Brighton and Hove UK's third biggest online Christmas shoppers

Shoppers from Brighton and Hove are the UK's third biggest online Christmas shoppers, new figures released today reveal.

Last weekend, the city enjoyed one of its biggest shopping weekends this year as traders said that the Christmas season seemed to have kicked off. 

Today, online retailers are expecting their busiest day of the year, known as Cyber Monday, which is thought to be a combination of the last payday before Christmas falling on the previous Friday and a weekend spent browsing the shops before buying from home.

Royal Mail says Brighton and Hove is the third biggest online shopping city in the run-up to Christmas, after Colchester and then Lincoln. 

The findings are based on an analysis of more than four million deliveries made by Royal Mail Tracked throughout November 2013. This is a service that tracks the progress of online orders from collection through to the delivery.

And online shopping throughout the UK is up 10.1% in 2013 compared to 2012, according to Barclaycard, which processes nearly half of all card transactions in the UK.

Visa Europe predicts £450 million will be spent on its cards alone as online transactions top 7.7 million, an increase of 16% on last year, potentially making this the busiest online shopping day in history.

Jeremy Nicholds, director of commercial development, said: "UK consumers' love affair with online shopping will reach its peak on Mega Monday when we predict that we will process 7.7 million Visa transactions - a 16% rise on last year.

"Online shopping now accounts for more than 25% of spend with Visa in the UK, signifying the confidence that consumers have in the security of online payments and in the delivery of goods.

"With an average of GBP312,500 expected to be spent online every minute on December 2, the Christmas shopping season will certainly start with a bang."

The first Monday in December last year represented the highest day of online spend in Barclaycard's history as online consumers spent an average of £57 per transaction.

This pushed up the proportion of total online spend to 28% for the day, up from the average of just over 19%.

Online electronic stores (up 66.5%), online family clothing stores (up 35.4%) and online department stores (up 31.5%) saw the biggest increases in spending on this Monday last year.

Online analyst Experian expects UK consumers to make 113 million visits to online retail sites today.

The Metropolitan Police urged internet Christmas shoppers to exercise caution while making their purchases to avoid falling victim to fraudsters and its new Cyber Crime Unit has put together a check-list for people buying on the web.

Detective Chief Inspector Jason Tunn said: "These are simple tips to keep safe while you shop online for your gifts for friends and family.

"The last thing anyone needs is for their details to be compromised by cyber criminals and online fraudsters - especially during the Christmas period.

"Hopefully these safeguards are easy to follow and can be implemented even by those with limited computer skills."

The tips include installing protection on one's computer with anti virus or full security suite products; not clicking into links sent out by unsolicited spam or phishing emails; using a credit card instead of a debit card - credit cards may offer increased protection, and being wary of unsolicited mail asking consumers to visit sites for cheap deals on hard to get items. These may contain links designed to compromise a person's computer and steal their credentials.

The busiest shopping day on the high street often falls two days before Christmas Day, with Monday December 23 and Tuesday December 24 expected to draw peak numbers of shoppers this year.

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11:41am Mon 2 Dec 13

The Prophet of Doom says...

Quite surprising considering the poor internet service reported by many.
Quite surprising considering the poor internet service reported by many. The Prophet of Doom

12:13pm Mon 2 Dec 13

kopite_rob says...

I can't remember the last time I bought a anything in a shop, even my groceries are delivered.
The internet is so much cheaper and easier and takes up none of my time aside from 10 minutes online.
All the free parking in the world wouldn't get me into Brighton, and judging by the earlier Argus report about this past weekend, its not even warranted.
Be interesting how it works out next week with no incentive for shoppers to leave.
I can't remember the last time I bought a anything in a shop, even my groceries are delivered. The internet is so much cheaper and easier and takes up none of my time aside from 10 minutes online. All the free parking in the world wouldn't get me into Brighton, and judging by the earlier Argus report about this past weekend, its not even warranted. Be interesting how it works out next week with no incentive for shoppers to leave. kopite_rob

12:40pm Mon 2 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

So that's what all those goatee bearded, Hoxton Bonnet wearing hipsters do all day while they lounge around in one of the 10,000 coffee shops that open each week in Brighton and Hove.
So that's what all those goatee bearded, Hoxton Bonnet wearing hipsters do all day while they lounge around in one of the 10,000 coffee shops that open each week in Brighton and Hove. PorkBoat

1:40pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Baffled of Brighton says...

