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eBay delves into British shopping trends in 2017

Online marketplace highlights Frozen, Harry Potter and Star Wars among others.

Online marketplace eBay has revealed some of the top British shopping trends in 2017, with licences featuring heavily.

Among eBay’s findings was that Disney’s Frozen was refusing to ‘Let it Go’, with the property dominating its Disney ranking for the third successive year. The 2013 blockbuster sold three related items every minute in February and outsold the rest of the top five Disney films combined, leaving the likes of Toy Story and Alice in Wonderland out in the cold.

World Book Day continued to have huge influence on shopping as we sprang into March, with parents forking out more than £386,000 on costumes for their children. And when it comes to which character is most likely to turn up at the school gate, Harry Potter continued to work his magic, with more than 40,000 searches in the lead up to World Book Day.

Ahead of the much-anticipated The LEGO Ninjago Movie in October, sales of LEGO continued to capture the nation’s imagination, piecing together to become the UK’s third most-wanted item, with over 4.4 million total searches on site – and more than two ‘LEGO’ related items sold every 30 minutes in October.

Meanwhile, December saw eBay reveal the UK’s true Jedi colours ahead of the most eagerly anticipated film of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with one lightsaber sold in the UK every 15 minutes.

Rey also battled to become Queen of the Galaxy ahead of Wonder Woman and Barbie, as the nation’s favourite female movie character. Fans searched almost 7,000 times every hour for the galactic leading lady since her first appearance in 2015.

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