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Billions To Be Spent In Last Minute Christmas Dash

Dec 24, 2007
With today (December 17th) marking the fact there is just one week left until Christmas, millions of Britons are set to hit the high street to do their festive shopping, figures reveal.

New studies carried out by Sainbury's reveals that an increasing amount of money is due to be spent in the seven days leading up to December 25th. During the pre-Christmas week in 2006, an estimated 9.1 billion pounds was splashed out on food, gifts and other expenses. However this year, such expenditure is set to account for some 11.85 billion pounds - a rise of some 2.7 billion pounds from the same period 12 months ago. Those looking for an effective method in which to finance such spending may discover that a low-cost loan could be one way in which to meet the cost of Christmas.

Research from the firm also showed less than two-thirds (61 per cent) of shoppers expect to have debts accrued from their last-minute festive shopping, whether this is via secured loans, plastic cards or other means, to be cleared by the end of January. Some 15 per cent state that it will take them between two and three months to get out of the red, while just one per cent forecast that completing such repayments will last for somewhere between four and 12 months.

Findings from the financial services company also revealed that men are to spend more money than women over the coming week. Sainsbury's has put the average male outlay at 325 pounds 48p. Meanwhile, females will have a typical expenditure of 231 pounds 63p. In addition, some 4.4 million people are to spend between 501 pounds and 1,000 pounds. The study also showed that 1.4 million are going to ring up payments totaling more than 1,000 pounds. For such consumers in particular, a low-rate loan could be a way in which to meet not only the expense of Christmas gifts but also other financial commitments during this period of time such as utility bills and mortgages.

Meanwhile, those living in the north-east, Yorkshire and Humberside regions were shown to be on track to spend the most money this coming week at 339 pounds 84p. Such residents are followed by the Wales and south-west residents, in addition to people from London, who are to splash out 323 pounds 40p and 322 pounds respectively. On the other hand, consumers in the south-east of England and East Anglia will splash out just 218 pounds 50p. Those surveyed from the Midlands have the second-lowest expenditure, spending just 231 pounds 15p.

Britons, no matter whereabouts in the country they live, who are worried that their ability to manage their finances during the Christmas period as their spending comes under more strain, may wish to consider applying for a low-rate loan. In taking out a loan, borrowers may find that they have sufficient resources to buy everything they need for the festive season of their dreams, in addition to meeting regular demands on their money they will face both before and after yuletide.

The Sainsbury's study provides an interesting contrast with a recent set of figures by American Express, which showed that 82 per cent of men aimed to have their festive shopping completed by December 14th. Meanwhile, 16 per cent of males are set to start their gift-buying from this week. For those who have left shopping for this Christmas until the last possible minute, or are looking to make an early start for next year, a low-cost loan can always provide significant help with finance.
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Mark Dawson writes for the Loan Arrangers. Where visitors can compare loans online, and apply for the best rate UK secured loans and the cheapest debt consolidation loans available to them.
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