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Halfords posts Christmas sales uptick

Halfords has reported an uptick in third quarter sales boosted by record sales over Black Friday and Christmas, in a trading update that coincided with Graham Stapleton starting as its new chief executive.

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14.1m footfall peak for Westfield over Christmas period

Westfield saw footfall peak over the Christmas period welcoming more than 14.1 million shoppers to both of its UK centres. Increasing one per cent on last year, the shopping centre giant saw three major peaks in shopper numbers during the holidays. One Black Friday weekend 850,000 shoppers visited Westfield Stratford City and Westfield London






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14.1m footfall peak for Westfield over Christmas period

Westfield saw footfall peak over the Christmas period welcoming more than 14.1 million shoppers to both of its UK centres. Increasing one per cent on last year, the shopping centre giant saw three major peaks in shopper numbers during the holidays. One Black Friday weekend 850,000 shoppers visited Westfield Stratford City and Westfield London






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First ever Billion Pound Boxing Day on the horizon

Boxing Day online sales are set to surpass the £1 billion mark for the first time this year, although it would still be dwarfed by Black Friday sales. Figures from IMRG shows that online retail spend on Boxing Day will rise 7.9 per cent to £1.03 billion, compared to last year’s record of £954 million. IMRG also predicted that 40 per cent of spend will happen through mobile transactions






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Christmas discounting outweighs Black Friday

Shoppers can expect more promotions and discounts offered in the week before Christmas Day than during Black Friday, a survey suggests. According to trends observed by auditing firm PwC, more retailers will run promotional activity in the next seven days, to the point that it will outweigh the promotional activity that occurred during the Black Friday sales weekend at the end of November. PwC consumer markets leader Lisa Hooker said retailers are upping the ante on promotional activity this year in order to clear Christmas stock






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Former Sears exec joins Chico’s

Chico’s FAS has tapped a retail veteran to lead its ailing White House | Black Market brand.






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November retail sales edge up thanks to Black Friday

Black Friday propped up retail sales last month as electrical appliance sales made the largest contribution to growth. According to the latest monthly figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), retail sales volumes in November grew 1.1 per cent when compared to October, and 1.6 per cent compared to a year earlier. Sales values also rose throughout November, rising 1.4 per cent month-on-month and 4.7 per cent compared to 2016






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Is Amazon losing its low-price edge?

Some deals weren't that different from a month before Black Friday, and while Amazon handily beat rivals on many items, it didn't always have the best price, research shows.






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Shoppers still prefer the high street for Christmas

More than half of Brits still prefer to do their Christmas shopping on the high street or at shopping centres rather than online, according to new research. Almost 52 per cent of participants stated they do their Christmas shopping in-store compared to the meagre 9.5 per cent who said they predominantly do Christmas shopping online.






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Online holiday sales take a big but fleeting dip

Online sales retreated by 18% year-over-year on the Saturday following the Black Friday weekend, but have bounced back, according to Verizon's Holiday Retail Index.






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