CHRISTMAS EVE failed to deliver a last-minute reprieve for retailers this year. Although it fell on a Saturday, the number of shoppers on the high street was reported to be 18 per cent down compared with Christmas Eve last year.
The much-anticipated final dash to the high street did not materialise, according to figures from FootFall, which found that shoppers instead had opted to shop for last-minute gifts on Friday.
The market-tracking agency said that Friday had turned out to be “boom day�?, in contrast with the performance on Saturday, when the number of shoppers was down 15.4 per cent on the previous week.
Shoppers fail to deliver late boost for high street