The Christmas shopping season is in full swing, but while some are still frantically scouring the shelves, others are smugly revelling in the fact that they've already ticked everyone off the Christmas list – and some haven't even started yet. Research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks has uncovered the festive shopping habits of UK consumers, and it looks as though many people fall into the "panic buying" category…
The figures show that last-minute buyers are rife across the UK, with 14% of respondents admitting that they wait until Christmas Eve to get the big festive shop started. London has the biggest proportion of panic buyers (20%), closely followed by Yorkshire (19%), while the South West appears to be the most organised, with just 9% confessing that they shop on December 24th.
Happily, a far greater proportion of shoppers are more organised when it comes to such matters, with 34% of those surveyed starting their festive shopping well in advance. Many turn online to shop and avoid the hassle of the high street (8%), while 5% leave it to their partners, and 11% are true bargain hunters and welcomed the Black Friday sales to help keep costs down.
Not everyone succeeds, however, with 4% admitting that they're typical over-spenders when it comes to the big Christmas shop. However, at the other end of the scale, some are going to real extremes to cut costs, with 10% having decided not to spend anything at all on Christmas this year.
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