The UK’s Black Friday weekend got off to a strong start online on November 24, but early evidence suggests that physical store shopping was weaker and London's West End was hit by panic after a terrorist false alarm.
Retailers in London’s West End are predicted to take over £50 million a day in the six weeks to Christmas but till receipts should rise only 1.5% overall. There will be a tourist boost, but not as large as last year's.
Chinese, Kuwaiti and Indian visitors drove a spending boom in London's West End during the summer, new figures show. And October is expected to see a repeat performance due to China's Golden Week holiday.
UK shoppers hate queues and will shop online to avoid them, but they also hate paying for delivery. And while they're omnichannel-focused and embrace tech, they've not yet gone for next-gen e-tail says new research.
London’s Oxford Street needs to be transformed says the body that represents the stores there and it has a plan to create 27,000 new jobs, tackle issues like traffic jams and flagship store uniformity, and boost sales.
UK consumers appeared to be in the mood to go out and to shop over the long Easter weekend with new figures showing higher footfall to high streets and online sales advancing. Easter Monday looked particularly strong.
The results are in and they look good. Sales to Chinese shoppers in London’s West End were up 153.8% year-on-year for the week starting January 23. Not only were there more vsitors but each one spent more too.
Not surprisingly, given all the recent rankings, London bagged the number one spot this year, as the favorite destination for tourists the world over. The British capital moved up five places in the ranking in the spa...