Bargain-hunting Brits to spend £1.9billion online shopping today as High Street suffers

SOME £1.9billion will be spent online today in possibly Britain’s biggest net shopping day.

Experts are expecting around 15million bargain-hunters to swamp websites.

Boxing Day sales online are set to be the biggest ever


Boxing Day sales online are set to be the biggest ever Credit: Getty Images – Getty

The spree could be four times bigger than an average day’s outlay and could edge ahead of the Black Friday record.

The online bonanza works out at £1.9million per minute over the 16 hours people are awake.

But high streets, with most closed due to Covid-19 regulations, will have their worst ­Boxing Day for 20 years. Store spending is likely to fall by 56 per cent on last year.

Though Brits could part with a total of £3.2billion, the store value will be around £1.4billion of that, a study with the Centre for Retail Research showed.

Tier 4 has shuttered non-essential shops with Boris Johnson telling people to avoid Boxing Day crowds. Some retailers, including Asda and almost all John Lewis shops, will stay shut.

Yet more than a million-plus retail site visits are expected.

And with stores stuck with an unsold stock mountain after lockdowns this year, they have to slash prices to try to clear it.

Boris Johnson tells Brits to avoid Boxing Day sales and New Year’s Eve gatherings

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