High Streets are hoping for a repeat of scenes like this in London’s Oxford Street before xmas
5:32am UK, Monday December 26, 2011
Millions of shoppers are expected on Britain’s high streets today as the Boxing Day sale begins.
5.6 million drivers will head out on the roads in search of a bargain according to Green Flag Breakdown.
Their research has found that 21% of shoppers plan to do more Christmas shopping in the sales and 6% have agreed to buy presents after Christmas to save money.
We’re prepared for a very busy Boxing Day and it looks like being an early start for the army of bargain hunters we’re expecting through our doors.
Peter Beagley, Braehead Shopping Centre
The Boxing Day rush is expected to peak at 10.30am but many shoppers have been queuing since the early hours of the morning to make sure they get the pick of the bargains.
On Oxford Street in London people were queuing outside Selfridges from 10pm on Christmas Day in anticipation of the sale which begins at 7am.
Today’s strike by tube drivers in London is expected to cause widespread disruption for shoppers in the capital.
Retailers are hoping shoppers will not be put off.
Many stores like Marks and Spencer will open at eight
Many stores have already been offering heavy discounts after a slow start to December.
But in the days before Christmas sales picked up as shoppers bought last minute gifts.
The busiest shopping hour of the year was on Christmas Eve.
Richard Perks, director of retail research at Mintel told Sky News:
“Particularly since the comparison is with the very bad weather last year it’s going to look quite good. We’re going to have sales 4 – 5% up and people are going to be saying ‘was that really difficult for retailers?’. Yes it was actually, it’s been very difficult indeed.”
The Braehead Shopping Centre in Glasgow is opening at 6am to accommodate the Next sale and sales starting at 8am including Primark, Marks and Spencer, New Look and JD Sports.
The centre’s general manager Peter Beagley said “We’re prepared for a very busy Boxing Day and it looks like being an early start for the army of bargain hunters we’re expecting through our doors to make the best of the sales,”