Online sales rose in December, compared to the previous year, but fell compared to the previous month:ONS

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The Christmas online shopping peak happened earlier this year, thanks to the increasing popularity of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, ONS figures suggest. Up until last year, Cyber Monday was regarded as the biggest pre-Christmas day for online sales, as shoppers bought far enough ahead to ensure timely delivery. But (more…)

Rainy weather and convenience drew shoppers online this Christmas – but overall retail spending remained flat

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Rainy weather and greater convenience tempted more shoppers online to buy this Christmas, retail sales figures out today from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) suggest. Ecommerce enjoyed a double digit sales rise in December – while store sales fell. Non-food online sales grew by 15.1% in December 2015, compared to (more…)

Deal-driven shoppers moved online and away from the high street this Christmas

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Deal-driven shoppers turned online, abandoning the high street this Christmas, new figures from Barclaycard suggest. This festive season was, says one commentator, a “pivotal moment” for online. Analysis of Barclaycard spending data over the Christmas period suggests that consumer spending grew by 4% overall. But while online spending rose by (more…)