More figures show UK’s High Street isn’t dead

Rating: 1 in 4 UK adults visit stores post Xmas

Despite the dire predictions that the web is killing the UK’s bricks & mortar retail industry, the figures put out by the Centre for Retail Research don’t show that at all.  If anything,  foot shoppers have turned out in bigger numbers this year [2012] in the Post Xmas (Winter)  sales. Over £5.4 billion was spent in first two days  [26- 27th December 2012] of the Winter sales. That compromised of £2.1 billion on 26th [Boxing Day] and £2.8 billion 27th December, yet only £0.47 billion was spent online. There’s even signs that mobile apps are actually helping shoppers to spend more in-store.
Here’s some more interesting stats. This week [24th-28th December 2012] Brits are predicted to spend £10.4 billion – making it 2012′s most lucrative week ever.

By comparison, BRC said 22nd-23rd was £4.5 billion (including online). However, December 27th was definitely bigger than 26th [Boxing Day] in terms of spending.

Still, online sales soared 21.6 per cent on Boxing Day – illustrating the low base figure which online sales are starting from.

On 27th December 2012, the UK saw 13 million shoppers ( one in four of all UK adults) spend £2.4 billion 27th with a further £0.4 billion online.

That makes 2012′s Boxing Day [26th] the biggest day in online retail history 113 million visits. That compares to Xmas Day ‘s 107 million visits and Xmas Eve’s 107 million visits.

Plus 600, 000 shoppers spent £50 million in London’s West End.

It’s a shame that these figures aren’t broken down between the mobile web and the traditional web.

About Hans Cett

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC -
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