The High Street or online: Where are you doing your Christmas shopping this year?

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WITH High Street stores expecting another tough festive trading period, we want to know where Chad readers will be doing their Christmas shopping this year.

The Christmas rush has traditionally been big business for shops in town centres like Mansfield and Sutton.

But this year looks like being the biggest festive period yet for online shopping.

Shoppers in the UK are believed to have spent a whopping £19m an hour over the internet on Monday (5th December) - the biggest online shopping day of the year.

And business leaders are predicting a tough run-up to Christmas for Mansfield traders despite the efforts of town centre businesses.

George Cowcher, chief executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Feedback from chamber members would suggest that business remains tough in the run-up to Christmas and many are having to either start discounting early or introduce other promotions to attract customers.

“Traders, the local authority and the Mansfield BID have worked closely together this year on a number of initiatives to attract shoppers into the town centre and this has worked very well and has increased customer footfall at key times.

“Thankfully this year, we haven’t yet had any severe weather which had a huge impact this time last year in terms of people staying at home and doing their Christmas shopping online instead of venturing into town, although shoppers do increasingly turn to the internet to hunt out bargains that may not be available on the High Street.”

Where have you been doing your festive shopping this year? Have your say below or join the debate on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/mansfieldchad