'Christmas 2013 has outperformed 2012' in retail

Christmas 2013 has consistently outperformed 2012 on virtually every single shopping day this December, with online visits from Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day up from last year, a record breaking Cyber Monday and the emergence of the even busier Middle Cyber Monday.

Shopping habits are changing, with Christmas Day becoming a significant shopping day during the period.

As a result, we anticipate a more sustained shopping pattern during this period, moving away from the traditional peaks and troughs usually evident during holiday season.

– James Murray, digital insight manager at information services company Experian

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Shoppers 'spend over £2.7bn on Boxing Day'

Shoppers spent over £2.7 billion in stores and online ion Boxing Day, according to the Daily Telegraph.