The 'Manic Monday' shopping rush, whichaccording to experts could have been the largest shopping day of the year, is now predicted to fall short of expectations due to extreme weather conditions across the country.
A number of roads and bridges were closed off due to flooding and strong winds in the South of England, which caused widespread disruption to rail service. Ferry services were disrupted and travelers throughout the country were advised to contact their local travel services for any delays or cancellations.
The Met Office issued amber alerts for rain and strong winds in the northern part of the country and the environment agency issued a severe flood warning for the Preston Beach Road area of Lodmoor in Dorset, with 150 other flood warnings currently in place for England and Wales. So far three people have perished due to extreme weather conditions.
BBC news reported that strong winds had even caused the snow globe in central London, a Christmas attraction in Piccadilly Circus, to deflate on Monday much to shoppers and visitors dismay alike.
Visa previously estimated that 31 million transactions would occur throughout 'Manic Monday,' spending upwards of 3.6 billion pounds throughout the course of the day. However due to a number of storms hitting the UK, the number of shoppers predicted to made a last-minute shopping spree appears to have missed it mark.
Sky news reported that the 'Manic Monday' shopping spree “largely failed to materialise” due to poor weather conditions keeping shoppers indoors.
New data released by Springboard says that due to ongoing poor weather conditions on Monday, the number of shoppers visiting UK's high streets was down 1.1 percent compare to the same Monday in the run up to Christmas last year. Instead, shoppers opted to visit indoor shopping centers, who reported a 7.2 percent increase in visitor footfall on Monday.
“High streets have been dealt a bad hand with Christmas trading this year, as consumers have chosen to head to destinations away from the wind and rain,” commented Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director at Springboard.