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'Record' online Boxing Day sales

There was a new record for online shopping set yesterday, analysts claimed. High streets retailers said they enjoyed record figures as the average footfall across the UK rose by 21.6% compared to last year.

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Boxing Day breaks records for UK online shopping

Boxing Day set a new British record for online shopping, figures showed today.

While thousands of shoppers queued outside stores up and down the country to get ahead of the game, millions more made the most of tumbling prices from the comfort of their own homes.

  • 14 million hours were spent on shopping online yesterday
  • That totalled 113 million site visits (slightly lower than the 126 million expected)
  • Web sales were up 17% compared to Boxing Day 2011

Figures from market data firm Experian also showed that Christmas Eve was 86% bigger than last year as a shopping day, and Christmas Day was 71% bigger.

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