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Future plc data reveals Brits will spend £200 billion on Black Friday and Christmas

Research from Future plc, the global platform for specialist media, has revealed that British consumers are already planning key purchases for the holiday season and increasing their budgets .

The research reveals 82% of Brits will be the same or more engaged in Black Friday this year and 55% will make Christmas the biggest celebration yet, representing a significant opportunity for brands and advertisers. 

Key findings include:

  • With nearly £200bn in accumulated lockdown savings, the majority of consumers plan to splash the cash on Black Friday purchases and Christmas gifts
  • Looking for gifts digitally will be the number one lockdown learning used by consumers, this Christmas
  • 8 in 10 think that Christmas ads should be live earlier or at the same stage as usual, with 41% wanting ads to be focused on getting the family together and 29% wanting them to be bigger, louder and more colourful than ever 

 The research, based on a survey in June 2021 of 2,000 UK respondents – all recruited independently via Future plc’s research platform The Lens – included more than 30 in-depth questions about Black Friday and Christmas planning, budgets, gifting, shopping and preparing. The sample is nationally representative for the UK, with percentage split ensured for gender, geography, age and social class. Of this sample, 54% of respondents are Future readers. 

One in four are expecting their Christmas and/or Black Friday budgets to increase this year, with over 70% having the same amount or more money to spend on Black Friday and 78% for Christmas, compared to 2020. 

Zack Sullivan, Chief Revenue Officer, UK at Future plc said: “Future has studied and tracked the impacts on consumer behaviour over the past 18 months to react quickly to changing demands. With Future readers accounting for approximately £101 billion of the estimated £198 billion saved by UK consumers, our already proven content commerce model puts us in a prime position to deliver significant value for advertisers this holiday season. Over half of consumers (55%) say they will make Christmas the biggest celebration yet and a huge majority (82%) are expected to put their savings towards Black Friday and Christmas. As consumers begin to plan their purchasing decisions, it is imperative for advertisers to get ahead by starting their planning now and engaging with their audiences.”  

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