The UK payment provider analysed Google search volumes to reveal the most in-demand brands post-lockdown, and which activities Brits were looking forward to spending money on.
Despite IKEA shops being open for click and collect services during February and March 2021, the Swedish giant saw the biggest increase in interest between March and April – up 984% – just ahead of customers being allowed back into stores.
Primark ranked second within the top five of the ‘most searched’, with a huge 854% increase in searches in March and preceded the queues outside the stores as it welcomed back those who hadn’t seen the retail store in over four months.
Matalan came third in the most searched for retail stores, with an 826% increase between February and March 2021, thought to be boosted by its offers of back to school supplies, and homeware.
|Rank||Name of Store||Question||February 2021 searches||March 2021 searches||% increase in searches|
|1||IKEA||When does IKEA open?||2,380||25,820||+ 984%|
|2||Primark||When does Primark open?||2,980||28,450||+ 854%|
|3||Matalan||When does Matalan open?||150||1,390||+ 826%|
|4||Clarks||When does Clarks open?||140||1000||+614%|
|5||Sports Direct||When does Sports Direct open?||2,400||11,930||+397%|
|6||Homesense||When does Homesense open?||120||490||+308%|
|7||JD Sports||When does JD Sports open?||350||1,330||+280%|
|8||The Body Shop||When does The Body Shop open?||30||110||+266%|
|9||Waterstones||When does Waterstones open?||210||720||+242%|
|10||TK Maxx||When does TkMaxx open?||650||2,010||+209%|
The study also analysed Dojo’s own data to find out how much was spent and which UK cities spent the most.
According to the data, Portsmouth residents were the most inclined “to get the economy going”, spending an average of £131.37 per transaction across a variety of amenities in clothing stores.
Coventry came second, spending £116.47 per transaction, with Stockport coming third spending £106.82.
|Rank||Location||Average transaction spend between April 12th – April 29th 2021|
|9||South West London||£84.20|
The data also found that Brits “couldn’t wait” to get back to browsing charity stores. ‘When do charity shops open?’ had a 469% increase between February and March of this year.
Nail salons (+ 474% search increases), hairdressers (357%) and beauty parlours (107%) also saw large increases in searches when they reopened.
Finally, according to Dojo, some 57% of businesses stated that they feel their customers “appreciate small businesses more”, but 24% felt there had been no change. Adding to this, 70% chose to shop locally to support local businesses, whilst 62% state that they are closer to them and involve less travel.