High street booms as shoppers grab a bargain

Echo: High street booms as shoppers grab a bargain High street booms as shoppers grab a bargain

TILLS were ringing this week as the Christmas sales got underway.

Thousands of people flocked to shops across south Essex to grab a festive bargain as stores slashed prices.

Dawn Jeakings, chairman of the Southend Town Centre Partnership and manager of the Royals shopping centre, said trading had been good.

She said: “Boxing Day was a buoyant day considering the challenging lead up to the big day.

The three days before Christmas saw the largest increase in footfall in December.”
Boxing Day sales records were smashed as shoppers across the country headed to the high street as well as buying online.

People waited outside shopping centres for them to open, and even camped overnight, to make sure they were first in line.

Internet shopping also boomed with 84 million visits to retail websites on Christmas Eve and 107 million visits on Christmas Day.

Mike Horton, from Basildon’s Eastgate shopping centre, said they had seen some stores start cutting prices early.

He said: “Boxing Day was busy, it was a very good day. It was certainly a very good start to the sales period.

“Shoppers are very canny, they know what is coming up. We are beginning to see gift cards and gift vouchers being used more and more and people coming in after Christmas to spend money on what they want.

“The sales started very early morning. Next opened at 6am, Debenhams opened at 7am before the normal centre opening time of 9am.”

Mr Horton said the past few years had been very challenging for retailers but he was hopeful of a boost for the high street in 2013.

He added: “We are seeing signs here and there that people are becoming more confident and they are prepared to come out and spend more money.”

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9:40am Sat 29 Dec 12

Keptquiettillnow says...

"We are beginning to see gift cards and gift vouchers being used more and more and people coming in after Christmas to spend money on what they want."

Well its nothing new, and spending vouchers cant really be credited to a spending boom as its already been accounted for when the voucher was bought.
"We are beginning to see gift cards and gift vouchers being used more and more and people coming in after Christmas to spend money on what they want." Well its nothing new, and spending vouchers cant really be credited to a spending boom as its already been accounted for when the voucher was bought. Keptquiettillnow
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12:30pm Sat 29 Dec 12

maxell says...

And what on earth is "christmas sea" (as in the pic) as normal council cant afford southend on , or is this some lame excuse for modern council talk, perhaps you should all "touch base" but can you try to make it the same base for once.
And what on earth is "christmas sea" (as in the pic) as normal council cant afford southend on , or is this some lame excuse for modern council talk, perhaps you should all "touch base" but can you try to make it the same base for once. maxell
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12:56pm Sat 29 Dec 12

emcee says...

Same story, year in, year out.
Same story, year in, year out. emcee
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1:27pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Carnabackable says...

emcee wrote:
Same story, year in, year out.
Afraid so, it's called CHRISTMAS........
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Same story, year in, year out.[/p][/quote]Afraid so, it's called CHRISTMAS........ Carnabackable
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4:24pm Sat 29 Dec 12

InTheKnowOk says...

Lots of people taking stuff back more like
Lots of people taking stuff back more like InTheKnowOk
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