The shopping is crap in Brighton, we need something like a Bluewater and the numbers would be different.
The shopping is crap in Brighton, we need something like a Bluewater and the numbers would be different. Baffled of Brighton

1:54pm Mon 2 Dec 13

HJarrs says...

PorkBoat wrote:
So that's what all those goatee bearded, Hoxton Bonnet wearing hipsters do all day while they lounge around in one of the 10,000 coffee shops that open each week in Brighton and Hove.
Funny, they call it a Brighton Bonnet in Hoxton.
[quote][p][bold]PorkBoat[/bold] wrote: So that's what all those goatee bearded, Hoxton Bonnet wearing hipsters do all day while they lounge around in one of the 10,000 coffee shops that open each week in Brighton and Hove.[/p][/quote]Funny, they call it a Brighton Bonnet in Hoxton. HJarrs

2:31pm Mon 2 Dec 13

power_ranger says...

When the TAX on driving a car into the city to do some xmas shopping carries a higher hourly rate than the living wage, is it any wonder that the inhabitants of this city take their money elsewhere?

Wake up Greens you f*@@ing delinquents.

Looking forward to ALL of my xmas shopping having been done today during "cyber monday" being delivered shortly.
Second year running in which I've purchased diddly squat from the local economy.
When the TAX on driving a car into the city to do some xmas shopping carries a higher hourly rate than the living wage, is it any wonder that the inhabitants of this city take their money elsewhere? Wake up Greens you f*@@ing delinquents. Looking forward to ALL of my xmas shopping having been done today during "cyber monday" being delivered shortly. Second year running in which I've purchased diddly squat from the local economy. power_ranger

2:49pm Mon 2 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

HJarrs wrote:
PorkBoat wrote:
So that's what all those goatee bearded, Hoxton Bonnet wearing hipsters do all day while they lounge around in one of the 10,000 coffee shops that open each week in Brighton and Hove.
Funny, they call it a Brighton Bonnet in Hoxton.
We live in strange and interesting times.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PorkBoat[/bold] wrote: So that's what all those goatee bearded, Hoxton Bonnet wearing hipsters do all day while they lounge around in one of the 10,000 coffee shops that open each week in Brighton and Hove.[/p][/quote]Funny, they call it a Brighton Bonnet in Hoxton.[/p][/quote]We live in strange and interesting times. PorkBoat

7:44pm Mon 2 Dec 13

nocando says...

What's easier, clicking buttons on your laptop and having goods arrive at your front door or floundering your way through our utterly absurd transport network and getting your wallet emptied by the likes of Hjarrs and having dick all to show for it apart from high blood pressure. Clickety click, we're not thick.
What's easier, clicking buttons on your laptop and having goods arrive at your front door or floundering your way through our utterly absurd transport network and getting your wallet emptied by the likes of Hjarrs and having dick all to show for it apart from high blood pressure. Clickety click, we're not thick. nocando

9:35pm Mon 2 Dec 13

HJarrs says...

power_ranger wrote:
When the TAX on driving a car into the city to do some xmas shopping carries a higher hourly rate than the living wage, is it any wonder that the inhabitants of this city take their money elsewhere?

Wake up Greens you f*@@ing delinquents.

Looking forward to ALL of my xmas shopping having been done today during "cyber monday" being delivered shortly.
Second year running in which I've purchased diddly squat from the local economy.
You are not correct by a big margin. If you are referring to parking as a tax then you are wrong regarding council car parks; the hourly cost of parking in a council car park is £1-£3.50 per hour. I seem to recall the living wage being around £7.80 per hour.
[quote][p][bold]power_ranger[/bold] wrote: When the TAX on driving a car into the city to do some xmas shopping carries a higher hourly rate than the living wage, is it any wonder that the inhabitants of this city take their money elsewhere? Wake up Greens you f*@@ing delinquents. Looking forward to ALL of my xmas shopping having been done today during "cyber monday" being delivered shortly. Second year running in which I've purchased diddly squat from the local economy.[/p][/quote]You are not correct by a big margin. If you are referring to parking as a tax then you are wrong regarding council car parks; the hourly cost of parking in a council car park is £1-£3.50 per hour. I seem to recall the living wage being around £7.80 per hour. HJarrs

12:05am Tue 3 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

I wonder how many in Brighton who criticised Amazon for their work practices, that were revealed last week, or criticised them for not paying UK tax, went ahead and bought stuff from them?
I wonder how many in Brighton who criticised Amazon for their work practices, that were revealed last week, or criticised them for not paying UK tax, went ahead and bought stuff from them? PorkBoat

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