Shoppers say they will continue to shop locally

More than half of shoppers say they will continue to buy from local retailers post the pandemic.

Research by Barclaycard, which processes almost a third of UK payments, found that 64% of people had been shopping closer to home in the past year. Of those 91% say they will continue to continue to support smaller and independent businesses even after all restrictions end: about 58% of shoppers.

The research also found that almost one in three (30%) of consumers say they have used click and collect more frequently since the start of the pandemic. On average, shoppers now use the service three times per month compared to twice a month in 2019. Some 90% of those who have been using click and collect more often since the start of the pandemic will keep this up once all restrictions have been lifted.

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