Sales shoppers bag a bargain

Shoppers have been turning out in their numbers to grab a bargain in the sales

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Shoppers bag a bargain

Shoppers out to bag themselves a bargain Credit: PA

Shoppers have been turning out in their thousands to grab themselves a bargain in the Boxing Day sales. The St Stephen's shopping centre in Hull says it was the busiest Boxing Day in five years.

Bargain hunters braved the cold and queued outside the centre from 3am, with 800 people waiting for the doors to open at 6am. More than 45,000 shoppers passed through its doors throughout the day. However, the busiest single day was Monday December 23rd, when 57,000 people visited.

This was also the case at the White Rose Centre near Leeds, which reported Monday the 23rd as being its busiest single day since 2008, with 72,000 shoppers. Bargain hunters there began queing from 10.30pm on Christmas Day night, with 3,000 there by the time the doors opened at 6am.

Trinity Shopping Centre, which only opened its doors in March, had 100,000 shoppers through its doors on Monday and again hundreds of people waiting for the Boxing Day sales to begin. In Leeds city centre the number of shoppers in the week leading up to Christmas was up by 3.8 per cent on last year.

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