Online shopping 'to tail off next Monday'

Next Monday 22 December will mark the moment when online shopping for Christmas starts to slow down and the annual festive dash to the high street really clicks into gear, according to new research from Experian Footfall.

The start of next week will kick-start three of the busiest days of the year for footfall on the UK high streets and shopping centres, with Tuesday 23 December expected to be the overall busiest day as shoppers look to finalise their gift and dinner plans for Christmas Day.

Experian says that footfall on 23 December is predicted to be up 53% on the daily average.

Steve Richardson, regional director, UK & Ireland at Experian Footfall, remarked: "Christmas 2014 has already seen the rise of various shopping phenomena, such as the mainstream adoption of Black Friday in the UK and the advent of Manic Monday, which took over Cyber Monday as the busiest online shopping day this year. 

"22 December is expected to bring another new Christmas shopping date – Panic Monday – when consumers will abandon online shopping and take to the streets, in a bid to ensure they tick off all the final gifts on their Christmas lists.

"With this year's footfall set to follow the same pattern as 2003 and 2008, when Christmas Day also fell on a Thursday, we expect Tuesday 23 December to be the busiest day in terms of shopper traffic."

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