Every shopkeeper knows their own busiest shop hours, but what about everyone else? It’s natural to be curious about little things like which times of day are busiest for other retailers. Well fortunately, iZettle, a company that handles payment tech for independents, have taken a look at their data and are reporting the busiest business hours from around the world. So now we can all know a little bit more about the other shops around the UK and as far away as Mexico!

What Are the Busiest Business Hours Around the World?

What iZettle found was that the greatest business hours,

A chart showing business hours for Great Britain, showing the busiest times to be around lunch and the early afternoon

A chart from iZettle showing the busiest business hours for Britain

for Great British businesses, were between 12:00 and 14:00, with lunchtime and early afternoon shopping making up the bulk of activities across the day. If you were hoping to work a siesta into your work hours, maybe you should take a look at this first.


Speaking of siestas, it turns out the Spanish prefer to shop either side of the afternoon. The busiest business hours in Spain are at 12:00 and 13:00, with an enormous drop off until 19:00 which comes in third. Meanwhile Mexico is, surprisingly, the opposite, with the most active business hours falling between 14:00 and 17:00. Although Mexico also seems to have unusually low activity before 12:00, the shopping scene absolutely explodes in the afternoon and doesn’t quiet down again until 22:00.

A graph showing the most active shopping hours in Germany are between 3pm and 5pm

Who knew that Germans preferred afternoon and evening shopping?


However, a surprising nation that keeps different hours to Britain is Germany. The Germans seem to prefer to shop from 15:00 to 17:00 in the afternoon and don’t see much drop-off until 20:00 in the evening, with shopping still going on into the night.


Somewhat surprisingly, the nation with the busiest business hours closest to Britain is Sweden. Our cousins in Scandinavia prefer to shop between 12:00 and 14:00 and keep a similar 9-to-5 daily schedule to shopkeepers in Great Britain. Who could’ve guessed we’d be so similar?

Find the full article (with some more lovely graphs) here.

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