Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

UK shoppers set to spend almost £900m in pre-Christmas rush

Almost £900m is set to be spent both in store and online today (Friday 23 December), as UK shoppers make last-minute Christmas purchases.

Up to 10 million people are predicted to be shopping, either on the high-street or online, spending an estimated £894m. 8.7m people are expected to shop in store, while 4.57m are expected to shop online, with click-and-collect delivery options predicted to be popular, according to a study from the Centre for Retail Research (CRR). Earlier this week John Lewis announced it was extending its pre-Christmas order deadline by a day, to 8pm on 23 December.

Following the Christmas boost, the CRR also predicts that Boxing Day sales will eclipse Black Friday, with 19m consumers in the UK estimated to spend a total of £3.25bn. Online sales are predicted to hit £477m, with in-store purchases at £2.95bn.

In the period from 26-29 December consumers are expected to spend £7.6bn, with designer goods and electronics popular items to buy in the sales.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.