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Retail footfall rises as Christmas lights are switched on

As consumers start their Christmas preparations, retail analyst Springboard has released new data on footfall on the UK’s high streets. In UK retail destinations, footfall rose by +1.5% last week from the week before. However, performance varied between retail parks, where footfall declined by -1.1%, and high streets and shopping centres where …

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40% of people plan on Christmas shopping earlier this year to reduce stress

According to a new survey commissioned by Secret Santa name generator DrawNames.co.uk, 40% of people are Christmas shopping earlier than they usually would and 10% even started shopping in October. Nearly one third (29%) cited wanting to reduce stress as the main reason for shopping earlier. Just under a third of …

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Survey reveals how parents really feel about Christmas toy shopping

Four in five parents feel pressured to make this holiday season the most memorable one for their children, according to new research. A study of 2,000 parents of children ages 0 to 12 found that parents plan on making this holiday season memorable by keeping holiday traditions like decorating, baking, …

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Walmart Announces 2021 return of ‘Black Friday Deals for Days’

US retail giant Walmart has announced the return of its month-long savings event, Black Friday Deals for Days. This year, paying Walmart+ members will receive early access to online Black Friday events throughout November – an opportunity to shop all the same deals four hours earlier than the scheduled start times for all three events. “We continue …

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Exploding Kittens and Pandemic among Black Friday board games sales surge at OnBuy

Sales of the popular Elan Lee board game, Exploding Kittens, surged by an impressive 511 per cent on the UK marketplace, OnBuy, who has since reported a record-breaking Black Friday that saw sales across the board total nearly £2.5 million in one day alone. According to the platform – established …

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The Entertainer re-introduces its Christmas Quiet Hours at stores across the UK

In a move to make Christmas shopping accessible for everyone, The Entertainer has re-introduced its Christmas Quiet Hours, an initiative that will take place every day throughout December across its 171 UK stores. The campaign aims to create a calmer shopping environment for autistic people and for any shoppers who …

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Hamleys opens latest pop-up shop in Milton Keynes’ Centre:MK

Hamleys is continuing to ramp up its UK-wide network of pop-up retail concepts, with the latest to have opened up at Milton Keynes’ Centre:MK. The iconic toy shop will occupy its new address for the next four months, tapping into the key Christmas shopping period. The store’s opening coincides with …

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Local shops will be able to trade 24/7 over Christmas and January, says government minister

The government is to allow local shops to trade around the clock in a move to support the retail industry and its bid to recoup some of the losses it has suffered during the pandemic, a cabinet minister has said. Communities secretary, Robert Jenrick has said he wanted to remove …

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UK ecommerce platform OnBuy reports ‘record breaking week’ of trading with 800 per cent sales increase

The online marketplace OnBuy has reported an ‘all time record breaking week’, reaching nearly 1.5 million users actively browsing the site, resulting in nearly £2.75 million in sales between November 1st and November 8th. Four years on since it first launched to the ecommerce space, OnBuy has caught the attention …

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Overriding the Amazon Default: How can independent toy shops survive Lockdown II?

The online-meets-physical retailing solution, Click and Collect has been the saviour of many independent toy shops over the course of the year, helping local businesses negotiate closed doors and a locked-in nation as the fight against coronavirus ensued. In the days following PM Boris Johnson’s announcement of a national lockdown …

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