ELEVEN million Brits will blow £1.7billion in the shops today amid new Tier 3 fears and delivery meltdowns.
That works out at over £3million every minute over nine hours trading. Around 60,000 shoppers are expected today at London’s Brent Cross, with 80,000 at Lakeside, Essex, and 130,000 at Manchester’s Trafford Centre.
Worried Londoners fearing a plunge into Tier 3 within days — shutting pubs and restaurants — are expected to bring forward their last-minute shop by a week.
Shopper numbers are hit when bars and diners are closed, as traditional Christmas shopping days out end with drinks or a meal.
Websites are also expected to be shunned in favour of high streets, amid fears online deliveries will not arrive for Christmas.
Some Royal Mail second class post is taking more than two weeks, Amazon sellers have said.
And some fear shortages of goods amid imports chaos at ports.
Professor Joshua Bamfield, director of the Centre for Retail Research, said: “Saturday will be a big day.
“Spending is happening earlier this year.
“Some who combine shopping with meals out know they might not be able to do that next weekend.
“More customers will be in shops as most purchases will now be through stores, as shoppers are aware of delivery issues online.
“More people are spending now as they are concerned in-demand goods may run out closer to Christmas.”