Middle Eastern shoppers set to increase their average summer spend by 25% in the coming few weeks, as the end of Ramadan and start of Eid Al Fitr sees tourists flock to the UK for designer bargains and tax free shopping. Worldpay’s data shows that Middle Eastern visitors spent an average of £152.40 per transaction in August 2013, with visitors from Qatar topping the list by spending a shopping average of £288.17 on each trip to the till, Retail Times has reported. This was swiftly followed by £199.87 from Saudi Arabia, £188.29 from the UAE and £189.41 from Bahrain. In comparison, the average European tourist, making up the bulk of visitors to the UK, spent just £49.00 per sale in the same period last year, whilst US visitors spent a slightly higher £65.41. Retailers are the big winners and claimed around 69% of the total Middle Eastern spend in major department and clothing stores in August 2013.
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