Shoppers hit Oxford Street on first weekend since lockdown rules were eased

Shoppers have flocked to the high street today on the first Saturday since lockdown restrictions were eased. Pavements were packed across the country this morning as people returned to their favourite shops and met up with friends. Oxford Street in London was heaving with people out enjoying the 53F (12C) sunshine in the capital, which … Read more

Number of shoppers was 15% down compared to 2019 – but still four times busier than last month 

As high streets across the UK came back to life yesterday, footfall failed to reach pre-pandemic levels, the latest figures have revealed.  The data shows total customer footfall on the day non-essential retail reopened in England was down 15 per cent on two years ago. However that is a significant improvement on March, when total … Read more

Shoppers fear personal details could be stolen as hundreds of ‘lost’ parcels are auctioned on eBay

Online shoppers fear their personal details could be stolen as hundreds of ‘lost’ Royal Mail and Hermes parcels are being auctioned off by mystery sellers on eBay. Sellers have been making up to £140 per bundle of undelivered items which include electrical items and jewellery. The listings have photos of the parcels saying customer receipts … Read more

Shoppers set to spend as consumer confidence grows

Shoppers set for tidal wave of spending as consumer confidence hits highest level since before 2008 financial crisis By Alex Lawson, Financial Mail On Sunday Published: 21:50 BST, 3 April 2021 | Updated: 21:50 BST, 3 April 2021 Shoppers are ready to unleash a tidal wave of spending after consumer confidence hit its highest level … Read more

Where have all the Easter eggs gone? Angry shoppers share snaps of empty supermarket shelves

Are Easter eggs the new loo rolls? Angry shoppers share snaps of empty supermarket shelves – while one Waitrose customer jokes they ‘should have bought theirs at New Year’ Many Brit shoppers found themselves on unwanted Easter egg hunt this morning Frustrated customers shared snaps of empty shelves at supermarkets to Twitter Mumsnet thread started … Read more

Obese monkey overfed by Thai shoppers sparks comparisons to ‘Uncle Fatty’ who ‘ate himself to death’

Chunky monkey being killed with kindness: Tank top-wearing ‘Godzilla’ kept at Thai market balloons due to shoppers giving him junk food – sparking comparisons to ‘Uncle Fatty’ who ‘ate himself to death’ Godzilla has ballooned to more than double the average weight for his species The three-year-old macaque lives at a market in Bangkok’s Min … Read more

Ocado shoppers spend an average of £147 on each order as sales surge

Online grocery group Ocado saw sales surge nearly 40 per cent to £559million in the 13 weeks to 28 February, a new trading update shows. On average, Ocado customers spent £147-a-time on their shop, with Marks & Spencer products ‘consistently’ accounting for over a quarter of the basket. With plans to open further warehouses and … Read more

Visa to join Mastercard in hiking interchange fees for UK shoppers

Regulators should crack down on ‘profiteering’ from card companies as Visa hikes interchange fees for shoppers buying from the EU by 475% Visa is the UK’s largest card provider with an 84% share of the card market It appears to be joining Mastercard in raising interchange fees by up to 475% European merchants are billed … Read more

Deliveries with a NASTY bill from Europe: Shoppers hit by import fees

For consumers, it’s one of the body blows of Brexit. Since Britain left the EU, tens of thousands of shoppers have been hit by a raft of unexpected extra charges when buying goods from websites based in Europe. In some cases, there have been demands of nearly a half as much again on top of … Read more

Shoppers spending more online for Mother’s Day this year

Shoppers spending more online for Mother’s Day this year as pubs and restaurants remain closed By Alex Lawson, Financial Mail On Sunday Published: 21:50 GMT, 13 March 2021 | Updated: 21:50 GMT, 13 March 2021 Shoppers are spending more online for Mother’s Day this year as pubs and restaurants remain closed, figures indicate.  Related retail … Read more