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    Cyber Monday Begins Online Shopping Peak Season In UK
    By Anna Ohlden | November 23rd 2009 02:00 AM | Print | E-mail | Track Comments

    LONDON, November 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Cyber Monday, the first Monday after the last weekend of November, marks peak season for online retailers in the UK. This year, Cyber Monday falls on 30 November. Originally coined in the United States by the National Retail Federation, Cyber Monday has become a UK shopping phenomenon as online sales peak on Mondays two or three weeks before Christmas. Shoppers spend the weekends browsing and buying in stores and upon returning to the office on Monday, turn to the Internet to start shopping for better prices and items they could not find in stock. Moreover, many online retailers report that peak online sales occur during the hours of 1200-1400 GMT, during lunch break.

    This year, the recession and prices have affected consumer spending and confidence. As a result, shoppers will browse around to get the best deals and shop early to ensure free guaranteed Christmas delivery. Presents including books, perfumes, CDs and toys are typically at least 15 percent cheaper from online retailers than high street shops. eCommerce continues to grow - the Centre for Retail Research projects that online retail sales will increase 24 percent during the peak weeks of Christmas trading.

    To assist online shoppers, CyberMonday.co.uk is aggregating online retailer's Christmas promotions, free delivery information and money saving voucher codes. Current deals include:

    - Zavvi.com Mega Monday - Great Offers Every Monday for 24 hrs. - Tesco.com - A free 15 GBP eCoupon for Tesco direct when you purchase an iPod nano, classic, touch or shuffle. Plus Double Clubcard points. - M S - Penny Delivery. - Play.com - 5 off 50 GBP Voucher Code and 10% off all clothing.

    Talya Schaeffer, co-founder of CyberMonday.co.uk said Starting 30 November, many online retailers will be offering their best promotions of the Christmas trading season. Cyber Monday is an exciting opportunity for both shoppers and retailers alike. Shoppers save money by buying online and retailers can entice shoppers during this peak day with bespoke promotions.

    CyberMonday.co.uk will be hosting a Cyber Monday launch party on Monday 30 November from 1000 - 1500 GMT at Reload Internet Cafe at 197 Praed Street, Paddington, London W2 1RH across from Paddington Station. Shoppers will be able to surf the Internet for free and get advise on shopping online and saving money.

    Click here (http://www.cybermonday.co.uk/) to visit the new Cyber Monday UK site.

    SOURCE: CyberMonday.co.uk

    CONTACT: Talya Schaeffer, +44(0)2033718573, talya@cybermonday.co.uk