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TUC: North West spending power drops by £7 billion

Spending power's dropped dramatically according to TUC report Credit: PA

Spending power in the North West has been reduced by 7 billion pounds since the start of the decade according to the TUC.

The union organisation says that the controversial policy of capping public sector pay is to blame.

And that public sector workers earn 2 thousand pounds less than if their pay had kept pace with inflation.

Shoppers have to make their money go further according to TUC Credit: PA


Thousands of people expected to hit sales across the region today

Thousands of people are expected to hit the sales in the North West today Credit: PA

Thousands of people are due to hit the Boxing Day sales across the North West today with reports of even some people camping out at large shopping centres such as the Trafford Centre.

However, a recent survey by Barclaycard says that shoppers enthusiasm has dropped this year for the sales with only 23% of Britons heading out compared to last year's 32%.

185,000 Boxing Day shoppers at Manchester's Arndale centre

Manchester's Arndale Centre saw 185,000 shoppers through its doors on Boxing Day.

It was one of the centre's busiest ever starts to the post-Christmas sales.

Between midday and 4pm alone, more than 90,000 people went there.

The day started with queues outside Next, which started its sale at 6am.

"We recorded hundreds of thousands through the doors in the weeks leading up to Christmas, smashing previous records for the single busiest Saturday and Sunday of all time.

"The Boxing Day picture has been much the same as shoppers have rushed to be first to get huge discounts on a range of products.

"There are still a host of offers to be had and we expect shoppers to continue making the most of the extraordinary discounts well into January.?"

– David Allinson, Arndale Centre director

Liverpool One: Shopper numbers up 18% on last year

Liverpool One shopping centre says visitor numbers to the Boxing Day sales are up 18% on last year.

It says 90% of its stores have sales on and car park spaces were full by noon.

"Early indications have shown a promising start to the post-Christmas sales which is expected to lead to a strong period of trade well into the first week of January. If trade continues to this level we should see a week as busy as the 7 days preceding Christmas.”

– Chris Bliss, Estate Director, Liverpool ONE