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.
All of these factors will result in consumers spending £222,222 per minute, making 4,722 transactions every 60 seconds.
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