We can’t resist a bargain in the kitchen.
Cork shoppers are most likely to splash out on electrical goods on Black Friday, spending an average €180 per person on plug-in items and household essentials during the shopping frenzy compared to the national average of €174.
Waiting until the sales to purchase big-ticket kitchen items is a smart move, with hefty bargains available a few times a year on everything from blenders to fridge/freezers if you can bide your time.
According to an AIB survey looking at the spending habits of Cork shoppers, Corkonians also spend slightly more than the rest of the country on clothing (€37 compared to the national average of €36).
While there has been an increase in online shopping over the past number of years, the spending data reveals that brick and mortar stills wins out with 69% of us still spending in store versus 31% spending online.
However, there is an increase in the volume of online spending during Black Friday compared with the previous Friday. On Black Friday, online spend is up 216% and in store spending is up 46% compared with the previous week.
Cyber Monday seems to have caught on here in Ireland too, with 36% of us shopping online on that day; 5% more than Black Friday.
When it comes to most popular shopping times during the day, in store peaks at 12pm and 4pm as shoppers are on their lunch and finish work. Interestingly, online spend peaks between 10am-12pm and decreases as the day goes on.