UK post-pandemic ecommerce: Sailing into peak retail in Q4

2 November 2022

Amidst a wider economic slowdown in the UK due to the cost-of-living crisis and the rising trend of borrowing costs, the Q4 retail spending peak (27.9% of total retail in 2019) will continue to be the dominant theme for retailers and advertisers in Q4 2022

Pandemic work and life patterns more fully reversed in 2022, with offline retailing recovering. Online share is ticking down to a new baseline of c.25% of retail (excluding fuel), thanks to food stores, the main pandemic gainers—now 10% of the vertical and contributing a huge 15% of online retail spend

Online promotions (Black Friday, Cyber Monday) have gained traction over the years, drawing retail spend into November from December, and inevitably motivating a pull-forward of advertising expenditure, with online advertising increasingly focused on the bottom of the consumer purchasing journey, favouring intent over brand

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