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Online sales soared by over 20 per cent on Cyber Monday

Helen Cahill
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Cyber Monday was bigger than ever this year, with online sales growing 22 per cent.

Shoppers' appetite for cheap goods online has not waned. According to Worldpay, there were 133 payments per second, with global online sales peaking at 16.01.

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Shane Happach, managing director of global e-commerce at Worldpay, said: "While Cyber Monday has traditionally been the biggest day of the year for online shopping for Western customers, it faced a stiff challenge from Black Friday this time around."

He said that sales growth on Black Friday was stronger than on Cyber Monday, suggesting that some customers had managed to get everything they needed over what is now called Black Weekend.

"In the face of doubts around the relevance of Black Friday, the data says it all: consumer appetite for bargain shopping days remains strong, as more and more of us avoid the notorious Black Friday crush and opt to shop from the comfort of our own sofas," Happach said.

Despite the surge in online spend on Black Friday, plenty of people made it onto the high street. High street footfall increased 2.8 per cent year-on-year according to analysis by Springboard. John Lewis scored its biggest week in its history.

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