The last-minute Christmas rush: Shoppers descend on Oxford Street to stock up on presents and supermarket shelves are left empty as Britons begin the countdown to Christmas day
- It was estimated that £2.6billion was spent in shops today and yesterday
- Last minute sales had a huge part to play in this with savings up to 70 per cent
- Yet rail strikes meant that Christmas Eve spend may have lowered from last year
Crowds flocked the streets and supermarket shelves were left bare as shoppers headed out for one final frantic trip before Christmas Day.
London’s notorious shopping street, Oxford Street, was jam-packed with people today as many took advantage of pre-Christmas sales on the eve before the big day.
Food stalls were also stripped of produce in the nation’s capital as many scrambled for last minute deals on festive lunch essentials, which have soared in price due to the cost-of-living crisis.
It was estimated that £2.6billion was set to be spent in shops between today and yesterday. Pictured: Oxford Street shoppers on Christmas Eve
It was estimated that £2.6billion was set to be spent in shops between today and yesterday – which was dubbed ‘Frenzy Friday’ – as high street footfall upped by 6.6 per cent on last year during lunch time on the 23rd.
Last minute sales had a huge part to play in this with savings up to 70 per cent in stores like Marks & Spencer, Boots, and House of Fraser.
Anita Naik, Savings Expert at VoucherCodes.co.uk, said: ‘The last few days before Christmas are always incredibly busy shopping days, as many of us make a dash for final touches or forgotten festive must-haves.’
Yet despite the crowds, rail strikes were forecasted to slump Christmas Eve spend to £1.13billion, the lowest of any day this week for spending except Christmas Day itself, according to VoucherCodes predictions.
The strikes saw thousands of union members walk out, which meant that Network Rail trains were not running at around 3pm.
The resulting slump in spend was estimated to be 23 per cent down on retail sales compared to Christmas Eve last year.
Supermarkets have been competing for the best price of roast dinner goods as turkey prices have rocketed by 25 per cent in a year
It was claimed that Lidl and Aldi were tying for the best turkey price this year at £19.95 for 5kg
Despite the crowds, rail strikes were forecasted to slump Christmas Eve spend to £1.13billion
Much like high street retailers, supermarkets have also been competing for the best price of roast dinner goods as turkey prices have rocketed by 25 per cent in a year.
It was claimed that Lidl and Aldi were tying for the best turkey price for 2022 at £19.95 for 5kg.