas Eve delivery. Other retailers that (more…)
Over the course of Black Friday week, the perception was that more sales were taking place online, while fewer people headed to the high street. Official figures out this week seem to confirm that move, with news of online sales growth of almost a quarter in November. The amount spent (more…)
John Lewis today pointed to the changing shape of the Christmas shopping period as it reported a dip in sales over the last week. The multichannel department store retailer, an Elite retailer in IRUK Top500 research, said that Black Friday and the final week of December were now established as (more…)
For consumers and retailers alike, it’s tempting to view the Black Friday weekend as one of ‘quick wins’, whether that’s bagging yourself a great bargain, or channelling the enormous hype around the event to your brand’s advantage for a big pre-Christmas spike in revenue. But while undoubtedly Black Friday is (more…)
The way we shop over the peak period leading up to Christmas can have a lot to tell us about the way consumer shopping trends are changing more generally. The volume of transactions often makes trends more pronounced, and never more so than over the biggest shopping weekend of the (more…)
More than a quarter of retail sales took place online in November as shoppers turned to the internet to snap up pre-Christmas bargains over the Black Friday period, new British Retail Consortium (BRC) figures suggest. Some 27.7% of non-food sales took place online during the month, according to the latest (more…)
Shane Finlay, Director of Retail Industries, SAP outlines how Black Friday has shown that far from killing it, the mobile has made the High Street more relevant than ever.
UK shoppers spent an estimated £1.23bn online on Black Friday, according to figures from IMRG and SimilarWeb. That’s 12.2% higher than the same day in 2015, but lower than the 16% that the two organisations previously predicted. It’s part of £6.45bn that IMRG and SimilarWeb suggest was spent over an (more…)
Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the flurry of discount days in between have come and gone in the blink of an eye and mobile proved to be the preferred channel for purchasing goods in the UK.
With mobile doing surprisingly well across the Cyber Five-day weekend, apps appear to have been key. According to research by Poq, 64% of purchases are made on a mobile device, which in turn is largely fuelled by retail apps. Poq, the UK’s leading app commerce platform, analysed Black Friday data from across more than 20 (more…)
Early findings suggest that customers turned out in force over the Cyber Weekend. John Lewis said Friday November 25 was its biggest-ever day. It said it traded well across shops and online over the course of its Black Friday event which ran from Thursday to Monday, with its shops becoming (more…)
View and interact with the data as InternetRetailing Research tracks the IRUK Top100 websites during the peak trading period of Black Friday weekend.
InternetRetailing Research brings you regular updates that name the IRUK Top100 websites that are managing peak traffic most effectively over the Black Friday weekend. This weekend InternetRetailing Research, in collaboration with our knowledge partner NCC Group [IRDX VNCC], is testing, on an hourly basis, the Top100 websites’ Speed Index on (more…)