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Boxing Day bonanza for high street retailers as millions hit the shops

29 December 2015 - Janet Bird

Boxing Day bonanza for high street retailers as millions hit the shops

Millions of UK shoppers took to the high street for the Boxing Day sales, according to retail analysts.

Indeed, early figures suggest the number of people who hit the shops on December 26 was up 11.7 percent on last year.

According to retail analyst Springboard, the number of visits to shopping centres was up 7.8 percent on 2014's figures, with retail parks enjoying a 3.2 percent increase in footfall compared to the same period 12 months ago.

Footfall was up 8.9 percent on Sunday compared to the previous year, with consumers taking advantage of the three day weekend to hunt for bargains in the sales.

Many shoppers could not even bear to wait until Boxing Day. Web services group PCA Predict said online sales hit a record high on Christmas Day - up 21 percent on last year. This was reflected in the experience of John Lewis, which reported a 10.7 percent increase in revenues on December 25 this year compared to 2014.


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