High street retail giants, including Tesco, Sainsbury's and Topshop, have called for Sunday trading laws to be relaxed on December 23 to give stores a financial boost, reports the Daily Mail.
The busiest shopping day on the high street often falls two days before Christmas Day, with the weekend of December 22 and 23 expected to draw peak numbers of shoppers this year.
A combination of pay day for the majority of consumers falling on the last Friday of the month and a weekend spent browsing the shops results in shoppers logging on to buy their gifts online on the subsequent Monday, a Visa Europe report has found.
Brits are set to blow a record-breaking £1billion online today in the pre-Christmas shopping spree dubbed Cyber Monday, reports the Daily Mirror.
Experts predict that this year the nation’s consumers will shed their austerity shackles in a massive buy now, pay later splurge.
Online retailers are braced for their busiest day of the year as consumers take part in the annual pre-Christmas shopping spree dubbed Cyber Monday.
Recent years have seen online shopping figures consistently peaking on the first Monday in December, probably explained by most UK consumers having just received their last pay cheque before Christmas.
Visa Europe predicts £320 million will be spent on its cards alone as online transactions top 6.8 million, an increase of 21% on last year, making December 3 the busiest online shopping day in history.